Tag Archives: South Korean Film

On the Beach at Night Alone (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): As she wanders (and drinks)

Alternatively playful and melancholic, South Korean film “On the Beach at Night Alone”, the latest work from Hong Sang-soo, gives us a somber character study which amusingly resonates with what happened in its auteur’s personal life. To be frank with … Continue reading

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A Stray Goat (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A melancholic wintry tale of two troubled teenagers

I once wondered whether sad, cold independent movies about desperate people were becoming a genre of their own. Usually filled with somber wintry ambience, such movies tend to serve us with the bleak sense of harsh reality via their gloomy … Continue reading

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Snowy Road (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two girls in a sad, harrowing tragedy of war

The historical subject of South Korean film “Snowy Road” is one of many sad tragedies of the World War II. During that time, numerous Korean women were forced into sex slavery by the Japanese Army, and many of them could … Continue reading

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Misbehavior (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Dangerous misbehaviors

South Korean film “Misbehavior” slowly boils with its dark, nervous tale of desire, jealousy, and manipulation. While it is quite uncomfortable mainly due to a number of serious misbehaviors committed by its main characters, the movie is compelling to watch … Continue reading

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Missing Woman (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her babysitter is missing…

South Korean film “Missing Woman” begins as a seemingly conventional mystery thriller and then reveals darker elements which later turn the story into a sort of social horror tale which is often frighteningly realistic to me and other South Korean … Continue reading

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Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): When he returns older

South Korean film “Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned” is a fantasy melodrama constantly swinging between its dark premise and sentimental mood. Although the mysterious situation surrounding its young heroine has inherently uncomfortable aspects for good reasons, the movie believes … Continue reading

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Our Love Story (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Their Plain Love Story

South Korean film “Our Love Story” is a wonderfully intimate drama revolving around one specific romantic relationship. As they get closer to each other after their incidental encounter, they move onto the next step, but then there is always the … Continue reading

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