Showing posts with label my dear enemy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label my dear enemy. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Love in the Time of Debt: My Dear Enemy (멋진 하루, Meotjin Haru) 2008

Part of Rex Baylon's ongoing feature on director Lee Yoon-ki.

To speak about love in a contemporary real world setting and ignore the logistics of survival has been the bane of the romance genre. In order to sidestep these problems filmmakers in the past have either focused their eye to the upstairs-downstairs drama of the 1% or offered up sentimental stories of shopgirls being wooed by nebbish young suitors. Modern day romantic comedies haven’t fared any better since most are concerned with merely finding one’s true love and quickly fading out once our two lovers are finally together. The romance genre’s evolution through the years has ignored the economics of love in favor of offering up quirky characters in contrived situations.

In Lee Yoon-ki’s My Dear Enemy money is the impetus for the two ex-lovers reuniting and the reason why they spend the entire day together. Instead of cloying attempts to tell a story about two people falling in love again while draped on all sides by a scenic urban backdrop we get tense scenes where petty grudges are rehashed and even the happier moments of the past are remembered through a cloudy veneer of regret and nostalgia. Far from offering up an affected view of modern day relationships My Dear Enemy is a realistic character study of the ways that hate and love are used to mask one’s insecurities, it’s a travelogue, a visual and aural document, of Seoul at the cusp of a worldwide economic recession, and a charming romantic comedy.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Weekly Review Round-up (02/02-0210, 2012)

A pair of reviews for the hotly anticipated thriller Howling this week which will be opening on the 16th in Korea.  Many more reviews of past and current films also on offer from a wide range of sources.



(Seonyeong's Private Place, February 4, 2012)


(Hanguk Yeonghwa, February 7, 2012)

(YAM Mag, February 9, 2012)

(Beyond Hollywood, February 6, 2012)

(Init_Scenes, February 3, 2012)

(Init_Scenes, February 5, 2012)

(Seen in Jeonju, February 3, 2012)




(Hanguk Yeonghwa, February 9, 2012)

The Client

The Front Line

(The One One Four, February 8, 2012)


(Hanguk Yeonghwa, February 5, 2012)

D-Wars, 2007
(Korean Grindhouse, February 4, 2012)

(New Korean Cinema, February 9, 2012)

(Hangul Celluloid, February 8, 2012)

The Chaser, 2008
(Initi_Scenes, February 7, 2012)

Thirst, 2009
(The Daily Athanaeum, February 7, 2012)

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