Tag Archives: South Korean Film

The Spy Gone North (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The Spy Who Came into North Korea

South Korean film “The Spy Gone North” did not show me anything particularly new. Inspired by the remarkable real-life story of a South Korean secret agent who successfully approached to high-ranking North Korean officials and then even went inside North … Continue reading

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Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) ☆☆(2/4): Heavy is the body that wears the armour

Watching South Korean film “Illang: the Wolf Brigade” was a grim and ponderous experience. Although there are a number of well-made action sequences, the movie does not provide enough fun and interest to hold my attention despite its supposedly intriguing … Continue reading

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Sunset in My Hometown (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A rapper coming back to his hometown

South Korean film “Sunset in My Hometown” is a mixed bag whose weak elements are covered by its strong elements to some degree. Although it is too corny and predictable at times and I am not sure about whether its … Continue reading

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In Between Seasons (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): With her son’s boyfriend

South Korean “In Between Seasons” is a mild but sensitive drama which respects and cares about its two main characters who have been close to each other but then suddenly come to confront an invisible gap between them. As carefully … Continue reading

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Omok Girl (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little cheerful short film about playing Omok

First, let me tell you the simple basic rule of a game named ‘Omok’, which is basically a simpler form of go. While you play on the same board used in go, all you have to do for your win … Continue reading

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Claire’s Camera (2017) ☆☆(2/4): Hong Sang-soo’s misfire in Cannes

Several weeks ago, I belatedly read “Two Weeks in the Midday Sun”, which was written by my late friend/mentor Roger Ebert in 1987. The book was about numerous things he observed and experienced during the two weeks of the 1987 … Continue reading

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Burning (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A slow-burning thriller from Lee Chang Dong

South Korean film “Burning”, which was recently shown at the Cannes Film Festival and is also currently being shown here in South Korea, is a slow but steady thriller drama which constantly baffles us throughout its 148-minute running time. Although … Continue reading

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