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  1. Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Elite Case + Note + OST CD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Outcase + Elite Case + Note + OST CD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Soo Shin | Kwon Hae Hyo (Actor) | Um Tae Goo (Actor)
    Castaway of time
    August 28, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Director Um Tae Hwa made his feature debut in 2013 with the oddly compelling and kinetic low-budget indie INGtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls about keyboard warriors escalating internet spats to real-world fighting. For his sophomore feature, he goes in a different direction with the flawed but interesting fantasy drama Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned starring Kang Dong Won. The mysterious story begins with a group of four kids, including Su Rin (Shin Eun Soo) and Sung Min, sneaking off to the forest, entering a strange cave, and discovering a goblin's egg that can stop time. Su Rin, who is in the cave when the boys crack the egg outside, emerges to find that her friends have... [read more]
  2. The Bacchus Lady (DVD) (Korea Version) The Bacchus Lady (DVD) (Korea Version) E J Yong (Director) | Yoon Yeo Jeong (Actor) | Jeon Moo Song (Actor) | Yoon Kye Sang (Actor)
    The Twilight Years
    August 21, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Bacchus is a popular South Korean energy drink brand that's similar to Red Bull. The term "Bacchus lady," however, carries far more loaded meaning, referring to aged prostitutes who sell the energy drinks along with sexual services. This phenomenon of elderly women who turn to prostitution in order to get by in their latter years, and the lonely clients who seek their company, serves as the subject of E J Yong's remarkable drama The Bacchus Lady. Respect for elders is known to be an important part of Korean culture, and there is still a widespread social expectation that adult children are to provide for their parents in old age. However, in an aging, changing Korea, just social... [read more]
  3. Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Lee Joon (Actor) | Jeon Hye Bin | Lim Ji Yeon (Actor)
    The key to success
    June 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    When I watched Uchida Kenji's Key of Life, I didn't realize that it was a comedy. The film is largely humorless in spite of the amusing idea of a suicidal man and a rich killer swapping lives after a hilarious soap accident. Director Lee Gae Byok makes a vast improvement on the story for a real comedy and redefines the meaning of success in his light-hearted and encouraging remake Luck-Key. Appearing as a frightening killer who calmly takes off his bloody raincoat and gloves after killing a man, Yu Hae Jin (Veteran) creates a terror-stricken atmosphere at the beginning of the comedy. The story's uneasiness turns bright when the infamous assassin Hyung Wook goes to a public bath where he... [read more]
  4. Run-off (DVD) (Korea Version) Run-off (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Ye Won | Oh Dal Soo (Actor) | Soo Ae (Actor) | Kim Seul Gi (Actor)
    An inspiring sports drama about sisterly love
    April 24, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    In 2003, South Korea's first women's national ice hockey team suffered their most humiliating defeat at the Aomori Asian Winter Games. Fourteen years later, they proudly gained their biggest win at the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games with a silver medal. Kim Jong Hyun's Run-Off looks back on the battle between the North and South Korean hockey teams back in 2003, a hot topic in Korean sports history. South Korea's then ace player Hwangbo Young, one of the most influential ice hockey players in Asia, also drew much media attention due to her background as a North Korean defector. Run-Off captures the South Korean women's ice hockey team's most significant moments, from their establishment to... [read more]
  5. The World of Us (DVD) (Korea Version) The World of Us (DVD) (Korea Version) Yoon Ga Eun (Director) | Seol Hye In (Actor) | Choi Soo In (Actor)
    The complex world of children
    March 9, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    The World of Us is not the first Korean film to deal with the topic of school bullying. Writer-director Yoon Ga Eun's remarkable debut feature, however, may be the first to bring the audience so naturally and unassumingly close to its young protagonists. The film begins with the everyday activity of picking teams for dodgeball in gym class. The camera rests tenderly on 10-year-old Sun's (Choi Soo In) face as her expression gradually changes from hesitant anticipation to resigned disappointment. Names are called one by one until she is, once again, the last person left. This quietly impactful opening scene – and a similar scene later in the film that echoes it – is simply designed, and yet... [read more]
  6. Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Yeon Sang Ho (Director) | Shim Eun Kyung | Lee Joon | Kim Jae Rok
