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  • Kang-hyun Lee – Eol-gul-deul AKA Possible Faces (2018)

    2011-2020DramaKang-hyun LeeSouth Korea
    Eol gul deu (2018)
    Eol gul deu (2018)

    Giseon works as an administrator at a high school. He begins to nurture an interest in Jinsu, a student on the soccer team. He asks him how his soccer practices are, and whether there are any problems in school. He even visits him at home. Giseon’s ex Hyejin quits her job and gets busy remodeling her mother’s small restaurant. The stories of Giseon and Hyejin run parallel, and they reappear after some time has passed. Giseon has quit working at the school and is writing for a private newsletter. He is writing a story on a delivery driver, Hyeonsu.Read More »

  • Sang-soo Im – Chunyudleui Jeonyuksiksah aka Girls Night Out (1998)

    Sang-soo Im1991-2000DramaSouth Korea
    Chunyudleui Jeonyuksiksah (1998)
    Chunyudleui Jeonyuksiksah (1998)

    Quote:
    “Girls’ Night Out” is the rather unfortunate translation of a title which couples the phonologically-similar terms for “Ladies'” and “Dinner Party”. It was written and directed by first-time director Lim Sang-Soo (not to be confused with Hong Sang-Soo, who directed The Power of Kangwon Province). The film, together with An Affair, opened at the Pusan Film Festival and had its general release during Chusok weekend in September (a major weekend for film releases).Read More »

  • Jun-Pyo Hong – Chun Tae-Il (2021)

    2021-2030AnimationDramaJun-Pyo HongSouth Korea
    Chun Tae Il (2021)
    Chun Tae Il (2021)

    A moving drama depicting the life of a beautiful young man, Jeon Tae-il, a symbolic figure of the Korean labor movement who became a spark of hope for workers’ rights.Read More »

  • Ki-hwan Oh – Jakeob-ui jeongseok AKA Art of Seduction (2005)

    2001-2010AsianComedyKi-hwan OhSouth Korea
    Jakeob ui jeongseok (2005)
    Jakeob ui jeongseok (2005)

    Synopsis wrote:
    Min-Jun (SONG Il-Kook) and Ji-Won (SON Ye-Jin) are so-called the first-rate “players” who are dating gurus with 100% success rates in any dating pursuits. Following her usual systematic dating rules, Ji-Won fakes a schematic car accident to capture Min-Jun’s attention and successfully approaches him.

    However, her smooth-sailing dating life finally encounters turbulence. Why in the world is this guy not succumbing to her alluring charm? Ironically enough, Min-Jun is also overwhelmed by the understanding that he has met his match. However, like the veteran players that they are, these two shouldn’t show any signs of weakness in their dating tactics. Who will emerge
    victorious and become the last player standing?Read More »

  • Sohn Koo-Yong – Night Walk (2023)

    2021-2030DocumentaryExperimentalSohn Koo-YongSouth Korea
    Night Walk (2023)
    Night Walk (2023)

    Small nightly monochrome silent landscapes to observe and enter another time to feel how everyday transforms through the gaze.

    This gorgeous landscape film is an invitation to the magical wonders of the night. Sohn Koo-yong’s second feature is a soothing, silent caress for our senses. Composed of a series of deliciously framed still shots and abstract drawings made by the filmmaker himself, superimposed onto the filmed images, it will enthral you with an enchanting ambience and unique lyricism. Without any sound or music, it speaks in a selection of poems by the Seonbi of the Joseon Dynasty that melts into the nightscape.Read More »

  • Chan-wook Park – Saminjo AKA Threesome (1997)

    Chan-wook Park1991-2000ComedyCrimeSouth Korea
    Saminjo (1997)
    Saminjo (1997)

    Ahn is a suicidal saxophonist, Mun is a violent simpleton with an I.Q. of 80, and Maria is a single mother with dreams of becoming a nun. Ahn has tried numerous times to kill himself but nothing has ever worked. When he witnesses his wife’s infidelity, it is the last straw. He gets a call from Mun, and both decide to take things into their own hands by robbing a café at gunpoint. They run into Maria, who is determined to find her baby who has been taken from her. Maria decides to use the two men to get her baby back and joins the team.Read More »

  • Chan-wook Park – Boksuneun naui geot AKA Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

    2001-2010Chan-wook ParkCrimeDramaSouth Korea
    Boksuneun naui geot (2002)
    Boksuneun naui geot (2002)

    Quote:
    As anyone who’s watched “The Way of the Gun” knows, the furthest distance between two points is always between a kidnapper and his money. In “Sympathy for Mr Vengeance”, though, getting the money is easy. It’s staying alive long enough to spend it that’s the problem.

    Taking its cue from the Pang brothers’ similarly excellent “Bangkok Dangerous”, “Sympathy for Mr Vengeance” stars Shin Ha-kyun as Ryu, a deaf and dumb steelworker who kidnaps his boss’ daughter in order to pay for a kidney operation for his beloved sister. Nothing goes according to plan, and what ought to have been easy money soon turns into blood money.Read More »

  • Seon-ho Wu – Si-che-ga Dol-a-wass-da AKA Over My Dead Body (2012)

    2011-2020ComedyCrimeSeon-ho WuSouth Korea
    Si che ga Dol a wass da (2012)
    Si che ga Dol a wass da (2012)

    Science researcher Hyeon-cheol demonstrates with co-workers against the company president, who stole an important semiconductor chip and is attempting to flee to the United States. Meanwhile, the company president makes his escape from the protesters in an ambulance. During his escape, the executive cuts a wound in his arm and implants the chip there. While, Hyeon-cheol and co-worker Han Jin-soo head for home, Han Jin-Soo is hit by a speeding car. Hyeon-cheol thinks it isn’t an accident. He contacts Han Jin-Soo’s daughter Dong-Hwa and they meet at the police station. After visiting her father at the hospital, Dong-Hwa becomes worried about how to pay for her father’s hospital bills. On a TV at the hospital, they learn that the company president died from a heart attack. Hyeon-cheol and Dong-Hwa then come up with the idea to steal the body of the company president for ransom. Their plan goes somewhat according to plan, but Hyeon-cheol and Dong-Hwa soon realize that they didn’t steal a corpse, but an actual live person Jin-oh!
    —Stanislav S, Sochi, RussiaRead More »

  • Kwon-taek Im – Jagko AKA Pursuit of Death (1980)

    Kwon-taek Im1971-1980DramaSouth KoreaWar
    Jagko (1980)
    Jagko (1980)

    Quote:
    Two old adversaries meet by chance in a rehab center and realize that the conflict which has dominated their lives since the Korean War has run out of road. Both men are in ruins. One is a former cop, the other a former communist guerrilla; the flashbacks to their sad backstories show Im’s skill in anchoring the currents of modern Korean history in wrenching emotional drama.Read More »

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