Peninsula

Peninsula Korea (2020) Dir. Yeon Sang-ho In life, people make decisions that have far-reaching effects, not just for themselves, but for others too. However, many of these decisions are made in the heat of the moment where time to weigh up the pros and cons isn’t an option, and they are worse ones we have … Continue reading Peninsula

Illang: The Wolf Brigade (Inrang)

Illang: The Wolf Brigade (Inrang) Korea (2018) Dir. Kim Jee-woon Having recently reviewed the classic anime film Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade I was intrigued to learn a live action version surfaced on Netflix in 2018 but not from Japan but from Korea, and directed by the sublime Kim Jee-woon. Expect many comparisons and contrast between Illang … Continue reading Illang: The Wolf Brigade (Inrang)

Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned

Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned Korea (2016) Dir. Uhm Tae-hwa We’ve all seen those films where time is temporarily frozen and much fun has been made out of it, but what of the serious consequences of such a phenomenon? Imagine being the one for who time carries on while everyone else is trapped in … Continue reading Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned

The Priests (Geomeun sajedeul)

The Priests (Geomeun sajedeul) Korea (2015) Dir. Jang Jae-Hyun Typical - we go a lifetime without any films from Korea dealing with the subject of exorcism then we get two at once! Na Hong-Jin’s The Wailing tormented us into sleepless nights but his gnarly epic was preceded by this debut outing from Jang Jae-Hyun, an … Continue reading The Priests (Geomeun sajedeul)

My Brilliant Life (Doo-geun-doo-geun Nae-in-saeng)

My Brilliant Life (Doo-geun-doo-geun Nae-in-saeng) Korea (2014) Dir. E J-Yong Having previously helmed historical dramas (Untold Scandal), quirky comedies (Dasepo Naughty Girls) and 2013’s meta-satire Behind The Camera, E J-Yong tackles the serious issue of the rare debilitating illness Progeria. This particular malady ages the human body quicker than normal, organs and all, resulting in … Continue reading My Brilliant Life (Doo-geun-doo-geun Nae-in-saeng)

Kundo: Age Of The Rampant (Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae)

Kundo: Age Of The Rampant (Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae) Korea (2014) Dir. Yun Jong-bin It may be an act of laziness to describe this Korean martial arts period drama blockbuster as “Robin Hood meets Seven Samurai in 19th century Korea” but it is an accurate description of Yun Jong-Bin’s follow up to his hugely successful Nameless … Continue reading Kundo: Age Of The Rampant (Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae)

Haunters (Cho-neung-ryeok-ja)

Haunters (Cho-neung-ryeok-ja) Korea (2010) Dir. Kim Min-Suk After miraculously surviving being hit by a van Im Kyu-Nam (Ko Soo) gets a job at Utopia, a run down pawn shop where he is made manager by owner Jung-sik (Byun Hee-Bong). While Im is hosting a lunch with two friends from his former job, Turkish immigrant Ali … Continue reading Haunters (Cho-neung-ryeok-ja)