< Solace > is Director Byun Seung-wook’s debut piece. He has worked under Director LEE Chang-dong as the assistant director for < Peppermint Candy >, a groundbreaking film in Korean cinema known for its solid screenplay and unique narrative.
[HanCinema's Film Review] In Defense of "The Cat" 2011/10/29, Byun Seung-wook's "The Cat" has been misjudged and misunderstood. Before writing this I came across a number of reviews citing numerous issues they had with the film. These criticisms largely stemmed from examining the film as strictly a 'horror' film and how the conventions of the genre weren't well executed within it. In addition, "The Cat" was seen to contain poor tonal and thematic motifs, impotently embossing its narrative with soft-core techniques and themes that resulted in nothing more than an average viewing experience. This displeased me because my initial reaction to the film was very positive. After some thought and reflection on the film, I began to formulate some of reasons I found this film to be not only entertaining but thought provoking as well,...More
SENEF'07 Draws Top Directors 2007/09/04, Source, Now in its 8th year, the Seoul International Film Festival, known as SENEF (the acronym comes from its original title, the Seoul Net and Film Festival) has evolved into Korea's most advanced cinematic event. It is also inviting some of the world's most innovative and renowned directors to its 10-da,...More
14 Korean Films go to Italy's Far East Fest 2007/04/17, Source, The 9th Udine Far East Film Festival boasts one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in Europe. This year around 60 titles from across Asia were selected to screen at the event which runs April 20th to 28th in the picturesque northern Italian city. This year 14 top Korean films were invited, o,...More
[MOVIE REVIEW]'Solace' twists melodrama to its advantage 2006/11/27, Source, Sometimes, we watch films to satisfy our burning (yet often unfulfilled) desire for a better world - a cheap entertainment that whets our insatiable appetite for a sugarcoated fantasy that we hope will help replace our cheaper reality.
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