Kazakh film on horse thieves to open Busan International Film Festival

"The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time," a Kazakhstani horse opera, will open this year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) next month, organizers said Wednesday.

Co-directed by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov from Kazakhstan and Lisa Takeba from Japan, the movie depicts the life of a 12-year-old boy who chases a gang of horse thieves that killed his father and witnesses the destruction of his childhood.

The Kazakh director was awarded the New Currents prize, given to up-and-coming Asian directors, at BIFF for his feature "Walnut Tree" in 2015.


Three Korean films ready to clash over Chuseok holiday

As Chuseok, the major Korean harvest festival, is one of the most popular periods for filmgoers, local movie theaters are gearing up to lure movie buffs and holiday shoppers with new releases.

Three homegrown movies are set to simultaneously open on Sept. 11, the eve of the four-day Chuseok holiday. This year's Chuseok falls on Sept. 13.


BIFF to screen film classics to mark centennial of Korean cinema

This year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) will screen 10 masterpieces by renowned Korean directors to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema, organizers said Saturday.

The special screening program will be held under the name "The 100 Year History of Korean Cinema, 10 Great Korean Films" during the 24th BIFF, set to kick off on Oct. 3 for a 10-day run in the southern port city of Busan, according to the film festival.


'Parasite' selected as S. Korea's Oscar contender

The Cannes-winning film "Parasite" by renowned auteur Bong Joon-ho has been selected as South Korea's entry to the best international feature film category at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) said Thursday that it picked Bong's black comedy film to compete for an Oscar nomination for best foreign film next year.

The state-run council said it chose "Parasite" for its Palme d'Or achievement at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the worldwide reputation of director Bong Joon-ho and its artistic and cinematic quality.


Seoul women's film festival to open on Aug. 30

This year's Seoul International Women's Film Festival is set to open later this month, highlighting various films that represent the perspective of women, organizers said Friday.

The 21st edition of the festival kicks off on Aug. 30 for an eight-day run at the Oil Tank Culture Park in northwestern Seoul and Megabox Sangam World Cup Stadium under this year's slogan, "20+1, Faces Breaking Down the Walls."

A total of 119 films from 31 countries will be screened during the festival.


'Rom-com master' Park Seo-joon embraces career-changing role in action horror film

Actor Park Seo-joon has successfully proved his selling power on the small screen with a number of drama series, especially romantic comedies, such as the 2018 hit series "What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?" earning him the nickname "rom-com master."

The 30-year-old, however, doesn't want to stop there. He wants to challenge his much-loved public image and seek new roles to inspire a new layer of liveliness in his acting career.

His latest role in the Korean film "The Divine Fury," set for release next Wednesday, represents a major step in that direction.


Movies about Japan-related historical issues due in theaters amid worsening Seoul-Tokyo ties

A handful of films about the Korean independence movement and sex slavery during Japan's 1910-1945 colonial rule of Korea will hit local screens this summer amid worsening Seoul-Tokyo ties.

Such movies are at the center of a media spotlight as tensions between South Korea and Japan are intensifying following Tokyo's use of trade as a means of retaliation against legal decisions here.

Historical blockbuster "The Battle: Roar to Victory," directed by Won Shin-yeon, will be released about a week before South Korean Liberation Day on Aug. 15.


'The King's Letters' introduces unknown contributor to Hangeul

Sejong the Great, the fourth King of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), and his invention of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, is one of the most frequently used and well-known items in local TV series.

For filmmakers and actors, choosing this story may be like walking a tight rope, balancing between familiarity and staleness.

The historical film "The King's Letters," the maiden work by director Jo Chul-hyun, takes the risk. He puts the Buddhist monk Shinmi, who wasn't recorded in official history, at the center of the plot to add freshness to the movie.


Ex-Disney animator fulfills long-held wish by working on Korean animation film

Kim Sang-jin has spent a career steeped in making Walt Disney animations, but the South Korean animator revealed he has now realized a long-cherished wish by working for the first time in homegrown animation.

"I've long wanted to work with Korean animators, and this film gave me the opportunity," he said in a group interview with Yonhap News Agency and other local media to promote his new project "Red Shoes" on Thursday. "I was in the Korean animation industry for only three years in the beginning of my career. It was short."


'Red Shoes' gives quirky twist to classic Disney fairy tale

 Princess Snow White in Walt Disney's animated film of the same name is "the fairest one of all," and only "love's first kiss" can break the curse put on her after biting into a poisoned apple.

In the upcoming "Red Shoes," directed by Hong Sung-ho, however, Princess Snow White, voiced by Hollywood actress Chloe Moretz, breaks the stereotype.

She isn't beautiful and slim, but round and mousy. But she is genial, composed and highly motivated to look for her missing father, who has probably been jinxed by her vicious stepmother Regina.



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