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Memories of Murder (2003) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Savage serial killing and its violent era

When David Fincher’s “Zodiac”(2007) was released at South Korean theaters in August 2007, it was immediately compared to one famous South Korean film by me and other audiences. That movie was also based on the infamous serial killing case still … Continue reading

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A Simple Plan (1998) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : It sounded so simple at first…

 Sometimes the ordinary people becoming evil are more frightening than Dr. Hannibal Lector or Frank Booth. The villains like them are downright scary, but they are basically outsiders with monstrous nature beyond our common sense. In contrast, the characters in … Continue reading

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The American (2010) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A professional who came in from the cold

 When “The American” was scheduled to be released in next week in South Korea(the release is recently postponed to the last week of this December, by the way), the trailer was shown at the screening room and the leaflets were … Continue reading

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Moss (2010) ☆☆(2/4) : A rural mystery – more than 2.5hr

After so much hoopla before its release, “Moss”, a much-anticipated Korean thriller of 2010, turns out to be very, very disappointing in almost every way you can imagine due to the fatally misguided direction. It is lazy, incompetent, and, above all, not compelling at all. Despite some good basic elements of a thriller in the screenplay, it is more close to the ennui of the bright summer days in a country town, and, boy, the running time is more than 2.5 hours even if you exclude the end credit. Continue reading

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