29 de jun de 2007

Speed Racer, the Movie

Go Speed Racer, Go!

"Speed Racer" starts shooting in Germany

Director brothers, Larry and Andy Wachowski (Matrix trilogy) have started filming Hollywood live-action blockbuster "Speed Racer” - (to be released in May 2008).
Called "Mach Go Go" in Japan, was produced and created by Tatsuo Yoshida and released worldwide in 1967–1968.

"Speed Racer was the story of Speed, an 18 year old racing driver and his adventures on and off the track. On his helmet was printed M, originally standing for "Go Mifune" his original Japanese name. His girlfriend was Trixie, his younger brother Spritle, and Spritle's pet monkey was named Chim Chim. Speed's mechanic and best friend was Sparky. Speed's older brother was Rex, who also played Racer X- a masked racer with even Speed not knowing his real identity, and was an undercover agent. He had left home years ago and none of his family had seen him since.

Speed's car was known as the Mach 5. It was designed and built by his father "Pops" and was equipped with incredible features, operated by 7 buttons on the steering wheel."

The Cast

The film stars Emile Hirsch in the leading role of Speed, with Christina Ricci as his girlfriend, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman as Speed´s parents.

“Lost” star Matthew Fox is the Racer X.

Korean singer/actor Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) will play a rival driver, and chinese actress Yu Nan ("Tuya's Marriage") will be his sister.

posted by Sam.

15 de jun de 2007

Shim Hye-jin (Korean Actress)

Shim Hye-jin´s Biography

Born in January 16, 1967, is one of the most visible stars of the 1990's, having starred in many of the highlight films of the decade. It was her second film, Park Kwang-su's Black Republic (1990), that initially brought her widespread acclaim. Her performance as a woman in a mining community who falls in love with a student activist won her a Best Actress Award at the 1992 Nantes International Film Festival. However her appearance in Kim Ui-seok's Marriage Story (1992) made her into an icon for young generation Korean women.

Shim would also star in other representative films of that era, such as White Badge (1992), To the Starry Island (1993), and Out to the World (1994).

After appearing in box office hit, Kang Je-gyu's The Gingko Bed (1996), she teamed up with director Lee Chang-dong for his acclaimed debut Green Fish (1997). In 2003, she made her return with a lead role in Acacia (2003), a horror film by Park Ki-hyung. After finding some additional success in TV dramas, she returns with a role in Over the Border (2006) as a woman who marries a North Korean defector.

More: Bedroom and Courtroom (1998); The Man with Flowers (1997); Park vs. Park (1996); Marriage Story 2 (1995).

Ahn Sung-ki (korean actor)

Ahn Sung-ki´s Biography

Born January 1, 1952, is the consummate veteran actor, having starred in close to 70 films.
The korean press calls him "The National Actor". He made his debut back in 1957 in The Twilight Train, a film by cult director Kim Ki-young.

Two years later he would win the Best Child Actor Award at the 1960 San Francisco International Film Festival for Teenagers' Rebellion, another film by Kim. His oldest surviving feature is Kim's masterpiece The Housemaid (1960), which continues to amaze audiences to the present day.

As an adult, Ahn's filmography resembles a list of Korean cinema's greatest achievements. First gaining wide notice in Lee Jang-ho's acclaimed Fine Windy Day and Im Kwon-taek's Mandala, he starred in some of the biggest hits of the 1980s by Bae Chang-ho (Whale Hunting, Deep Blue Night, Our Sweet Days of Youth), and in debut works by acclaimed filmmakers Park Kwang-su (Chilsu and Mansu), Jang Sun-woo (The Age of Success) and Lee Myung-se (Gagman).

In the 1990s he continued to take high-profile roles, such as Jung Ji-young's Vietnam War drama White Badge and the politically-themed North Korea's Southern Army, the smash hit Two Cops by Kang Woo-suk, Park Kwang-soo's To the Starry Island, Im Kwon-taek's The Taebaek Mountains and Festival, Lee Kwang-mo's acclaimed Spring in My Hometown, and Lee Myung-Se's Nowhere to Hide.

Ahn also took an active role (as his friend actor Choi Min-sik) in supporting Korea's Screen Quota System. In the 2000s starred in Im Kwon-taek's Chihwaseon (Best Director Cannes film festival(2002); Kang Woo-suk's Silmido (2003); as a kung-fu master in Ryoo Seung-wan's Arahan (2004); as a Chosun-era detective in Lee Myung-Se's stylish action/drama Duelist (2005).

