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A poster for "The Red Teacher" (L) and "W" (Yonhap)

A record number of TV series will compete in the annual Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA), the organizer said Thursday, despite a drop in participation from Chinese TV shows as Seoul and Beijing are locked in a diplomatic feud over an American missile defense system.

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This image released by Jeonju International Film Festival shows South Korean director Kim Dae-hwan of "The First Lap.

The highly anticipated Korean action thriller THE VILLAINESS will be screened from June 29 2017 in major cities in A

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The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) is back for its 8th year with more latest, edgy and diverse films.

The KOFFIA is the most celebrated annual festival in Australia to showcase the very best and latest Korean cinemas. 

The outcome was a surprise, however, given the conflict between the two rival forces which allowed the film to secure only 31 screens of non-multiplex theaters nationwide. Three local major multi-screen chains -- CJ CGV, Lotte Cinema and Megabox -- account for more than 90 percent of the country's film market.

German actor Thomas Kretschmann will visit South Korea for promotional activities for "A Taxi Driver," a Korean historical film that stars the actor, the movie's distributor said Tuesday.

Kretschmann will fly into the country Sunday to attend the film's VIP preview event scheduled for two days later at a Seoul theater, Showbox said. The movie's domestic release is set for Aug. 2.

SEOUL, July 3 (Yonhap) -- Director Lee Joon-ik's latest historical film "Anarchist from Colony" led the weekend box office, taking up 48.8 percent of all tickets sold, data showed Monday.

According to the computerized tally from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), "Anarchist" added 817,982 to its audience tally of 1.18 million over the June 30-July 2 weekend.