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)

Because I Love You (Saranghagi Ttaemoone)

Because I Love You (Saranghagi Ttaemoone) Korea (2017) Dir. Joo Ji-hong When legendary rock group KISS were asked if they copied Alice Cooper’s stage make-up, they responded by saying since it worked so well with one guy it would be great with four. Presumably, Joo Ji-hong felt the same way when he decided to expand … Continue reading Because I Love You (Saranghagi Ttaemoone)

The Accidental Detective (Tam jeong deo bigining)

The Accidental Detective (Tam jeong deo bigining) Korea (2015) Dir. Kim Jung-Hoon Murder and comedy do not always make for great bedfellows in cinema. Getting the balance right between gravity and levity is a thankless task when eventually one has to give way to the other without either being compromised. In his second feature, Kim … Continue reading The Accidental Detective (Tam jeong deo bigining)

Thread Of Lies (U-a-han geo-jit-mal)

Thread Of Lies (U-a-han geo-jit-mal) Korea (2014) Dir.  Lee Han  It is ironic for a country to have made so many damning films on the subject of bullying and teen suicides that the problem still exists, thus more films will be made about it until it is addressed. With the addition to the ranks of … Continue reading Thread Of Lies (U-a-han geo-jit-mal)

Foxy Festival (Peseutibal)

Foxy Festival (Peseutibal) Korea (2010) Dir. Lee Hae-yeong  This ribald portmanteau comedy from Korea features the residents of a small community all of whom have some kind of sexual hang-up or inhibition they either discover or keep secret from everyone. Macho cop Kwak Jang-bae (Shin Ha-kyun) believes himself to be a real stud but his … Continue reading Foxy Festival (Peseutibal)

Mr. Go (Mi-seu-teo Go)

  Mr. Go (Mi-seu-teo Go) China/Korea (2013) Dir. Kim Yong-hwa In China fifteen year-old Wei Wei (Xu Jiao) inherits her grandfather’s circus and a huge debt to vicious loan shark Lin Xiaogang (Kim Hee-won). Part of the circus is a baseball playing gorilla named Ling Ling who was trained by and thus bonded with Wei … Continue reading Mr. Go (Mi-seu-teo Go)