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For those of you that are new to this site, this is a set dedicated to Korean Cinema in the UK, so the aim of this site is to bring Korean film news, reviews, festival coverage and more in order to provide readers with some info on Korean Film. Although the site is aimed at a UK audience, I do find that I get hits from all over the world, so I am trying to cater to two kinds of readership, which I trust you all find helpful. But of course, any feedback (positive and negative is very welcome indeed)
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I had an opportunity to visit the set of THE TASTE OF MONEY / 돈의 맛 earlier this year, and here is the piece I wrote about my time on the set.
(Posted June 1st)
I'm just making some changes to the site, so just bear with me as I change a few bits around. I've also updated film of the month.
(Posted May 30th 2012)
Just realized I have not included links to my weekly radio broadcasts that I am doing at the moment. I am currently doing segments for a show called Music Planet on TBS efM where I talk about mainly American films, though I often talk about Korean films as well. I also work on a segment called Cinetracks which is aired on Arirang Radio where I talk about Korean must-see movies. They both air (at the same time, believe it or not) on Friday morning (12am-1am) Korean time, (4pm - 5pm BST). You can listen to the shows on their respective websites, or download their apps from the App/Android Store. You can also listen to TBS eFM on the local radio here in Seoul on 101.3fm, and for Arirang Radio, you can listen to it on 88.7fm in Jeju or 88.1fm in Seoguipo.
(Posted May 10th 2012)
Again, terribly sorry about the lack of updates..... With the never-ending Korean exams I have to take, my time, these days, it seems has been somewhat dominated by Korean language study. I'm also doing some radio work at a local radio station here in Seoul, TBS eFM, so my website has been lacking updates of late. But, as ever, I am determined to update it as often as I can... So, without further ado, here's my first update of the year, albeit a small one - see below for the film of month where I write some info on this summer's biggest film.
(Posted March 6th 2012)
Film of the Month
The Taste of Money / 돈의 맛
Director: Im Sang-soo (최동훈)
Starring: Kim Kang-woo (김강우), Baek Yoon-sik (백윤식), Yoon Yeo-jeong (윤여정), Kim Hyo-jin(김효진) , Maui Taylor, On Joon-wan (온주완) & Darcy Paquet
Running Time: 115min
Korean Release Date: 17th May 2012
Young-jak who is a private secretary of madam BAEK, the center power of Korean conglomerate, deals with immoral private issues of her wealthy family. As his desire for money and power grows, he endures whatever he’s ordered to do and letting people around him get hurt is not a concern for him. Meanwhile, Young-jak reports to madam BAEK that madam BAEK’s husband, Mr. YOON is having an affair with a Filipino nanny, Eva. Madam BAEK is now despaired, then greedily seducing Young-jak for her sexual desire.
On the other hand, he begins to feel conflicted by madam BAEK’s daughter, the only family member who approaches him with the true heart. Lost between his morality and shortcut to successful life, he has to make the biggest decision he’s ever made to choose whom he will hang on to, in order to survive in this harsh world.
Some brief thoughts
This is Im San-soo's latest film, and being an Im Sang-soo film it deals with issues such as social class and sexuality. Like Im's last film it was invited to the Cannes Competition. Although it didn't receive an award, and reviews have been quite mixed, it's a compelling edition to Im's filmography as it provides an insight into how the upper classes in Korea may choose to lead their lives - this, however, has been a recent area of debate as to how authentic this portrayal may be. As true as this may be, this is arguably Im's most accessible film to date, and for those who would like to have a better understanding of the themes inherent in Im's films, this is probably a good start.
The film includes a number of big names and rising stars in including Kim Kang-woo (김강우) (A BETTER TOMORROW / 무적자), Baek Yoon-sik (백윤식) (TAZZA / 타짜) , Yoon Yeo-jeong (윤여정) (THE HOUSEMAID / 하녀), Kim Hyo-jin (김효진) (LIFE IS PEACHY / 창피해) , and Koreanfilm.org's Darcy Paquet (in still below) plays quite a significant role.
This film is currently on release in Korea and has so far made just over 1 million admissions, which is a little disappointing, but its success as been somewhat hampered by the success of ALL ABOUT MY WIFE / 내 아내의 모든 것 which seems to be more popular amongst the younger audience, and couples. But THE TASTE OF MONEY is likely to do well abroad following the exposure in Cannes, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a theatrical or DVD release in a number of territories across the globe. In fact, it has recently been announced that IFC Midnight is acquiring North American rights for this film, so it could be on North American shelves / theaters or even on demand TV before too long.