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Films From South Korea

Jia Zhang-ke's Unknown Pleasures depicts a trough of aimlessness. This third feature by Jia - in Official Competition at Cannes 2002 - again proves his ability to hold a light to China's alienated rural youth. Xiao Ji and Bin Bin are teenage lads who do little more than tool around on their ... Read more
The multi-award winning The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well and its follow-up The Power of Kangwon Province, have established Hang San-Soo as the reigning Korean poet laureate of the ins, outs and self-deceptions of contemporary relationships, not to mention the tricks and traps of storytelling. This ... Read more
In an indefinite time, alienated from past, future and present, a veiled school exists - training students in a combination of martial arts and supernatural expertise. After being expelled from eight schools for his magical powers of telekinesis, Kim Kyung-Soo finds himself at Volcano High. He soon ... Read more
Satin shirts and smooth cheeks - Waikiki Brothers is a band going nowhere. After another depressing gig, the three members end up at lead singer Sungwoo's home town, Suanbo. Once a popular hot spring resort - and a place where live bands could thrive back in the 80s and early 90s - Suanbo now ... Read more
This delightful Korean film is an almost fairytale comedy of how a slave girl becomes the bride of a rich young man. The story would be charming in any setting, but in this Eastern background, the delight of the comedy is heightened. The conventions and formalities and traditions of Korean family ... Read more
"Writer-director Jo Sung-hee has crafted a highly watchable and affecting, genre-crossing work that emphasizes human emotion and interaction over horror." – Film Journal International ... After moving to a farmhouse in the countryside, teenager Suni discovers a bedraggled feral boy her ... Read more
A gangland thriller set against the violence and corruption of New York's Korea Town.John is a young American-born Korean attorney fresh from college and trying to prove himself. Taking on a pro bono case defending a 14-year-old accused of killing a prominent gangster, he finds himself thrown into ... Read more
Set in the back alleys of Paris, Wild Animals sketches the unique friendship between two Koreans living abroad. South Korean Chung-hae goes to Paris to study art but, lacking scruples, he soon winds up earning a living through various scams. He meets an AWOL North Korean soldier named Hong-san ... Read more
Woman is the Future of Man (Yeojaneun Namjaeui Miraeda) South KoreaHong Sang-soo's (Turning Gate, MIFF 2003) latest film arrives direct from its slot in Official Competition at Cannes. Taking its title from a work by French poet Louis Aragon, Woman is the Future of Man is an elegiac snapshot at the ... Read more
A mega-budget Korean, sci-fi thrill-ride, Yesterday takes its influences from Blade Runner and The Matrix via James Cameron's Dark Angel TV series and Silence of the Lambs. A malevolent, super-intelligent serial killer is bumping off senior police, scientists and even children in daring, dangerous ... Read more
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