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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 [...]

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 [...]

Netflix Condemned by South Korean Cinemas for Joint Release of “Okja”

Netflix Condemned by South Korean Cinemas for Joint Release of “Okja”

SEOUL, June 2 (Korea Bizwire) – Okja, director Bong Joon-ho’s action-adventure film that wowed audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, is once again under fire, this time in South Korea, with Netflix choosing to release the film online at the same time as it is released at local theaters.  Along with another Netflix film, The Meyerowitz [...]

‘Okja’ Press Screening in Cannes Temporarily Halted Due to Jeers from Audience

‘Okja’ Press Screening in Cannes Temporarily Halted Due to Jeers from Audience

CANNES, France, May 19 (Korea Bizwire) – The press screening of South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” at the Cannes Film Festival was temporarily stopped on Friday (local time) due to jeers from the audience opposing the Netflix-invested title’s presence at this year’s event. Boos, claps, and whistles erupted from the audience when the Netflix [...]

Director Bong Joon-ho Gives a Peek at Much-anticipated ‘Okja’

Director Bong Joon-ho Gives a Peek at Much-anticipated ‘Okja’

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — In his acclaimed sci-fi thriller “Snowpiercer,” Bong Joon-ho offered a dystopian take on the future of human beings devastated by a man-made environmental calamity. Four years later, the Korean director returned with a new film imbued with the same potent message against human hubris, this time through the story [...]

Netflix and YouTube Accelerate Investment in South Korean Entertainment Content in Absence of Local Competitors

Netflix and YouTube Accelerate Investment in South Korean Entertainment Content in Absence of Local Competitors

SEOUL, May 11 (Korea Bizwire) – In the absence of local over-the-top content service providers in South Korea, global OTT giants including Netflix and YouTube are accelerating their efforts to invest in original South Korean entertainment content to crack open a market that has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Despite the majority of the [...]

Two Korean Films to Compete in Cannes

Two Korean Films to Compete in Cannes

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean directors Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” and Hong Sang-soo’s “The Day After” will compete in this year’s Cannes Film Festival set to open next month, the festival announced Thursday. They were among the 18 titles chosen for the main Competition lineup for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, announced by festival president Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Fremaux. This marks the [...]

Netflix to Make Its First Korean Original Series

Netflix to Make Its First Korean Original Series

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – U.S. video service provider Netflix Inc. announced on Thursday that it will produce its first Korean original series “Love Alarm” based on a popular eponymous local webtoon for release next year.   The upcoming cartoon-based drama, written by one of the country’s most eminent graphic novelists Chon Kye-young, marks Netflix’s [...]