Hancinemas Film Review The Day After 2017

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[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Way - 2017"

Soon-ae (played by Kim Hye-ja), Sang-beom (played by Song Jae-ho), and Soo-mi (played by Her Jin) are old people who knew each other a very long time ago as students. They don't anymore- nor do they ever meet as adults, and we don't find out what happened to the fourth character in the flashbacks either. Going by the generally dark overall tone of "The Way - 2017", he's probably dead. Still, memories of those idyllic times pop up in their individual stories, a stark reminder of a the radically different world they now live in.

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[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Day After - 2017"

In the opening scene of "The Day After - 2017" Hae-joo (played by Jo Joon-hee) has noticed a suspicious change in her husband Bong-wan (played by Kwon Hae-hyo). Today, he is unusually happy. So Hae-joo moves to the logical conclusion- Bong-hwan has found an attractive woman. Normally such an absurd supposition would be the grounds for a farce. Then Bong-wan scoffs, continues to awkwardly eat his breakfast,and rather ominously avoids directly refuting any of Hae-joo's comments.

Writer/director Hong Sang-soo has come out with yet another filmabout sad people who are somehow simultaneously depressed and self-absorbed. Breaking the milleu this time is, of all people, Hong Sang-soo's current extramarital flame Kim Min-hee, who plays Ah-reum. Who is Ah-reum? Why, she's a person with absolutely no relation to Bong-wan's personal life at all, except to the extent that in Bong-wan's loneliness, he considers basically anyone to be a potential conquest salve for his feelings of chronic insecurity.

Winners of the 2017 Chunsa Film Art Awards
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Winners of the 2017 Chunsa Film Art Awards

On May 24, members of the film industry honored some of the greatest talents that shined throughout the past year at the 2017 Chunsa Film Art Awards.

Named after pioneer actor and filmmaker Na Woon Gyu, who used Chunsa as a pen name, the annual ceremony took place at COEX Auditorium this year.

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Na Hong Jin took home the title of Best Director for his critically acclaimed production, The Wailing. In his acceptance speech, he not only expressed his gratitude for his cast and crew, but he also amusingly thanked Park Chan Wook for being away at Cannes. (Park Chan Wook is the director of another 2016 film hit, The Handmaiden.

Chunsa Film Art Awards 2017 Winners
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Chunsa Film Art Awards 2017 Winners

Chunsa Film Art Awards 2017 winners' list

"The Wailing" - Na Hong-jin

"The Truth Beneath" - Lee Kyoung-mi

"The Truth Beneath" - Son Ye-jin

"DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet" - Park Jung-min

Best Supporting Actress

"Misbehavior" - Yoo In-young

"Train to Busan" - Kwak Tae-yong

"The Boys Who Cried Wolf" - Kim Jin-hwang

"Beaten Black and Blue" - Koo Gyo-hwan

"Our Love Story" - Lee Sang-hee-II

Lifetime Achievement Award