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Korean Movie Review – Miracle in Cell No. 7 (7번방의 선물)

One of this year’s biggest films is Lee Hwan-kyung’s “Miracle in Cell No. 7.” Both a charming comedy and a quirky family melodrama, the movie’s positive word-of-mouth reviews spread like wildfire, making it the second-best-selling Korean film of all time behind “The Thieves” (2012). Yong-gu is a single father who takes great care of his […]

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Korean Movie Review – The City of Violence (짝패)

After watching the excellent “New World” (2013), I came to the realization that I might have to reeducate myself on the Korean gangster genre. In the last two years, Korea has produced some classics, so I decided to go back and take a look at some of the best-reviewed gangster films of the last decade. […]

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Korean Movie Review – The Thieves (도둑들)

With a whole host of Korean superstars on show, Choi Dong-hoon’s “The Thieves” was only released last July, but has gone on to become the highest-grossing Korean film ever, overtaking Bong Joon-ho’s “The Host” (2006) in the process. One year later, it’s still a solid example of an action film with enough substance to back […]

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Korean Movie Review – Hwayi – A Monster Boy (화이: 괴물을 삼킨 아이)

Much like Yoo Ha’s 2012 film “Howling,” Jang Joon-hwan’s “Hwayi: A Monster Boy” (2013) is a film that sits firmly in one genre, but subverts audience expectations by dabbling in the conventions of another. “Howling,” for example, used horror film iconography to lead viewers to believe that something supernatural was afoot, adding an extra layer […]

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Korean Movie Review – Killer Toon (더 웹툰)

Ji-yoon (Lee Si-yeong) is a recluse who often has trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality. The only contact she has with the outside world is through her psychiatrist, who tries to make sense of the strange things she sees. These visions, however, have made Ji- yoon famous, as she uses them in her popular webtoon. […]

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