Reviews

Most of the articles below are reviews and many of them feature a little more critical analysis than your average write-up but a few are longer pieces or essays which are more academic in their style.  The main area of focus is 'modern' Korean cinema (from 1998 on) but occasionally, older films are covered also.  There is also a section for non-Korean features below.

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Korean Cinema

BY YEAR

1960s

The Devil's Stairway (1964) • The Seaside Village (1965) • Early Rain (1966)

1970s

Woman of Fire (1971) • Pollen (1972) • Flame (1975) • The Road to Sampo (1975) • Yeongja's Heyday (1975) • Wang Sib Ri, My Hometown (1976) • Iodo (1977) • Night Journey (1977) • Splendid Outing (1978) • A Woman Chasing a Killer Butterfly (1978) • The Divine Bow (1979) • Rainy Days (1979) • The Shower (1979)

1980s

Does Cuckoo Cry at Night (1980) • The Ball Shot by a Midget (1981) • Suddenly in Dark Night (1981) • The Oldest Son (1984) • The Man With Three Coffins (1987) • Chilsu and Mansu (1988)

1990s

The General's Son (1990) • The General's Son 2 (1991) • The General's Son 3 (1992) • Born to Kill (1996) • Beat (1997) • The Contact (1997) • Green Fish (1997) • No. 3 (1997) • Whispering Corridors (1998) • Happy End (1999)

2000s

The Foul King (2000) • The Isle (2000) • Waikiki Brothers (2001) • Memories of Murder (2003) • Save the Green Planet (2003) • Cut (2004) • Mr. Gam's Victory (2004) • Taegukgi (2004) • This Charming Girl (2004) • The Bow (2005) • Diary of June (2005) • The King and the Clown (2005) • Murder, Take One (2005) • Typhoon (2005) • Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005) • Ad-lib Night (2006) • Cinderella (2006) • Family Ties (2006) • The Old Garden (2006) • The Restless (2006) • To Sir, with Love (2006) • For Eternal Hearts (2007) • The Show Must Go On (2007) • Small Town Rivals (2007) • Death Bell (2008) • A Frozen Flower (2008) • My Dear Enemy (2008) • Take Off (2008) • A Brand New Life (2009) • Café Noir (2009) • Eighteen (2009) • A Good Rain Knows (2009) • Haeundae (Tidal Wave) (2009) • Mother (2009) • Possessed (2009) • Running Turtle (2009) • Woochi (2009)

2010


Always • The Apprehenders aka Officer of the Year • Battlefield Heroes • Bleak Night • Blind • Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley • The Cat • Champ • Children... • Clash of the Families aka Meet the In-Laws • The Client • Countdown  • Couples • The Day He Arrives • Fighting Spirit • A Fish • The Front Line • Ghastly • GLove • Head • Hindsight • I Am a Dad • In Love and the War • King of Pigs • Late Autumn • Late Blossom • Little Black Dress • Mama • Marrying the Mafia IV • Moby Dick • Pain • Penny Pinchers • Perfect Partner • Pink • Poongsan • Punch • Quick • Romantic Heaven • Sector 7 • Shotgun Love • Silenced • Suicide Forecast • Sunny • Unbowed • U.F.O. • War of the Arrows • White: The Melody of the Curse

2012

26 Years • 90 Minutes • All About My Wife • Architecture 101 • Azooma • Barbie • B·E·D • Behind the Camera • The Boxes of Death, The Live • Cheer Up Mr. Lee • A Company Man • Confession of Murder • The Crucible • Dancing Queen • Dangerously Excited • Dirty Blood • Don't Cry Mommy • Doomsday Book • El Condor Pasa • Eungyo • Fatal • Ghost Sweepers • The Grand Heist • Grape Candy • Horror Stories • Howling • In Another Country • Jiseul • Juvenile Offender • Mai Ratima • Masquerade • Miss Conspirator • Mr. XXX-Kisser • Nameless Gangster • National Security • Neighbors • Over My Dead Body • Pacemaker • Padak • Perfect Number • Pieta • Pluto • R2B: Return to Base • Romance Joe • The Russian Novel • Sleepless Night • Super Virgin • The Thieves • The Tower • Traffickers • Tumbleweed • Two Moons • Virgin Forest • A Werewolf Boy • When Winter Screams • White Night • Young Gun in the Time • Your Time Is Up

