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Newsletters

The first issue of the Korean Film Newsletter was sent out on May 10, 1999. This page contains links to all past issues
of the newsletter. Unfortunately, the newsletter was only active until autumn 2003.



Vol. 18 (Oct. 31, 2003)

New films:

Crazy First Love, Sweet Sex and Love, Singles, Mutt Boy, Sword in the Moon, Wonderful Days,
Galgari Family and Dracula, Wishing Stairs, The Uninvited, Into the Mirror,
A Good Lawyer's Wife, Elysium, Love: Impossible, Plastic Tree, Oh! Brothers,
My Wife is a Gangster 2, The Spring Breeze, Mudang, Spring Summer Fall Winter... and Spring,
Natural City, Untold Scandal, Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield, Acacia,
The Road Taken, The Greatest Expectation, Silver Knife
and Spring Bears Love.

Notes:

Summer and fall at the box office
7th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
New print of Robot Taekwon V discovered
Mudang sets new documentary record
Spring Summer... chosen as official Oscar submission
Yi Hyo-jin named to head Korean Film Archive
8th Pusan International Film Festival




Vol. 17 (Jun. 27, 2003)

New films:

My Tutor Friend, Blue, Scent of Love, Show Show Show, Dying or Live, The First Amendment,
My Teacher Mr. Kim, Save the Green Planet!, The Garden of Heaven, A Little Monk,
Oh! Happy Day, Jealousy is My Middle Name, Season in the Sun, Memories of Murder,
Mr. Butterfly, Byul, Oseam, A Letter From Mars, Wild Card, Arirang, Run 2U, Tube,
Reversal of Fortune
and A Tale of Two Sisters.

Notes:

Screen Quota faces strongest challenge yet
Lee Chang-dong named Minister of Culture and Tourism
Strong box-office performance continues
CJ-Cinema Service merger called off
40th Grand Bell Awards
2003 Power 50
4th Jeonju International Film Festival
PiFan festival to run July 10-19
Kino magazine prints final issue




Vol. 16 (Feb. 7, 2003)

New films:

Addicted, Sex Is..., Wet Dreams, She Brings Us Danger, Ardor, Unborn But Forgotten, Jail Breakers,
The Coast Guard, Public Toilet, Too Young To Die, A Bizarre Love Triangle, The Romantic President,
Sex is Zero, Whisper Princess, H, Conduct Zero, Madeleine, Double Agent
and The Classic.

Notes:

CJ-Cinema Service merger set to transform film industry
Final wrap-up for 2002
Top ten lists for 2002
Investment troubles for Korean film companies
Too Young To Die released in theaters, new film banned
PIFF 2002 / PPP 2002
22nd Blue Dragon Awards




Vol. 15 (Oct 23, 2002)

New films:

Break Out, Emergency Act 19, The Phone, A Perfect Match, Oasis, Family, Three,
Chow Yun-fat Boy Meets Brownie Girl, Boss X-File, Resurrection of the Little Match Girl, Lovers Concerto,
Marrying the Mafia, Yellow Flower, Camel(s), Can't Live Without Robbery, YMCA Baseball Team, Are You a True Guy?,
Sex of Magic, Saving My Hubby, Roadmovie, 2424, Popee
and Documentary Hahn Dae-soo.

Notes:

Oasis awarded at Venice fest
Too Young to Die banned in home country
CGV theater to open in LA
Mixed results, but success overall at the box office
PIFF 2002 preview
Oasis to represent Korea for Best Foreign Language Oscar




Vol. 14 (Jul 21, 2002)

New films:

Turning Gate, Jungle Juice, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, The Beauty in Dream, The Way Home,
A Funny Movie, Iron Palm, Marriage is a Crazy Thing, Oh! Lala Sisters, Make It Big!,
Chihwaseon, 4 Toes, Over the Rainbow, Who Are You?, No Comment, Love Me Once Again 2002,
Bet On My Disco, Mago, Yesterday, Dig or Die, Champion, Surprise Party
and Are You Ready?

