The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil Digital/VOD (Distributor: Vertigo Releasing) Running Time: 110 minutes approx. Release Date – November 15th The title of this violent Korea thriller could almost be the start of a joke that continues “walk into a bar” but there isn’t much at laugh at here, at least not intentionally. This tale … Continue reading The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

Another Child (Miseongnyeon)

Another Child (Miseongnyeon) Korea (2019) Dir. Kim Yoon-seok It is quite incredible, but also rather sad, that some children are forced to grow up much quicker than they should due to circumstances beyond their control. This could be seen as a testament to their maturity and strength of character but this still doesn’t make it … Continue reading Another Child (Miseongnyeon)

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)

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)

No Mercy (Eonni)

No Mercy (Eonni) Korea (2019) Dir. Im Kyung-Taek If there is one thing Korean cinema is good at it is the violent revenge thriller, though they have been a bit heavy on the testosterone. Aside from 2005’s Princess Aurora, women weren’t given much chance to fight back, until The Villainess kicked the doors open in … Continue reading No Mercy (Eonni)

Parasite (Gisaengchung)

Parasite (Gisaengchung) Korea (2019) Dir. Bong Joon-ho The “haves” and the “have-nots” - a dichotomy that will persist as long as the concept of society continues to exist. Ne’er the twain shall meet if it can be avoided, but money buys servitude, making the poor puppets of the rich. Eventually though, something will have to … Continue reading Parasite (Gisaengchung)

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)