2013

11:00 AM • The Attorney • The Berlin File • Boomerang Family • Cold Eyes • Commitment • Dear Dolphin • December • The Dinner • Echo of Dragon • Emergency Exit • An Ethics Lesson • The Face Reader • The Fake • The Fives • The Flu • Friend: The Great Legacy • Genome Hazard • Groggy Summer • Han Gong-ju • Hide and Seek • Hope • Horror Stories 2 • How to Use Guys with Secret Tips • Hwayi: A Monster Boy • Ingtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls • Killer Toon • The King of Jogku • Koala • Lebanon Emotion • Man on the Edge • Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits • Miracle in Cell No. 7 • Moebius • Montage • Mot • Mr. Go • New World • Nobody's Daughter Haewon • Non-Fiction Diary • Nora Noh • Our Sunhi • Pascha • Red Family • Secretly Greatly • Snowpiercer • South Bound • The Spy: Undercover Operation • Steel Cold Winter • Stoker • Sunshine Love • The Suspect • The Terror Live • Thuy • Very Ordinary Couple • Way Back Home • A Wedding Invitation

2014

Alive • The Avian Kind • Cart • The Con Artists • Daughter • Dear Dictator • A Dream of Iron • End of Winter • Entangled • Factory Complex • The Fatal Encounter • Futureless Things • Gifted • A Girl at My Door • Gyeongju • Haemoo • Han River • A Hard Day • Hill of Freedom • Hot Young Bloods • The Huntresses • I Am Trash • Kundo: Age of the Rampant • Live TV • Man in Love (aka When a Man Loves a Woman) • A Matter of Interpretation • A Midsummer's Fantasia • Miss Granny • Monster • Mourning Grave • My Ordinary Love Story • Night Flight • No Tears for the Dead • Ode to My Father • One on One • Parallel • The Pirates • Plan Man • Pohang Harbor • Revivre • Roaring Currents • The Royal Tailor • The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow • Scarlet Innocence • Socialphobia • Sprout • The Target • Timing • The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol • Venus Talk • We Will Be OK • Wild Flowers

2015

Alone  Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies • C'est si bon • Chronicle of a Blood Merchant • Coin Locker Girl  A Copy of My Mind • Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island • Gangnam Blues • Madonna • Office • The Piper • Recording • The Shameless  Steel Flower • Veteran

2016

Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet  Pandora

2017

Anarchist from Colony  The Battleship Island  Behind the Dark Night  Coffee Noir: Black Brown  Confidential Assignment  The Day After  Fabricated City  The First Lap  The King  The Merciless  Midnight Runners  On the Beach Alone at Night  Real  Room No. 7  Ryeohaeng  A Single Rider  A Taxi Driver  The Villainess

