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Assassins (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A close look into one infamous assassination case

Documentary film “Assassins” gives us a close look into one infamous assassination case which surprised many of us a few years ago. On February 13th, 2017, a certain prominent North Korean exile was assassinated right in the middle of Kuala … Continue reading

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Possessor (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her tricky occupational hazard

“Possessor”, the second feature film by director/writer Brandon Cronenberg, is an oddly unnerving SF psychological thriller film which constantly disturbs us from the beginning to the end. While there are a number of gruesome moments which will definitely make you … Continue reading

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The Man Standing Next (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): It’s really hard for him to stand next to his big boss…

South Korean film “The Man Standing Next” is a slick and competent period drama film which does not go further than what I and many other South Korean audiences already know. Based on one of the major historical incidents in … Continue reading

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Rabin, the Last Day (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): When Israel failed itself

As with other infamous political assassination incidents, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has devastating historical resonance over its aftermath. Despite the increasingly difficult domestic situation following the Oslo Accord I, which could have been the real first … Continue reading

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The Assassin (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A gorgeous but distant wuxia film

Sometimes I come across beautiful films which can instantly hold my gaze with their beauty and mood but somehow keep me from getting wholly involved in what or how they are about. I watch them with curiosity and admiration, but … Continue reading

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Assassination (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Too many shooters

South Korean film “Assassination” wants to juggle lots of things at once. Besides attempting a busy mix of action and comedy in the context of history drama, it shuffles between many various characters bound to converge on a certain point … Continue reading

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The Interview (2014) ☆☆(2/4) : An insipid comedy less funny than its hoopla

  I am sure most of you have already heard about all these fusses around a comedy film called “The Interview”. The movie was scheduled to get a wide release in US and Canada in last December, but Sony suddenly … Continue reading

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The Berlin File (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A Cold War espionage in the 21th century

“The Berlin File”, a gritty action film from South Korea, is a respectful homage to those cold, gray espionage films made during the 1960-70s. With its melancholic mood reminiscent of John le Carré’s novels(one of his books briefly appears in … Continue reading

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26 Years (2012) ☆☆(2/4) : They have waited for so long…

  New South Korean movie “26 Years” is not the worst South Korean film of this year, but it is the most disappointing South Korean film of this year. Its story has a very interesting historical subject, and it also … Continue reading

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Masquerade (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : The man who becomes the King – for a while

South Korean period drama “Masquerade”, which is released at South Korean theaters as “Gwanghae – the man who becomes the King” on this weekend, is ironically a humorous human drama disguising itself as a serious historic drama. It goes without … Continue reading

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