Monthly Archives: December 2017

Wonder (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A sentimental but sincere family drama

“Wonder” wants to move our heart, and it did its job well. Sure, I could see through its intention right from its first scene, but then I found myself touched by its many sentimental but sincere moments which made me … Continue reading

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10 movies of 2017 – and more: Part 3

Now here are 12 South Korean films of this year.

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10 movies of 2017 – and more: Part 2

And here are the other 5 movies in my list – with other films good enough to be mentioned.

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10 movies of 2017 – and more: Part 1

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10 movies of 2017 – and more: Introduction

2017 has been another terribly eventful year for many of us. As I and many others worried from the beginning, Donald Trump and his corrupt cronies have tarnished and demolished what makes the American society great, and those frequent news … Continue reading

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1987: When the Day Comes (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): That eventful year in South Korea

1987 was quite an eventful year in South Korea. After the tragic death of a young college student/activist named Park Jong-chul on January 14th, 1987, the public demand for democratization in South Korea became bigger, wider, and fiercer than before … Continue reading

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A Brighter Summer Day (1991) ☆☆☆☆(4/4): A great movie never too long

Edward Yang’s “A Bright Summer Day”, which recently happened to be released in South Korea, is a singular masterpiece to be admired for numerous reasons. On one level, it is a tragic adolescent drama inspired by a notorious real-life incident … Continue reading

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SoulMate (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Two girls’ dynamic friendship

While it seems to be another typical female tale of love and friendship, Chinese film “SoulMate” works thanks to its sincere storytelling and engaging performance. It looks predictable at first, but then it comes to hold our attention as vividly … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): It’s certainly not the last one

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a big entertaining surprise. Fully developing the potentials glimpsed from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015), this ambitious piece of work not only excited me with numerous memorable sights but also intrigued me with … Continue reading

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The Third Murder (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A frustrating exercise in ambiguity

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s new film “The Third Murder” is a frustrating exercise in ambiguity. At first, everything seems pretty simple in a murder case at the center of the story, but then it turns out that the case may be a … Continue reading

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