The Classified File (Geukbisusa)

The Classified File (Geukbisusa) Korea (2015) Dir. Kwak Kyung-taek Another film “based on true events”, this Korean kidnapping drama from Kwak Kyung-taek takes a slightly different route in setting out to redress the balance of credit and not focusing solely on the investigation. A bold move but one which becomes clearer in the final act. … Continue reading The Classified File (Geukbisusa)

Veteran (Beterang)

Veteran (Beterang) Korea (2015) Dir. Ryoo Seung-Wan Who would want to be on the police force in Korea? Not only do you often end up beaten within an inch of your life on a regular basis but also your superiors try to thwart your every move while well-connected criminals are able to bribe and manipulate … Continue reading Veteran (Beterang)

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)

The Pirates (Hae-jeok: Ba-da-ro gan san-jeok)

The Pirates (Hae-jeok: Ba-da-ro gan san-jeok) Korea (2014) Dir. Lee Seok-hoon When you think “pirates” Far East Asia doesn’t really spring to mind, outside of perhaps the anime phenomenon that is One Piece, so a pirate film from Korea would sound like an oddity in itself. However this 2014 blockbuster, presumably a belated response to … Continue reading The Pirates (Hae-jeok: Ba-da-ro gan san-jeok)

Desire To Kill aka Enemy at the Dead End (Joogigo Sipeun)

Desire To Kill aka Enemy at the Dead End (Joogigo Sipeun) Korea (2010) Dirs. Kim Sang-Hwa, Jo Won-Hee Following a stroke, Min-Ho (Cheon Ho-Jin) lays paralysed in a hospital bed, depressed and suicidal, until he gets a familiar looking new neighbour in amnesiac named Sang-up (Yu Hae-Jin), who is also paralysed. Min-Ho suddenly remembers that … Continue reading Desire To Kill aka Enemy at the Dead End (Joogigo Sipeun)