Established in 1994, CINE2000 (씨네 2000) has become a prominent production company in Korea. They have produced over 20 films since the company’s inception, including the extremely successful K-horror Whispering Corridors series – Whispering Corridors (여고괴담) (1998), Memento Mori (여고괴담 두번째 이야기) (1999), Wishing Stairs (여고괴담 3 – 여우 계단) (2003), Voice (여고괴담 4: 목소리) (2005), and A Blood Pledge/Suicide Pact (여고괴담 5 – 동반자살) (2009) – which have been incredibly successful both domestically and internationally.
CINE2000 (씨네 2000) has also been responsible for producing several other acclaimed Korean films, including the romantic thriller Addicted (중독) in 2002 starring Lee Byeong-heon and Lee Mi-yeon. Released in 2004, heart-throb Hyeon-bin starred in action film Spin Kick (AKA Taekwon Boys) (돌려차기). In 2007, Hwang Jin-yi (황진이), based on the most renowned courtesan in the Joseon Dynasty, was released featuring an incredible all-star cast including A-list heavyweights Song Hye-kyo, Yoo Ji-tae, Ryoo Seung-ryong, and Yoon Yeo-jeong. Sexual romantic-drama Changing Partners (AKA Love Now) (지금 사랑하는 사람과 살고 있습니까?) also arrived in cinemas the same year, boldly exploring modern relationships with a stand-out performance by Uhm Jung-hwa. Action-comedy Running Turtle (거북이 달린다), starring renowned actor Kim Yoon-seok, was also highly successful critically and commercially upon it’s release in 2009.
More recently, action-comedy The Apprehenders (체포왕) featuring Korean acting legend Park Joong-hoon was released in 2011, while 2012 saw comedy crime-caper Over My Dead Body (시체가 돌아왔다) hit cinemas boasting the impressive line-up of popular stars Ryoo Seung-beom, Kim Ok-bin and Lee Beom-soo.
Filmography of films produced by Cine2000 (씨네 2000):
Over My Dead Body (시체가 돌아왔다) – 2012
Director – Wu Seon-ho (우선호)
Starring – Lee Beom-soo (이범수), Ryu Seung-beom (류승범), Kim Ok-bin (김옥빈)
Synopsis – A trio embark on a cunning heist to get revenge on a corporation, with the ensuing comical hijinks threatening to derail their plans.
The Apprehenders (체포왕) – 2011
Director – Lim Chan-ik (임찬익)
Starring – Park Joon-hoon (박중훈), Lee Seon-gyoon (이선균)
Synopsis – Rival detectives from the neighboring districts of Mapo and Seodaemun compete to become the ‘Officer of the Year’ by apprehending a notorious criminal. With a two week deadline, each must use their own set of skills to catch him.
A Blood Pledge (AKA Suicide Pact) (여고괴담 5 – 동반자살) – 2009
Director – Lee Jong-yong (이종용)
Starring – Son Eun-seo (손은서), Oh Yeon-seo (오연서), Jang Gyeong-ah (장경아), Song Min-jeong (송민정), Yu Shin-ae (유신애)
Synopsis – The suicide of a student at an all girl’s school leads to horrific events and unveiled secrets.
Running Turtle (거북이 달린다) – 2009
Director – Lee Yeon-woo (이연우)
Starring – Lim Yeon-seok (김윤석), Jeong Gyeong-ho (정경호), Keon Mi-ri (견미리), Seon Woo-seon (선우선)
Synopsis – A gambling, down-on-his-luck detective attempts to capture a notorious criminal and win the respect of his family and colleagues.
Changing Partners (AKA Love Now) (지금 사랑하는 사람과 살고 있습니까?) – 2007
Director – Jeong Yeon-soo (정윤수)
Starring – Uhm Jeong-hwa (엄정화), Park Yong-woo (박용우), Lee Dong-geon (이동건), Han Chae-young (한채영)
Synopsis – Two married couples meet by chance and, realizing they may have married the wrong person, begin affairs with each others spouses.
Hwang Jin-yi (황진이) – 2007
Director – Jang Yoon-hyeon (장윤현)
Starring – Song Hye-kyo (송혜교), Yu Ji-tae (유지태), Ryoo Seung-ryong (류승룡)
Synopsis – The tale of the most famous courtesan of the Joseon Dynasty is retold with an all-star cast.
Voice (여고괴담 4 – 목소리) – 2005
Director – Choi Ik-hwan (최익환)
Starring – Kim Ok-bin (김옥빈), Seo Ji-hye (서지혜), Cha Ye-ryeon (차예련), Kim Seo-hyeong (김서형)
Synopsis – At an all girl’s high school, a students is killed by a mysterious attacker. Yet somehow the ghost of the students can still speak to her best friend, and they attempt to find the murderer.
