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Busan Reopens Beaches Amid COVID-19 Precautions

Source | 2020/06/07 | Permalink

Visitors enjoy themselves at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Sunday last week. /Yonhap

Haeundae Beach, one of the most popular coastal spots in Korea, is ready to brace for an influx of visitors looking for some summer fun. The beach, which has been off limits due to the COVID-19, opens Monday amid an easing of social distancing restrictions and warming weather...More

How to Calm Back-to-School Jitters as Coronavirus Lingers

Source | 2020/06/07 | Permalink

Children and youngsters are returning to school, but some attend only once or twice a week to maintain social distancing, and jitters remain high as authorities are sending them back if new infections are detected nearby...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Somewhere in Between"

2020/06/06 | Permalink

Gi-tae (played by Lee Dong-hwi) hails from a fairly obscure rural region of South Korea and sought to come make his fortune in Seoul. Like so many thirty-somethings in South Korea, his plans didn't really work out. So as Gi-tae returns home, forced to take up employment in a weird old movie theater, he has to take stock of his life at a crossroads. Why did he want to go to Seoul anyway? And why does he feel like such a failure, when his fairly modest ambitions were just to get a normal job?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Nine Monks"

2020/06/06 | Permalink

In November of 2019, nine monks voluntarily sequestered themselves for ninety days in a spiritual ritual which, we are repeatedly told in the text, was unprecedented. I could never quite catch why the ritual was so unprecedented. But clearly some people were very impressed by it, given that crowds and television crews witnessed the monks both entering and leaving their specially constructed tent with much fanfare. Apparently the sequestration was big news on South Korea's Buddhist Television Network (BTN)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Bell Tower" + Full Movie

2020/06/06 | Permalink

Based on the novel "The Bell Maker" by Kang Ro-hyang, "The Bell Tower" uses multiple stories inside the main story in order to make a number of sociopolitical and historical comments, once more, through a distinctly melodramatic approach...More

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