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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hide Behind the Sun"

2016/09/17 | | Permalink

The homeless and generally dispossessed population in South Korea doesn't get all that much attention. In all fairness they don't really get that much attention anywhere, since acknowledging the existence of a homeless population is detrimental to any country's self-image. Moreover, what spotlight there is rarely ever falls on the dispossessed people themselves, but rather the organizations which try to help them, and what they want potential donors to see...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Wish"

2016/09/17 | | Permalink

Jjang-goo (played by Jeong Woo) is a normal high school student who wants to be something special, like a high school delinquent. The circumstances are perfect- this being the nineties, there's still a very corporal bent to the South Korean educational system, and Jjang-goo's school already has a local gang. The problem is, this gang doesn't actually do anything except generic masculine posturing. And Jjang-goo is such an unremarkable student he can barely even do that right...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 7

2016/09/17 | | Permalink

Episode 7 of "Incarnation of Jealousy" is about doing wrong and the consequences of doing so. Will our characters right their wrongs? Pout about the outcomes? Ignore the advice of those closest to them? Ignore their own feelings? In this episode, it's a little bit of everything.

Let's start with an unusual character, Ppalgang. She is an important character in that she is the center around which many people rotate...More

[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Jecheon" August 11th-12th

2016/09/17 | | Permalink

Old film posters make fairly frequent appearances at South Korean movie theaters, especially the independent ones. Granted, the Megabox in Jecheon is not strictly speaking an independent movie theater, but it used to be, and why bother taking down such neat decorations located so inconveniently close to the ceiling? These are all American movies posters, of course, but it's striking how much they resemble their South Korean counterparts, right down to the Chinese characters...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/09/17 | | Permalink

CNN lists seven spectacular K-horrors, Pierce Conran explores how foreign filmmakers and companies are shaping Korean content, KOBIZ interviews Moon Yong-chan about his location scouting skills for Park Dae-min's "Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River", and The Washington Post speaks to a North Korean defector about his cartoons and comedy moving forward...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2016/09/17 | | Permalink

The 'horror' of dining alone in Korea is being exorcised, My Korean Kitchens wows us with a bulgogi-based dish, My Korean Husband explores convenience store lunch boxes, and is the "Gyeondyo bar" Korea's secret weapon against hangovers?...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/09/17 | | Permalink

K-culture exports are keeping the Korea Tourism Organisation on its toes, get the most out of your trip to the beautiful Jeju Island, explore Changdeokgung's Secret Garden, and the Hoengseong Hanu Festival takes full advantage of one Korea's most beloved seasons...More

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