Midnight Runners (Cheong-nyeon-gyeong-chal)

Midnight Runners (Cheong-nyeon-gyeong-chal) Korea (2017) Dir. Kim Ju-hwan It was 35 years ago the first Police Academy film arrived, and recently there was talk of a reboot, though concerns were how it would fare in today’s politically correct climate. With this idea still in limbo, Korean cinema suggests how it might work with Midnight Runners, … Continue reading Midnight Runners (Cheong-nyeon-gyeong-chal)

Dongju: The Portrait Of A Poet

Dongju: The Portrait Of A Poet Korea (2016) Dir. Lee Joon-Ik Having kept quiet about the Japanese occupation of their country for over 70 years Korean filmmakers are no longer staying silent, having mined this dark period of their history as inspiration for a number of recent titles, including The Silenced, Spirits’ Homecoming and The … Continue reading Dongju: The Portrait Of A Poet

Like For Likes (Joa-haejo)

Like For Likes (Joa-haejo) Korea (2016) Dir. Park Hyun-Jin If romantic comedies ever had a handicap working against them it is that the genre is notoriously difficult to be completely original and, most importantly, unpredictable in. As much as I can’t stand the insipid Love Actually, Richard Curtis did at least try a few different … Continue reading Like For Likes (Joa-haejo)