[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Snowy Road" Episode 2 2015/03/01,
We find out here that the ultimate point of "Snowy Road" was for Jong-boon to give Eun-soo the strength to move forward by reliving her own awful experience at the camps. In many ways the situation was so horrific as to be inexplicable, and Eun-soo raises an excellent question. Why should Jong-boon feel ashamed about what happened, when the whole situation was the fault of the Japanese? Jong-boon's dry replies soon demonstrate that Eun-soo was missing the point. The shame, and the cure for the shame, lies less in Jong-boon's situation as it does the nature of the human condition,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Snowy Road" Episode 1 2015/02/28,
Jong-boon (played by Kim Hyang-ki) is a young girl who idolizes Yeong-ae (played by Kim Sae-ron). Yeong-ae's not only pretty, she even gets to go to school and earn very impressive marks. In the year 1944. Which means that Yeong-ae is an implicit collaborator in the Japanese regime. Not that this ends up doing her a whole lot of good. Soon both Jong-boon and Yeong-ae are conscripted into directly helping the war effort. Yes, this is going in exactly the direction you're thinking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - 18 Years" 2014/05/11,
Seok-joo (played by Seo Yeong-joo-I) is a grumpy teenager. His life isn't awful, really, but there's not really any apparent optimism. The first we see of the young man he's in the same general vicinity as another kid being bullied. In a more romantic drama this scene would take on romantic undertones, as Seok-joo learns to stand up for what's right. Here, though, there's no such reassuring cathartic release.
Nearly every character in this drama is miserable on a basic level. Seok-joo, the bullies, the kid who is bullied. They're all stuck in this cycle of almost apathetic violence,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Moebius" 2013/10/11,
A relatively mundane domestic dispute takes on grotesque dimensions in "Moebius", as an act of sexual violence starts to somehow snowball into even weirder and creepier stuff- when the initial act was pretty bizarre to begin with. For what it's worth, these characters are certainly unbalanced enough for it all to be believable. The only language any of these people seem to be able to speak is arousal and humiliation.
Of course, as with most Kim Ki-duk films, the characters here aren't supposed to be real people so much as they are metaphorical representations. And the emotion of choice this time around is lust,...More
Moebius (2013) 2013/09/06, Source,
Running Time: 90 min.
Directed by: Kim Ki-duk Starring: Jo Jae-hyeon, Seo Yeong-joo-I, Lee Eun-woo
Synopsis: Consumed with hatred against her husband for his long time infidelity, the wife wants to take revenge against him but ends up inflicting a fatal wound to the son, and then disappears overwhelmed with guilt. For the son, who has become miserable because of him, the father tries, only to realize that it is not recoverable, so he cuts off his manhood which is the source of all this misery and dedicates himself entirely to his son. As a result, the wound somewhat heals, but when the wife returns home one day the family is driven towards a more horrific destruction,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/08/31, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Moebius": A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy. (09/05)
★★★★ "The Spy": One of Korea's top intelligence agents head to Thailand to uncover the mystery behind an explosion in Seoul, but his mission crosses paths with his wife's business trip. (09/05),...More
14th Jeonju International Film Festival Interim Report 2013/04/30,
- Increased seat occupancy of weekends and sold-out rate (comparing to the last year)
- Reached high scores of seat occupancy, especially in 'COMPETITION', 'FOCUS ON' and 'STRANGER THAN CINEMA'.
- Rapturous reaction on 'JIFF TALK' and 'JIFF CLASS'.
- Successful outdoor performances and stage greetings in a rainy day!,...More
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