Although Architecture 101 (건축학개론) will premiere tomorrow, I got the opportunity to go to a preview screening. Long story short, the film was actually pretty good mainly because Suzy was in it (하악하악~).
Suzy took on the role of the young Seo-yun, who develops ties with Lee Je-hoon’s role. The two college freshmen fall in love with each other but never confess their love because they don’t have the courage. Later on, the future Seo Yun (Han Ga-in) goes to see Seung-min (Uhm Tae-woong) for the first time in 15 years to ask him to build a house for her. And together they reminisce about their past broken romance.
All I have to say (because I’m tired of writing shit on this blog (hint: I’m not voluntarily running this blog), and don’t want to spoil the movie) is go watch this movie. Is it worth the money? Yes, if you like Suzy (or Han Ga In)… It was for me because I am a fan of her (I like Suzy over IU). For IU lovers out there, sorry, but IU is overrated.
And just a heads up, this guy(조정석)’s in it…
NKnet is hosting the first-ever North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival in Seoul on November 10~11, 2011. This event will include documentaries, new film shorts, and commercial films.
The films featured are : North Korea VJ, Lonely Echo, The Daughter of Tonyeong, Winter Butterfly, Dooman River, Children of Ryanggangdo, Crossing, Elephant in the Room, Final Report, and Inside.
For more information, visit the event website here.
Below is their itinerary.
• Congratulatory Performance, Award Presentation, More!
• Premier Screenings of North Korea VJ, Lonely Echo, Save the Daughter of Tongyeong
@ Dongguk University
List of films : War of the Arrow, Sunny, The Front Line, Detective K, Dance Town, Leafie a Hen into the Wild, Poongsan, and many, many more!
Nalparam(날파람) is a word that describes a gust of wind caused by a fast-moving object or person. So you get the gist of the title.
Action films in North Korea are pretty rare, unless you count those blatantly propaganda-isque movies as action films. During the 80s, “Hong-Il Dong” and “Order 027” were the action movies of the decade in North Korea. Then the industry was pretty much dead until 2006, when this film appeared.
Here’s the brief summary of the plot. North Korean Taekkyon(a traditional Korean martial arts) masters fight against Japanese invaders. I haven’t been able to find the full movie yet, but I’d assume that it’s all because of their glorious leader, or one of those lines. I’ve found a video highlighting the key scenes of the movie. Behold! It was 2006, and you shall experience the 21st century special effects and sound quality… North Korean style.
Daniel Dae Kim, a Korean American actor popular for his role in LOST, is starring in the new upcoming sci-fi action gladiator movie. It is a movie where men are forced to “fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses.” Sounds a little familiar, eh? It looks like a hybrid of the plot from Death Race and action from Undisputable. Well, it’s got Samuel L. Jackson in it, so why not?
Source : Angry Asian Man
What is a B-Boy?
B-Boy(비보이) refers to a professional male breakdancer. B supposedly stands for ‘break’ of breakdancing. However, others point to the origins of breakdancing and claims that the ‘B’ stands for Bronx of New York City, where the dancing genre originated. When there is a competition for B-Boy dancing, they call the event a ‘Battle.’ Although created in the midst of gang violence and terror, many assess breakdancing as a form of art with a thirst for freedom and escape from violence, poverty, and oppression.
Now B-Boy dancing is an international phenomenon, with South Korea, Germany, Japan, USA, France, and Italy being some of the major players. South Korea’s B-Boy teams are widely said to be the best leading group among all, sweeping through competitions like Germany’s ‘Battle of the Year’, UK’s ‘UK B-Boy Championship’, USA’s ‘Freestyle Session’, and an international event ‘Redbull BC One’.
Female counterpart of B-Boy is called B-Girl (duh).
B-Boy in Korea
As said above, B-Boy dancing is very popular in Korea. The latest statistics(2006) say that there were at least 3,000 B-Boys in Korea, at least 100 being world-class dancers. Korean B-Boy dancing videos are like classic textbooks for lots of B-Boys across the globe. During 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, a Korean B-Boy group “Gambler” performed live, and in 2006 the world-first B-Boy theater opened in Seoul, Hongdae.
The ‘first’ generation B-Boy groups in Korea include ‘People Crew’, ‘Expression’, ‘Visual Shock’, ‘Subway’, and ‘Spark’. Second generation includes ‘Gambler’, ‘Reverse’ and ‘Extreme Crew’. Third includes ‘Last for One’, and so on. More videos and information below.
Recently, the R-16 B-Boy world championships took place in Korea (July 2nd~3rd), inviting over 300 B-Boy dancers and other professionals from all over the world.
Below video description : Some little B-Boy kid just pwning the crap out of everyone.
A film on Korean B-Boy Phenomena : Planet B-Boy
Gambler at R16 Semifinal
|Pictured : Lee Byung-Hyun|
The film series G.I.Joe is reportedly going to feature Lee Byung-Hyun once again in its sequel. I guess the original film didn’t succeed as well as they expected, so they’re replacing most of the original film’s crew. Lee Byung-Hyun, as Storm Shadow, will stay.
Not a fan of the GI Joe film, and I only got to see it a few nights ago on TV. But his English in the film was surprisingly good (acting too). I may not be a fan of the series, but I’m always down for Asian Americans and Korean folks featuring on popular films. Something to look forward to.
Sources : http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a324375/elodie-yung-linked-to-gi-joe-2-role.html
Inside Undercover in North Korea is a documentary by National Geographic, aired in 2007. Some of you I’m sure have had the chance to watch this documentary, but if you haven’t, it’s worth a watch.
It gives you a pretty good glimpse of history, politics, military, propaganda, and daily lives of North Koreans. Below is a screenshot I saw from Freedom North Korea Radio that gave me chills down my spine. I will list the links to the documentary below as well.
The premise of this specific scene : Doctor Ruit (sp?) volunteers to go to North Korea to offer free treatment for cataract, since there is no medical treatment available for citizens. Lisa Ling and her camera crew secretly accompanied and got these scenes.
|Caption 3 : Can you see this? Yes, I can see.|
|Caption 4 : Incredibly, everybody started bowing and praising in front of pictures of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung for their newfound eyesight.|
|Caption 5 : Hail!
Caption 6 : I shall thoroughly annihilate those American enemies with my own hands, with my own gun, and now with my newfound eyes.
|“This is North Korea.”|