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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fabricated City"

2017/02/25 | | Permalink

Watching "Fabricated City" is like watching a "Hackers" and "The Fast and The Furious" mash up studded with the biggest names in Korean entertainment. Director Park Kwang-hyeon ("Welcome to Dongmakgol", "No Comment") and his team create a world that mimics an fast-paced game, geared towards action and adventure more than depicting reality. Headlining this tale is Ji Chang-wook of "The K2" and "Healer". Ji is known for his work in action-packed dramas and that experience serves him well as Kwon Yoo, a genius gamer, a taekwondo master, and a man falsely accused of a grotesque murder...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "New Trial"

2017/02/25 | | Permalink

Back in the year 2000, Hyeon-woo (played by Kang Ha-neul) was once a normal idiot kid who rode his motorcycle in an unsafe fashion. One accident later, Hyeon-woo is called to account for evidence found during a questionable search. In the modern day, Joon-yeong (played by Jung Woo) is an attorney who has the bad habit of making enemies pretty much everywhere he goes. Joon-yeong gets the chance to be constructive when he's handed Hyeon-woo's case...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Seven Years-Journalism without Journalist"

2017/02/25 | | Permalink

In 2008, shortly following the election of Lee Myung-bak, the new President appointed a new head for the MBC television network, which is a publically owned broadcast corporation. Actions by various persons connected to Lee Myung-bak soon started a marked shift in MBC's editorial tone- one that was decidedly less critical of government actions and scandals in general. Through time and tide, journalists became more critical of these actions, eventually culminating in a general strike. "Seven Years-Journalism without Journalist" uses on-site footage of these protests over the years to explain these events...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miracle on Jongno Street"

2017/02/25 | | Permalink

One factor about gay media in South Korea that reather fascinates me is how homosexuality never seems to be that big an issue. I mean, obviously the gay people themselves are aware of the larger stigmas, but this is always secondary to the work they produce which is a celebration of people rather than gayness. So it is with "Miracle on Jongno Street", a documentary which goes over four different gay lives who are united in their sense of overall community...More

[Guest Film Review] "Hand Phone"

2017/02/25 | | Permalink

Despite being a 2009 film based on the concept of the mobile phone, when smart phones were not the rule yet, "Hand Phone" seems to be even timelier today, since people seem more attached than ever to their phones...More

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