Archive for the ‘What’s Korean Cinema?’ Category

What’s Korean Cinema? 42 – No Blood No Tears

The Action Kid Ryoo Seung-wan plants a plethora of characters in the same arena, with the central piece being money, to see how they connect, interact and just how much they are able to beat the crap out of each other in No Blood No Tears from 2002. With Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn.

Running Times: 
00m 00s – Intro/Ryoo Seung-wan biography and discussion
52m 25s – No Blood No Tears review.

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What’s Korean Cinema? 41 – Kilimanjaro

Criminal shoots himself in front of his twin brother who’s a cop. Cop goes back to his old gang in the village and may or may not be acting as his dead twin brother. Violence and a quirky tone ensues in Kilimanjaro from 2000. With Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn.

Running Times: 
00m 00s – Intro/Oh Seung-uk’s directorial career
38m 28s – Kilimanjaro review.

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What’s Korean Cinema? 40 – The Mimic

Korean urban legend wrapped in a horror package with some emotional oomph to it, which means we’ll examine if Huh Jung’s The Mimic strikes a balance between approachable local and international horror. With Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn.

The Mimic is out now on dvd and digital HD from Arrow Films and we thank them for providing the screener for review.

Running Times: 
00m 00s – Intro/Huh Jung’s directorial output so far.
21m 52s – The Mimic review.

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What’s Korean Cinema? 39 – The Uninvited

The sassy girl Jun Ji-hyun takes a left turn from out of control girl in romantic comedies to playing a woman with narcolepsy who sees her babies die in front of her. Nothing is cheery, melodramatic or quirky anymore in the psychological horror movie The Uninvited from 2003. With Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn.

Running Times: 
00m 00s – Intro/horror in South Korean cinema.
36m 14s – The career of director Lee Soo-yun and discussion of Jun Ji-hyun’s career at the time (2003).
44m 16s – The Uninvited review.

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What’s Korean Cinema? 38 – Double Agent

You can take a far more gentle approach to North Korean infiltration into South Korea, as opposed to the animalistic, head chopping ways in Shiri, and when you’re a screenwriter making your directorial debut, it makes sense it is less noisy and more story driven. This is what you’ll face in Kim Hyeon-jeong’s Double Agent from 2003. With Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn.

Running Times: 
00m 00s – Intro/notes and discussion of writer and director Kim Hyeon-jeong
20m 43s – North and South Korean conflict/defections.
28m 08s – Double Agent review.

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What’s Korean Cinema? 37 – Shiri

The characters try and prevent South Korea from going boom but 1999’s Shiri went boom commercially and perhaps without the spark it set off commercially, Korean cinema would look a lot different today. The new Korean cinema wave starts here. With Kenny B and Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn.

Running Times: 
00m 00s – Intro/Shiri production background.
33m 00s – Notes on director Kang Je-gyu,
37m 05s – Han Suk-kyu biography/discussion.
62m 25s – Shiri review.

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What’s Korean Cinema? 36 – Springtime

Choi Min-sik may say he’s a bad guy in Springtime but this is as far removed from any scenes involving hammers or eating live animals on screen. No, Choi Min-sik gets taken down a notch, brought into warmth in Ryu Jang-ha’s 2004 drama. With Kenny B and Paul Quinn of Hangul Celluloid.

Running Times: 
00m 00s – Intro/Ryu Jang-ha bio/discussion.
18m 33s – Choi Min-sik bio/discussion.
47m 35s – Springtime review.

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