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History Awaits as S. Korea Readies for Largest-ever Taekwondo Worlds

History Awaits as S. Korea Readies for Largest-ever Taekwondo Worlds

SEOUL, Jun. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The upcoming taekwondo world championships in South Korea will be a historic one on many levels, as the organizers prepare for the largest competition to date. The 2017 World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Taekwondo Championships will take place in Muju, some 240 kilometers south of Seoul from June 24 [...]

South Korean Football League Poised to Introduce VAR System in July

South Korean Football League Poised to Introduce VAR System in July

SEOUL, June 20 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s pro football league said Monday that a video review system will be implemented next month to reduce refereeing mistakes and enhance the quality of matches. The K League, the operator of the pro football competitions, said the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be adopted July 1 in its first division K League Classic after going through a three-month test. The International Football Association Board (IFAB), [...]

Korean Theaters Reject ‘Okja’ in Row with Netflix

Korean Theaters Reject ‘Okja’ in Row with Netflix

SEOUL, June 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Director Joon-ho Bong’s newest movie, “Okja”, has been unveiled in Korea, but there are disputes regarding the movie’s screening at some of the country’s largest theater chains. Three major multiplexes – CGV, Lotte Cinema and Megabox – made it clear that they will not screen “Okja” as part of a [...]

Largest Taekwondo World Championships to be Held in S. Korea

Largest Taekwondo World Championships to be Held in S. Korea

SEOUL, June 15 (Korea Bizwire) – This year’s taekwondo world championships to be held in South Korea will be the largest in the competition’s history, organizers said Wednesday. The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) said 917 athletes from 183 nations have signed up for the June 24-30 WTF World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, some 240 kilometers south of Seoul. Both the numbers of participating nations and athletes are [...]

Director of ‘Okja’ Criticizes Cannes Over Abrupt Rule Change

Director of ‘Okja’ Criticizes Cannes Over Abrupt Rule Change

SEOUL, June 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho on Wednesday threw a jab at the organizers of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, saying that it should have fixed its rules regarding streaming-only films before inviting his Netflix movie “Okja.” “It would have been preferable if the Cannes festival would have put the rules in order before inviting us. Inviting us and creating [...]

Mega-hit Mobile Game ‘Yin Yang-sha’ to Land in S. Korea

Mega-hit Mobile Game ‘Yin Yang-sha’ to Land in S. Korea

SEOUL, Jun. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Games Corp., a game company under Kakao Corp., which operates South Korea’s most-used mobile messenger KakaoTalk, unveiled the highly anticipated mobile game “Onmyoji for kakao” on Tuesday, with the official launch date set for August. The Korean version of the role-playing game — with over 200 million downloads [...]

‘Mummy’ and ‘Villainess’ Beat ‘Wonder Woman’ in S. Korean Weekend Box Office

‘Mummy’ and ‘Villainess’ Beat ‘Wonder Woman’ in S. Korean Weekend Box Office

SEOUL, Jun. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Tom Cruise wielded unrivaled influence on the South Korean box office over the weekend. His new action blockbuster “The Mummy” topped the weekend box office, drawing 1.128 million cinemagoers to 1,254 screens around the country, according to figures from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).’ The movie’s accumulated ticket sales [...]