Spin Kick (AKA Taekwon Boys) (돌려차기) – 2004
Director – Nam Sang-gook (남상국)
Starring – Kim Dong-wan (김동완), Hyeon-bin (현빈), Jo-an (조안), Jin Tae-hyeon (진태현)
Synopsis – After putting most of the taekwondo students in hospital, a gang of thugs must join the team in an effort to clean up their acts and not become expelled.
Wishing Stairs (여고괴담 세번째 이야기 : 여우계단) – 2003
Director – Yoon Jae-yeon (윤재연)
Starring – Song Ji-hyo (송지효), Park Han-byeol (박한별), Jo-an (조안), Park Ji-yeon (박지연)
Synopsis – Competing for a place in a prestigious ballet, a student wishes for the role. But when her best friend dies, a series of horrific events unfold.
Addicted (중독) – 2002
Director – Park Yong-hoon (박영훈)
Starring – Lee Byeong-hyon (이병헌), Lee Mi-yeon (이미연)
Synopsis – After two brothers fall into comas, their partners are devastated. Yet when one awakens, and begins exhibiting the character of the other seemingly possessed, the relationships and the very nature of love become increasingly complicated.
Surprise (서프라이즈) – 2002
Director – Kim Jin-seong (김진성)
Starring – Shin Ha-gyeon (신하균), Lee Yo-won (이요원), Kim Min-hee (김민희)
Synopsis – To prepare a surprise party for her boyfriend, a girl asks her best friend to keep him occupied for 12 hours. Yet complications arise as the boyfriend and best friend become closer.
Interview (인터뷰) – 2000
Director – Byeon-hyeok (변혁)
Starring – Lee Jeong-jae (이정재), Shim Eun-ha (심은하), Jo Jae-hyeon (조재현)
Synopsis – A film crew sort through footage and interviews while editing a movie. Yet during the process it becomes clear that the director and an interviewee have a complicated relationship.
Memento Mori (여고괴담 두번째 이야기) – 1999
Director – Kim Tae-yong (김태용), Min Gyu-dong (민규동)
Starring – Kim Gyu-ri (김규리), Park Ye-jin (박예진), Lee Yeong-jin (이영진), Gong Hyo-jin (공효진)
Synopsis – When two students are ostracized for their lesbian relationship, one member cannot cope and commits suicide. Then macabre occurrences begin happening in the school.
Mayonnaise (마요네즈) – 1999
Director – Yoon In-ho (윤인호)
Starring – Kim Hye-ja (김혜자), Choi Jin-shil (최진실)
Synopsis – The relationship between a wife and her mother-in-law become strained they are forced to live together. Yet as time passes both come to understand the similarities they share despite their age difference.
Art Museum By The Zoo (미술관 옆 동물원) – 1998
Director – Lee Jeong-hyang (이정향)
Starring – Shim Eun-ha (심은하), Ahn Seong-gi (안성기), Lee Seong-jae (이성재), Song Seon-mi (송선미)
Synopsis – A man return from the military to find his girlfriend engaged to another man. Befriending a screenwriter, the two create a screenplay based on their experiences.
Whispering Corridors (여고괴담) – 1998
Director – Park Gi-hyeong (박기형)
Starring – Lee Mi-yeon (이미연), Park Yong-soo (박용수), Kim Gyu-ri (김규리), Choi Gang-hee (최강희)
Synopsis – The suicide of a student nine years prior comes back to haunt the members of an all girl’s high school, who must also cope with the shockingly violent authoritarianism within the institute.
Trio (AKA Threesome) (3인조) – 1997
Director – Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)
Starring – Lee Gyeong-yeong (이경영), Kim Min-jeong (김민종), Jeong Seon-gyeong (정선경)
Synopsis – Three disparate individuals, all of whom are suffering hardships, decide to join forces and go on a crime spree to fulfill their goals.
Kill The Love (그들만의 세상) – 1996
Director – Lim Jong-jae (임종재)
Starring – Lee Byeong-hyeon (이병헌), Jeong Seon-gyeong (정선경), Yoo Oh-seong (유오성)
Synopsis – A Korean man named ‘Love’ moves to America, yet becomes embroiled with the criminal underworld. There he meets a dancer and the two fall in love, yet events conspire against them.
Their Last Love Affair (지독한 사랑) – 1996
Director – Lee Myeong-sae (이명세)
Starring – Gang Soo-yeon (강수연), Kim Kab-soo (김갑수), Kim Hak-cheol (김학철)
Synopsis – Thanks to a flattering review of his work, a married poetry professor falls in love with a journalist, and the two embark on an affair.
Deep Scratch (손톱) -1994
Director – Kim Seong-hong (김성홍)
Starring – Shim Hye-jin (심혜진), Lee Gyeong-yeong (이경영), Jin Hee-gyeong (진희경), Jeong Seong-mo (정성모)
Synopsis – An artist attempts to ‘steal’ the life of her rival by imitating her work and by seducing her husband.