Hong Sang Soo and Kim Min Hee’s Film On the Beach at Night Alone Fails at the Box Office

The South Korean wallets have spoken and a first ever prestigious award win isn’t enough to overcome the personal life gossip at the box office. Director Hong Sang Soo‘s latest indie film On the Beach at Night Alone starring Kim Min Hee premiered last Thursday in South Korea and after the weekend is ranked a paltry 9th on the box office charts, with less than 30,000 admissions (27,311 in 5 days). While indie films, especially ones with moody themes such as On the Beach detailing an actress getting over an affair with her movie director, are never expected to be box office hits but this is much lower than pundits expected considering Kim Min Hee won Best Actress at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival for her role in this film and South Koreans always feel pride and express their support when one of their own ascends a world stage moment. It’s a shame her acting talent cannot be judged or appreciated by most audience goers divorced from judgment about her personal life, but her Best Actress award and having a man who professes to love her ought to be comfort. Continue reading

Jo In Sung and Kim Min Hee Break Up as Dispatch Releases Pictures of Him with Gong Hyo Jin

Looks like Korea’s getting on the potentially messy love quadrangle action that’s been dominating the headlines over in Greater China last week with the reunion romance of two of Hong Kong’s biggest stars. It’s been an ongoing saga of innuendo … Continue reading

Winners and Pretty Outfits from the 49th Baeksang Awards

Kim Min Hee is having arguably the best year of her life – she’s the newest Best Actress (Film) winner at the just completed 49th Baeksang Awards, and her newly outed relationship with Jo In Sung lit up the news … Continue reading