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LIKE YOU KNOW IT ALL (Hong Sangsoo, 2009)
“Film festivals and cinema workshops come across as hotbeds of drunken brawls, fulsome schmoozing and adulterous sex.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In a self-reflexive jibe, filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (… Read more

LOOKING FOR BRUCE LEE (Kang Lone, 2001)
Looking For Bruce Lee is a post-millennium, spiky Korean Hard Day's Night, revolving around real-life band Crying Nut (Korea's most successful punk act) and their often futile attempts to understand … Read more

MEMBERS OF THE FUNERAL (Baek Seung-bin, 2008)
“Heralds a dark wit and sleek intelligence guided by a creatively secure humility.” - Variety ... Death, family and literature all come to the forefront but not necessarily in that order, as thre… Read more

MEMENTO MORI (Kim Tae-Yong, Min Kyu Dong, 1999)
Equal parts Carrie-style supernatural thriller and seething lesbian love story, Memento Mori is a radically stylish Korean feature debut. High-schooler Min-ah happens upon a scarlet diary, a record o… Read more

MEMORIES (Harun Farocki, Eugène Green, Pedro Costa, 2007)
Originally created for the Jeonju International Film Festival's Digital Project, Memories is a short film triptych from three very different European directors. German Harun Farocki's Respite is an o… Read more

MEMORIES OF MURDER (Bong Joon-ho, 2004)
Memories of Murder (Sarineui Chueok) South KoreaOne of South Korea's box-office smashes of 2003, Memories of Murder is the latest film from acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho, who dazzled MIFF audiences… Read more

MOTHER (MA15+) (Bong Joon-ho, 2009)
“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 filmma… Read more

MUSA: THE WARRIOR (Kim Sung Su, 2001)
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 t… Read more

MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL, MARI (Lee Sung-Gang, 2002)
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. I… Read more

NABI: THE BUTTERFLY (Moon Seung-Wook, 2001)
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. Outbre… Read more

NAMELESS GANGSTER: RULES OF THE TIME (Yoon Jong-bin, 2012)
“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 … Read more

NATURAL CITY (Min Byung-Chun, 2004)
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 gl… Read more

NIGHT AND DAY (Hong Sang-soo, 2008)
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 Fes… Read more

NO BLOOD NO TEARS (Ryu Seung-wan, 2002)
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 h… Read more

NO. 3 (Song Neung-Han, 1997)
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 K… Read more

NOBODY S DAUGHTER HAEWON (Hong Sang-soo, 2012)
"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 re… Read more

OASIS (Lee Chang-dong, 2002)
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,… Read more

OKI'S MOVIE (Hong Sang-soo, 2010)
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… Read more

OLD BOY (Park Chan-wook, 2004)
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 M… Read more

PADAK (Lee Dae Hee, 2012)
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 … Read more

PAJU (Park Chan-ok, 2009)
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 c… Read more

Pipio (Kang Man-jin, 2002)
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 s… Read more

POETRY (Lee Chang-dong, 2010)
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… Read more

RAY BANG (Jang Hyun-Soo, 2001)
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 naggi… Read more

REAL FICTION (Kim Ki-Duk, 2000)
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 Korea… Read more

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