Notes:

High profile awards for Korean cinema
The Way Home captures audiences' hearts
2002 Grand Bell Awards
Cinema Service plans rapid expansion
The 3rd Jeonju Int'l Film Festival
The 6th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
KOFIC appoints new commissioners and chairman




Vol. 13 (Mar 21, 2002)

New films:

Out of Justice, My Beautiful Girl Mari, Bad Guy, A.F.R.I.K.A., Public Enemy,
Looking for Bruce Lee, 2009 Lost Memories, Saulabi, Turn It Up, No Blood No Tears,
The Bird Who Stops in the Air, L'Abri
and My Beautiful Days.

Notes:

Rising success of Korean cinema in 2001
Hollywood taking notice of Korean films
Korean and Japanese film industries grow closer
CJ Entertainment goes public
Top films of 2001?




Vol. 12 (Dec 15, 2001)

New films:

I Love You, Besa Me Mucho, Musa, My Wife is a Gangster, One Fine Spring Day, Guns & Talks,
Take Care of My Cat, Nabi, The Scent of Love, Waikiki Brothers, Ray Bang,
Hera Purple, Hi Dharma, RUN=DIM, The Last Witness, Wanee and Junah, Flower Island,
Paradise Villa, Volcano High
and My Boss, My Hero.

Notes:

Korean movies rule the box office in autumn
The 6th Pusan International Film Festival
Court ruling on censorship supports filmakers
Women directors making their mark on industry
2001 Blue Dragon (Chongryong) Awards




Vol. 11 (August 26, 2001)

New films:

The Humanist, Prison World Cup, Summer Time, Tearful Story, Address Unknown, Kick the Moon,
Yellow Hair 2, My Sassy Girl, Sorum, Turtle Hero
and Say Yes.

Notes:

A hot summer for Korean films
Netizen funds
Megaplexes reshaping the viewing market
Feature films invited to Venice, Toronto, Montreal
The 5th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival




Vol. 10 (May 11, 2001)

New films:

Club Butterfly, Love Her, Last Present, Friend, Twenty, Failan,
The King
and Indian Summer.

Notes:

Friend sets nationwide box-office record
Busan becoming new center for filmmaking
The 2nd Jeonju International Film Festival
Cinema Service bought by Locus Holdings, Inc.
Two short films selected for 2001 Cannes festival
The 38th Grand Bell Awards
Cine21 Power 50 rankings




Vol. 9 (February 26, 2001)

New films:

Libera Me, The Legend of Gingko, Bongja, Asako in Ruby Shoes, The Cut Runs Deep,
A Masterpiece in My Life, Jakarta, Teenage Hooker Becomes Killing Machine, I Wish I Had a Wife,
A Day, Tears, Yonggary 2001, Bungee Jumping of Their Own, Running 7 Dogs, The Rhapsody,
Making Sun Dried Red Peppers,
and Dream of a Warrior.

Notes:

JSA breaks records, competes at Berlin
Market share for Korean films dips to 32.6%
Ticket prices rise to 7000 won
Internet films the rage in Korea
Art theaters open in Seoul
The 21st Blue Dragon (Chongryong) Awards
Film Critic Lee Young-il, 1931-2001
Park Joong-hoon cast in Hollywood film
Top five films of 2000




Vol. 8 (November 8, 2000)

New films:

La Belle, Bloody Beach, Record, Joint Security Area, Il Mare, Vanishing Twin, Ghost Taxi,
Plum Blossom, Pisces, Strikers, Just Do It,
and The Siren.

