Tag Archives: North Korea

Steel Rain 2: Summit (2020) ☆☆(2/4): A jumbled South Korean geopolitical thriller

South Korean film “Steel Rain 2: Summit”, which is a sort of retread instead of being a direct sequel to “Steel Rain” (2017), a jumbled geopolitical thriller which tries too many things at once. While it strives to maintain its … Continue reading

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Steel Rain (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A race against another Korean war

South Korean film “Steel Rain”, which I somehow missed when it was released in South Korean theaters around the end of 2017, is so fast, efficient, and urgent during its first half that it let me down during its middling … 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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Observatory and Summerhouses (06/28/12)

                                                              Goseong area is right next to the military demarcation line between North Korea and South Korea. You can see North Korea land at the Unification Observatory. The scenery of the coast line facing East Sea is so beautiful that … Continue reading

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Dooman River (2010) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Bleak sorrow on a frozen river

The cold, white bleakness dominates over South Korean art house movie “Dooman River”. With its simple storytelling, it presents us an austere view on the world which is alien even to the South Korean audiences. While observing its people, this … Continue reading

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Poongsan (2011) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A Man between North and South

Some movies depend on very preposterous premise you cannot believe easily, and “Poongsan”, one of the latest South Korean movies, is a good case. How can he cross the border between South Korea and North Korea so easily? How can … Continue reading

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