South Korea

Pil-Sung Yim – Hansel & Gretel (2007)

A reckless youngster Eun-soo drives to his mother’s and has a car accident. When Eun-soo wakes up, he meets a mysterious girl and is led to her fairytale-like house in the middle of the forest. There, Eun-soo is trapped with the girl and her siblings who never age. Soon he learns all the adults who visited or stayed in the house have met mysterious yet terrible ends. More shockingly, their cruel deaths are drawn in details and made into a fairytale book by the children. Scared Eun-soo tries to find the way out, but the house is secluded in the forest with no way out. Then, Eun-soo discovers a book which tells a brutal end of none other than…himself! Read More »

Young Nam Ko – Sonagi AKA The Shower (1979)

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Seokee meets Yeonee at the entrance to the village. She has transferred from a shool in Seoul as a result of her father’s business failure, and has been sent to live with her great-grandfather Yoon. Yeonee waits for Seokee near a stream and tries to befriend him, but Seokee feels awkward and avoids her. Thereafter, Seokee doesn’t see Yeonee neer the stream for days. He misses her. He dresses up in his best clothes and goes to try and find her. After Seokee fights with other kids on Yeonee’s behalf, they become friends. Yeonee asks Seokee to go hiking and they have a wonderful time. They are caught in a rain shower. Seokee givers his shirt to Yeonee. They dash for cover and sit together under a haystack… Read More »

Jee-woon Kim – Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom aka The Good, the Bad and the Weird (2008)

SYNOPSIS
With the Korean Peninsula under Japanese rule in 1930s, many Koreans flock to Manchuria for refuge. Some become bandits, some train robbers and yet others bounty hunters. While the Weird, a notorious train robber, is stealing from a Japanese train crossing the Manchurian plains, he discovers a treasure map. But the map is also sought after by the Bad, a merciless gang leader. Coincidentally, the Good, a bounty hunter, is on the train, and he is after the Bad. The three engage in a spectacular chase with the Japanese Army, the Korean independence fighters, and the Chinese bandits all looking to get their hands on the prized map.(KOFIC) Read More »

Sun-ah Kim & Se-hee Park – Eun-sil-yee AKA The Dearest (2011)

Eunshil, a mentally handicapped teenage girl, dies in the janitor’s closet at school during winter break while giving birth to a baby. The principal’s daughter decides to look after the baby herself and try to find out what really happened to her former classmate. However, everyone around her seems oddly disinterested, and her search uncovers secrets that she didn’t want to know–about Eunshil, her family, the whole village, and even about herself. This movie is a withering social statement about the darkest elements of rural life in South Korea. Read More »

Su-jin Lee – Jeogui sagwa AKA Enemy’s Apple (2007)

On a hot summer day in a blind alley, a police officer and a laborer, both who have fallen behind from their units, are confronting each other. What they are wearing represents their status and makes them mutual enemies. Read More »

Sang-soo Hong – Grass (2018)

In a small Café, Min-hee Kim plays a guest who prefers to observe but not interact with the other guests herself. Read More »

Ki-duk Kim – Bi-mong aka Dream (2008)

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Dream (or Bi-mong, as is the Korean title) is already Ki-duk’s 15th film. It’s also the 15th Ki-duk film I watched so obviously you can consider me a fan. Ki-duk is a director who’s known to stay pretty close to what he does best, so even though the differences between Dream and his earlier films might not seem stellar, they do present a big deviation for Ki-duk standards. Yet in the end, Dream is still 100% Ki-duk and couldn’t have been made by any other. Read More »