[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
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Memories of Murder" and Watershed Wonderings
2013/09/07, In the Spotlight this Week: "Memories of Murder" (2003) by Bong Joon-hoBong Joon-ho's sophomore feature "Memories of Murder" is, quite simply, a must-see modern classic. This sophisticated crime drama recounts the investigation of a series of unsolved murders that occurred in the city of Hwaseong (Gyeonggi Province) between October 1986 and April 1991. Bong reportedly drew inspiration from Kim Gwang-rim's play "Come See Me", as well as Alan Moore's graphic novel "From Hell". The film earned the interest of more than five million viewers when it was released in Korea in 2003, which made it the most watched Korean movie that year. In addition to being a huge crowd pleaser, "Memories of Murder" was awarded a number of accolades locally and abroad. Most notably winning Best Director and Best Actor (Song Kang-ho) at the 2003 Grand Bell Awards – Korea's longest running and most prestigious awards ceremony,...More
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