Movie Review – Deliver Us From Evil (Daman akeseo guhasoseo)

Deliver Us From Evil (Daman akeseo guhasoseo) Korea (2020) Dir. Hong Won-Chan Everyone makes enemies in their line of work; it is inevitable with so many strong and diverse personalities brought together. In some jobs, this is not just inevitability but almost a job requirement, making it easier to deal with anyone who ruins your … Continue reading Movie Review – Deliver Us From Evil (Daman akeseo guhasoseo)

The Spy Gone North (Gongjak)

The Spy Gone North (Gongjak) Korea (2018) Dir. Yoon Jong-bin North vs. South has been a long-standing basis for a feuds in numerous countries across history (except in Germany where it was East vs. West because they had to be different) but one of the longest running would be that in bifurcated Korea. In 1993, … Continue reading The Spy Gone North (Gongjak)

A Good Lawyer’s Wife (Baramnan gajok)

A Good Lawyer's Wife (Baramnan gajok) Korea (2003) Dir. Im Sang-soo  “If only they kept in their pants” would appear to be the initial message of this saucy Korean film, but that is not necessarily the problem - rather, it is communicating with each other and seeking a more proper solution to that problem which … Continue reading A Good Lawyer’s Wife (Baramnan gajok)

The Battleship Island

The Battleship Island (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Precision Pictures) Running Time: 127 minutes approx. “Dirty Koreans. You should be thankful!” A typically blinkered rant from a power crazed Japanese officer in this epic Korean box office hit that ruffled the sensitivities of many right-wing Japanese commentators in depicting another shameful, hitherto covered up … Continue reading The Battleship Island

Asura: The City Of Madness

Asura: The City Of Madness Korea (2016) Dir. Kim Sung-su Oh, the things we do for love. And money. Or both. Both are very persuasive reasons for us to go that extra mile to secure the best possible life and future for our loved ones, but when our morals and conscience are also easily bought, … Continue reading Asura: The City Of Madness

A Violent Prosecutor (Geomsawejeon)

A Violent Prosecutor (Geomsawejeon) Korea (2016) Dir. Lee Il-Hyeong You have to feel for Lee Il-Hyeong. His directorial debut with an A-list cast was on course to being the highest grossing film of 2016 in his native Korea, until the lauded zombie flick Train To Busan (due in the UK very soon) appeared and usurped … Continue reading A Violent Prosecutor (Geomsawejeon)

The Wailing (Goksung)

The Wailing (Goksung) Korea (2016) Dir. Na Hong-Jin It’s been over two hours since the end credits of this Korean supernatural thriller began to roll and I am still dumbfounded. Na Hong-Jin has managed to render me speechless - or whatever the written word equivalent is. The story - which is paradoxically simple yet convoluted … Continue reading The Wailing (Goksung)

Veteran (Beterang)

Veteran (Beterang) Korea (2015) Dir. Ryoo Seung-Wan Who would want to be on the police force in Korea? Not only do you often end up beaten within an inch of your life on a regular basis but also your superiors try to thwart your every move while well-connected criminals are able to bribe and manipulate … Continue reading Veteran (Beterang)

Ode To My Father (Gukjesijang)

Ode To My Father (Gukjesijang) Korea (2014) Dir. Yoon Je-Kyun The second highest grossing film in Korean cinema history is a multi-decade, country-hopping tale of loyalty, patriotism and heartbreak on an epic scale which will make some Hollywood heavy hitters envious of his grand vision. The central character is Yoon Deok-Soo (Hwang Jung-Min) an elderly … Continue reading Ode To My Father (Gukjesijang)

In My End Is My Beginning (Kkotgwa sijak)

In My End Is My Beginning (Kkotgwa sijak) Korea (2013) Dir. Min Kyu-dong Question: When is new film not a new film? Answer: When it is an extended version of a short film which has already been sitting on the shelf for four years. That is the basic deal behind this pseudo-erotic melodrama from Korean … Continue reading In My End Is My Beginning (Kkotgwa sijak)