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A boy goes to extraordinary lengths to shelter his dog from the dangers and violence of the outside world. A short film of remarkable scope and complexity, touching upon universal issues with a particularly Korean sensibility. Grand Prix winner Pusan. ... Read more
Winner of Pusan's New Currents section, [This Charming Girl] is a perfectly calibrated and unusually subtle portrait of a self-contained young woman. ... Jeong-hye is a clerk in a small suburban post office, who lives on her own and goes through the same routine every day. Attractive and neat but ... Read more
“A wince-inducingly violent serial killer thriller… a sort of Asian-extreme Manhunter for the strong of nerve.” - Daily Telegraph ... First-time filmmaker Na Hong-jin immediately makes his mark on Korean cinema with a police crime thriller that explosively rewrites the rules of the genre. Read more
"Sharing this year's Best Director prize at Cannes, veteran Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek has crafted a stirring, poetic portrait of the creative process as personified by Ohwon, an eminent late-nineteenth century Korean painter. A colourful individual with a healthy appetite for living, Ohwon, at ... Read more
"Cheerfully smashing perceptions of North Korea as a shuttered nation, Comrade Kim Goes Flying proves that cooperation with the West really is possible, at least in cinema." – Variety ... Comrade Kim is a model of the North Korean work ethic. But despite exceeding her quotas at the ... Read more
"The recurrent themes in my films are space and captivity. The woman in Crocodile and the man in The Isle are captives; they're characters who become prisoners through a violence which, ironically, is beautiful." - Kim Ki-Duk ... Kim Ki-Duk's debut is an unsettling and unclassifiable piece ... Read more
Down on his luck and desperate, Gang Tae-shik ([Choi Min-sik; Old Boy], MIFF 04) is doing it hard on the streets. He's lost the respect of his son, and his wife has thrown him out of home. Now the former silver medallist of the Asian Games is selling himself on the street as a human punching bag ... Read more
MIFF favourite Park Chan-wook (Stoker, MIFF 2013) and his brother Park Chan-kyong reunite after their 2011 Berlinale Best Short Film winning Night Fishing to deliver this tale of an elderly master (Park regular Sang Kang-ho) giving singing lessons to a young girl on a mountain. ... D/S Park ... Read more
Stunning visuals interplay with a haunting stop-start soundtrack in this magical Korean film. Dreamy reflections and images of female existence, of mother and daughter reconciliation float by, creating a distorted sense of time in its wake. ... Read more
The steppes of Outer Mongolia form a striking backdrop to this contemplative story of unlikely bonds formed in the trackless desert. Near the border between Mongolia and China, the desert slowly swallows a tiny rural community. The town leader, Hangai, is determined to plant seedlings and ... Read more
A pool-hall brawl opens Ryoo Seung-Wan's debut feature, a fitting summation of the territory explored throughout this exciting debut. A Rotterdam Film Festival highlight, Die Bad comprises four distinct episodes, each of which has its own tone and style. With criss-crossing themes and characters ... Read more
“The best Korean gangster movie since Friend.” - Variety “Since I've got my foot into this world… might as well go all the way…” Second-in-rank Byung-doo is a gangster stuck between his overbearing boss and younger criminals, each as aggressive and ambitious as the next and ... Read more
"A remarkable debut, a post-apocalyptic, existential quasi-monster movie on a shoestring budget, it recalls the darker works of Cormac McCarthy with an added supernatural tinge." - Cinephile ... After picking up a man in a baseball cap, heavily pregnant Soon-young and her taxi driver realise ... Read more
Once it was marbles. These days it's Pokemon. In this story, discover eraser wrestling. The challenge—to flick your eraser on top of your opponent's. You lose—you forego your eraser. Young-noon persists in challenging the cheating school bully and does whatever it takes to stay in ... Read more
“Here, you encounter a love completely different from what you have known or experienced before…” - filmmaker Kim Tae-yong Arguments turn to fighting, fighting to shouting, shouting to crying, crying to sulking and sulking back to arguing again - but family is family and family is ... Read more
Ju-seok returns home after spending three years in jail for pickpocketing. She has always had a hostile relationship with her widowed father, a former cop whose job was revoked when he lost the sight of one eye, and who brought up Ju-seok and her younger brother alone. Jeong-eun has long been ... Read more
Vietnam, 1969, a soldier encounters a Vietcong girl. They take aim at each other. Something is wrong. ... Read more
A starving fugitive, on the run from the police, is confronted with his crimes by his own subconscious. ... Director Dahci Ma is a guest of the Festival. ... D/S Dahci Ma P Jay Jeong WS Premium Films L Korean w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
Lee Hyun-joo is top of her class, her only blemish in life is a persistent blocked nose. One morning, she is horrified when she expels a long worm-like creature from her nose. Free of the worm and her blocked nose, Hyun-joo's intelligence begins to fade, just as a rival classmate's begins to rise ... Read more
A Good Lawyer's Wife (Baramnan Gajok) South KoreaAfter shocking MIFF audiences in 2001 with his forthright look at teen life in Tears, acclaimed director Im Sang-soo returns with A Good Lawyer's Wife. Peering inside the dynamics of a family in which almost everyone is having an illicit affair, in ... Read more
“For Hong's fans as well as art film-inclined audiences coming to his films new, this is as tangy and refreshing as sangria.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Receiving the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of this year's Cannes Film Festival, South Korea's premier auteur and MIFF mainstay ... Read more
“Puts the ‘grim' in Grimm.” - Variety ... After a distracted Eun-Soo plows his car into the forest, the helping hand of a small girl guiding him to the warmth of the House of Happy Children seems like a godsend. But as the warmth turns to chill, Eun-Soo discovers the dark secret of the ... Read more
“A virtual two-hander between an ornery skeptic and a young evangelist… with Host and Guest first time writer-director Dong-il Shin has fashioned a thoughtful, witty and involving gem.” - Variety An unlikely friendship between a morose filmmaker who has never made a film and an overly ... Read more
Screened in Director's Fortnight, this film is, at once, a revelation (one of the few at Cannes this year) and a reaffirmation of filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's ability to mould humour, socio-political satire and visceral kicks. At a US army base in Seoul, an American officer gives the order to dump ... Read more
Ranging from the classic, rarely seen films of the Golden Age of Korean cinema of the 50s, to the invigorating work emerging at the moment, this new documentary is a concise examination of female representation in Korean movies. ... Female audiences flocked to the cinema after the Korean War, eager ... Read more
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