Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Sin-gwa ham-kke: In-gwa yeon)

Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Sin-gwa ham-kke: In-gwa yeon) Korea (2018) Dir. Kim Yong-Hwa Not a sequel but a continuation of the first Along With The Gods outing, as denoted by the fact both were filmed in one go, which must have been very tiring for the returning cast. So, if you’ve … Continue reading Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Sin-gwa ham-kke: In-gwa yeon)

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)

Tunnel (Teo-neol)

Tunnel (Teo-neol) Korea (2016) Dir. Kim Sung-Hoon I’m sure I’m not the only one who, as a child, when driving through a tunnel would have feelings of apprehension of how safe it was and wonder if the ceiling would collapse on us before we made through to the other side. A few films exist that … Continue reading Tunnel (Teo-neol)

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) Korea (2016) Dir. Park Chan-Wook Following a stint in Hollywood that yielded 2013’s Stoker, Park Chan-Wook is back on native turf and while the US idea of aesthetic grandeur has rubbed off on him The Handmaiden is just as subversive as Park’s previous Korean work. Relocating the Victorian England setting of Sarah … Continue reading The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)

Assassination (Amsal)

Assassination (Amsal) Korea (2015) Dir. Choi Dong-hoon Having broken Korean box offices records in 2012 with the ensemble heist caper The Thieves, director Choi Dong-hoon reunites with many key members of the cast for this 1930’s set epic, in the hope that lightning will strike twice. In 1911 as Japan was establishing its colonial rule … Continue reading Assassination (Amsal)

The Terror Live (Deu tae-ro ra-i-beu)

The Terror Live (Deu tae-ro ra-i-beu) Korea (2013) Dir. Kim Byeong-woo Live TV is both a curse and a blessing due to its inherent unpredictability, especially for news broadcasters. But imagine if your whole world was literally about to come crashing down around as the whole country watches on? Popular prime time TV news anchor … Continue reading The Terror Live (Deu tae-ro ra-i-beu)

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)

The Berlin File

The Berlin File Korea (2013) Dir. Ryoo Seung-wan All eyes are on an illegal arms deal taking place in a hotel in Berlin involving Arab representative Assim (Tayfun Bademsoy), Russian broker Yuri (Werner Daehn) and a North Korean “Ghost” agent Pyo Jong-seong (Ha Jung-woo). Watching in the shadows are North Korean Berlin Ambassador Ri Hak … Continue reading The Berlin File

Nameless Gangster (Bumchoiwaui junjaeng)

  Nameless Gangster (Bumchoiwaui junjaeng) Korea (2012) Dir. Yun Jong-bin  In 1990 the South Korean president Roh Tae-woo declared war on organised crime. One of the first to be arrested is Busan businessman Choi Ik-hyun (Choi Min-shik) for embezzling billions of won from hotel construction. The film then jumps back to 1982 to recount how … Continue reading Nameless Gangster (Bumchoiwaui junjaeng)