10 South Korean Films That Have Earned International Acclaim

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North Korean soldier crosses border and surrenders after hearing about life in South Korea
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North Korean soldier crosses border and surrenders after hearing about life in South Korea

A North Korean soldier crossed over to South Korea after hearing about the life beyond the border.

On June 13, a North Korean soldier in his early 20s was caught crossing the MDL orMilitary Demarcation Line in Yeoncheon. The soldier, who is 175cm (5'7") in height and 52kg (114lbs) in weight, was identified to be a North Korean border patrol.

The soldier immediately raised his hands in the air and expressed his wish to surrender when spotted by the South Korean soldiers. He explained his strong wish to cross over to South Korea, and later further explained that his desires to do so grew stronger after listening to the stories by North Korean defectors aired through the South Korean loudspeaker broadcast aimed at the North.

North Korean defector who became a celebrity in South Korea returns to North Korea
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North Korean defector who became a celebrity in South Korea returns to North Korea

According to an exclusive by Joongang Ilbo, on July 16, a former defector of North Korea appeared on a North Korean propaganda media called 'Our Nation'. This individual used to go by the name of Im Ji Hyun back in South Korea and was a celebrity, starring on a show called 'South and North Korean Women' (clip below). On the North Korean propaganda show, she is now referred to as Jeon Hye Sung. When she used to go by Im Ji Hyun back in South Korea, she introduced herself as someone who used to be in the People's Forces Command in North Korea. But also spoke about the things she and many had to do while in North Korea.

Defector to South Korea and Celebrity, Im Ji-hyun, Reappears on North Korean Broadcast
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Defector to South Korea and Celebrity, Im Ji-hyun, Reappears on North Korean Broadcast

The media is a dangerous playground for those choosing to enter its grasp. As fans of K-pop, we are familiar with how manipulative the media can be in influencing an objective point of view. Scandals are rampant in the news, and truths are often perverted out of shape. The idols we love to watch are often performing an ideal public image and we barely get to see their true selves.

Even with these supposedly frivolous entertainment news, we are faced with the complexities of media construction. When international politics gets thrown into the mix, we see how the world of entertainment and the media have far more puppeteers pulling the strings than are visible onscreen.

US filmmakers to recreate Korean films 'Sunny' and 'Miss Granny'
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US filmmakers to recreate Korean films 'Sunny' and 'Miss Granny'

On September 13, CJ EM's film division held a global film industry press conference at The Plaza Hotel in Seoul. 

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During the presentation, CJ EM revealed that Korean movies 'Sunny' and 'Miss Granny' will be re-made in the United States, and production is already in the works. 'Miss Granny' will also be released in Spanish for a South American audience. Previously, 'Miss Granny' was re-made in China under the title '20 Once Again'.