Korea Film Festival to Be Held in China

The Korean Film Festival will be held in Beijing and Shanghai from Friday through Sunday, after the CJ China Film Festival was held in the two biggest Korean cities of Seoul and Busan last month. The festivals are expected to facilitate exchange between the Korean and Chinese film industries.

The Korean Film Festival will focus on highlighting diversity in Korean movies, while the Chinese Film Festival put an emphasis on introducing works by new-generation Chinese directors.

Ten movies to be shown at the festival are: My Boss, My Teacher, The Big Scene, You’re My Sunshine, All for Love, A Moment to Remember, My Brother, Arahan, The Memories of Murder, Classis, and The Warrior.

Director Kim Seong-soo of The Restless and actor Jung Woo-sung and actress Kim Tae-hee, who starred in the movie, will serve as the festival’s promotional ambassadors. The venues are CGV Multiplex Cinema in Shanghai and Stellar Cinema City and Wangfujing Cinema City in Beijing.

Hosted jointly by the Korea Film Council and China’s State Administration of Radio, Film, Television, the event is expected to serve as an opportunity to reveal the secrets of the recent renaissance of Korean films and promote their originality.
Source: KBS Global

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War of Flower Enters Box-office’s Top-10

The movie War of Flower, based on the same-titled cartoon by cartoonist Heo Young-man, has joined the ranks of top-10 domestic movies.

Since its opening September 28, the film had drawn 5.68 million viewers as of October 22, according to its distributor, CJ Entertainment, surpassing the number of viewers drawn by Married to Mafia (5.66 million). If the film’s popularity remains as high, it will likely even outperform Joint Security Area, which is currently ranked ninth at 5.83 million viewers.

Viewers have been raving about the film for the stunning acting of its lead actress Kim Hye-soo and the impressive directing skills of director Choi Dong-hoon.

Another film, Radio Star by director Lee Jun-ik, which opened October 19, has also gained enormous popularity through word-of-mouth and is about to record its two millionth viewer. The film’s distributor, Cinema Service, says the film ranks second or third among domestic movies in terms of booking rate.
Source: KBS Global