"Clash of the Families" (2010)
Directed by Kim Jin-yeong
With Song Sae-byeok, Lee Si-yeong, Baek Yoon-sik, Kim Soo-mi, Kim Eung-soo, Park Cheol-min,...
Previously knwon as "Dangerous Meeting"
The classic "Romeo and Juliet" story is transplanted to Korea in a tale the exploits the deep-seated regionalism between Honam and Yeongnam.
When cartoonist Hyun-joon (Song Sae-byeok) falls in love with Da-hong (Lee Si-yeong), one of his fans, it sets up the archetypal battle between their two families, who are from rival regions. Hyun-joon comes from the politically liberal Honam region (North and South Jeolla) while Da-hong comes from the conservative Yeongnam region (North and South Gyeongsang). When the two declare their intention to marry, they are confronted with a seemingly endless number of barriers that threaten their happiness.
The Yeongnam-Honam regional divide dates back to the 60s when most governmental development projects were concentrated in Seoul and the Yeongnam area, excluding Honam and sparking the rivalry between the two regions.
To win the approval of Da-hong's parents, Hyun-joon pretends he is from Yeongnam. His attempts to change his dialect and conceal his identity provide moments of comic relief in an otherwise heavy drama.
The film's stars are actors to watch. Song gained popularity for his recent starring role in "The Servant" last year. Lee is known for her prowess on screen, in 2009's "Boys over Flowers", and in the ring, winning the women's amateur boxing championship last month.
"Mother Is a Whore" (2009)
Directed by Lee Sang-woo-IV
With Lee Sang-woo-IV, Lee Yong-nyeo, Kwon Beom-taek, Yoo Ae-kyeong,...
Staggering, with a disabled boy on his back, 38 years old single AIDS infected Sang-woo heads for a shack on the outskirts of Seoul that has the cheapest whores. Pushing in customers, he calls his mom. The person he loves the most, who is going to be attending to the customers, is his mother, a whore.
The mother had to become a whore at the age of sixty and the son had to be the pimp selling her around. As difficult as it might be to understand their relationship, that was what his father had left behind. It seems as though Sang-woo's father is living a normal life with a younger woman. However he is living with a religious fanatic wife Hikikomori, son Hee-cheol, adrift daughter Hee-soo and still hurting them too, like before.
Filled with sympathy for a mother who has to sell herself, obsession about his AIDS and rage for his father…Sang-woo makes a decision.
Lights, camera, fashion: Seoul forecasts slim silhouettes for fall/winter
Kim Seoryong kicks off the 2011 Fall/Winter Seoul Fashion Week's Seoul Collection at SETEC, Daechi,...More
Female perspectives to behold onscreen
By Lee Hyo-won
The 13th International Women's Film Festival in Seoul (IWFFIS) invites moviegoers of all gender orientations to — as its slogan shouts — see the world through women's eyes this month.
From April 7 to 14, a total of 110 films from 30 countries will be on offer, including 34 feat,...More
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