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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Mr. Daytime"

2020/04/18 | Permalink

Soo-min (played by Park Se-min) is an art instructor in a seaside village. For some mysterious reason he visits an obvious love motel without acquiring a sexual partner. In an impressive display of restraint, Park Se-min is also the director of his own erotic film...as the only central character to never be seen nude or having sex. For an explicitly voyeuristic movie, "Mr. Daytime" shows surprising self-awareness about the subtle distinctions between artistic nudity and low class vulgar nudity. This sometimes happens even mid-scene, as a drawing class goes awary due to inscrutable feminine jealousy...More

[HanCinema's News] "The World of the Married" Exceeds "Crash Landing on You" in Preview Metrics

2020/04/15 | Permalink

The trailer for the fifth episode of "The World of the Married" has had over a million views since its release across various media platforms. The record-setting number is particularly noteworthy, because that metric has only been equaled by one other drama this year - the major hit "Crash Landing on You"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Justice High"

2020/04/11 | Permalink

Chae-yeong (played by Jung Daeun) is a high school student who is a black belt in the offensive/defensive style of martial arts colloquially referred to throughout "Justice High" as the justice school of martial arts. While Chae-yeong is perpetually grumpy, and annoyed over having been forced to change schools, she still uses her skills as necessary. That's how she meets Jong-goo (played by Oh Seung-hoon), a bullied teenager who is...not her love interest?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ghost Ship"

2020/04/11 | Permalink

The opening sequence of "Ghost Ship" is crudely and deliberately animated such as to avoid showing anybody's face. While this is done in part because director Kim Ji-young-V is obviously working on a budget, the stark anonymity of this scene is critical. Kim Ji-young-V doesn't explain why right away but the curious story of an unknown tech pirate working in Shenzhen is just a metaphor for the greater ominous information blackout surrounding forensic data relevant to the Sewol ferry tragedy...More

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

2020/04/11 | Permalink

"The Widow" is quite a significant production for the cinema of S. Korea as much as unlucky for its director, Park Nam-ok, a Korean athlete who became a journalist and then a director. The significance lies with the fact that this was the first film to be directed by a woman in Korea and the one that opened the First Woman Film Festival in Seoul in 1997. The unlucky part has to do with the fact that Park found it extremely difficult to complete the film, which took her 6 months to do so, particularly because her sex made the owners of a number of recording facilities for post-production reluctant to let her use their space and equipment...More

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