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Films From South Korea

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
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
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
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
Winner of the Fipresci Award at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival, [Spying Cam] once again demonstrates the incredible dynamism of contemporary independent Korean cinema. A DV feature that consists primarily of two characters in a room, it is also one of the most ambitious and original films of ... Read more
Sword in the Moon (Cheongpung Myeongweol) South KoreaA pedal-to-the-metal South Korean martial arts spectacular, Sword in the Moon injected a high dose of visceral entertainment in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year with its breathtaking scenery, vivid colours and stunning climatic ... Read more
“Investigates the lonely recesses of a lucid, wounded mind and renders the astonishing portrait of a sombre heroine whose heart is as pure - and as cold - as snow.” - Toronto International Film Festival Capping off his now infamous cycle of revenge films, MIFF favourite and past guest Park ... Read more
Ryu is a hearing-impared factory worker who spends his spare time with his younger sister and offbeat girlfriend. When his sister becomes dangerously ill, Ryu decides to offer her one of his kidneys, only to discover that he is not a suitable donor. Compounding his problem, he is sacked for ... Read more
A charming and heartfelt look at the secret lives of young women in a rapidly changing South Korea. Good looking Hae-joo dreams of becoming a successful career woman; talented outsider Ji-young yearns to study art abroad; meanwhile, rebellious Tae-hee submits to a romance that no one understands ... Read more
A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryon) South KoreaBased on a Korean folk tale about an evil stepmother and her two daughters, this South Korean box-office smash is from acclaimed director Kim Jee-woon (The Foul King, MIFF 2001). Hollywood has already bought the remake rights, so get in early and ... Read more
Tears is a sad, funny and sexually forthright look at a group of lour underage teens in Seoul's underbelly. This second feature by Sang Soo Im doesn't fall prey to the excesses of the subject matter, constructing a small gallery of involving characters, terrifically played by first-timers. The ... Read more
A deliriously inventive, over the top and challenging film from youthful Korean cinema mavericks, Indiestory (see also Looking for Bruce Lee and shorts in this year's programme). ... "Of all the gob-smacking developments in Korean cinema in recent years, the arrival of this deranged feature must be ... Read more
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