South Korea

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 »

Sang-woo Lee – Abeojineun Gaeda AKA Father is a Dog (2010)

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Three bothers live together with a father who treats them as a dog in the house. The first son desires for food and the son lost his face after he got burned by fire. He desires for sex. All he does is masturbation and painting in his cooped room. The second son is the normal one in the house where the Chinese stranger comes in and he starts living with them. The boy is father’;s lover and has sex with a father in the presence of three sons. One day, a crazy girl gets into the house, the house is full of sexual desire and lust. Read More »