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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Jenny, Juno"

2020/02/08 | Permalink

Jenny (played by Park Min-ji) is a middle school student who we immediately see taking a pregnancy test that turns out positive. Her first reaction, naturally, is to confront her boyfriend Juno (played by Kim Hye-sung) and ask him a bunch of strange hypothetical questions before finally telling him the shocking news. Jenny and Juno then proceed to very cutely and clumsily stumble through whatever limited resources are available to them in order to make their relationship work...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "A Public Prosecutor and a Teacher" + Full Movie

2020/02/08 | Permalink

The second film I am watching featuring a byeonsa (silent-film narrator) is much more accomplished than "The Night Before Independence Day", both because it is a genuine silent film,  and because Sin Chul, the narrator is truly impressive.

The story begins with the titular prosecutor as a child, named Min Jang-son, an orphan who has to support both himself and his sick grandmother by doing a number of odd jobs, selling books, newspapers and bread...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "The Night Before Independence Day" + Full Movie

2020/02/08 | Permalink

Choi In-gyu, who shot a number of pro-Japanese movies towards the end of the Japanese occupation, started shooting anti-Japanese ones after the liberation, with "Tuition" and "Hurrah! For Freedom" being distinct samples of the two tendencies, respectively. "The Night Before Independence Day" falls under the second category, but as we are about to see, he did not exactly got away from the clutches of censorship and official guidelines, as the movie first frame eloquently states "Approved by Minister of Education"...More

[Hancinema Film's Review] "The Man Standing Next"

2020/02/01 | Permalink

The days of the Third Republic and particularly Park Chung-hee's reign in the 70s, including the implementation of the Yushin Constitution and his assassination by his close friend and director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, Kim Jae-gyoo, is among the darkest in modern Korean history. Based on the homonymous novel by Kim Choong-sik that narrates the final days of both Park and Kim, Woo Min-ho directs a spy film that has already topped the box office since its release on January 22...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Beasts Clawing at Straws"

2020/02/01 | Permalink

Shooting a film based on a Japanese novel while implementing Korean cinematic aesthetics seems like a great idea in theory, but, thankfully, this time the implementation was as good as the initial concept, at least in terms of entertainment...More

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