An ordinary college student, Lee Seol, finds out she’s a princess. The grandson of Daehan Group, Park Hae Young, is put in charge of educating Seol on proper etiquette. However, Hae Young is put in a precarious situation when he finds himself drawn to Seol, the girl who will take away his inheritance if the monarchy is restored.
Shin Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to marry her fiancé, Kang Min Ho, but her perfect life is shattered when she gets into a car accident that leaves her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store for 49 days.
While literally meaning “celebratory county,” Gyeongju — which was the capital of the powerful Silla Kingdom a millennium ago — is now also famous for the tombs and tumuli visibly strewn across town. Set in the city, Zhang Lu‘s film is a delicate showcase of this very paradoxical mix of revelry and remembrance. Revolving around a Beijing-based Korean academic’s two-day, one-night visit to the city, the Korean-Chinese director’s seventh feature — and his first in five years — is a breezy, bittersweet drama in which humor and bubbling affections are nearly always subtly moderated by bereavement and faithfulness toward the beloved departed.
MANILA, Philippines – It’s not just the Korean drama and pop music wave that has reached the Philippine shores. Korean cosplayers as well have actually been flying in and out of the Philippines to attend established and prestigious cosplay events in the country.
In fact, just last Saturday (August 9) at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall, hundreds of fans gathered for the Otaku Expo Reload 2014. Some of them were present to explore the convention with friends, while a significant number of attendees came to catch a glimpse of the professional cosplay team from South Korea, the Spiral Cats (Spcats).
An embittered wife sets her family down the path of tragedy in this grim drama from acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk (Arirang, Pieta). Enraged at the discovery of her husband’s infidelity, a woman unsuccessfully attempts to castrate him before turning the blade on her own son. In the bloody aftermath of her unthinkable transgression, she vanishes without a trace. Meanwhile, overcome with grief after rushing his son to a local hospital, the repentant father severs his own manhood in an excruciating act of solidarity with his suffering son. Later, physically disfigured and mentally scarred, the son finds a strange sense of solace in the company of his father’s mistress. The father, too, having fallen into a deep despair in his failed attempts to bring his son some amount of pleasure, realizes that his struggle has only just begin when his wife reappears, and an even blacker cycle of darkness begins. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
According to festival spokesperson Mike Suk, it’s going to be vibrant and cutting-edge, reflecting South Korea’s status as a major global tastemaker, from cars to smart phones to pop culture. The festival’s theme is Dynamics of a Modern Korea.
“We want to show people the new Korea,” Suk told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.
According to Suk, Hyundai will roll out its latest cars at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby’s Central Park, the venue for the 13th annual festival organized by the Korean Cultural Heritage Society.
Having secured awards and acclaim in 2011 with his directorial debut Journals of Musan, Park Jung-bum has returned with his sophomore effort — and there’s no sign of second-movie syndrome. A powerful chronicle of a simple laborer’s epic scrape for survival, Alive is taut, riveting and visually striking throughout its mammoth three-hour runtime, an achievement made even more impressive by the Korean helmer’s nuanced performance as the protagonist himself.
In a way, the Sisyphian struggle shaping the narrative in Alive reflects the production process of the film itself: as Park (the actor) plays a man whose mission to convert a rubble-strewn husk of a house into a proper family home, Park (the director) has spent the past few months toiling nearly non-stop in sculpting his opus. An “unfinished” (and even longer) version of the film was presented in May as one of the three selections making up the Jeonju International Film Festival’s annual Digital Project, and the cut making its “official” world premiere at Locarno was not definitive either; producers said the version to be unveiled at Toronto will feature minute differences in color and editing.
BEDFORD, N.Y. — With its blue-and-gold regalia and its link to French royalty, the chocolate shop by the Bedford Hills train station looked as if it would fit right in when it opened several years ago in this well-to-do suburb.
Now, it is an unlikely portal to a drama unfolding thousands of miles away, as the cobwebs on its front door and the broken glass on its side entrance faintly hint.
After an overloaded ferry sank April 16 in South Korea, taking 304 people, mostly schoolchildren, down with it, the South Korean police have arrested dozens of crew members, inspectors, regulators, emergency medical workers and executives connected to Chonghaejin Marine, the company that operated the Sewol, the ill-fated ferry.
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JAKARTA – Hallyu, the Korean Wave triggered by the popularity of South Korean soap operas, has driven a rise in pop culture-related exports across Asia.
But it is also helping Korean manufacturers expand in the Southeast Asian market with their consumer products.
It is allowing them to promote their goods as “fashionable and friendly” to local consumers.
“I tell people that this cream is the teardrop of Kim Soo-hyun, the actor who played the protagonist in the Asia-wide hit TV drama, ‘Moon Embracing the Sun,’ and people like it,” said Lee Seung-jae, CEO of Aroma Newtech, a mid-size cosmetics company, at the Korea Sourcing Fair in Jakarta last week.