Korean Cinema: Articles


Film Critics Awards: Jessica Chastain & Korean Surprise + Michael Bay Bomb & Cosmic Consciousness

I Saw the Devil with Lee Byung-hun. Released in August 2010 in South Korea, Kim Jee-woon's psychological action thriller I Saw the Devil stars Blue Dragon Award nominee Lee Byung-hun as a National Intelligence Service agent out to avenge the gory death of his fiancée. Written by Kim and Park […]


Angelina Jolie Political Film Leads to Controversy & PGA Award + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contender Disqualified

Angelina Jolie In the Land of Blood and Honey director. Best known as Brad Pitt's costar in Mr. & Mrs. Smith and James McAvoy's costar in Wanted, Angelina Jolie has made her directorial feature film debut with the Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey. A year-end […]


'Mother': Q&A with Bong Joon-ho

Kim Hye-ja in Mother Bong Joon-ho's Mother, a Spirit Award nominee and the winner of Korea's 2009 Blue Dragon Award for Best Picture, has received widespread critical praise. At Salon.com, the headline for Andrew O'Hehir review calls the film “a brilliant Hitchcock mystery, made in Korea,” while in his Village […]


Blue Dragon Awards: 'Mother' Snub Surprise + Where's Anne of Green Gables?

Mother with Kim Hye-ja. The Blue Dragon Film Awards' Best Korean Film (and Best Foreign Film Spirit Award nominee), Bong Joon-ho's Mother strangely ended up taking home only two other statuettes: Best Supporting Actor (Jin Ku) and Best Lighting. Veteran television star Kim Hye-ja lost the Best Actress Blue Dragon […]


Penélope Cruz & Clint Eastwood + Kristin Scott Thomas Honor + Ideal Cinematheque Movies

Penélope Cruz & Kristin Scott Thomas + Clint Eastwood: Santa Barbara Film Festival Awards and honorees at the 2009 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, to be held in the Southern California coastal town between Jan. 22–Feb. 1, include the Modern Master Award for Clint Eastwood (on Thursday, Jan. 29, at […]


'Leave Her to Heaven': Gene Tierney Excellent in Color 'Film Noir' + Oldest Surviving Korean Film

Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Leave Her to Heaven. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the Technicolor film noir (yes, there was such a thing) Leave Her to Heaven, starring Best Actress Oscar nominee Gene Tierney, as part of its “Monday Nights with Oscar” series […]


Stockholm + Blue Dragon Award Winners: Abortion Drama & Gangster Action Comedy Top Picks

Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days received the Bronze Horse for best film at the 2007 edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. Mungiu's drama about a young woman helping a friend to undergo an illegal abortion during the Nicolae Ceausescu era was chosen for […]


Monster Movie Tops Korean Film Awards + 'Family Ties' Tops Thessaloniki

'The Host': Monster movie tops 2006 Korean Film Awards Bong Joon-ho's monster movie The Host was the top winner at the 2006 Korean Film Awards, announced on November 19. The environmentally conscious film about a gigantic creature who comes out of polluted waters to feast on human beings took home […]