Tag Archives: War

The King (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): To be a king

Don’t expect romance or eloquence from David Michôd’s new film “The King”, which is released in South Korea this week before its upcoming online release on November 1st. This is a solemn and brooding reinterpretation of a series of plays … Continue reading

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The Kill Team (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A conflicted young solider facing war crime

“The Kill Team” is a passable war drama film which does not show or tell me anything particularly new about what has been committed during War on Terror. Partially based on a shocking real-life case of war crime in 2010, … Continue reading

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Maleficent strikes again

Angelina Jolie is one of the most elegant and charismatic actresses working in Hollywood, and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”, the sequel of “Maleficent” (2014), works as a vehicle for her undeniable star quality to some degree. Although the movie is … Continue reading

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Transit (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): An anachronistic period drama by Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold’s new film “Transit” is interesting to watch for a number of reasons. While initially intriguing us with its deliberately anachronistic period background, the movie gradually draws us into its melancholic human drama around one desperate guy, and we … Continue reading

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016) ☆☆(2/4): A soldier’s long day

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” attempts to do many things together, but it seems as confused and distracted as its conflicted wartime hero. On one level, it aims to be a sincere war drama, but then it also wants to … Continue reading

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Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of Comfort Women Issue (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A sobering guide to the disputes surrounding the comfort women issue

As a South Korean guy, I must say that I cannot look wholly impartial to the subject of documentary film “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of Comfort Women Issue”, which, as reflected by its rather long subtitle, focuses on that sensitive … Continue reading

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Donbass (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Scenes from the ongoing war in Donbass

“Donbass”, which was selected as the Ukrainian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in last year, gives us a series of vivid, realistic slices of absurdities and horrors of a war which is still being continued even at … Continue reading

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