    People are scarier than zombies
    December 8, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    With Train to Busan, arthouse animation darling Yeon Sang Ho proved resoundingly that not only is he perfectly capable of directing mainstream and live-action cinema, he's almost too good at hitting all the required action and emotional notes for commercial success. Meanwhile, Seoul Station, the animated companion piece to Train to Busan, still bears all the bleak, incisive markers that make it seem so unlikely that Yeon could be a ten-million-admissions blockbuster director. Made before Train to Busan but released after, Seoul Station depicts the beginning of the zombie virus outbreak. While Train is bright, glossy and attractive even as it's hurling full speed into gory zombie apocalypse,... [read more]
  7. Angry Mom (2015) (DVD) (Ep. 1-16) (End) (Chinese & English Subtitled) (MBC TV Drama) (Singapore Version) Angry Mom (2015) (DVD) (Ep. 1-16) (End) (Chinese & English Subtitled) (MBC TV Drama) (Singapore Version) Kim Hee Sun (Actor) | Ji Hyun Woo (Actor) | Kim Yoo Jung (Actor) | Lizzy (After School)
    Angry Mom knows best
    November 11, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Don't be thrown off by the cute title logo and the side-tickling sight of Kim Hee Sun striking a sassy pose in a schoolgirl uniform and running pants. Angry Mom may look like a riotous comedy but it goes to some very dark places. MBC's 2015 series does provide many laughs and mishaps through its narrative gimmick of a concerned mother going back to high school undercover to protect her bullied daughter. Though suspension of disbelief is needed to believe that Kim Hee Sun could pass for a teenager, the nineties drama queen is never less than awesome as the titular angry mom Kang Ja, who channels her former teen delinquent self into staring down authorities, putting bullies in their place and... [read more]
  8. Veteran (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version) Veteran (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version) Yoo Ah In (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor)
    Wild crime action ride
    September 27, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Ryoo Seung Wan's films over the past decade haven't really done much for me. Though I don't dislike any of them, they fall short of being wholly satisfying movie experiences. Corruption thriller The Unjust has too much pointing and sneering, crime actioner The Berlin File has too much angsting, and Dachimawa Lee and The City of Violence don't nail their genre forms as well as intended. Then Veteran came along and gleefully kicked pretension and restraint to the side for a wild crime action ride. Surefire leading man Hwang Jung Min gets introduced as the classic rule-breaking, justice-enforcing, loose-cannon veteran cop in an extended opening that sees his character of Detective Seo... [read more]
  9. Veteran (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Package) (Korea Version) Veteran (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Package) (Korea Version) Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Yoo Ah In (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor)
    Wild crime action ride
    August 30, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Ryoo Seung Wan's films over the past decade haven't really done much for me. Though I don't dislike any of them, they fall short of being wholly satisfying movie experiences. Corruption thriller The Unjust has too much pointing and sneering, crime actioner The Berlin File has too much angsting, and Dachimawa Lee and The City of Violence don't nail their genre forms as well as intended. Then Veteran came along and gleefully kicked pretension and restraint to the side for a wild crime action ride. Surefire leading man Hwang Jung Min gets introduced as the classic rule-breaking, justice-enforcing, loose-cannon veteran cop in an extended opening that sees his character of Detective Seo... [read more]
  10. Love and.. (DVD) (Korea Version) Love and.. (DVD) (Korea Version) Park Hae Il (Actor) | Han Ye Ri (Actor) | Moon So Ri (Actor) | Ahn Sung Ki (Actor)
    Love and... Film
    August 17, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    After the eminently watchable Gyeongju, one may surmise that Zhang Lu is moving in a more commercially friendly, or at least more audience-friendly, direction. Instead, the arthouse filmmaker doubled down and followed with his most experimental work yet. Love and… was first developed as a short feature for the 8th Seoul Senior Film Festival. Zhang expanded it into an omnibus by adding three more chapters, each progressively stranger. The original first chapter begins as a black-and-white film in which an elderly patient takes chase after a nurse he likes while brandishing a knife. The befuddling scenario with Ahn Sung Ki and Moon So Ri pulls back into color to reveal a film set. An... [read more]
