Pierce Conran
Seoul, South Korea

Pierce Conran is a film journalist based out of Seoul, where he tries to get the lowdown on the latest and greatest from the Korean peninsula for Twitch and runs the website Modern Korean Cinema. Irish by birth, he has lived in Dublin, Switzerland, New York and Los Angeles. When he's not going to film festivals, writing about and reporting on films or rambling on Twitter (@pierceconran), he mostly stares wistfully out the window.

Korean Box Office: Another Huge Weekend for SNOWPIERCER and THE TERROR LIVE

Following last weekend's record breaking 4.5 million admissions bonanza, business quelled somewhat over the past frame. However, at 3.6 million, it is still on of the biggest weekends on record and significantly above last year's 3.1 million. The local market... More »
  

Review: Slick Epidemic Thriller FLU Strays Off Course

It was only last summer that Korea released its first film featuring a deadly disease when Deranged became a big hit in June. Coming from the same studio (CJ Entertainment), the new epidemic thriller Flu, the first work from director... More »
  

Kim Ki-duk's MOEBIUS Approved for Release Following Cuts

Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk has been having a hard with his latest film, the controversial Moebius, which is set to have its world premiere later this month at the Venice International Film Festival, where it will screen out of competition.... More »
  

Weinstein Thinks You Are Too Dumb For SNOWPIERCER

Once news broke that The Weinstein Company had acquired international rights to Bong Joon-ho's hotly anticipated Snowpiercer, it was perhaps inevitable that the film wouldn't make it to Western screens unscathed. It has now been revealed that Harvey Weinstein has... More »
  

Korean Box Office: SNOWPIERCER Leads Biggest Weekend In Korea's History

This first weekend in August is always a busy time in Korea and though this one was poised to post massive figures, few could have foreseen just how big it would be. Roughly 4.5 million tickets were sold this weekend,... More »
  

PiFan 2013 Review: THE KIRISHIMA THING Explores The Mysteries Of Social Hierarchy

Shot through with deadpan humor and framed in a complex but always coherent structure, The Kirishima Thing is an engaging new work from director Daihachi Yoshida that is both modest in its aims and ambitious in its construction. Kirishima is... More »
  

Korean Box Office: RED 2 Fends of THE WOLVERINE in Week 2

Following a burst of activity in June and early July, the Korean box office has been down a little down (though still strong) these past few weeks as we brace ourselves for what should be an enormous August. 2.56... More »
  

PiFan 2013 Review: THE TERROR LIVE Starts Strong But Runs Out of Steam

In an era of oversaturation at the cineplex, with countless retreads and follow-ups dominating the marquees, sometimes a gimmick is just the trick to freshen things up. A clever and well-executed hook can seem fresh and original, but if poorly... More »
  

PiFan 2013: SIGHTSEERS, ON THE JOB Win Big + NAFF Project Awards

Last night, Korea's Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped its 17th edition, handing out awards and screening the world premiere of Korean thriller The Terror Live, starring Ha Jung-woo, who was in attendance.The big winners of the night were... More »
  

PiFan 2013 Review: Muddled RITUAL - A PSYCHOMAGIC STORY Misses The Mark

Heavily influenced by cult surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, not to mention starring the ageing cineaste in a minor role, Ritual - A Psychomagic Story is a new Italian film from the directing duo Giulia Brazzare and Luca Immesi. A psychological... More »
  

Review: SNOWPIERCER Fires On All Cylinders

Cinema is a medium of motion and if anyone understands this, it appears to be Bong Joon-ho, whose visionary new work is a demented and stunning thrillride. In his first production outside his native South Korea, Bong has delivered his... More »
  

Review: THE WOLVERINE Aims High But Falls Just Short

I can't speak for everyone, but after a summer full of crumbling cities, robots, monsters, and the loudest sound effects I can remember, I felt the need to brace myself as I sat down to another big-budget action spectacle. Thankfully,... More »
  

PiFan 2013: Preview Part IV - KAFA, Ani Fanta and Jodorowsky

PiFan starts in two days and we're still sorting through the fest's impressive program. For part IV of our preview I take a look at some of the fest's sidebars, including the annual animation program Ani Fanta, the Korean Academy... More »
  

Korean Box Office: PACIFIC RIM Cashes in on Korea's Robot-philia

Business was a healthy 2.62 million admissions (in line with last year) over the frame as two big releases duked it out for the top spot. The local market share was down to 40%, well below last year's 60%... More »
  

Review: Webcomics Harbor Old Grudges in KILLER TOON

Every summer, Korea pumps out a handful of horror films for people looking to catch a few scares and respite from the hot and humid summer. Unfortunately, the industry's yields over the past few years have left much to be... More »
  

Review: SECRETLY GREATLY, Slick, Manipulative, And Disappointing

When a filmmaker makes a great debut, expectations are bound to be quite high for the follow-up. Such was the case for Jang Cheol-soo, who took the world by storm with his terrific island revenge saga Bedevilled in 2010. When... More »
  

PiFan 2013: Preview Part I - Puchon Choice (Main Competition)

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off next Thursday and it's high time that James and I combed through the program to pick the highlights of this year's festival. Here's is the first part of the preview, for... More »
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: This VERY ORDINARY COUPLE Aims to Show You What's What

Grand romance, as depicted on screen, written on the page or sung into a microphone, is the stuff of dreams. We crave it and feel it vicariously through surrogate works. It happens in life too but scarcely as magnificently as... More »
  

SNOWPIERCER Live Internet Showcase with Director & Cast

Though international dates have yet to be confirmed, it isn't long before Snowpiercer's August 1st bow in Korea. CJ Entertainment's marketing machine for their hotly anticipated summer tentpole has been in full swing for a few weeks and later today... More »
  

Adventures in Classic Korean Cinema: POLLEN

Adventures in Classic Korean Cinema is a bi-weekly feature looking back at classic South Korean Cinema. My very first Korean film from the 1970s, which I saw during last year's Udine Far East Film Festival in the "Darkest Decade of... More »
  
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