Uhm Jung-hwa

Owing to an administrative cock-up at the Pearly Gates, rich, single, hard-nosed, man-hating lawyer Lee Yeon-woo, whose main client is an evil construction company, meets an early death. She is given a chance to resume her life, but only on condition that she first, for one month only, lives the life of a mother-of-two married […]


Saharial at the Terracotta Festival: Dancing Queen

by Saharial 23 April 2012
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This second film of the Korean Breakfast Club double bill was a comedy with a little more social punch, dealing with gender roles in Korean society, politics and show business. The story focuses on Jung-Hwa (Uhm Jung Hwa), once known as the Madonna of Shinchon, who once dreamed of being a singer before marrying her […]

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Insadong Scandal – a fun caper movie

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2009
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Insadong Scandal is like Thomas Crown Affair, only slicker and with more twists. Highly recommended # and a suprise highlight of the LKFF2009, with Uhm Jung-hwa on sparkling, even sizzling, form. Keywords: Titles: Insadong Scandal Directors: Park Hee-gon Event tags: LKFF 2009 People: Uhm Jung-hwa

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Deadly Elves and other recent tabloid stories

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2007
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It’s a while since I did a round-up of celebrity news, which means that I’ve almost forgotten all the things I was going to mention, and lost most of the links that I was going to use. So before things get completely out of hand, here’s one of my not-so-regular posts shamelessly plundering the celebrity […]

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Uhm Jung-hwa #9: Prestige

by Philip Gowman 6 February 2007
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(2006) After all the high jinks required to get this album off the ground, my expectations of the music to be enjoyed therein were low. They were triumphantly met. There’s nothing terribly objectionable about anything on this album, but then there’s nothing terribly arresting either. The thing which most sticks in the mind that is […]

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Top singer-actors, a Chungmuro A-list wedding, a record deal and the Last Vampire

by Philip Gowman 8 December 2006

I haven’t posted about any celebs recently, so here’s the latest clips I’ve come across: 1 Singers turned actors With an eye on the success of canto-pop stars on the big screen, K-pop stars and their managers have been looking to maximise brand value and revenue streams. Uhm Jung-hwa, I only recently noticed, has been […]

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The versatile Uhm Jung-hwa (엄정화)

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2006
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A rather silly item in the Chosun Ilbo (entitled Singer’s Hotpants Inflame Cyberspace) has alerted me to an actress that I hadn’t really focused on before. She’s been in films that I’ve seen and vaguely registered as quite interesting, or films that I’ve missed and am eager to see. I haven’t heard her sing, and […]

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Festival film Review: Princess Aurora (오로라 공주) (18)

by Philip Gowman 22 May 2006
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Dir: Bang Eun-jin, 2005 Mon 22 May 2006, 8:30pm, Prince Charles Cinema A whydunnit rather than a whodunnit. From the start, the perpetrator of these rather fun and sometimes gruesome murders is not in doubt, and the film sustains interest by drawing you into why the murders are committed. At first you think the motivation […]

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