ALPHABETICAL

11:00 AM (2013)
26 Years (2012)
90 Minutes (2012)
Ad-lib Night (2006)
Alive (2014)
All About My Wife (2012)
Alone (2015)
Always (2011)
Anarchist from Colony (2017)
The Apprehenders aka Officer of the Year (2011)
Architecture 101 (2012)
A Single Rider (2017)
The Attorney (2013)
The Avian Kind (2014)
Azooma (2012)
The Ball Shot by a Midget (1981)
Barbie (2012)
Battlefield Heroes (2011)
The Battleship Island (2017)
Beat (1997)
B·E·D (2012)
Bedevilled (2010)
Behind the Camera (2012)
Behind the Dark Night (2017)
The Berlin File (2013)
Bestseller (2010)
A Better Tomorrow (2010)
Blades of Blood (2010)
Bleak Night (2011)
Blind (2011)
Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley (2011)
Boomerang Family (2013)
Born to Kill (1996)
The Bow (2005)
The Boxes of Death, The Live (2012)
A Brand New Life (2009)
Café Noir (2009)
Cart (2014)
Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies (2015)
The Cat (2011)
C'est si bon (2015)
Champ (2011)
Cheer Up Mr. Lee (2012)
Children... (2011)
Chilsu and Mansu (1988)
Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (2015)
Cinderella (2006)
Clash of the Families aka Meet the In-Laws (2011)
The Client (2011)
Coffee Noir: Black Brown (2017)
Coin Locker Girl (2015)
Cold Eyes (2013)
Commitment (2013)
A Company Man (2012)
The Con Artists (2014)
Confession of Murder (2012)
Confidential Assignment (2017)
The Contact (1997)
A Copy of My Mind (2015)
Countdown (2011)
Couples (2011)
The Crucible (2012)
Cut (2004)
Dancing Queen (2012)
Dangerously Excited (2012)
Daughter (2014)
The Day After (2017)
The Day He Arrives (2011)
Dear Dictator (2014)
Dear Dolphin (2013)
Death Bell (2008)
December (2013)
Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2015)
The Devil's Stairway (1964)
Diary of June (2005)
The Dinner (2013)
Dirty Blood (2012)
The Divine Bow (1979)
Does Cuckoo Cry at Night (1980)
Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016)
Don't Cry Mommy (2012)
Doomsday Book (2012)
A Dream of Iron (2014)
Early Rain (1966)
Echo of Dragon (2013)
Eighteen (2009)
El Condor Pasa (2012)
Emergency Exit (2013)
End of Winter (2014)
Entangled (2014)
An Ethics Lesson (2013)
Eungyo (2012)
Fabricated City (2017)
The Face Reader (2013)
Factory Complex (2014)
The Fake (2013)
Family Ties (2006)
Fatal (2012)
The Fatal Encounter (2014)
Fighting Spirit (2011)
The First Lap (2017)
A Fish (2011)
The Fives (2013)
Flame (1975)
The Flu (2013)
For Eternal Hearts (2007)
The Foul King (2000)
Friend: The Great Legacy (2013)
The Front Line (2011)
A Frozen Flower (2008)
Futureless Things (2014)
Gangnam Blues (2015)
The General's Son (1990)
The General's Son 2 (1991)
The General's Son 3 (1992)
Genome Hazard (2013)
Ghastly (2011)
Ghost Sweepers (2012)
Gifted (2014)
A Girl at My Door (2014)
GLove (2011)
A Good Rain Knows (2009)
The Grand Heist (2012)
Grand Prix (2010)
Grape Candy (2012)
Green Fish (1997)
Groggy Summer (2013)
Gyeongju (2014)
Haemoo (2014)
Haeundae (Tidal Wave) (2009)
Han Gong-ju (2013)
Han River (2014)
Happy End (1999)
A Hard Day (2014)
Haunters (2010)
Head (2011)
Hero (2010)
Hide and Seek (2013)
Hill of Freedom (2014)
Hindsight (2011)
Hope (2013)
Horror Stories (2012)
Horror Stories 2 (2013)
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (2013)
Hot Young Bloods (2014)
Howling (2012)
The Huntresses (2014)
Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013)
I Am a Dad (2011)
I Am Trash (2014)
In Another Country (2012)
Ingtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls (2013)
In Love and the War (2011)
Iodo (1977)
I Saw the Devil (2010)
The Isle (2000)
Jiseul (2012)
Juvenile Offender (2012)
Killer Toon (2013)
The King (2017)
The King and the Clown (2005)
The King of Jogku (2013)
King of Pigs (2011)
Koala (2013)
Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)
Late Autumn (2011)
Late Blossom (2011)
Lebanon Emotion (2013)
Little Black Dress (2011)
Live TV (2014)
Madonna (2015)
Mai Ratima (2012)
Mama (2011)
The Man From Nowhere (2010)
Man in Love (aka When a Man Loves a Woman) (2014)
Man on the Edge (2013)
Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (2013)
The Man With Three Coffins (1987)
Marrying the Mafia IV (2011)
Masquerade (2010)
Masquerade (2012)
A Matter of Interpretation (2014)
Mr. Gam's Victory (2004)
Mr. Go (2013)
Mr. XXX-Kisser (2012)
Murder, Take One (2005)
My Dear Enemy (2008)
My Ordinary Love Story (2014)
Nameless Gangster (2012)
National Security (2012)
Neighbors (2012)
New World (2013)
Night Flight (2014)
Night Journey (1977)
No. 3 (1997)
Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013)
Non-Fiction Diary (2013)
No Mercy (2010)
Nora Noh (2013)
No Tears for the Dead (2014)
Ode to My Father (2014)
Office (2015)
Oki's Movie (2010)
The Oldest Son (1984)
The Old Garden (2006)
One on One (2014)
On the Beach Alone at Night (2017)
Our Sunhi (2013)
Over My Dead Body (2012)
Pacemaker (2012)
Padak (2012)
Pain (2011)
Pandora (2016)
Parallel (2014)
Pascha (2013)
Penny Pinchers (2011)
Perfect Number (2012)
Perfect Partner (2011)
Petty Romance (2010)
Pieta (2012)
Pink (2011)
The Piper (2015)
The Pirates (2014)
Plan Man (2014)
Pluto (2012)
Pohang Harbor (2014)
Pollen (1972)
Poongsan (2011)
Possessed (2009)
Punch (2011)
Quick (2011)
The Quiz Show Scandal (2010)
R2B: Return to Base (2012)
Rainy Days (1979)
Real (2017)
Recording (2015)
Red Family (2013)
Re-encounter (2010)
The Restless (2006)
Revivre (2014)
The Road to Sampo (1975)
Roaring Currents (2014)
Romance Joe (2012)
The Royal Tailor (2014)
Whispering Corridors (1998)
White Night (2012)
White: The Melody of the Curse (2011)
Wild Flowers (2014)
A Woman Chasing a Killer Butterfly (1978)
Woman of Fire (1971)
Woochi (2009)
The Yellow Sea (2010)
Yeongja's Heyday (1975)
Young Gun in the Time (2012)
Your Time Is Up (2012)


