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)

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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)

Ode To The Goose (Gunsan: Geowileul Nolaehada)

Ode To The Goose (Gunsan: Geowileul Nolaehada) Korea (2018) Dir. Zhang Lu As I recall, there is no serenading of any geese in this film from Chinese-Korean novelist turned director Zhang Lu but there is plenty of pathos behind this sprawling tale of identity, the pain of fitting in, and navigating the many problems life … Continue reading Ode To The Goose (Gunsan: Geowileul Nolaehada)

Burning

Burning (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Thunderbird Releasing) Running Time: 148 minutes approx. I’ve been a fan of Lee Chang-dong for many years. His film Poetry was my favourite for 2010 whilst 2002’s Oasis remains one of the most hard-hitting social dramas on the subject of disability I’ve ever seen. So, with buzz surrounding … Continue reading Burning

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)

Miss Baek (Mi-sseu-baek)

Miss Baek (Mi-sseu-baek) Korea (2018) Dir. Lee Ji-Won “I’m sorry for being born!” These words no child should ever have to say to their parents, even if they are abusive monsters. Sadly, this haunting, harrowing drama from Korea is based on real events, and whilst this means not every detail is shared verbatim, it wouldn’t … Continue reading Miss Baek (Mi-sseu-baek)