South Korea

July Jung – Dohee-ya AKA A Girl at my Door (2014)

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Synopsis:
Young-nam was a promising graduate of the police academy before she was transferred to the small seaside village, which was caused by her misconduct. On her first day to the village, she encounters with Dohee who is the girl living in the town, seeming to have somewhat gloomy looking face. As Young-nam tries to accommodate with her new surroundings, an accident of Dohee’s grandma getting killed by falling in the seashore cliff happens. As to protect the girl from her stepfather’s abuse, Young-nam let Dohee stay at her place but things turn out to be more mysterious as she gets to know her. Read More »

Kun-jae Jang – Hwioribaram AKA Eighteen (2009)

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Plot summary from M-Line Distribution:

Eighteen year-old Tae-hoon and Mi-jung have been going out for 100 days. During winter break they decide to take a trip to the beach to celebrate their anniversary. When they are back home after a few days, they have to confront a harsh situation – Mi-jung’s parents don’t allow them to see each other until they become college students.

Tae-hoon struggles to keep their love and wanders around Mi-jung but she is eventually changed and avoids him as her parents wish. Winter turns to spring, and Tae-hoon and Mi-jung both turn nineteen. Read More »

Ki-duk Kim – Il-dae-il AKA One on One (2014)

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One on One: After a high school student is murdered, the seven suspects are hunted down by members of a terrorist organization. Read More »

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). Read More »

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 Read More »

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. Read More »

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

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Plot:
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. Read More »