[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/08, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Set Me Free": A seventeen-year-old boy who grew up in a youth centre dreams of living a model life, but is angered when his father comes by to dump his sibling with him. (11/13)
★★★★ "Cart": A story of the things that happen to a non-contract employee at a supermarket after he is wrongfully dismissed and decides to stand up for it. (11/13)
★★★★ "A Dream of Iron": A visceral documentary that looks back on Korea's history of modernisation and the economic changes that occurred under President Park Jung-hee. (11/13)
★★★★ "The Youth": An omnibus film featuring five shorts about youthfulness, violence, and insensitivity by a variety of young directors. (11/13),...More
[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Set Me Free" 2014/10/12,
Yeong-jae (Choi Woo-sik) is seventeen, and he's not actually an orphan. His parents, though they now live separately, are alive and well and Yeong-jae even has a younger brother who idolizes him. To most people this doesn't sound like the kind of familial situation that necessitates Yeong-jae live in a group home. But what's worse than that is Yeong-jae himself knows this, and as part of his constant urge to survive, he plays up his repentance and fear at every possible opportunity to keep from getting kicked out,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/04/05, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "My Boy": A brother with an impulse disorder dreams of visiting and playing with his brother in hospital while his mother struggles to pay the medical bills. (04/10)
★★★★★ "Godsend": A woman who desperately wants a child tries to convince a pregnant woman not to have an abortion and allow her to raise the child. (04/10)
★★★★ "Guardian": A former firefighter is caught between a rock and a hard place when one of his children is kidnapped and he has to capture another child in exchange. (04/10)
★★★ "Girls, Girls, Girls": Three friends approaching thirty get together at a hotel and agree on a sexy challenge they must then prove. (04/10)
★★★★ "Thorn": A popular PE teacher has to deal with a fearless student who has confessed her love for him. (04/10)
★★★★ "Broken": A single father takes the law into his own hands after discovering the identity of his daughter's murders. (04/10),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sleepless Night" 2014/02/08,
Hyeon-soo (played by Kim Su-hyeon) is a laborer. Joo-hee (played by Kim Joo-ryeong) is a yoga instructor. They've been married for two years now. There is nothing terribly dramatic in their lives, no looming menace that seriously threatens to destroy their love. In fact, there isn't anything terribly exciting about "Sleepless Night" really. Large portions of this film are just Hyeon-soo and Joo-hee talking to each other, at home casually.
And yet watching these scenes, these intimate moments, I felt a profound sadness rise up in me,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Guardian" 2013/10/12,
About the only interesting part of "Guardian" is trying to puzzle out for yourself the specific twist and turns behind the motivation of the villain. From the beginning the instructions we start hearing over the phone make very little sense. The mostly unseen antagonist seems more interested in terrorizing and harassing his victims than in actually engaging in anything that could be seen as direct harm.
Unfortunately the movie does very little in trying to piece together the motivations for the villain's strange game of ironic justice. Certainly, little hints are spread throughout which indicate the characters themselves have a reasonably good idea as to what's happening- but this only gets the bare minimum exploration,...More
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