[HanCinema's Film Review] "Misaeng" 2013/07/27,
The six characters in the "Misaeng" omnibus live lives of quiet desperation. They all want something out of life. What they don't know is how to get it. Or, more accurately, they have difficulty motivating themselves to believe that they want something enough that they'll do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams. Circumstances and the so-called reality of the modern world have worn down their resistance to little more than a general ennui-based entropy.
This is all pretty existentially gloomy stuff. And none of the problems identified in this film ever actually get solved. What does happen is that the characters are all able to latch onto a small twinkle of hope- a realization that there is a difference between survival and living,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Suspect X" (aka "Perfect Number") 2013/06/22,
It's hard to cast a sympathetic light on a psychopathic killer, let alone keep it lit. In Bang Eun-jin's "Suspect X" (2012, aka "Perfect Number") Ryoo Seung-beom was the subject of that searchlight, playing a mild-mannered analytical genius/creepy stalker. The film was adapted from the Japanese novel "The Devotion of Suspect X" (2005), and marks the third instalment in Keigo Higashino's "Detective Galileo" series. In it Seung-beom plays Seok-go, a cunning voyeur who is infatuated with his beautiful neighbour Hwa-seon (Lee Yo-won). That fantasy of love quickly twists into a calculated invention when he hears murder through the walls one night,...More
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