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TELL ME SOMETHING (Chang Youn Hyun, 1999)
An ingenious and sadistic murderer has left a jigsaw puzzle as a clue for the police. The problem is that the pieces in the puzzle are human body parts, and not always from the same person! All of th… Read more

THE ACTRESSES (J-yong E, 2009)
There are three kinds of people in the world - men, women and actresses. ... Six ravishingly beautiful Korean movie stars make light of their professional personae in this witty, tongue-in-cheek mock… Read more

THE DAY A PIG FELL INTO THE WELL (Hong Sang-Soo, 1996)
Song Sang-Soo's Korean comedy centres around a tangled love quartet comprised of a failed novelist, a water-filter salesman, his wife and a cinema ticket-seller. Eye level direction imparts an unsett… Read more

THE DAY HE ARRIVES (Hong Sang-soo, 2011)
Sungjoon, a film director who no longer makes films, goes to Seoul to meet a friend who doesn't show. ... Lonely, he wanders among old haunts and bars. Amid the random circumstance of days spent in h… Read more

THE FOUL KING (Kim Jee-woon, 2000)
Dae-Ho, a timid bank clerk, is hopeless at his job. Mind you, it doesn't help that his boss is a ferocious disciplinarian who punishes staff with brutal headlocks Dae-Ho's escape comes with a decisio… Read more

THE HOUSEMAID (Im Sang-soo, 2010)
“An operatic, sensuous social satire that dares to be different from the original classic.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Controversial Korean director Im Sang-soo (A Good Lawyer's Wife, MIFF 04; The … Read more

THE HOUSEMAID (1960) (Kim Ki-young, 1960)
“[Director Kim Ki-young is] capable of probing deep into the human mind, its desires and impulses, while paying sarcastic attention to the details.” - Cahiers du Cinéma ... Long considered a… Read more

THE ISLE (Kim Ki-Duk, 2000)
"Hyunshik, an ex-cop in deep pain and on the lam, arrives at the end of his road, an isolated lake, dotted with floating huts, serving as a retreat for fishing and a host of sordid activities. Its be… Read more

THE ISLE (Kim Ki-Duk, )
"Hyunshik, an ex-cop in deep pain and on the lam, arrives at the end of his road, an isolated lake dotted with floating huts, serving as a retreat for fishing and a host of sordid activities. Its bea… Read more

THE KING OF PIGS (Yuen Sang-ho, 2011)
“Mightily provocative in its representation of human debasement, [Yeun Sang-ho's] satire on class inequality burns like acid.” - Hollywood Reporter ... This provocative story follows the reunion … Read more

THE SPINNING WHEEL (Lee Doo-Yong, 1983)
In Korea, the period of the Chosun Dynasty (AD. 1392-1910) was marked by increasingly rigid attitudes to relations between the sexes, and particularly the social role of women. While the roots of the… Read more

THE TAEBAEK MOUNTAINS (Im Kwon-Taek, 1994)
Korea's master director Im Kwon-Taek has over 100 features to his name including the highlight of last years AFI Korean season, Sopyonje. The wisdom of experience shows in his steady handling of the … Read more

THE TASTE OF MONEY (Im Sang-soo, 2012)
“Im Sang-soo's latest portrait of lust and corruption, power plays and violence at the highest echelons of Korea's society has all the style and luster of his previous works.” - Screen Daily ... … Read more

THE UNJUST (Ryoo Seung-wan, 2010)
"Achieves a happy marriage between commercial savvy and artistic integrity in its hard-hitting depiction of Seoul as a city of corruption." - Hollywood Reporter ... A massive critical and commercial … Read more

The Wonder Hospital (Beomsik Shimbe Shim, 2010)
A surreal voyage inside the walls of a mysterious hospital, which turns the sad befores into happy afters. ... --- ... D/P/S Beomsik Shimbe Shim L no dialogue TD digibeta/2010 ... --- ... D/P/S Beoms… Read more

THE YELLOW SEA (Na Hong-jin, 2010)
Rising star of the South Korean film scene Na Hong-jin returns with an ambitious follow up to The Chaser (MIFF 2009) that was a box office hit domestically. ... In a lawless Chinese border town, wher… Read more

THIRST (MA15+) (Park Chan-wook, 2009)
Winner of the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... From the runaway imagination of Festival favourite Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, MIFF 2004; Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, MIFF 2006) comes … Read more

THREE FRIENDS (Yim Soon-Rye, 1996)
Yim's debut is a daring mix of lighthearted comedy and drama portraying Korea's Gen­eration X. Independent, Fatso and Petal are three friends who have failed their college entrance examination. P… Read more

Three...extremes (Takashi Miike, Park Chan Wook, Fruit Chan, 2004)
[Three... Extremes] is a chilling, top-shelf anthology, featuring three short 'horror' films directed by perennial MIFF faves Park Chan-wook, Miike Takashi and Fruit Chan. ... "Park's [Cut] ranks as … Read more

TIME (Kim Ki-duk, 2006)
A recent estimate in Korea claimed that 50 percent of the female population had opted for plastic surgery in their 20s. Considering this epidemic, MIFF favourite Kim Ki-duk's (Bad Guy, The Isle) la… Read more

TO THE STARRY ISLAND (Park Kwang-Su, 1994)
"After dying, we all become stars." ... An old man, Moon Duk-Bae, has died, and his family are taking his body back to the place of his birth, Kwisong Island, in accordance with his last wish. It is … Read more

TOO YOUNG TO DIE (Park Jin-pyo, 2002)
A woman and man meet, fall in love and spend the rest of their lives together. Sounds fairly conventional? The catch—the couple met in their 70s. This short feature is a sensitive, deeply felt … Read more

TREELESS MOUNTAIN (So Yong Kim, 2009)
“Simply one of the best films about childhood ever made.” - Village Voice ... Two young sisters in South Korea find themselves suddenly packed off by their single mother to live with their aunt i… Read more

TURNING GATE (Hong Sang-soo, 2002)
Out-of-work actor Gyung-soo flees to a popular country town to visit a former schoolmate, now writer, Seong-wu. Soon upon arrival, he has a brief, intense fling with a dance instructor Myung-sook, wh… Read more

UNFORGIVEN, THE (Yoon Jong-bin, 2005)
“The best independent feature film of the year.”- Pusan International Film Festival The Unforgiven scooped a multitude of awards at Pusan and screened as part of Un Certain Regard at Cannes this … Read more

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