For the past few years, South Korea has been overflown with its own zombie-themed films and TV shows whose format ranges from classic horror to period dramas and even comedies, with various levels of quality. The recently released Netflix’s Kingdom, with its perfect narrative and direction, now ranks among the best Korean products of the […]

Jeon Do-yeon is known as a “chameleon actress”. Throughout her 20-plus-year-long career, she played a great variety of roles that brought her the status of one of the most respected actresses in South Korean industry. In 2007, her performance in Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine earned her Best Actress award at Cannes Film Festival, making her […]

Ma Dong-seok is unstoppable. In 2018, the actor starred in a record-breaking five films: Champion, Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days, The Soul-Mate, The Villagers and Unstoppable, and it seems that he is keeping himself just as busy in 2019. His final work of 2018, the action thriller Unstoppable, directed by Kim Min-ho, screened […]

The history of Korea has been a constant struggle of forces who either conquered or tried to conquer its lands. One such turbulent event was the attack on the Ansi Fortress in 645AD, recently depicted in Kim Kwang-sik’s The Great Battle, an ultra-patriotic tale of survival and sacrifice. Photo © Next Entertainment World Emperor of the […]

Cop comedy genre is among the most popular in South Korean cinema – even just last year, the audience was served two buddy cop action comedy films. Kim Sung-hoon’s Confidential Assignment rode a more serious narrative arch, mixing in elements of buddy cop comedy as Hyun Bin and Yoo Hae-jin worked to overcome their North/South Korea […]

Korean New Wave Cinema film directors include some famous names, such as Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Okja) and Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden), but there is precious little of female names to be found in the ring of Korean New Wave cinematic talent – not really surprising, given how male-oriented Korean film industry is. But there is […]

Moon So-ri, the actress, is known to practically every household in South Korea – and to fans of Korean cinema worldwide. After her debut in the 1999 Lee Chang-dong cult classic Peppermint Candy, she truly shined and found fame in her second feature, also directed by Lee – Oasis (2002). For her role of Gong-ju, a cerebral palsy-stricken woman who […]