Tag Archives: South Korean Film

The Man Standing Next (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): It’s really hard for him to stand next to his big boss…

South Korean film “The Man Standing Next” is a slick and competent period drama film which does not go further than what I and many other South Korean audiences already know. Based on one of the major historical incidents in … Continue reading

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Voice of Silence (2020) ☆☆(2/4): Voice of incompetence

What an inane and messy bore South Korean film “Voice of Silence” is. Often dreary and unpleasant in its casual depiction of human evil and violence, the movie attempts to be not only an absurd crime noir drama but also … Continue reading

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Me and Me (2019) ☆☆(2/4): A lazy and pointless labyrinth of nightmare (or whatever)

South Korean film “Me and Me” gave me one of the most boring experiences I have had during last several years. While it throws one strange moment after another throughout its convoluted plot, none of these odd moments sticks to … Continue reading

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More Than Family (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her matter of pregnancy and paternity

South Korean comedy film “More Than Family” surprised me more than expected. At first, it seems to be merely depending on one absurd comic story premise, but then it comes to show more depth in terms of story and characters, … Continue reading

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The Education (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two different young persons in need and despair

It took some time for me to accept what and how South Korean independent film “The Education” is about. At first, I felt quite frustrated with its rather dry and restrained narrative, but I subsequently came to see that the … Continue reading

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Call (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Sorry, Right Number

South Korean film “Call”, which was initially supposed be to be released in South Korean theaters early in this year but eventually got released on Netflix two days ago, is an increasingly tense and chilling thriller film coupled with a … Continue reading

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The Day I Died: Unclosed Case (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): She needs to get to the bottom of this case…

South Korean film “The Day I Died: Unclosed Case” is a mystery noir drama which gradually reveals its weary but palpitating heart behind its seemingly detached attitude. Although the mystery of its story is a bit too simple for some … Continue reading

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Samjin Company English Class (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): As they try to do the right thing

We need some healthy dose of spirit and optimism these worrisome days of COVID-19, and I am happy to report to you that South Korean comedy drama film “Samjin Company English Class” has plenty of that. While sharply recognizing the … Continue reading

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#Alive (2020) ☆☆(2/4): A mediocre South Korean zombie flick

Some of you probably know how much I have been getting tired of zombie movies. Except several notable cases such as “28 Days Later…” (2002) or “Zombieland” (2009), most of those zombie flicks did not entertain or terrify me much … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Ran (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A three-act female comedy by Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo’s new film “The Woman Who Ran”, which won the Silver Bear award for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival early in this year, is a breezy three-act comedy mainly focusing on the interactions amidst its female … Continue reading

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