K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Veil": A married man notices his wife acting strangely and seeks answers from the man she was seeing when she turns up dead. (12/05)
★★★ "Fancy Walk": A scandalous love story between a female songwriter and a young student. (12/05)
National Shaman Kim Geum-hwa doesn't engage in parlor tricks that provide easy, obvious, indisputable proof of her abilities. In her very long life, this had led to quite a bit of conflict. Kim Geum-hwa's life has run parallel with that of Korea's modernization, first under Japanese occupation, and then under various Korean dictatorships. None of them have taken this woman particularly seriously, and her mere presence is often enough to provoke violent outbursts from local authorities.
Something I never get about these modern types, the ones who swear adamantly that this is all mere witchcraft and has no place in modern society, is that if these rituals are just nonsense, why do they care whether it happens or not?...More
As much variety as the Korean wave offers, there are certain works from each industry that simply stand out. Their popularity soars so high, that it is nearly impossible to stumble across an online portal, blog or other hallyu-related medium without seeing them mentioned or featured there in some major way. 'You're Beautiful', written by Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran ('My Girlfriend is a Gumiho', 'The Greatest Love') and directed by Hong Seong-chang ('The King of Dramas'), is such a work. Everyone knows it, most have seen it, many love it...More
Virus epidemics are far from becoming a genre in Korean cinema. Given the lack of variety in genre found in Korean drama, they are even more of a rarity in television. However, 2013 brought us not one, but two series with that same premise. OCN's 'The Virus' went for the channel's usual sleek and investigation-oriented approach. 'At The End Of The World' is a production aired on jTBC, written by Park Hye-ryeon-I and directed by Ahn Pan-seok ('White Tower', 'A Wife's Credentials'). Having produced some high quality series such as 'Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats' and 'Heartless City', it is clear the channel is going for a cinematic, detailed and polished approach for dramas...More
We all have those moments in our past that we yearn to try piece together and return to in some way or another. Sometimes all we are able to muster are memories, those fragile and illusive parts of ourselves that dissolve and drift away the more our worlds change for better or worse. Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010" is a heartfelt coming-of-age drama that stares fearlessly into the past in order to salvage the beautiful friendship of seven young woman. It is not often a cinematic event like this comes along that is able to capture life's cruel twists and turns while still being able to paint a silver lining thick enough for us all to grab hold of. It made millions, won awards, but outside of all its commercial successes and the praise, "Sunny -2010" will perhaps be remembered as a personal cinematic memory all by itself - just waiting to be recalled and danced to all over again...More
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