The Woman Who Ran (Domangchin yeoja)

The Woman Who Ran (Domangchin yeoja) Korea (2020) Dir. Hong Sang-soo Spoiler: there are no running women in this film, but they do talk a lot; and eat a lot too, but mostly talk. It’s a Hong Sang-soo film, what do you expect? Anyway, the more pressing question is what exactly is the woman is … Continue reading The Woman Who Ran (Domangchin yeoja)

Peninsula

Peninsula Korea (2020) Dir. Yeon Sang-ho In life, people make decisions that have far-reaching effects, not just for themselves, but for others too. However, many of these decisions are made in the heat of the moment where time to weigh up the pros and cons isn’t an option, and they are worse ones we have … Continue reading Peninsula

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)

The Vanished (Sarajin Bam)

The Vanished (Sarajin Bam) Korea (2018) Dir. Lee Chang-Hee If there is a benefit to getting older and becoming more forgetful it is that one can watch a film then, when the remake comes along few years later you’ve forgotten everything about it so the newer version is completely fresh to you. It also makes … Continue reading The Vanished (Sarajin Bam)

Hot Young Bloods (Pikkeulneun Chungchoon)

Hot Young Bloods (Pikkeulneun Chungchoon) Korea (2014) Dir. Lee Yeon-Woo Korean comedies are often hard to appreciate since they largely follow the same blueprint of gag heavy opening followed by the semi-serious crisis set up and concluding with a dramatic final act. Sometimes they get the balance just right and one is left sufficiently entertained. … Continue reading Hot Young Bloods (Pikkeulneun Chungchoon)

In Another Country (Da-reun na-ra-e-suh)

In Another Country (Da-reun na-ra-e-suh) Korea (2012) Dir. Hong Sang-soo  A young film student Won-Ju (Jung Yu-Mi) is hiding from debt collectors at small seaside guest house with her mother Park Sook (Yoon Yeo-jeong). Fed up she starts to write a script, set in the very same guest house featuring a French woman (Isabelle Huppert) … Continue reading In Another Country (Da-reun na-ra-e-suh)