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On 26 October 1979, the president of South Korea was assassinated. The man behind the barrel was the president's own chief of the secret service, KCIA boss Kim. In this rambunctious and burlesque film, Im Sang-soo portrays the last day of the president's 18-year reign, focusing on the president's ... Read more
Comic farce or major assault on Korean sexual mores? Push! Push! is both. The X Files meets ER, with a portion of Fawlty Towers thrown in. Korean filmmaker Park Chul Soo storms the wards of a women's clinic and pushes humour and satire to its limits without once belittling his subject matter ... Read more
Part screwball comedy, part social commentary, Ray Bang is both a great deal of fun and a warm meditation on the hopes and dreams of a trio of deadbeat cab drivers. Hak-Rak contends with a wife nagging him to work longer and harder. Joon-Hyung, a balding former accountant, salts away his taxi ... Read more
Kim's most experimental film to date, Real Fiction was shot in just 200 minutes with eight 35mm cameras, ten digital cameras and twelve sequence directors. It's title, translated literally from Korean as 'state of reality', is as much a tongue-in-cheek contrivance as an allusion to the reality of ... Read more
Asian cinema specialist Tony Raynes described Resurrection of the Little Match Girl as 2002's best martial arts fantasy from South Korea—his runner up was last year's MIFF smash Volcano High. Get ready for a breathtaking and exhilarating ride from maverick director Jang Sun-woo. ... Young ... Read more
The 2008 Jeonju Digital Project continues to showcase innovative work of established filmmakers working in the digital format. This year the project brings us three shorts from the dark continent.Expectations, by Chad's Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Dry Season, MIFF'07), sees a man return to his village ... Read more
Dae-shik, a once celebrated mountaineer, is the leader of a ramshackle group of homeless people. One morning he discovers, sprawled on the pavement, Suk-Won, an ex-financier who has been kicked out by his wife after losing all their money in a stock market crash. Suk-Won is suicidal, but Dae-shik ... Read more
“Sa-kwa gives voice to the finest nuances of complex feelings in a delicately orches-trated crescendo...” - Toronto International Film Festival South Korea's most remarkable and gifted new actress, Moon So-ri, transforms from a carefree young girl into an emotionally complicated woman as we ... Read more
A student working at a currency exchange booth in an illegal gambling house discovers there is such a thing as being too safe. Winner of the 2013 Short Film Palme d'Or. ... D/P Moon Byoung-gon S Kwon O-kwang L Korean w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
Samaritan Girl (Samaria) South KoreaWinner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Kim Ki-duk's 10th feature combines the darker-edged themes of his earlier films (Bad Guy, MIFF 2002), with the mature sensibility of his most recent masterwork, Spring, Summer, Fall ... Read more
The story of Samyong, the poor, mute farmer, at the mercy of Kwangsik, the spoilt son of a rich family, is set at the beginning of the century. Conditions prevailing at that time in rural Korea relegated the poor to subservience, and Samyong, conditioned to accept his place in the order of things ... Read more
Playfully crossing almost all genres, including thriller comedy, horror and action, this dynamic debut film from Korean hot-shot, Jang Jun-hwan, recalls the deliriously creative work of Jeunet and Caro (The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen). ... The hero of Save the Green Planet! is Byeong-gu, a ... Read more
Lee Chang-dong's (Oasis, MIFF 03) latest epic follows a young mother's encounter with adversity and tragedy as a widow settling in a new town. ... After losing her husband in a car accident, Shin-ae (played by Jeon Do-yeon, who was awarded Best Actress for the role at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival) ... Read more
Early one rainy morning, insurance agent Ku-Ho having had too much to drink, runs over Mijo and in desperation, takes her home. He is stunned to learn the young girl has no apparent injuries resulting from the accident. What the girl is suffering from is memory loss. To makes matter worse, and more ... Read more
"I live on the 23rd floor of my apartment...." ... D/S Reka Gacs WS Royal College of Art TD DigiBeta/2007/6mins ... Read more
John is the provider and guardian of his younger brother Gabriel, who is mentally challenged. Partly shown through the eyes of Gabriel and his digital camera, Seven Chocolate presents the drastic events that take place when their routine is upset by an unwitting outsider. ... Read more
Hong Kong's grand master of the martial arts film/definer of the wuxia genre, Tsui Hark, returns to prestige filmmaking with Seven Swords. Gritty and epic in every conceivable way, this film pays obvious nods to Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai with its group of 17th century swordslingers banding ... Read more
A man and woman are joined together at the back as brother and sister, they must share the one body and accept their fate. They care for each other but love drives them apart. ... Read more
Silmido South KoreaA box-office phenomenon in its home country, Silmido is a mega-budget, political action thriller based on the true story of one of the most controversial incidents in recent Korean history.In 1968 a North Korean commando team narrowly fails in their attempt to assassinate the ... Read more
Younghee, a seven-year-old girl, smokes out of curiosity. Her mother smokes herself into composure. When Younghee's father suddenly leaves the family, she and her mother share something special that comforts them. [Smoke-Flavoured Life] won the Jury's Special Mention at Clermont-Ferrand. --- D/S ... Read more
Jeung In-Ok, from the Korean Academy of Film Arts, superbly animates the story of an unpopular Superman. Crouched over on a rooftop washing his red underpants, he waits for a sign of adoration from those who have all but forgotten him. --- D Jeong In-Ok P/WS Korean Academy of Film Arts L Korean ... Read more
Taking the supernatural genre in an unexpected direction, this intellectual thriller is a chilling tale about a group of people confined by bad karma, revenge and transference of sin and guilt. Moving into a crumbling apartment, Yong-Hyun, a taxi driver, soon learns that a previous tenant of his ... Read more
Rooted in the substance of nightmares but playing out like a murder mystery, [Spider Forest] is a chilling, surrealist exploration of memory and guilt. ... Min has lost his wife in a plane crash - a tragedy he foresaw in a dream shortly before it occurred. Tormented by grief, he trudges through his ... Read more
"As soon as we saw the first image of this film, it was perfectly obvious to us that a genuine director was born." This was the enthusiastic appraisal of the head of the Director's Fortnight panel at Cannes last year. "We really appreciated the beauty of the shots, the elegance of the style and the ... Read more
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter' and Spring (Bom, Yeoreum, Gaeul, Gyeowool, Geurigo Bom) South Korea'spring, Summer, Fall, Winter' and Spring is an exquisitely simple movie. The film's lyrical plainness is the sign of a profound and sophisticated artistic sensibility. Kim Ki-duk manages to isolate ... Read more
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