Other films: Hanbando (2006); The Romantic President (2002); Musa (2001)
Awards: Best Actor at Grand Bell Awards 2007, Radio Star (2006).

13 de jun de 2007

Grand Bell Movie Awards 2007

Grand Bell Movie Awards 2007 - South Korea
Top Prizes!

Best Film and Best Screenplay: Family Ties (director Kim Tae-yong's, Blue Storm production company).
Read the review: http://www.koreanfilm.org/

Best Actress: Kim A-jung (200 Pounds Beauty).


Best Cinematography: Park Hyun-cheol (200 Pounds Beauty).

Best Music: Lee Jae-hak (200 Pounds Beauty)

200 Pounds Beauty - "Hanna (Kim A-jung, from When Romance Meets Destiny) is a lip sync vocalist for Ami, the famous Korean pop singer. Even though she is always ignored because of her appearance, she has been a bright and lighthearted girl until Amy humiliates her in front of Sang-jun, her secret love. At last she makes a decision of a lifetime to have plastic surgery all over her body. Her unrequited love gets any return?"
Credits: directed by Kim Yong-hwa (Oh! Brothers), based on a Japanese manga by Suzuki Yumiko, starring Joo Jin-mo (Happy End).

Best Actor: Ahn Sung-ki (Radio Star)

Radio Star (directed by Lee Jun-ik)"The year 1988 saw a bunch of flashes in the pan in the pop music industry, and has-been rock star Choi Gon (actor Park Joong-hoon) was one of them. After his only hit song 'The Rain and You', he became involved in drug problems, mob fights, and now sings in a café in the countryside. He one day gets into a fight with one of the customers at the café, and needs bail money to get released from a lockup. Desperately trying to free him, his manager Park Min-soo (Ahn Sung-ki) comes up with the solution to send Choi Gon to a radio station in a far, remote town in the suburbs as a DJ, so that the radio station can pay for the bail. Helpless and bewildered, Choi Gon now has to DJ in front of a few dozen listeners..."

Best Director: Bong Joon-ho (The Host)

Best Editing: Kim Sun-min (The Host)

Best Supporting Actor: Kim Yu-seok (Tazza)

Best Costumes: Tazza

Directed and written by Choi Dong Hoon, based on a Korean comic book (by Heo Yeong Man and Kim Se Yeong) , the plot finds the gambling-addicted hero, Go Ni (Jo Seung Woo), losing his savings and his sister's alimony money to bad luck and crooked adversaries. Desperate to win it all back, he seeks tutoring from an old pro, Pyeong Gyeong Jang (Baek Yun Shik), then gets further instruction, as well as T.L.C. from Madam Jeong (Kim Hye Soo), a gambling ace.
Credits: director of photography, Choi Yeong Hwan; edited by Shin Min Gyeong; music by Jang Yeong Gyu; production designer, Yang Hong Sam; produced by Cha Seung Jae and Kim Mi Heui; released by C J Entertainment. South Korea, 2006. Running time: 139 min.

Best Supporting Actress: Shim Hye-jin (Over the Border)

Best New Actress: Jo Yi-jin (Over the Border)

“The greatest strength of TV producer An Pan-seok's debut film is its almost anthropological approach to the everyday lives of North Koreans and Northerner exiles in South Korea.” (http://www.koreanfilm.org/)

Best Visual Effects, Art Direction: The Restless

Best New Actor: Ryu Deok-hwan (Like a Virgin)

Best New Director: Kwon Hyeong-jin (For Horowitz)

For Horowitz - "Uhm Jung Hwa (Princess Aurora) is Ji Su, a thirty-something single woman who once had dreams of becoming a famous pianist. Ji Su idolized Horowitz and was determined to taste similar success herself, but her dream was shattered one day, altering her destiny. She now teaches young children how to play and one day she discovers Gyung Min, a young boy with exceptional talent. Ji Su throws all of her focus into improving Gyung Min's raw skills, projecting her own desires for fame and fortune onto him. But when Ji Su enters the young lad into his first competition all does not go as planned. It is then revealed that Gyung Min carries with him a secret - one that will change Ji Su's life forever."
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