Movie Review – The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure

The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure (Haejeok: Dokkaebi Gitbal) Korean (2022) Dir. Kim Jeong-hoon Question: When is a sequel not a sequel? Answer: When it is a “spiritual” sequel. In other words, somebody had an idea for a sequel to a successful film but for whatever reason couldn’t get the original cast back together, so … Continue reading Movie Review – The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure

Always (O-jik geu-dae-man)

Always (O-jik geu-dae-man) Korean (2011) Dir. Song Il-gon It’s been said by those who know that you can find love when you least expect it or are not specifically looking for it - that is if you can see it coming. Not everybody has that specific ability however but that won’t stop love from finding … Continue reading Always (O-jik geu-dae-man)

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)

Masquerade (Gwanghae, Wangyidoen namja)

  Masquerade (Gwanghae, Wangyidoen namja) Korea (2012) Dir. Chang-min Choo In 1616 King Gwang-hae (Lee Byung-hun), 15th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty, orders Chief Secretary Heo Gyun (Ryoo Seung-ryong) to find his exact double out of fear of assassination attempts. One is found in the form of Ha-sun (Lee Byung-hun), a lowly and crude entertainer, … Continue reading Masquerade (Gwanghae, Wangyidoen namja)