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3-IRON (Kim Ki-Duk, 2004)
The mesmerising 3-Iron, which won him the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, again proves Kim Ki-duk deserves his reputation as one of the world's leading outsider filmmakers. Exemplify… Read more

8849m (Go Young-min, 2001)
After his climbing partner dies, a tenacious mountaineer finally reaches the summit. But who is going to take his photo to prove it? Shot entirely on location at high altitude, 8849m is funny, ironic… Read more

A Perm (Lee Ran-hee, 2009)
If you marry a Korean man you must become a Korean woman, and that starts with a perm. ... --- D/S LEE Ran-hee P UM Tae-shick WS Indiestory Inc L Korean w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 --- D/S L… Read more

A SCHOOLGIRL'S DIARY (Jang In-hak, 2006)
The first ever film from North Korea to be distributed internationally. ... A gently sketched tale of a rebellious teenager, exasperated by her overworked parents and the boredom of life in the North… Read more

A Vacation (Lee Jung-pyo, 2002)
A young soldier finds a place to forget what he does and remember who he is. This film captures the love and isolation within a land divided. ... Read more

AACHI & SSIPAK (Bum Jin Joe, 2006)
The world's second film about a futuristic society powered by human faeces. Consider a place where the currency is excrement. The government is anxious to control their sole source of energy that sp… Read more

ACTION BOYS (Byunggil JUNG, 2008)
An endearing, tongue-in-cheek look at the action behind the action. ... A former stuntman himself, Jeong Byeong-gil picks up a camera to document the unheralded heroes/lunatics of Korean cinema who -… Read more

ADDRESS UNKNOWN (Kim Ki-Duk, 2001)
Reminiscent of the films of Japan's angry masters (Seijun Suzuki and Shohei Imamura in particular), Kim Ki-Duk has earned a reputation for his unflinching exploration of the sexually and emotionally … Read more

An Eternity (Kim Dae-Hyun, 1998)
An elderly woman silently carries out a what appears to be a ritualised activity, the point of which only becomes clear as the film progresses. This moving film from Korea is a beautiful meditation o… Read more

ARDOR (Byun Young-joo, 2002)
One Christmas Eve, young housewife Mi-Heun has her world thrown into disarray when she uncovers her husband's infidelity. Unable to cope with the change in her seemingly idyllic existence, she become… Read more

Ashes in the Thicket (Lee Sung-Gang, 1998)
A man who accidentally sees a UFO subsequently suffers from powerful and painful hallucinations. In desperation, he and his girlfriend commit suicide to escape the hallucinations but find themselves … Read more

BAD GUY (Kim Ki-Duk, 2001)
Hang Gi, a tough pimp ruling his brothel with an iron fist, has a huge chip on his shoulder. Moments after setting eyes on Seon-hwa, a pretty and proper college student, he forces her to kiss him, in… Read more

BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE (Bong Joon-ho, 2000)
An accomplished debut feature from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. this twisted social comedy works as a dry and amusing human-interest cackle. An indolent university lecturer, scheming to bribe … Read more

BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE (M) (Bong Joon-ho, 2000)
"Beautifully directed, unsentimental and darkly funny." - Time Out London ... Bong Joon-ho (Mother, MIFF 2009; The Host, MIFF 2006), a true creative and commercial giant of South Korean cinema, made … Read more

BEARDED GENERAL (Lee Sung Koo, 1968)
A former news cameraman is found dead in mysterious circumstances. The police detective assigned to the case gradually finds himself involved in reading an unfinished novel by the dead man called "Th… Read more

BEHIND THE CAMERA (E J-yong, 2012)
A who's who of Korea's film scene come together in the scathingly self-aware new mockumentary from rising star E J-yong (The Actresses, MIFF 2009). ... As the cast and crew of an unnamed new film arr… Read more

BICHUNMOO (Kim Young-jun, 2000)
1343: China is under the rule of the Mongol Yuan Dynasty. Young warrior Jin-ha, an apprentice in the art of Bichunmoo sword-fighting, meets a young girl named Sullie, the daughter of Mongol general T… Read more

BIG SWINDLE, THE (Choi Dong Hun, 2004)
Choi Dong-hoon's directorial debut, The Big Swindle, proves that South Korea's golden age of filmmaking is set to continue for a while yet. Carrying on the recent tradition of films that deliver on e… Read more

BIRDCAGE INN (Kim Ki-Duk, 1998)
Touring Berlin, Montreal, Moscow and LA Film Festivals, Kim's third film shook audiences with its haunting images of two women reconciling polar differences. Unique in positioning two female characte… Read more

BITTERSWEET LIFE, A (Kim Jee-woon, 2005)
“Even by Korean standards of movie brutality, A Bittersweet Life raises the bar to a new level… will have genre fans nailed to their seats” - Variety ... A tour de force of noir-ish style,… Read more

BLACK REPUBLIC (Park Kwang-Su, 1990)
... ... A man comes to a dying coal-mining town looking for work. He calls himself 'Kim' — Korea's most common surname. He soon finds that the town is not as placid as it seems: strained labour… Read more

Bread and Milk (Shinyun Won, 2004)
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BREATH (Kim Ki-duk, 2007)
Echoing his earlier works Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring and 3-Iron, filmmaker Kim Ki-duk once again looks to the passing seasons and the liberating possibilities of a taboo relationship.… Read more

BREATHLESS (Yang Ik-june, 2008)
“Arrestingly violent from the get-go.” - Screen International ... Dark, brutal and prone to uncontrollable rages, Song-hoon is someone you don't want to run into on the street. Making a living in… Read more

CAMEL(S) (Park Kiyong, 2001)
A man and a woman, having once met in the pharmacy where the woman works, drive to a hotel in a small seaside town near Seoul. Only on the way does the man ask the woman her name. Each has their own … Read more

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