Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Sin-gwa ham-kke: In-gwa yeon)

Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Sin-gwa ham-kke: In-gwa yeon) Korea (2018) Dir. Kim Yong-Hwa Not a sequel but a continuation of the first Along With The Gods outing, as denoted by the fact both were filmed in one go, which must have been very tiring for the returning cast. So, if you’ve … Continue reading Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Sin-gwa ham-kke: In-gwa yeon)

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil Movie Review Digital/VOD (Distributor: Vertigo Releasing) Running Time: 110 minutes approx. 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 of a sociopathic … Continue reading The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

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)

Deep Trap (aka Exchange) (Ham-jeong)

Deep Trap (aka Exchange) (Ham-jeong) Korea (2015) Dir. Kwon Hyung-Jin Fans of Korean genre films generally know what they are letting themselves in for, so, no matter how shocking the content is, we are in fact in familiar territory. Deep Trap is one of those films but in this instance, it is made all the … Continue reading Deep Trap (aka Exchange) (Ham-jeong)

Train To Busan

  Train To Busan (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Ladies and gentlemen, we apologise for the delay but the highest grossing film at the Korean box office of 2016 has finally arrived on MIB’s Instant Headache. Having made his name with uncompromising animated films such as King Of Pigs, … Continue reading Train To Busan

Flu (Gamgi)

Flu (Gamgi) Korea (2013) Dir. Kim Sung-su Sometimes the title just says it all. Even the genre in which the film appears can tell you everything without having to watch it. The skill of the filmmaker therefore is to ensure that the story told is enticing enough for the viewer even if they can surmise … Continue reading Flu (Gamgi)

Kundo: Age Of The Rampant (Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae)

Kundo: Age Of The Rampant (Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae) Korea (2014) Dir. Yun Jong-bin It may be an act of laziness to describe this Korean martial arts period drama blockbuster as “Robin Hood meets Seven Samurai in 19th century Korea” but it is an accurate description of Yun Jong-Bin’s follow up to his hugely successful Nameless … Continue reading Kundo: Age Of The Rampant (Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae)

Norigae

Norigae Korea (2013) Dir. Choi Seung-Ho A young actress Jeong Ji-hee (Min Ji-hyeon) commits suicide but the investigation into her death leads to the exposure of the “casting couch” practice active in the Korean entertainment industry. With talk of a diary Jeong kept, naming her abusers and everything done to her and was forced into … Continue reading Norigae