  11. The Throne (Blu-ray) (Scenario Book + Postcard) (Korea Version) The Throne (Blu-ray) (Scenario Book + Postcard) (Korea Version) Yoo Ah In (Actor) | Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Moon Geun Young (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor)
    Like father, unlike son
    July 19, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Kings killing kin aren't rare occurrences in any country's royal history, and in Joseon Korean history, perhaps the most notorious of such stories is that of Prince Sado. According to official records, the son of King Yeongjo and heir apparent to the throne went mad and committed random acts of violence in the palace. Unable to execute his son by conventional methods due to court laws, King Yeongjo ordered Sado to be locked in a rice chest and starved to death. The tragic and sensational circumstances of Sado's death spurred many rumors and speculations that persist to the present day, with one common speculation being that Sado was the victim of a factional conspiracy. Director Lee Joon Ik... [read more]
  12. Collective Invention (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version) Collective Invention (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version) Lee Kwang Soo (Actor) | Park Bo Young (Actor) | Lee Cheon Hee (Actor) | Kim Hee Won (Actor)
    Oh, the humanity
    June 30, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Whenever something unfortunate happens to Lee Kwang Soo yet again on the variety program Running Man, the tinkling notes of Saint Agnes and The Burning Train inevitably play in the background to drive in the pathetic hilarity of the situation. I half expected to hear this anthem of misfortune to show up in Collective Invention because he endures many levels of tragicomic abuse in director Kwon Oh Kwang's absurdist satirical comedy. For one thing, the lanky actor, playing a young man who mutates into a giant fish after a medical experiment gone wrong, spends the entire film in a full-body fish suit, ensuring that his face is barely ever seen. Scaly, shuffling and soft-voiced hero Park Gu's... [read more]
  13. Alice In Earnestland (DVD) (Korea Version) Alice In Earnestland (DVD) (Korea Version) Lee Jung Hyun (Actor) | Ahn Gooc Jin (Director) | Seo Young Hwa (Actor) | Lee Hae Young (Actor)
    Fruitless struggle in an ever-changing society
    June 1, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Making allusions to the famous fantasy story Alice in Wonderland, Ahn Gooc Jin addresses different social issues in his bloody yet realistic and humorous directorial debut Alice in Earnestland through the unfortunate story of a young woman who wishes to have a simple and happy family life. While the fictional character Alice accidentally enters an imaginative world, the movie's main character Soo Nam played by Lee Jung Hyun is trapped in a cruel reality that turns her murderous and vengeful. Narrating the story in flashback, Alice in Earnestland successfully arouses the audience's curiosity about Soo Nam's motive for taking a community psychiatrist (Seo Young Hwa) hostage, and looks back on... [read more]
  14. The Silenced (DVD) (Korea Version) The Silenced (DVD) (Korea Version) Park So Dam (Actor) | Park Bo Young (Actor) | Uhm Ji Won (Actor) | Lee Hae Yeong (Director)
    A heroine breaks the silence behind dark history
    May 18, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    The Japanese occupation (1910-1945) was a dark period for Koreans who were subjected to cruel repression and abuse. Lee Hae Young (Like a Virgin, Foxy Festival) gives voice to young victims of the time to make a stand against the Japanese invaders in his third feature The Silenced. Rather than creating a simple suspense mystery, Lee added supernatural elements to dramatize the story. Park Bo Young stars as an ill young woman who takes an important role in representing young victims' opposition to the Japanese occupation, while Uhm Ji Won, who was honored with Best Supporting Actress at the Chunsa Film Art Awards, plays the wicked headmistress and Park So Dam, who won Best New Actress at the... [read more]
  15. Socialphobia (DVD) (Korea Version) Socialphobia (DVD) (Korea Version) Byun Yo Han (Actor) | Lee Joo Seung (Actor) | Ryu Jun Yeol (Actor) | Ha Yoon Kyeong (Actor)
    Social media can kill
    April 28, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Stumble into the wrong hashtag or visit an unmoderated forum and one will quickly realize that the internet is full of unpleasant people saying unpleasant things under the guise of online anonymity. Presumably (hopefully) most of those who spew vitriol online are able to put anger, inappropriate language and trolling behavior in check in person, but there's just something about the unfettered, impulsive and impersonal space of internet's no man land that brings out the worst in some people. However, as internet and social media become increasingly intrinsic part of our lives and identities, that impersonal virtual space has actually become very personal and very real. Not everyone can walk... [read more]
  16. You Call It Passion (2DVD) (Korea Version) You Call It Passion (2DVD) (Korea Version) Park Bo Young (Actor) | Jung Jae Young (Actor) | Hyun Jyu Ni (Actor) | Bae Sung Woo (Actor)
