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5th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival

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The 5th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF) is taking place from August 13 to 18 in the city of Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do. This year’s film festival includes about 90 music-related films of diverse genres from 35 countries.

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Like the Moon Escaping From the Clouds Confirms Cast

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Actors Hwang Jung Min, Cha Seung Won, Han Ji Hye, and Baek Sung Hyun will join director Lee Jun Ik of King and the Clown in his third historical production – Like the Moon Escaping from the Clouds (구름을 벗어난 달처럼*).

Hwang Jung Min, Cha Seung Won, Han Ji Hye, Baek Sung Hyun

Hwang Jung Min, Cha Seung Won, Han Ji Hye, Baek Sung Hyun

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August 4, 2009 at 2:45 am

Good Morning President – Sneak Peek

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Good Morning President (굿모닝 프레지던트) – starring Jang Dong Gun, Lee Soon Jae, Ko Doo Shim, Han Chae Young, and Im Ha Ryong – opened its on-set presidential office to the media on June 20. The film’s main cast and PD Jang Jin were all present for the press conference.

Jang Dong Gun as President

Jang Dong Gun as President Cha Ji Wook

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Written by KP

July 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Haeundae – An Introduction

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Haeundae - poster

Haeundae - poster

Film: Haeundae (해운대)

Premiere Date: July 23, 2009

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Written by KP

July 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

13th PiFan Film Festival

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PiFan - poster

PiFan - poster

The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) kicked off its 13th year on July 16 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do. The festival will run for 10 days, screening 201 films from 41 countries under the theme of ‘Love, Fantasy, Adventure’.

Celebrities including Ahn Sung Ki, Jang Na Ra, and Ku Hye Sun walked the red carpet.

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Minimix 33

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  • After releasing on their respective solo albums, Horan and Alex returned to the electronica genre with DJ Clazzi. Clazziquai Project released its fourth album, Mucho Punk, on July 14. A slight variation of the album was released at the beginning of this month in Japan under the title Mucho Musica. They will perform on Mnet Countdown on July 23 and live at Seongnam ARt Center on August 21 and 22.
  • SBS will broadcast a special program for its weekend hit Brilliant Legacy on Monday, August 3. Kang Ho Dong – Lee Seung Gi’s close colleague and show fan (refer to the fourth point in Minimix 29) – will be host the program and give viewers a glimpse behind the scenes. Lee Seung Gi, Han Hyo Joo, Bae Soo Bin, Moon Chae Won, and other cast members will participate in filming the special on July 30.

    Brilliant Legacy

    Brilliant Legacy

  • Joo Jin Mo, Kim Beom, Son Dam Bi, Choi Yeo Jin and the rest of the cast and crew of SBS drama Dream kicked things off with a ceremony on July 15 at Ilsan Production Center.
    Kim Beom with Son Dam Bi, Joo Jin Mo, Choi Yeo Jin in background

    Kim Beom with Son Dam Bi, Joo Jin Mo, Choi Yeo Jin in background

    The other lead cast member is Park Sang Won (Hateful But Once Again) as CEO Kang Kyung Tak. Julien Kang, Marcos Benjamin Lee, Hyun Woo, and Chung Lim have minor roles as Flower Fighters 101 (Double F 101) – a group of good-looking martial artists. Dream is scheduled to premiere on July 27 on SBS following Ja Myung Go‘s early exit.

    Son Dam Bi, Joo Jin Mo, Kim Beom

    Son Dam Bi, Joo Jin Mo, Kim Beom

  • Actress Kim Sung Eun (Returned Earthen Bowl) and athlete Jung Jo Gook (FC Seoul) will hold their wedding at 6pm on December 11 at Walkerhill W Hotel’s Vista Hall. The two are approaching their one year anniversary, having been introduced to each other by friends last July. Both are in their mid-twenties, with Kim being several months older than Jung.

    Jung Jo Gook, Kim Sung Eun

    Jung Jo Gook, Kim Sung Eun

  • Mother, starring Kim Hye Ja and Won Bin, has been invited to have its North American premiere at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. The TIFF describes it as “a unique noir thriller that digs into the secrecy surrounding a terrible murder and the mystery of a mother’s primal love for her son” and praises director Bong Joon Ho.

    Mother - poster

    Mother

Minimix 31

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  • Actor Jung Jae Young went bald for the first time in his acting career  for a film role. He got his head shaved on July 8 in order to wear the wig that he needs to play an elderly man in Eekki (이끼). (KP’s note: I’m not sure what the English title will be because 이끼 is the Korean word for moss as well as the phrase “Dear me!/What a fright!”.)
    Jung Jae Young

    Jung Jae Young

    This is the third film – following Silmido and Public Enemy Returns – with famed director Kang Woo Suk directing Jung Jae Young. The movie is a thriller about people who live alone without family in a rural village and the secrets that unravel as a young stranger enters. Park Hae Il, Yoo Joon Sang, and Yoo Hae Jin have also been cast and will begin filming in August.

  • Kim Min Joon (Friend, Our Legend) received a minor injury while making a guest appearance on Family Outing. An agency representative for Kim said that the actor was paragliding when the wind suddenly changed directions and caught him off guard. Kim is able to appear on variety shows since Friend, Our Legend completed filming before broadcast began.

    Kim Min Joon

    Kim Min Joon

  • Kim Dong Wook, Lee Dong Wook, and Kim Hyun Joo – currently starring in Partner – are promoting a World Vision campaign taken on by Skono Korea (under Norwegian fashion brand, Skono). They are sending 22,000 pairs of shoes to Swaziland as part of emergency relief supplies.
    Kim Dong Wook, Kim Hyun Joo, Lee Dong Wook

    Kim Dong Wook, Kim Hyun Joo, Lee Dong Wook

    The leads of KBS2’s legal drama are currently sleeping less than two hours per night in order to film two episodes per week. The tight schedule is a result of the drama being pushed up two months due to SBS’s complaints against Magazine Allo. Fortunately, Partner‘s viewership went up over the past week from 7.7% (episode 4) to 12.1% (episode 5), surpassing Triple‘s weak 6.8%.

  • Moon Hee Jun and his fan club distributed toys at Hansarang – a centre for children with disabilities – in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do. The nature of the charitable activity was linked with his new mini album‘s title track, “Toy”.

    Moon Hee Jun

    Moon Hee Jun

  • Kang Ji Hwan put on four kilograms of muscle to star in an Mnet “showcumentary” featuring his travels in Japan. He even brought along a trainer to help him get his body in shape for future filming at the country’s famous hot springs. Kang will be travelling all over Japan to film the series, 강지환의 어느날 어디선가 (loosely translated as Kang Ji Hwan’s Day Somewhere), which is expected to be broadcast from September to February.
    Kang Ji Hwan

    Kang Ji Hwan

    The article’s in Korean, but check out 10asia for a collection of behind-the-scenes photos from Kang Ji Hwan’s recent fan meetings in Japan.