Showing posts with label lee man-hee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lee man-hee. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: Underappreciated THE DEVIL'S STAIRWAY Is a Sinister Psychological Horror

By Patryk Czekaj

Lee Man-hee’s 1964 film The Devil's Stairway is a strikingly sinister psychological horror that, even after all these years, possesses the ability to frighten even the most devoted fans of the genre. What’s unreasonable to me is that the picture never got enough attention and its darkly sensuous powers somehow failed to garner it the critical attention this hallucinatory work truly deserves. Why The Devil's Stairway to this day remains an underwatched gem of Korean cinema is a mystery. Thus, by writing a bit about its many strong points I’d really like to encourage everyone to see (it’s available for free on Korean Film Archive’s YouTube channel) and experience this eerily inviting film.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lee Man-hee's The Road to Sampo (삼포 가는길, Samo Ganeungil) 1975

Korea is not known for road movies and given that the country is smaller than many US states, this hardly comes as a surprise. Nevertheless, some of its most celebrated films take place on the road. Displaced characters have trudged along Korea's weather-beaten paths in search of a home in many a Korean film. Examples include Im Kwon-taek's Sopyeonje (1993), a mournful paean to the Pansori tradition (a style of sung folk narrative featuring a vocalist and a percussionist), and Lee Man-hee's ebullient swan song, The Road to Sampo (1975).

Friday, January 13, 2012

Weekly Review Round-up (01/07-01/13, 2012)

A pair of reviews for last year's breakout debut Bleak Night and a number of writeups for various independent and classic Korean film to boot.


Bleak Night

(Modern Korean Cinema, January 10, 2012)

(, January 7, 2012)

(Flickering Myth, January 9, 2012)

(Rainy Day Movies, January 9, 2012)

(Modern Korean Cinema, January 12, 2012)

(Hangul Celluloid, January 9, 2012)

(Beyond Hollywood, January 10, 2012)

(Rainy Day Movies, January 11, 2011)

(Asian Movie Web, January 9, 2012)


(Rainy Day Movies, January 10, 2012)

A Day Off, 1968
(Init_Scenes, January 11, 2012)

Black Hair, 1964
(Init_Scenes, January 9, 2012)

(Hanguk Yeonghwa, January 11, 2011)

(DVD Talk, January 8, 2012)

(New Korean Cinema, January 12, 2012)

(BloggersBase, January 8, 2012)

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