Archive for the ‘What’s Korean Cinema?’ Category
They remade A Tale Of Two Sisters as The Uninvited in 2009. Directed by The Guard Brothers, how does it fare?
Bringing the unsettling, elegant, focused and dramatic, Kim Ji-woon’s A Tale Of Two Sisters is up for discussion. Does it hold a grip on audiences still or has rampant horror clichés outside of it diminished its power? Find out with Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn.
00m 00s – Intro/Movie- and production background
17m 00s – Kim Ji-woon biography & discussion
35m 53s – A Tale Of Two Sisters review
Way before his kidnapping by Kim Jong-il or possible defection to North Korea, Shin Sang-ok honed his important voice in South Korean cinema and creating diverse work. Ranging from the gritty, documentary style thriller Flower In Hell to this widescreen period horror about a familiar trope and content within Korean film and TV. The fox spirit takes center stage in Thousand Years Old Fox from 1969. With Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn.
00m 00s – Intro/Movie- and genre background
23m 08s – Shin Sang-ok biography & discussion
37m 22s – Thousand Years Old Fox review
From a director who makes the most out of his sporadic filmmaking, we find Lee Chang-dong directing a lead performance with enough acting for 3 movies. So is his 140 minute drama Secret Sunshine from 2007, about grief, belief and emotional trauma worth the investment. Or do we need to watch vidoes of puppies to cleanse? Find out with Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid‘s Paul Quinn.
00m 00s – Intro/Lee Chang-dong bio & discission
28m 52s – Song Kang-ho and Yeon Do-jeon discussion
36m 10s – Secret Sunshine review
For episode 19, we cover the oldest Korean movie with recorded sound in existence that also is the shortest Korean movie discussed on this show. And hence maybe the shortest episode we’re ever likely to record. Brevity is an art not practised today, in Korea and elsewhere but anyway, the movie is Sweet Dream from 1936. With Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid‘s Paul Quinn.
00m 00s – Intro/Sweet Dream background and themes
16m 44s – Yang Ju-nam bio & discussion
25m 05s – Sweet Dream review
For the 50 year anniversary of Kim Ki-young’s 1960 classic we reviewed on What’s Korean Cinema? 18, director Im Sang-soo directed what is mostly said to be a reinterpretation of Kim’s movie but it was still brought out as The Housemaid. Rightly or not. Hear Kenny B and Paul Quinn extend their Housemaid-coverage in this website exclusive bonus episode (it’s introduced as episode 22 but is in fact the 23rd. Sorry about that).
Eeeeeevil Korean woman, reprehensible humans beings, in black and white, through the eyes of director Kim Ki-young. this means, What’s Korean Cinema? takes you back to 1960 and The Housemaid. Cue lightning.
00m 00s – Intro/Kim Ki-young bio & discussion
40m 30s – The Housemaid review