Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

The opening ceremony of the 15th Pusan International Film Festival was held in Busan, South Korea, on 7 October 2010.  This year, the Asian film festival showcases 308 films from 67 countries and runs from 7 October to 15 October. Onward to the exciting part, the red carpet!

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The film Late Autumn starring Tang Wei and Hyun Bin released a preview poster (which somehow reminded me of the musical film Once) from the Toronto International Film Festival. The poster shows the pair walking out from a motel and reads “True love knows no stranger”, referring to the fateful acquaintance and short-lived romance between a woman granted special leave from prison (Tang Wei) and a counterfeiter on the run (Hyun Bin).

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Novel adaptation based on true story + Raved as the purest love story of the century + Zhang Yimou. SOLD, COMPLETELY.

The Love Of The Hawthorn Tree is seen as a return to roots by the famed director, both in style and in subject matter, with the film being a simple, young romance set against the backdrop of the Maoist revolution, a complete departure from his previous high-budget commercial films like Hero, The House Of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower. Check out the above trailer which is partly subtitled!

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Hachiko: A Dog’s Story

This film is essentially a story about unconditional canine loyalty. I was never an animal-lover (I’m definitely against animal abuse, but I would never squeal in delight when I see a cute puppy run by), so I was surprised at the extent that this film moved me, considering I read the synopsis and knew the whole story beforehand. But perhaps that’s why my heart began to ache at the very start, when Richard Gere and Hachi started forming their special bond. With the inevitable death of Gere’s character, I totally broke down in tears both for him and (particularly) for Hachi. From there my tears couldn’t stop flowing and I was in a mess by the end of the film.

Hachiko: A Dog’s Story is definitely an irresistable tearjerker if you’ve got the slightest affection for furry four-legged friends.

When an akita puppy is discovered one evening at a suburban train station, a music professor takes the dog home and unwittingly changes both their lives, in this lovely family drama inspired by a famous true-life case of canine devotion. Richard Gere might not be the first actor you’d cast in a slushy animal saga but he’s actually just right for the role, as director Lasse Hallström is determined not to milk the story for cheap sentiment. After a slightly wobbly prologue illustrating Hachi’s unlikely journey from rural Japan to commuter-belt America, the film takes its time in showing how this four-legged pal becomes an essential part of the household of Gere and his sceptical spouse Joan Allen. The subsequent tragic events are moving rather than just manipulative, while the bond between man and canine is treated with a tender gravitas that might surprise those expecting merely some doggie-themed weepie. But the film certainly is affecting, especially when we learn of its inspiration in Tokyo and the exploits of the real Hachiko. — Trevor Johnston, Radio Times

A FRIENDLY WARNING: Watch this alone, so you won’t feel too embarrassed about wailing.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is currently filming in Shanghai. Recently, the movie crew was spotted shooting in a downtown area along Huai Hai Road. The two female leads Li Bingbing and Jeon Ji Hyun appeared in front of the Cathay Theatre dressed in character as high school students. (The movie tracks the story of Lily and Snow Flower from the age of 17.)

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The 46th Baeksang Arts Awards held last night (March 26) in Seoul gave us a feast on the eyes with stars dressing to look their best. I’m lazy to post pictures of all the attendees hehe so I’ll just focus on the best dressed ladies that night 😉
  
 
The movie Like the Moon Escaping from Clouds is directed by Lee Jun Ik, who’s responsible for the 2005 smash hit The King and the Clown, and stars (in the picture above, from left) Baek Sung Hyun, Han Ji Hye, Cha Seung Won, and Hwang Jung Min. The film is an action sageuk based on a manhwa of the same name – about a man of royal blood (Cha Seung Won) who schemes of a rebellion to become king and those who stand in the way of his ideal.