Tag Archives: Family

Last Child (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): After a tragedy

There is the palpable sense of grief and desolation right from the beginning of South Korean film “Last Child”. Calmly observing its three main characters who have been stuck in the gloomy and suffocating aftermath of one irreversible tragedy, the … Continue reading

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Searching (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A smart, efficient digital era thriller

“Searching” is a lot better than you may expect. Sure, its small genre territory has been already explored by several recent notable films such as “Unfriended” (2014) and “Open Windows” (2014), but it is actually a very entertaining genre exercise … Continue reading

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Adulthood (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A girl and her con man uncle

South Korean film “Adulthood” is a simple but charming comedy drama to be cherished. Alternatively humorous and sensitive in its low-key comic approach, the movie generates a number of nice intimate scenes to enjoy, and it is also anchored well … Continue reading

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Love After Love (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Love after death

“Love After Love” calmly observes how life goes on for its ordinary characters after their sad, painful loss. While it may be a little too dry or somber for you, the movie is engaging on the whole thanks to its … Continue reading

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Maborosi (1995) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The remarkable debut work from Hirokazu Kore-eda

“Maborosi”, the first feature film of Hirokazu Kore-eda, is a haunting work of serene beauty and aching sadness. Phlegmatically observing how its heroine keeps going on with her life which is irreversibly changed by one devastating incident, the movie intimately … Continue reading

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Shoplifters (2018) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): As they live as a family

Gentle and sensitive in its thoughtful storytelling, Japanese film “Shoplifters” is another masterful work from Hirokazu Kore-eda, one of the most humane filmmakers in our time. Calmly observing its main characters’ shabby but happy daily life, the movie generates numerous … Continue reading

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Yi Yi (2000) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): As they live day by day

Edward Yang’s last film “Yi Yi”, which was recently released in South Korean movie theaters, is a calm, thoughtful meditation on life. Although it surely demands considerable patience from you considering its long running time (173 minutes) and leisurely narrative … Continue reading

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