Posts Tagged ‘south korea’

  • My Heart (2000)

    May 29, 2003 • Film, ReviewsComments Off on My Heart (2000)

    Directed by Bae Chang-ho Certain religions pray to God not to be born a woman. After watching My Heart, I can understand why. Life as a woman in Korea during the 1920’s sucked mightily. The story begins with 16-year old Soonie being married off to an

  • Joint Security Area (2000)

    May 22, 2003 • Film, ReviewsComments Off on Joint Security Area (2000)

    dir: Chan-Wook Park; script: Hyun-Seok kim, Mu-Young Lee; cinematography: Seong-Bok Kim Cast: Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-Ho Song, Young-Ae Lee ~~~~ In competition at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival and broke all domestic box office records to become the most

  • Jakarta (2000)

    May 8, 2003 • Film, ReviewsComments Off on Jakarta (2000)

    Directed by Jung Chosin Think you’re good at figuring out movies? This one will out-smart you at every turn. Director Jung is the cat to your mouse, playing with your expectations, giving them each a good twist and standing them on their heads. It seems

  • Nowhere to Hide (1999)

    June 7, 2002 • Film, ReviewsComments Off on Nowhere to Hide (1999)

    Directed by Lee Myung-sae Dissed by some, but in my opinion, a flawed masterpiece. Here is a director who has gone all-out to create something wholly original and purely visual, and the result is electrifying. It’s not so much the story — a simple

  • Attack the Gas Station (1999)

    June 6, 2002 • Film, ReviewsComments Off on Attack the Gas Station (1999)

    Directed by Kim Sang-jun The basic story is four thugs with nothing better to do decide to rob a gas station only to find it has no money. They hatch a plot to pump gas and pocket the change and if the customers get uppity, they just take them hostage. You

  • Beat (1997)

    June 6, 2002 • Film, Korea, ReviewsComments Off on Beat (1997)

    dir: Kim Sung-soo; writer: Huh Young-man Cast: Jung Woo-sung, Ko So-young, Lim Chang-jung, Yu Oh-seong ~~~~ From the first frame you know you’re in for a fast, exciting ride through teen angst, true love and heroic bloodshed. Min and Taesoo are best

  • Peppermint Candy (2000)

    June 5, 2002 • Film, Korea, ReviewsComments Off on Peppermint Candy (2000)

    Director: Chang-dong Lee Producer: Writer: Chang-dong Lee Cast: Kyung-gu Sol, Running Time: 130 Min Generally speaking, I go to movies to escape reality, not to confront it. Every once in a while, however, the Serious Art Film comes along that has critics

  • Art Museum by the Zoo (1998)

    June 1, 2002 • Film, Korea, ReviewsComments Off on Art Museum by the Zoo (1998)

    dir: Lee Jeong-hyang Plot: On leave from military service, Chul-soo makes a beeline for his fianc?©e’s apartment for a little rest and recreation. When he finds she’s gone out, he lets himself in and settles down to wait, cleaning up her untidy