Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal)

Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal) Korea (2018) Dir. Choi Kook-Hee Bankers. There is a reason its rude rhyming alternative exists and it’s not limited to here in the UK either. In 1997, Korea was embroiled in a major financial scandal due to the actions of corrupt politicians that was seen a key contribution to Korea’s financial crash … Continue reading Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal)

Familyhood (Gutbai singgeul)

Familyhood (Gutbai singgeul) Korea (2016) Dir. Kim Tae-Gon There is a common misconception that fame and fortune equates to having everything in life, including love and happiness. But showbiz being the fickle industry it is this isn’t as guaranteed as the myth propagated in the gossip pages of the toadying media. Ko Joo-yeon (Kim Hye-soo) … Continue reading Familyhood (Gutbai singgeul)

Three…Extremes II (aka Three) (Saam gaang)

Three…Extremes II (aka Three)(Saam gaang) Hong Kong/Korea/Thailand (2002) Dirs. Kim Ji-Woon, Peter Chan & Nonzee Nimibutr When is a sequel not a sequel? When it was made first! Confused? Allow me to elucidate - the first Three Extremes (Saam gaang yi) film from 2004 is actually a sequel of sorts to this film - originally … Continue reading Three…Extremes II (aka Three) (Saam gaang)

Coin Locker Girl (Cha-i-na-ta-un)

Coin Locker Girl (Cha-i-na-ta-un) Korea (2015) Dir. Han Jun-hee Making his directorial debut, Han Jun-hee use a grim and violent story to illustrate a notable change in modern South Korea - to wit: women are starting to challenge the long-standing patriarchal society, no longer content with being mere supporting players. Abandoned as a baby in … Continue reading Coin Locker Girl (Cha-i-na-ta-un)