Notes:

Joint Security Area has biggest opening ever
The 5th Pusan International Film Festival
The 3rd Pusan Promotion Plan
Hong Kong Filmmakers coming to Korea
New film magazines debut
Chunhyang to represent Korea in nominations for Foreign Language Oscar




Vol. 7 (August 7, 2000)

New films:

Kilimanjaro, Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Ditto, Secret Tears, Scent of Love, My Heart, Real Fiction,
If, Bichunmoo, Die Bad, Harpy, Age of Peace, Bulgasari
and A Nightmare.

Notes:

North Korean film opens in South Korea
The 4th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, July 13-21
Japanese film - third stage opening
The Isle invited to Venice
Lies civil lawsuit brought to a close
Three comic filmmakers collaborate on internet film project
"DVD Rooms" debut in Korea




Vol. 6 (May 9, 2000)

New films:

Barking Dogs Never Bite, Black Hole, Promenade, Emergency Room: The Movie, Black Honeymoon,
Truth or Dare, My Own Breathing, Interview, The Isle
and The Anarchists.

Notes:

Five Korean films invited to Cannes
The 1st Chonju International Film Festival
Computerized ticketing system received go-ahead
Kang Woo-suk tops Cine21's Power 50
Interview named first Asian Dogme film
Grand Bell Awards
Hong Kong directors in Korea
Under-15 rating returns




Vol. 5 (February 9, 2000)

New films:

The Butcher's Wife, Happy End, Fin de Siecle, Memento Mori, The Flight of the Bee, Peppermint Candy, School Legend,
Lies, The Happy Funeral Director, Love Bakery, Chunhyang,
and The Foul King.

Notes:

Domestic films capture close to 40% market share
Japanese films invade Korea, and vice-versa
Reshuffling at KOFIC
Multiplexes making inroads
Lies opens in Korea, Europe
20th Chungryong (Blue Dragon) Awards Ceremony
The best films of the year?




Vol. 4 (November 24, 1999)

New films:

Love, Dance Dance, Calla, Attack the Gas Station, Dongsung Short Films 3,
The Love Story of Juliet, Rainbow Trout,
and Tell Me Something.

Notes:

Pusan Festival runs from Oct 14-23
Ratings Board 3, Korean and International Film 0
Park Chong-won resigns from ratings board
Cinema Service to release 20 films in the next 12 months
Chonju International Film Festival to debut in April 2000
Actor Choi Mu-ryung dies as age 71
Shiri opens in Hong Kong
New film magazine debuts on October 4
Shim Eun-ha, Chung Woo-sung voted most popular actors




Vol. 3 (September 17, 1999)

New films:

Yonggary, Nowhere to Hide, Phantom the Submarine, The Power of Korean Short Film, Ghost in Love, and Rush.

Notes:

Lies invited to Venice, rejected by Ratings Board
Korean Films at International Festivals
Pusan Film Festival to run Oct. 14-23
Korean films gaining recognition in France
KOFIC announces new chairman
PiFan 1999
Three Korean films released on DVD
Korea modifies restrictions on the importation of Japanese films
North Korean filmmakers support Screen Quota System




Vol. 2 (July 9, 1999)

New films:

The Opening, The Ring Virus, The Uprising, Yellow Hair, Fly Low.

Notes:

A Picnic wins Short Film Jury Prize at Cannes.
Korean Film Commission (KOFIC) replaces former Korean Motion Picture Promotion Corporation.
Ministry of Culture and Tourism withdraws its support of Screen Quota System.
Yellow Hair released in Korea.
PiFan '99 to open on July 16.




Vol. 1 (May 10, 1999)

New films:

City of the Rising Sun, Dr. K, Shiri, Love Wind Love Song, Mayonnaise, Harmonium in My Memory,
The Great Chef, The Mystery of a Cube, The Spy.


Notes:

Shiri to be released in Japan.
Wong Kar-wai casts Korean actress in latest film.
President Kim reverses stance on screen quota.
Four short films invited to Cannes 1999.
Actors, filmmakers create new production company.
Unagi released in Korea.
Kang Woo-seok named most powerful figure in Chungmuro.



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