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Voice of Silence (2020) ☆☆(2/4): Voice of incompetence

What an inane and messy bore South Korean film “Voice of Silence” is. Often dreary and unpleasant in its casual depiction of human evil and violence, the movie attempts to be not only an absurd crime noir drama but also … Continue reading

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Me and Me (2019) ☆☆(2/4): A lazy and pointless labyrinth of nightmare (or whatever)

South Korean film “Me and Me” gave me one of the most boring experiences I have had during last several years. While it throws one strange moment after another throughout its convoluted plot, none of these odd moments sticks to … Continue reading

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Dear Santa (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Operation Santa

Although the holiday season of 2020 is over now, I must confess that I need some extra holiday cheer before officially beginning the first week of 2021, and Dana Nachman’s documentary film “Dear Santa” thankfully provided that to me. While … Continue reading

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Departures (2008) ☆☆☆☆(4/4): His new occupation

Japanese film “Departures”, which was re-released in South Korean theaters around the end of last year, touched me to laughs and tears more than once. When I watched it for the first time not long after it won the Best … Continue reading

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In the Mood for Love (2000) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): That sublime restraint in their romance

It is always more interesting to observe lovers desperately held in restraint and hesitation, and Wong Kar-wai’s 2000 film “In the Mood for Love”, whose recent 4K restoration version happened to be re-released in South Korea a few days ago, … Continue reading

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Evaporated (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Since his daughter was vanished

South Korean documentary film “Evaporated” is shrouded in somber desperation and frustration right from the beginning. Closely observing a father’s longtime search for his vanished daughter, the documentary calmly and sensitively observes that overwhelming psychological burden on not only him … Continue reading

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A Sun (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Ordinary People

Taiwanese film “A Sun”, which was selected as Taiwan’s entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar in this year, is a sprawling family drama with many ups and downs throughout its slow but engaging narrative. Although some of its … Continue reading

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Sylvie’s Love (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little old-fashioned romance set in Harlem

“Sylvie’s Love”, which was released on Amazon Prime in last week, is a little old-fashioned romance tale which is more charming and engaging than you may think. Mainly set in New York City during the 1950-60s, the movie presents your … Continue reading

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Giving Voices (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Young students channeling August Wilson’s legacy

Netflix documentary film “Giving Voices”, which was released in last week, follows a number of different participants of one significant annual cultural event commemorating and enlivening the legacy of one of the greatest American playwrights in our modern time. Simply … Continue reading

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10 movies of 2020 – and more: Part 3

Now here are 11 South Korean films of this year.

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