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The Report (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A long, frustrating struggle for one important report

“The Report” is angry and outraged behind its dry, methodical façade. Following one plain American government official’s long, frustrating struggle to finish and then publish a damning official report on the systemic tortures committed by CIA in the name of … Continue reading

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1987: When the Day Comes (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): That eventful year in South Korea

1987 was quite an eventful year in South Korea. After the tragic death of a young college student/activist named Park Jong-chul on January 14th, 1987, the public demand for democratization in South Korea became bigger, wider, and fiercer than before … Continue reading

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Terror, Torture, Soldier, Spy

 As far as we know, Osama(or Usama) bin Laden was officially dead in May 2011. That is a major ‘spoiler’ to Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty”, but the movie is a gripping espionage thriller about a long, exhausting journey its … Continue reading

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National Security (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A man tortured in the room

New South Korean movie “National Security” is a fiction based a true story, but the reality glimpsed from its fiction gave me and the audiences an unforgettably uncomfortable moment at the screening room at last night. We all knew what … Continue reading

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Poongsan (2011) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A Man between North and South

Some movies depend on very preposterous premise you cannot believe easily, and “Poongsan”, one of the latest South Korean movies, is a good case. How can he cross the border between South Korea and North Korea so easily? How can … Continue reading

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