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[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Cart"

2014/10/11 | | Permalink

The cashiers and cleaning ladies in "Cart" are constantly told to have faith in the system. That's what the morning loyalty oaths are for. As presented in context, this entire scene looks so utterly ridiculous I would probably have doubted these things even exist except that I already have familiarity with the concept. I guess modern capitalism is an actual religion these days. Makes sense really. If corporations are people with religious beliefs what other God could they possibly have?...More

[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Daughter" by Koo Hye-seon

2014/10/11 | | Permalink

In the present day San-i (played by Koo Hye-seon) frequents wide open spaces. Somehow the perspective feels immensely claustrophobic. The immediately following flashback initially does little to explain why. Young San-i (played by Hyeon Seung-min) is on an outing with her mother (played by Shim Hye-jin). There's lots of picture-taking- a very tedious process some fifteen years ago, back before everyone did it with cell phones spontaneously. And as it turns out, that's not the only part of San-i's life that's heavily regimented...More

[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "The Fatal Encounter"

2014/10/11 | | Permalink

From the film's very bleak, poorly lit opening, the tone is very clearly set that "The Fatal Encounter" has no intention of being a happy uplifting movie about the triumph of good over evil during a very dark time in Korea's history. Without ruining too much of the ending, it's really more of a triumph of general disgust over evil, because why would anyone need that much evil can we at least not murder children. Is that too much to ask? King Jeongjo (played by Hyeon Bin) is less a beacon of hope so much as he is the only guy in the movie with a more noble motivation than just bolstering the people who like him...More

[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Haemoo"

2014/10/11 | | Permalink

The year is 1998, and Captain Cheol-joo (played by Kim Yoon-seok) is facing an increasingly deleterious financial situation. He ends up resorting to smuggling in order to try to make ends meet, but mostly Cheol-joo just wants to save his boat. This takes on increasingly ironic undertones as the film goes on, because in many ways the boat is killing Cheol-joo and destroying his plans, both literally and figuratively. This is clearly a metaphor for...something...More

[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

2014/10/11 | | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★ "Find Satomi": An AV idol gets stranded in her bunny costume in the middle of the city after her organisers botch the plans for her fan meet. (10/16) 

★★★★ "Compassion": A high school outcast struggles with the death of her friend, her parents' fighting, and bullying at school. (10/16)

★★★★ "Hwang Gu": A mix-raced martial artist dreams of becoming a member of the national taekwondo team and, with the support of his girlfriend and family, takes up the challenge. (10/16)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "KUNDO: Age of the Rampant": Worthy and Weary

2014/10/11 | | Permalink

In the spotlight this week: Yoon Jong-bin's "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant"

Yoon Jong-bin covers an awful lot of ground in his period pastiche "KUNDO", and when the film broke the opening-day record at the box office we thought (before "The The Admiral: Roaring Currents" stormed the scene) that perhaps this jazzy Joseon epic would be one for the record books. While it is highly entertaining, and the pure scope Yoon tried to frame-up was impressive, Yoon's commitment to compression, style and staging did appear to affect the film's bottom line...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "KUNDO: Age of the Rampant"

2014/10/11 | | Permalink

A selection of stills from Yoon Jong-bin's "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant"

"This 'kimchi western' plays like an interesting origin story as it follows the rise of one man as he righteously rages for the greater good. There are some really stunning scenes here, the kind of aesthetically appealing moments you'd expect to find in such a high-quality production, and the action and locations seem fresh, if not a bit fantastical".....Enjoy!...More

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