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Bong Joon Ho – Gisaengchung AKA Parasite (2019) (HD)

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There’s an elegance that graces every frame of Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (aka Gisaengchung). From the stunning home of Mr. Park (Sun-kyun) to the slums where the Kim family resides, every shot is deliberate and masterfully constructed, resulting in a movie that is a visual wonder. Everything else about the film is just as expertly done, the story and the acting all top-notch. Joon-ho’s film blends a multitude of genres, collecting them all under the umbrella of “dark comedy”, which this film certainly encapsulates. Undeniably funny and sometimes shockingly emotional, Joon-ho’s film is about class disparity and the lengths people will go through in order to survive. Read More »

Hun Jang – Ui-hyeong-je AKA Secret Reunion (2010)

Synopsis:
A North Korean killer known as “Shadow” is sent to assassinate an important dissident who found refuge in Seoul. He is helped by two sleeping agents: Son Tae-soon as look-out, and Song Ji-won, an elite fighter. The North Koreans have not counted with Lee Han-gyoo, from the South Korean National Intelligence Service, who has been tracking them and closes in with his men. Han-gyoo has not counted with the North Koreans’ skill and ruthlessness. True to his reputation, “Shadow” disappears. Ji-won manages to escape, but cannot return to his country, where he is suspected to be a traitor, nor defect, for this means certain death for his wife and daughter who remained in North Korea. Discredited, Han-gyoo is fired from the NIS. Several years later, Ji-won and Han-gyoo meet unexpectedly, and pick up their confrontation — but not quite from where they left it off. Read More »

Chan-sang Lim – Hyojadong ibalsa AKA The President’s Barber [+commentaries] (2004)

Synopsis:
Seong Han-mo (Song Kang-ho) is a barber and owns a shop in the president’s neighborhood, the Blue House. Politically not very well-versed he always joins his acquaintances’ opinions and at first also isn’t aware what consequences result from president Rhee’s resignation in 1960 after several student demonstrations. Rhee leaves a power vacuum that his soon filled by a military regime lead by General Park Chung-hee (Jo Yeong-jin) who puts himself at the top of the government in 1963. Han-mo, however, has different concerns as his wife Min-ja (Moon So-ri) brings a son into this world of politically turbulent times. Read More »

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

Synopsis:
Seong Han-mo (Song Kang-ho) is a barber and owns a shop in the president’s neighborhood, the Blue House. Politically not very well-versed he always joins his acquaintances’ opinions and at first also isn’t aware what consequences result from president Rhee’s resignation in 1960 after several student demonstrations. Rhee leaves a power vacuum that his soon filled by a military regime lead by General Park Chung-hee (Jo Yeong-jin) who puts himself at the top of the government in 1963. Han-mo, however, has different concerns as his wife Min-ja (Moon So-ri) brings a son into this world of politically turbulent times. Read More »

Jee-woon Kim – Banchikwang aka The Foul King (2000)

Synopsis
The story of a banker who moonlights as a pro wrestler. In the days when head-butting wrestler Kim Il was in his glory, a young boy idolized Ultra Tiger Mask, the one and only foul-playing wrestler. Now the boy has grown into a shy and incompetent man. His days are long and his boss is always harrassing him… But then one day he learns to wrestle. His lifeless eyes start to sparkle, and muscles break out on his pot-bellied body. He’s born again. In the ring, he becomes the vicious Foul King. Now, get ready for the fight of your life! Read More »

Chan-wook Park – Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA AKA J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)

Synopsis:
In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining rounds in the assassin’s magazine, amount to 16 cartridges for a gun that should normally hold 15. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved – all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic. Read More »

Chan-wook Park – Bakjwi AKA Thirst [Extended Director’s Cut] (2009)

Synopsis:
Sang-hyun, a priest working for a hospital, selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery by an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He realizes his sole reason for living: the pleasures of the flesh. Read More »