Tag Archives: South Korean Film

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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Duck Town (2017) ☆☆(2/4): Whimsical and suicidal

“Duck Town” rubbed me in a wrong way, and I did not like that. Although I was amused by its several whimsical moments to some degrees, I was annoyed and offended by a number of broad, superficial moments associated with … Continue reading

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Mothers (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): As they become a family

South Korean film “Mothers”, which is released as “Your Request” in South Korea, is an intimate character drama about the emotional journey of two different characters who happen to live together by accident. While calmly establishing the emotional distance between … Continue reading

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Eyelids (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A Requiem for Sewol

Calmly isolating itself within its small solitary background, South Korean independent film “Eyelids” presents an austere but haunting poetic requiem for the victims of one horrible incident which shocked the whole nation a few years ago. Although the incident in … Continue reading

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