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Reporter : Kwak Yeon-soo
Sun, May 29, 2022 | 05:39
For new cultural policy for hallyu
Hallyu, or the Korean wave, seems to be having its day as of 2022. Taking full advantage of digital transformation, Korean pop culture did not stop growing during the pandemic period. Beyond the huge global successes of BTS, “Parasite” and “Squid Game,” viewers around the world are showing a growing interest in Korean culture and Korea itself.
'Cursed Bunny' misses out on Int'l Booker Prize
“Cursed Bunny,” written by Chung Bora and translated by Anton Hur, failed to win this year's International Booker Prize, one of three largest literary awards in the world.
Korean films make splash at Cannes Film Festival
Korean films are making a splash at the Cannes Film Festival, riding on a global wave of enthusiasm for K-culture, from Bong Joon-ho's Palme d'Or-winning “Parasite” and Netflix's “Squid Game.”
Veteran actors receive spotlight on big screen
An array of veteran actors are taking on lead roles in TV shows as well as cinema. While actors like Ko Doo-shim and Kim Hye-ja take on title roles on the small screen, stars like Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Soon-jae and Na Moon-hee are seen playing central characters on the silver screen, proving that “old is gold.” Veteran actor Lee, 87, stars in director Cha Bong-joo's debut feature ...
'The Witch: Part 2' director still has more story to tell
On returning with the much-anticipated sci-fi thriller “The Witch: Part 2. The Other One,” a sequel to “The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion” (2018), director Park Hoon-jung made it clear that there is still more story to tell. The upcoming film tells the story of a girl who comes out into the world as a lone survivor of a top-secret lab where the facility creates creatures with...
Actor's short film 'Dark Yellow' nominated for Asia competition at Japan's film festival
“Dark Yellow,” a short film directed by actress Koo Hye-sun, has been nominated for the competition section of Japan's Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2022, an Academy Awards-accredited film festival that specializes in Asian short films. The 24th edition is scheduled for June 7 to 20. Koo's fifth short film follows a woman who works at a flower shop and a man who becomes i...
Hollywood blockbuster sequels poised to hit theaters, streaming platforms
A raft of sequels to Hollywood blockbusters are poised to bring more people back to theaters in the coming months following “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which outdid the original “Doctor Strange” in ticket sales in Korea.
Kim Hee-sun to return to big screen after 19 years
Actress Kim Hee-sun, who recently wrapped up filming the MBC drama, “Tomorrow,” will return to the big screen for the first time in 19 years. Her last movie was the 2003 romance film, “A Letter from Mars.”
'Cyber Hell' director tells of disturbing 'Nth room' crime
Director Choi Jin-seong belatedly learned about the “Nth room” crimes that triggered shock waves in Korea in early 2020. The crimes were of a new type that he had never heard of; they used hacking techniques to get private information, blackmail many young women and minors to send sexually exploitive images and videos and trade them with thousands of users via cryptocurrencie...
TvN drama 'Rose Mansion' criticized for animal abuse scene
The production team for tvN's drama, “Rose Mansion,” apologized over allegations that a cat was abused during filming. It has been under fire since the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) raised questions of animal abuse, addressing the scene from the fourth episode of the series aired on May 13 where a man stabs and kills a stray cat. “The cat appears several times in the s...
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