Friday, December 23, 2011

Weekly Review Round-up (12/17-12/23, 2011)

A pair of reviews for the Kim Jong-il produced godzilla propaganda film Pulgasari (1985) this week and a huge amount of writeups from Hanguk Yeonghwa and Connor McMorran who recently wrapped up his fantastic Kim Ki-duk week.  A variety of other reviews for films, past and present, were also published this week.


(Film Journal, December 20, 2011)

(The Korea Times, December 22, 2011)


(Korean Class Massive, December 18, 2011)

(Otherwhere, December 23, 2011)

(Hanguk Yeonghwa, December 11, 2011)

(Modern Korean Cinema, December 20, 2011)


(Modern Korean Cinema, December 22, 2011)

Suicide Forecast

(The One One Four, December 20, 2011)

(, December 17, 2011)

(Hanguk Yeonghwa, December 19, 2011)


3-Iron, 2004
(Rainy Day Movies, December 17, 2011)

Breath, 2007
(Rainy Day Movies, December 19, 2011)

(Hangul Celluloid, December 21, 2011)

Dream, 2008
(Rainy Day Movies, December 19, 2011)

(My Film Views, December 20, 2011)

(Subtitles Online, December 15, 2011)

Oldboy, 2003
(Hanguk Yeonghwa, December 12, 2011)

Pulgasari, 1985 - North Korean

(Rainy Day Movies, December 18, 2011)

The Bow, 2006
(Rainy Day Movies, December 18, 2011)

(Init_Scenes, December 21, 2011)

(Hanguk Yeonghwa, December 16, 2011)

The Host, 2006
(Hanguk Yeonghwa, December 10, 2011)

(Init_Scenes, December 20, 2011)

Time, 2006
(Rainy Day Movies, December 19, 2011)

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1 comment:

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