In 'Innocent Witness,' Jung Woo-sung plays ambitious lawyer working with autistic teenage witness

This promotional image for "Innocent Witness" was provided by Lotte Entertainment.

The film "Innocent Witness," set to hit local cinema screens next month, is a heartwarming story in keeping with director Lee Han's signature humanistic narrative style.

It brings together big-name actor Jung Woo-sung and rising actress Kim Hyang-gi of the "Along With the Gods" series, with a story that is led by the bumpy but inspirational growth in their characters' relationship.

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Central bank, finance ministry uncomfortable with movie 'Default'

For South Koreans, the word IMF not only refers to the abbreviation for the International Monetary Fund but also conjures up painful memories of one of the worst economic crises in the country's history.

Especially for those in their 40s and 50s, the IMF has become synonymous with the financial crisis of 1997 that led to a series of business collapses, massive layoffs and harsh restructuring programs, the first to really shake a nation that up till then had managed to more or less rack up steady growth over the preceding decades.

A movie poster for "Default" 

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'Drug King' is a throwback to Song Kang-ho's dark side

Song Kang-ho is arguably the most successful South Korean movie actor working today, having in 2016 become the first actor to achieve the milestone of playing lead roles in films that sold a cumulative total of more than 100 million tickets.

His recent hit movies, like "A Taxi Driver," "The Age of Shadows," "The Attorney" and "Snowpiercer," established his cinematic image as a man of virtue with a humble demeanor.

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XO's Do Kyung-soo says he's always been into acting

Do Kyung-soo, a member of the wildly successful K-pop boy band EXO, has steadily expanded his presence as an actor before taking his first cinematic lead role in the upcoming dance film "Swing Kids."

The film, by director Kang Hyeong-cheol, follows a young North Korean dancer's journey that brings him to an American tap dance against the background of an America-controlled camp for prisoners of war on the southern island of Geoje during the 1950-53 Korean War.

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'Burning' wins L.A. Film Critics Association's award for best foreign language film

Veteran South Korean film director Lee Chang-dong's "Burning" won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's (LAFCA) award for best 2018 foreign language film, the film's Korean distributor said Monday.

The 2018 Korean film was one of two Best Foreign Language Films announced by LAFCA, according to CGV Arthouse and the association's Internet homepage. The other winner was the Japanese drama film "Shoplifters."

The two films also competed for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or prize, which was finally given to the Japanese movie by director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

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'Burning' wins L.A. Film Critics Association's award for best foreign language film

Veteran South Korean film director Lee Chang-dong's "Burning" won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's (LAFCA) award for best 2018 foreign language film, the film's Korean distributor said Monday.

The 2018 Korean film was one of two Best Foreign Language Films announced by LAFCA, according to CGV Arthouse and the association's Internet homepage. The other winner was the Japanese drama film "Shoplifters."

The two films also competed for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or prize, which was finally given to the Japanese movie by director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

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CJ ENM, U.S. studios to remake 2 popular Korean films

Entertainment giant CJ ENM will produce American versions of two popular Korean films in collaboration with leading U.S. studios, the Korean firm said Thursday.

The promotional image for the 2011 mega-hit film "Sunny" was provided by CJ ENM.

Currently, CJ is in the process of jointly remaking the 2011 Korean mega-hit film "Sunny" into the U.S. edition called "Bye Bye Bye" with HartBeat Production. Screenwriting is currently underway, with an eye to launch shooting in the latter half of 2019.

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Vesoul Int'l Film Festival pushes frontiers of Asian movies in Europe

Founded in the small eastern French city of Vesoul in 1995, the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema has grown to become the biggest festival featuring exclusively Asian films in France and in continental European.

In its first year, 1,500 people attended its program of 12 films, but the numbers have increased to 32,500 festival-goers enjoying a program of 90 full-length films as of the festival's 24th edition earlier this year.

During the 24-year period, Korean films have taken root there, becoming today's most frequently screened Asian movies in France.

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'1987' wins best picture at Blue Dragon Awards

 A film about historic nationwide protests against the military-backed government in June 1987 won best picture at the 39th annual Blue Dragon Awards, one of the nation's top film honors, on Friday.

"1987: When the Day Comes" also earned best actor for its star Kim Yun-seok at the awards ceremony held at Kyunghee University in eastern Seoul.

 When the Day Comes" (Yonhap)

A still from the Korean historical film "1987: When the Day Comes" 

 

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Actor Ha Jung-woo reunites with 'The Terror, LIVE' director for 'Take Point'

Actor Ha Jung-woo teamed up again with Kim Byung-woo, the director of the 2013 hit action film "The Terror, LIVE," for "Take Point," Kim's first feature in five years.

The new film, whose Korean title is translated as "PMC: The Bunker," tells the story of an elite mercenary force on a CIA covert operation to apprehend a high-profile North Korean official at an underground bunker about 30 meters beneath the surface in the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Koreas.

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