World Cinema

11 Flowers (China, 2011)
Abba (Taiwan, 2011)
Afro Tanaka (Japan, 2012)
Antonio das Mortes (Brazil, 1969)
Asmaa (Egypt, 2011)
The Bounty (Hong Kong, 2012)
Cold War (Hong Kong, 2012)
Cuchera (Philippines, 2011)
Cut (Japan, 2011)
Egg and Stone (China, 2012)
Fable of the Fish (Philippines, 2011)
Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg (France, 2012)
Golden Slumbers (Cambodia, 2011)
Guerilla (Bangladesh, 2011)
Hawking (UK, 2013)
The Heineken Kidnapping (Holland, 2011)
Historias Que So Existem Quando Lembradas (Brazil, 2011)
At Home Among Strangers, Strangers at Home (Russia, 1974)
Honey Pupu (Taiwan, 2011)
I Catch a Terrible Cat (Japan, 2012)
In the Open (Argentina, 2011)
It's Never Too Late (Israel, 2011)
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (USA, 2012)
La Desintegration (France, 2011)
The Last Christeros (Mexico, 2011)
The Last Elvis (Argentina, 2012)
The Last Friday (Jordan, 2011)
Lilou's Adventure (Japan, 2012)
Love in a Puff (Hong Kong, 2010)
Lucky (South Africa, 2011)
Monpura (Bangladesh, 2009)
The Moon (Thailand, 2011)
Morente (Spain, 2011)
One Mile Above (China, 2011)
One Two One (Iran, 2011)
Osaka Violence (Japan, 2012)
Punk's Not Dead (Macedonia, 2011)
The Raid (Indonesia, 2011)
Romance (Switzerland, 2011)
Romancing in Thin Air (Hong Kong, 2011)
Runway (Bangladesh, 2010)
Salt (Chile, 2011)
Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy 3D (Hong Kong, 2011)
Sita Sings the Blues (USA, 2008)
The Suicide Shop 3D (France, 2012)
Sukiyaki (Japan, 2011)
Tatsumi (Singapore, 2011)
The Zebra (Mexico, 2011)
This Is Not a Film (Iran, 2011)
Tilai (Burkina Faso, 1990)
Tropicalia (Brazil, 2012)
Vulgaria (Hong Kong, 2012)
Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon, 2011)
The Woman in the Septic Tank (Philippines, 2011)
The Woodsman and the Rain (Japan, 2011)
Yaaba (Burkina Faso, 1989)
Zombie 108 (Taiwan, 2012)