Movie Review – The Grand Heist (Baramgwa hamjje sarajida)

The Grand Heist (Baramgwa hamjje sarajida) Korea (2012) Dir. Kim Joo-Ho When you think of heists, the primary target is either money or valuables like jewellery, antiques, or gold. If the prize at stake was something else it would seem a tad esoteric or, for a film, anarchic and off the wall. Leave it to … Continue reading Movie Review – The Grand Heist (Baramgwa hamjje sarajida)

Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (Sin-gwa ham-kke: Jwi-wa beol)

Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (Sin-gwa ham-kke: Jwi-wa beol) Korea (2017) Dir. Kim Yong-Hwa We all have ideas about what happens after we die, with the most prominent theories driven by religious concepts of the afterlife. For many, the simple idea of heaven and hell is a popular one but there are even … Continue reading Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (Sin-gwa ham-kke: Jwi-wa beol)

Because I Love You (Saranghagi Ttaemoone)

Because I Love You (Saranghagi Ttaemoone) Korea (2017) Dir. Joo Ji-hong When legendary rock group KISS were asked if they copied Alice Cooper’s stage make-up, they responded by saying since it worked so well with one guy it would be great with four. Presumably, Joo Ji-hong felt the same way when he decided to expand … Continue reading Because I Love You (Saranghagi Ttaemoone)

Sad Movie (Saedeu mubi)

Sad Movie (Saedeu mubi) Korea (2005) Dir. Kwon Jong-kwan If only all films were this honest and direct with their titles. Can you imagine how many hours of our lives we could have saved if films were called “Predictable Soppy Romance”, “Overlong Pretentious Guff” or “Michael Bay’s Latest”? Delivering exactly what it says on the … Continue reading Sad Movie (Saedeu mubi)

Slow Video (Seullou Bidio)

Slow Video (Seullou Bidio) Korea (2014) Dir. Kim Young-tak Trust the Koreans to take a curious medical condition that could have been applied to a sci-fi action flick and use it to facilitate a romantic comedy. Or maybe we should applaud them for not going down such an obvious route? Slow Video tells the tale … Continue reading Slow Video (Seullou Bidio)