Tag Archives: South Korean Film

The First Lap (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Anxious uncertainty in their life

Subtly sensitive and somberly observant, South Korean film “The First Lap” looks into the anxious uncertainty of a young ordinary couple. Like any other young happy couples, they simply want to continue their life as usual, but then they become … Continue reading

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Romans 8:37 (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Inside a Christian community

South Korean film “Romans 8:37” is something we do not encounter everyday: a thought-provoking Christian film which does not give us any easy answer in its gloomy tale of faith and disillusionment. As an agnostic atheist who grew up in … Continue reading

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Room No.7 (2017) ☆1/2(1.5/4): Witless and toothless

Watching South Korean film “Room No.7” was one of the most tedious experiences I have ever had during recent years. As a comedy, the movie is not funny at all, and, as far as I can remember, the audiences around … Continue reading

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The Seeds of Violence (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A soldier’s hard day

Unlike many South Korean lads, I did not have to go through two years of mandatory military service. Because I was a graduate student studying in Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), all I had to do during … Continue reading

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Heart Blackened (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Flawed but not without entertainment

South Korean film “Heart Blackened” starts as a typical courtroom mystery tale but then later becomes something more serious than expected. As its plot often trudges around a number of predictable narrative turns, I frequently felt impatient during my viewing, … Continue reading

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Lost to Shame (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): His ‘truthful’ performance

There is an ironic edgy fun in South Korean film “Lost to Shame”, a dark, biting story about one contradictory juxtaposition of art and hypocrisy. As its actor hero struggles with his pretension as well as his artistic job, the … Continue reading

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The End of April (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): As she prepares for her examination…

South Korean film “The End of April” is a stark, gloomy psychological horror thriller which often unnerves and confounds us with a number of darkly nervous moments. While some of you may be confused about what exactly happens in the … Continue reading

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