Born in Daegu, KIM majored in film production at Hanyang University. His first feature film < Mokpo, Gangster's Paradise > was developed from this very first impression of a completely different world – in the film’s case, the rural city of Mokpo. He dares to utilize the locally tabooed theme of a true incident, the 5.18 massacre in which the military government brutally murdered the citizens of Gwangju in his newest feature film, < May 18 >
[HanCinema's Film Review] "May 18" + DVD Giveaway 2016/01/30,
Jin-woo (played by Lee Joon-ki) is a high school student in Gwangju, circa 1980. Sin-ae (played by Lee Yo-won) is a local nurse who goes to his church. Min-woo (played by Kim Sang-kyeong) is his older working brother. Heung-soo (played by Ahn Sung-ki) is her father, a former military officer. They all live fairly normal lives. But a meeting with history ruptures this destiny, as a military crackdown provokes a full-scale resistance movement lasting for a full week,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Tower" 2014/10/18,
Disaster movies are not really a huge genre in Korea. With budget and scale being an issue for those more into the action than the human element and those focusing on the human element limiting their destruction, it is a tricky type of film to pull off. "The Tower" is definitely in the former category of going for big visuals, big dangers, big everything. At the end of the day though, it offers more style than substance,...More
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