Monthly Archives: June 2015

Minority Opinion (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : It’s a fiction indeed – but it reflects the reality

At the beginning, South Korean courtroom drama “Minority Opinion” emphasizes that it is entirely fictional, but I and others in the screening room knew well that its angry story reflects the reality we all are very familiar with. After all, … Continue reading

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The Classified File (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A police investigation assisted by fortunetelling

I remember when my parents asked a Buddhist monk to tell my fortunes in the future. I do not remember well what he told me and my parents after he checked some book and then did some sort of calculation … Continue reading

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Tomboy (2011) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4) : Summer days of a tomboy

If you do not have any information about “Tomboy”, you may mistake its young main character for a boy during its opening scene. With short hair style and boyish attire, this young girl nearly at the end of her pre-adolescence … Continue reading

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The Silenced (2015) ☆☆☆ (3/4) : A new girl comes to their school…

South Korean film “The Silenced”, which was released in South Korea as “Gyeongseong School: The Lost Girls” in last weekend, looks like a typical genre piece at first. Its main background is a girl’s dormitory school, its story revolves around … Continue reading

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Miss Julie (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A class breakdown on Midsummer Night’s Eve

Although it feels stagy and stuffy at times, “Miss Julie” churns and then boils in its psychological conflict of sex and class. You know where it is going, and you will not be surprised by where it ultimately arrives, but … Continue reading

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A Midsummer’s Fantasia (2014) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4) : Two soothing summer tales in Gojo

In its calm, delicate pace, “A Midsummer’s Fantasia” slowly and subtly draws us into the sunny and soothing summer days in a rural Japanese city. During its first part, it leisurely looks around the city with meditative curiosity, and we … Continue reading

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Jurassic World (2015) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): Dinosaurs are back again…..

Understandably lacking the awe and wonder of “Jurassic Park” (1993), “Jurassic World” is a well-made blockbuster ride with many dinosaurs to watch. While the advance of digital special effects during last 22 years makes the dinosaurs roaming on the screen … Continue reading

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The Trip to Italy (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Food, Scenery, and Talk – again

“The Trip to Italy”, which is the sequel to “The Trip” (2010), is pretty much same as before except a few things. While its two stars happen to have another restaurant trip coupled with a number of nice hotels and … Continue reading

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4): The Vampire Wears Chador

While injecting some fresh blood into its genre conventions, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” wanders around its strange and familiar world filled with bleak beauty and ominous aura. As an eerie and melancholic vampire tale set in some … Continue reading

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The Voices (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A whimsical comedy about madness and murder

Alternating between whimsical comedy and disturbing horror, “The Voices” is an uneven but amusing black comedy about one very nice guy who simply cannot himself as driven by his murderous compulsion. Even when he is well aware of how problematic … Continue reading

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