South Korean Cinema
Weirdly enough, as a passage in my own work, I write about my stint as a venue manager at Vancouver International Film Festival in my novella The Seven Muses of Harry Salcedo. In a passage, I mention my passing … more »
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If there was any doubt about what kind of genre Murakami Haruki’s 1983 short story Barn Burning is, writer-director Lee Chang-Dong has called it by adapting the tale as a well-behaved arthouse thriller complete with revenge and … more »
A North Korean fisherman’s boat strays into enemy waters after his net accidentally jams the motor. The South Koreans promptly take him into custody to rule him out as a spy. When they don’t get the answers they want through … more »
On a rural South Korean farmstead, a married middle-aged couple arrive at the home of a single mother (Kil Hae-yeon) and her pregnant teenage daughter (Ahn Ji-hye). The parties have struck a deal. The couple will adopt the girl’s child … more »
Buried under the noise of the festival’s many overrated titles was South Korean Yeon Sang-ho’s second animated feature The Fake. While his debut The King of Pigs (2011), a bleak chronicle of juvenile bullying, was well received when it … more »