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Four very different intimate encounters occur in Room 407 of Motel Cactus, a Seoul 'love hotel'. In Summer, the first episode, a woman seeks to spend her birthday with the man she loves, but he has very different plans. Autumn concerns a pair of young college students who surprise themselves when ... Read more
“Vertigo-style flashback and shocking revelations elevate the film beyond mere thriller into high-octane Almodovar territory.” - Screen International ... One of South Korea's most exciting filmmakers, Bong Joon-ho (The Host, MIFF 06) continues to subvert genre conventions with Mother, his take ... Read more
1375 and China is in chaos: the Ming Dynasty has seized power from the Yuan. Korea's ancient government sends a delegation of diplomats and soldiers to China to pledge peace. Ambushed and exiled to the desert to die, the delegation survivors resolve to make it back to their homeland as a matter of ... Read more
South Korean animator Lee Sung-Gang's feature debut (which recenty won the Grand Prix for Best Animated Feature at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival) is a highly original cinematic fantasy. It has echoes of feverish childhood dreams shot through with a wide-eyed fascination with a world ... Read more
“Superbly honed at every level, with dialogue, performances and direction meshing in a seamless, apparently effortless flow.” - Variety This observational drama centres on the changing chemistry between two best friends - and the wife of one of them - who are forced to confront their ... Read more
In an isolated town, a lonely family lives in the so-called "widow's house". The family consists of Madam Chung-sook, Okhee, her six-year-old daughter, Okhee's grandmother, and the house-maid, Songhwan-taik. One day a guest from Seoul visits the house and becomes a lodger, and as the days pass ... Read more
Yon-soo usually goes to a hair salon downtown. This time, to save money, he tries an old barber-shop, with a stubborn old barber who wants to give him a very old-style haircut. Yon-soo wants to keep his own chic style, so the battle begins. ... Read more
In an unknown Korean city in the near future, a desperate woman named Anna arrives in search of the rumoured 'oblivion virus', a bug with the fortunate side effect of erasing painful memories. Outbreaks of the virus are tracked and willing victims embrace blissful amnesia. ... Although relying on a ... Read more
The history, culture and life of the people of the Nacktong River, which flows into the Southern Sea of the Korean Peninsula. ... Read more
“A rags-to-rogues crimer whose finely chiseled portraits of greed, self-preservation and depravity are buttressed by powerhouse performances.” - Variety ... Set in the 1980s around President Roh Tae-woo's war on organised crime, this epic Korean gangster movie charts a decade-long rivalry ... Read more
Natural City South KoreaA high-impact Korean sci-fi blockbuster that won the Best Special Effects prize at South Korea's Grand Bell Film Awards.It is 2080 and the Last Great War has devastated the globe. On a rebuilt earth, technology enforces law, and genetic experiments have achieved new levels ... Read more
Korean expats spend lazy days in the city of love, in the latest offering from Hong Sang-soo (Woman on the Beach, MIFF 07). ... Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival, prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo's latest film tackles the peculiar existential ... Read more
MIFF has enthusiastically flown the flag for South Korean cinema, championing such diverse and mind-altering work as MIFF guests Kim Ki-duk (retrospective in 2002), Park Chan-wook (Old Boy 2004), Im Sang-soo (President's Last Bang 2005) and Kim Jee-woon (A Bittersweet Life 2006). South Korean ... Read more
Gyung-sun used to be a professional safecracker but now she is all washed up, trawling the streets as a cab driver in order to pay off her ex-husband's debts. The only thing that gets her by is the hope that one day she'll meet her estranged daughter. ... Soo-jin, nicknamed 'Sunglasses Girl', lives ... Read more
Slip into a sharkskin suit, strap on a machete and join Taeju, Jophil and 'The Infamous Ashtray' (so named for his weapon of choice) as they shoot, slash, kick and punch their way to the top of the Korean gangland food-chain. Being 'No. 1' is all that matters and when you're 'No. 3', the only way ... Read more
"The New Wave is still alive and kicking in Korea … judging by Hong Sang-soo's latest contribution." - Screen Daily ... Many MIFF-goers will be familiar with the work of Hong Sang-soo (most recently with In Another Country, MIFF 2012, and The Day He Arrives, MIFF 2011), and this latest ... Read more
A wild, hyperkinetic demonstration of style, Nowhere to Hide is a propulsive action comedy that cites almost every genre and then comes back for more. If John Woo mounted an assault on MTV he might arrive at a film something like this gang-busting crime romp. An arresting pre-credit sequence ... Read more
Oasis won four awards at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, including Best Director and a FIPRESCI award 'for the audacity and courage of its imaginative exploration of the difficulties of communication, and for its remarkable actors.' A huge box-office success in its home country, Oasis is a film to ... Read more
Sex, lies and filmmaking. ... In Oki's Movie, Hong Sang-soo (Hahaha, MIFF 2010; Night and Day, MIFF 2009), presents a love triangle told in four chapters. The woman at the centre of the affair is Oki, a university student majoring in film and simultaneously wrestling with the romantic expectations ... Read more
Old Boy South Korea'a wild, intensely cinematic ride.' -VarietyWinner of the Cannes Grand Prix award, Old Boy is an electrifying tale of revenge from Festival favourite Park Chan-wook (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, MIFF 2003).'One day in 1988, an ordinary man named Oh Dae-su, who lives with his wife ... Read more
More The King of Pigs (MIFF 2012) than Finding Nemo, Padak continues the confronting impulses of recent Korean animation. ... Writer/director Lee Dae-hee spent five years crafting this exquisite and harrowing "fable for adults", centred on innocent mackerel Padak, caught in the ocean and ... Read more
A polished mystery story set in a South Korean border town about a man seeking to escape the demons of his past, and the enigmatic women entangled in it. ... They say the mist that wraps around the city of Paju is from the soldiers who fell there during the Korean War, but for Joong-shik it's a ... Read more
Orphaned by the sudden death of her father, a 10-year-old girl's bleak day-to-day existence is poignantly explored in this remarkably gentle film. Unable to put up with her harsh reality any longer she decides to escape from it. ... Read more
A portal into the oppressive and grimy underbelly of contemporary urban existence, Pistol is an apocalyptic study of frustration and release. Combining a lush, high-contrast aesthetic and Godard-influenced camera work with a raw drum-and-bass soundtrack, the film pulsates with urgency and a ... Read more
Winner of the Best Screenplay prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... Filmmaker Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine, MIFF 08; Oasis, MIFF 03) continues his tradition of razor-sharp social critique with his latest feature, a quietly haunting and thought-proking meditation on society's quick-fix ... Read more
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