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[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Night Before Strike"

2019/05/11 | Permalink

From the beginning sequence of "The Night Before Strike" the movie wears politics on its sleeve. This is a film about the importance of labor unions, and how they're the only thing standing between the employees and oppressively miserable working conditions. The men and women who work at Dongdung Metal have a good sense of camaraderie. In one particularly adorable sequence we see two of them engaging in pillow talk, apparently totally naked beneath the covers. But the power of friendship is no cure for being forced to work into the wee hours of morning to meet production quotas...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "To My River"

2019/05/04 | Permalink

Jin-ah (played by Kang Jin-ah) is a poet. Her life is generally dull and academic, but peaceful. At least part of this is by design. It soon becomes clear that Jin-ah is in a state of suspended grief over an accident involving her long-term boyfriend Gil-woo (played by Kang Gil-woo) who is stuck in a coma following an accident that happened shortly after they had a big fight on the Han River. Incidentally, the Han River is where Jin-ah and her friends, in better days at least, spent most of their free time...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "LOGBOOK"

2019/05/04 | Permalink

Once the Sewol ferry started sinking, and the boat became submerged, it was inevitable that a certain class of trained professionals would get involved. I am referring do the deep sea divers, to whom director Bok Jin-oh has dedicated "LOGBOOK". Divers of this skill level are hired for a wide variety of tasks- and in this particular case that task was, unfortunately, to retrieve corpses for proper burial...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Oldest Son" + Full Movie

2019/05/04 | Permalink

Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" is one of the most influential films of all time, and its impact could not be avoided in Korean cinema, with Lee Doo-yong using it as a basis for "The Oldest Son". However, Lee strayed far away from the classic, eventually creating a movie that is distinctively Korean...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Romang"

2019/04/27 | Permalink

At first glance "Romang" is just a look at the modern day lives of old people in South Korea. Nam-bong (played by Lee Soon-jae) is a gruff, grumpy old taxi driver. Mae-ja (played by Jung Young-sook) is his long-suffering wife. Their son Jin-soo (played by Jo Han-chul), his wife Jeong-hee (played by Bae Hae-sun) and their adorable daughter Eun-ji (played by Lee Ye-won-I) are a presence, but they have their own lives. Besides that, Nam-bong and Mae-ja soon discover they have problems which the younger generation can't solve...More

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