Ik-Joon Yang – Ddongpari AKA Breathless (2008) (HD)

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A violent man learns compassion when he starts to care for a young woman in this independent crime drama. Song-hoon (Yang Ik-june) is a hired thug working for underworld kingpin Man-shik (Jeong Man-shik), whose money buys only so much of Song-hoon’s loyalty. Song-hoon has a violent streak and he’s not afraid to strike out against those who would turn against him or his boss, making him an enforcer to be reckoned with in the South Korean underworld. But Song-Hoon’s life begins to change when he meets Yeong-jae (Lee Hwan), Man-Shik’s newest underling. Yeong-jae has a teenage sister, Han Yeon-heui (Kim Gol-bi) who is as good-hearted as her brother is corrupt. Soon-hong and Yeon-heui get to know one another, and his affection for her brings out a compassionate side in his nature that he’s never been willing to acknowledge before. As Soon-hong falls deeper in love with Yeon-heui, he begins considering leaving his old life behind, which is more difficult than he ever imagined. Ddongpari (aka Breathless) was the first feature film from writer, producer and director Yang Ik-june, who also stars as Song-hoon. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Continue reading

Sang-soo Hong – Hahaha (2010)

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Jo Munkyung (Kim Sang-kyung) — a would-be filmmaker on the cusp of immigrating to Canada — bumps into old friend Bang Jungshik (Yu Jun-sang). The two sit down for drinks and reminisce about their summer vacations, which coincidentally took them both to the coastal city of Tongyeong. We discover their holidays overlapped in other ways, including separate encounters with Wang Seongok (Moon So-ri), a somewhat neurotic tour guide who Munkyung doggedly pursued. This typical late-period Hong setup is enhanced by a back-and-forth flashback structure (recalling the experiments of his earlier works), greater-than-usual levity, and a nearly screwball performance by Moon So-ri (Oasis, A Good Lawyer’s Wife). Continue reading

Man-dae Bong – Masitneun sex geurigo sarang AKA Sweet Sex And Love (2003)

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A girl, bored with her current relationship, dumps her boyfriend and starts a new relationship. The new relationship goes well and they move in together, but things start to go downhill.

Comments from imdb:
Though this movie will certainly be remembered much more by its numerous erotic scenes, which though carefully choreographed still won’t be to everybody’s likings, the other its part shouldn’t be overlooked however; it deals with love and everyday problems of life being spent together. Overall, it’s a sad story about love between two people and their up’s and down’s while they are together swimming through everyday life. Worth looking just for the end itself if not for anything else. 7/10 Continue reading

Kyung-mook Kim – Eolgul eopnun geotdul AKA Faceless Things (2005)

“David Bordwell” wrote:
Warnings about gay sadomasochism to the contrary, this doesn’t offer much you can’t see in Warhol or Waters. What it does provide is three shots. The first, nearly 45 minutes long, provides virtually a one-act play about a motel tryst between a businessman and his teenage lover. The second shot shifts us to an anonymous sexual encounter that is admittedly fairly off-putting, but handled with the mix of casual framing and off-kilter suspense we find in, again, Warhol. The very last shot is very brief and puts the other two into a new context. Continue reading

Chan-sang Lim – Hyojadong ibalsa aka The Presidents Barber (2004)

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Newcomer director Im Chansang’s debut “The President’s Barber” vividly depicts, sometimes comically and sometimes seriously, the sociopolitical vicissitudes from the perspectives of a barber and his cute son during the most turbulent period of modern Korea between the 1960s and the 1970s. During these two decades, any remark made by the President was often a law in and of itself. The difference is that the main hero here, who is narrow-minded and unsophisticated, lives near the President’s mansion – Cheong Wa Dae (formerly called Gyeong Mu Dae) in Hyoja-dong in central Seoul. Like his fellow citizens of those times, Seong Hanmo the barber (played by veteran actor Song Gangho) is far from the world of politics, yet he is deeply affected by them. Seong watches everything from illegal electioneering under President Syngman Rhee to the assassination of President Park Chung Hee in 1979. In his personal life, Seong wheedles his assistant Kim Minja (Mun Sori) to marry him. Minja delivers a baby, ironically, on April 19th of 1960, just when the historical students’ uprising for democracy breaks out. Seong’s barbershop, “Hyoja Ibal-gwan,” becomes prosperous after the May 16 military coup d’etat led by General Park Chung Hee. The reason is simple: the newly launched military government ordered every middle and high school student to have their hair cut short. Continue reading

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