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Director Chung Says Theme of Universal Humanity in ‘Minari’ Resonates with American Audience

Director Chung Says Theme of Universal Humanity in ‘Minari’ Resonates with American Audience

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Korean American director Lee Isaac Chung said the growing compliments showered on his latest immigrant film “Minari” represents people’s faith in humanity that everyone harbors deeply in mind. In an online conversation hosted by Korean American actress Sandra Oh as part of the Korean American Day celebration Wednesday (U.S. [...]

Book on Korean Art Master of Traditional Painting to be Released in U.S. This Year

Book on Korean Art Master of Traditional Painting to be Released in U.S. This Year

GYEONGJU, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — An academic book on Park Dae-sung, a renowned artist who has contributed to the globalization of Korean traditional art, will be published in the United States later this year, a cultural foundation said Wednesday. Six art historians in the U.S. — including Suzie Kim, assistant professor of Asian art [...]

COVID-19 Poses Existential Threat to S. Korea’s Indie Music Scene

COVID-19 Poses Existential Threat to S. Korea’s Indie Music Scene

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to a number of self-employed South Koreans. Among them, however, indie musicians and the operators of small-sized performance halls have been hit the hardest. With almost all performances having been cancelled due to social distancing regulations, the performance halls have remained [...]

Exhibition Sheds Light on Foreign Researchers Who Studied Korean Art

Exhibition Sheds Light on Foreign Researchers Who Studied Korean Art

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — An exhibition highlighting foreign critics and historians who have explored and documented Korean art is under way at a museum in central Seoul. “Homebound Journey: Non-Korean Researchers’ Study of Korean Arts” is taking place at the Kimdaljin Art Archives and Museum in the central Seoul neighborhood of Jongno. The [...]

Number of Daily Moviegoers Hits New Record Low amid Movie Drought from Pandemic

Number of Daily Moviegoers Hits New Record Low amid Movie Drought from Pandemic

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of daily moviegoers plunged to a fresh record low this week, as new releases have been affected by the latest coronavirus resurgence in winter, data showed Friday. According to the data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), 14,000-16,000 people went to theaters daily this week, down from [...]

Could S. Korean Actress Youn Receive Oscar Nod for Supporting Role in ‘Minari’?

Could S. Korean Actress Youn Receive Oscar Nod for Supporting Role in ‘Minari’?

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — As the immigration film “Minari,” directed by Korean American Lee Isaac Chung, has been on a roll in the award season, hopes are high that its supporting South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung could get an Oscar nod. Youn, who took the role of the eccentric grandmother in Chung’s semi-autobiographical [...]