    Young people's passions will soon be valued
    April 19, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    The increasingly growing unemployment rate results in numerous young victims suffering from "passion pay," which refers to the small amount of money paid to interns. "Passion" is used as an excuse by heartless employers to justify their exploitation of young people. In the workplace comedy You Call It Passion, director Jeong Gi Hoon (Love 911) light-heartedly criticizes this social problem and delivers an encouraging message to all young job seekers that their passions will soon be valued. The title itself is already very interesting because young people's voices can be heard in both the Korean and English titles. The English title You Call It Passion is a statement of challenge and... [read more]
  17. Assassination (2015) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Assassination (2015) (DVD) (2-Disc) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Jeon Ji Hyun (Actor) | Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Choi Dong Hun (Director)
    All-star espionage action
    March 18, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    It's pretty hard to follow up The Thieves when it comes to star power, box office and entertainment value, but Choi Dong Hun certainly found a way with Assassination. The director brought back Jeon Ji Hyun, Lee Jung Jae, Oh Dal Soo and Kim Hae Suk and added Ha Jung Woo and Jo Jin Woong to form another star- and talent-stacked ensemble for another high-octane thriller, this time in the different but just as marketable genre of period espionage action. From The Thieves to Assassination, it's hard to deny the commercial calculation that seems to go into the casting and premise of Choi's virtually guaranteed blockbusters, but he also delivers as promised in excitement and entertainment. Set in... [read more]
  18. Revivre (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Revivre (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Ahn Sung Ki (Actor) | Im Kwon Taek (Director) | Kim Gyu Ri (Kim Min Sun) (Actor) | Kim Ho Jung
    Of Death and Dignity
    January 31, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Im Kwon Taek and Ahn Sung Ki bring dignity to the indignities of aging and dying in the veteran filmmaker's 102nd feature Revivre. For Im, who turns 80 this year, the topic of Revivre must feel especially relevant, and there's a delicate, matter-of-fact tone to which the film and its protagonist approach death that can only come from age and experience. Ahn Sung Ki, who has largely appeared in supporting roles in unremarkable films since Unbowed, finally steps back into a leading role as a middle-aged marketing executive balancing work and spousal duties as his wife gradually succumbs to cancer. The legendary actor brings inner life to his taciturn character in a way that few can. His... [read more]
  19. How to Steal a Dog (2014) (DVD) (Korea Version) How to Steal a Dog (2014) (DVD) (Korea Version) Lee Re (Actor) | Kim Hye Ja (Actor) | Cho Eun Ji (Actor) | Lee Hong Ki (FTIsland) (Actor)
    A small dognapping adventure
    November 30, 2015 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    A film whose protagonist is trying to steal a dog in order to con the owner of reward money normally wouldn't invite empathy, but the purported dognapper in How to Steal a Dog happens to be a grumpy little girl without a home. The Korean adaptation of Barbara O'Connor's 2007 children's novel revolves around ten-year-old Ji So (Lee Re) who has been living in a van with her mother (Kang Hye Jung) and little brother (Hong Eun Taek) since her father went AWOL after his pizza business went under. Ji So is understandably not the happiest kid in town. She's feeling especially pressed with her birthday coming up, as she's supposed to hold a party for the class at her big nonexistent house.... [read more]
  20. The Tenor - Lirico Spinto (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) The Tenor - Lirico Spinto (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Yoo Ji Tae (Actor) | Iseya Yusuke (Actor) | Cha Ye Ryun (Actor) | Kitano Kie (Actor)
    Striking the right chord
    October 28, 2015 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    I came into The Tenor - Lirico Spinto – a biopic about Korean opera singer Bae Jae Chul – with fairly tempered expectations, seeing as to I have little knowledge or interest in opera, and the film, with its mixed cast of Korean and Japanese actors, seemed like it could be an ill-conceived co-production. I was very pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong. The Tenor delivers an inspiring true story of friendship and overcoming hardships that is affecting without being cloying and strikes the right emotional and musical chords. Working for the second time with director Kim Sang Man, Yoo Ji Tae, in probably his best silver screen outing in years, plays Bae Jae Chul, a tenor who is making great... [read more]
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