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  1. My Punch-Drunk Boxer (DVD) (Korea Version) My Punch-Drunk Boxer (DVD) (Korea Version) Um Tae Goo (Actor) | Hye Ri (Actor) | Kim Hee Won (Actor) | Choi Dok Mun (Actor)
    Boxing meets pansori
    May 26, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    A disgraced, terminally ill boxer meets a girl and strives to return to the ring for a final bout. That may sound like a familiar inspirational sports melodrama formula, but writer-director Jung Hyuk Gi's My Punch-Drunk Boxer adds an offbeat tone and an unexpected musical element into the midst – pansori. Pansori is a traditional form of musical storytelling that is performed by a singer and a drummer. Im Kwon Taek famously depicted this Korean folk art form in his films Sopyonje and Beyond the Years. Bringing together two unlikely worlds, My Punch-Drunk Boxer introduces the curious concept of "pansori boxing." Protagonist Byeong Goo (Um Tae Goo) used to train by shadowboxing to the rhythm... [read more]
  2. Another Child (DVD) (Korea Version) Another Child (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Yoon Seok (Director, Actor) | Park Se Jin | Yeom Jung Ah (Actor) | Kim Hee Won
    Kim Yoon Seok's directorial debut
    February 19, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Great actors don't necessarily make great directors and screenwriters. Kim Yoon Seok, however, proves to be just as adept behind the camera with his directorial debut Another Child. The award-winning actor takes a supporting role in the film as the feckless, mild-mannered Dae Won who brings trouble to two families. Though seemingly happily married to Young Joo (Yeom Jung Ah), he is carrying on an affair with Mi Hee (Kim So Jin), who is also the mother of his teenage daughter's classmate. His daughter Joo Ri (Kim Hye Jun) discovers the affair and confronts Yoon Ah (Park Se Jin) in school about their parents' infidelity. The cat is soon out of the bag, and it turns out Mi Hee is even pregnant... [read more]
  3. Miss and Mrs. Cops (DVD) (Korea Version) Miss and Mrs. Cops (DVD) (Korea Version) Lee Sung Kyung (Actor) | Ra Mi Ran (Actor) | Choi Soo Young (Actor) | Hye Ran Yeom (Actor)
    Girl cop power
    November 27, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    A movie with Ra Mi Ran beating up punks? Sign me up! The always awesome actress plays the "Mrs. Cop" of the film, a former detective who was once celebrated as the poster child of tough female officers. Now married and middle-aged, Mi Young has long left the frontline and been relegated to desk duty. Her "Miss Cop" sister-in-law Ji Hye, spunkily played by Lee Sung Kyung, is an impulsive detective who jumps before she thinks – or rather she punches before she thinks. After getting into trouble yet again, she gets transferred to the same civil complaints office as Mi Young, and the two reluctantly work the same service counter. One day, a young woman walks in, leaves her phone at the counter,... [read more]
  4. One Spring Night (6DVD) (MBC TV Drama) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) One Spring Night (6DVD) (MBC TV Drama) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Jung Hae In (Actor) | Han Ji Min (Actor) | Kim Chang Wan (Actor) | Lee Sang Hee (Actor)
    Taking a chance on love
    October 23, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Last year, Ahn Pan Suk applied the moody, atmospheric filter of Secret Love Affair and Heard It Through the Grapevine to a more conventionally scripted and naturalistic romance drama, and created the sweet hit Something in the Rain. This year, he improves on the warm and stirring formula with the similar yet different One Spring Night. One Spring Night employs the same screenwriter (Kim Eun), the same leading man (Jung Hae In) and similar music and aesthetics as Something in the Rain, together forming companion pieces about modern love. This time, Jung Hae In plays neighborhood pharmacist Yoo Ji Ho, who carries scars and insecurities about his past relationship and current status as a... [read more]
  5. Sunset in My Hometown (DVD) (Korea Version) Sunset in My Hometown (DVD) (Korea Version) Park Jung Min (Actor) | Kim Go Eun (Actor) | Go Joon (Actor) | Kim Joon Han
    Show Me the Hometown
    July 17, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Lee Joon Ik directing a comedy-drama about an underground rapper may seem like an odd combo at first glance considering that his last three films were the serious historical dramas Anarchist from Colony, Dongju and The Throne (and before that, the devastating Hope). But the director's earlier filmography was actually inclined towards comedies and films with music and performance, like Radio Star, The Happy Life and The King and the Clown. Lee Joon Ik's long-dormant sense of humor finally makes a welcome return in Sunset in My Hometown. Dongju's Park Jung Min plays struggling rapper Hak Soo who goes by the stage name Simbbuk. He has auditioned for every season of Mnet's rap competition... [read more]
  6. On Your Wedding Day (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) On Your Wedding Day (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Park Bo Young (Actor) | Kang Ki Young (Actor) | Song Jae Rim (Actor) | Seo Eun Su (Actor)
    Love is about timing
    March 29, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    The quintessential Taiwan coming-of-age romances You Are the Apple of My Eye and Our Times were both hits in South Korea, with the latter in particular providing probably the most mainstream Taiwan pop culture moment in Korea since the original Meteor Garden. Korean cinema has its closest approximation to those two films in the delightful 2018 romantic smash On Your Wedding Day. The romantic comedy opens in the present day when gym teacher Woo Yeon (Kim Young Kwang) receives a wedding invitation from Seung Hee (Park Bo Young), the girl who got away. The film then rewinds back over a decade to when the two first met in high school. Immature slacker Woo Yeon falls head over heels for the... [read more]
  7. My Secret Terrius (6DVD) (Limited Edition) (MBC TV Drama) (Korea Version) My Secret Terrius (6DVD) (Limited Edition) (MBC TV Drama) (Korea Version) So Ji Sub (Actor) | Jung In Sun (Actor) | Son Ho Joon (Actor) | Lim Se Mi (Actor)
    NIS agent-turned-babysitter
    February 27, 2019 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    Following Master's Sun and Oh My Venus, So Ji Sub took on his third romantic comedy series in a row with My Secret Terrius, and won his first ever Grand Prize at the 2018 MBC Drama Awards for his role as the calm and dull Kim Bon. Though the actor looks chic and cool on the outside, he surely has the skills to make you burst into laughter with his comedic timing. The best highlight of the drama is definitely the contrast between Kim Bon as both a former NIS agent and a babysitter in one drama. Of course, he looks charming in action scenes, but at the same time, he is endearing when interacting with the JoonJoon twins! If So Ji Sub is the eye-catching point of My Secret Terrius, then Jung In... [read more]
  8. Little Forest (2018) (DVD) (Korea Version) Little Forest (2018) (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Tae Ri (Actor) | Ryu Jun Yeol (Actor) | Moon So Ri (Actor) | Jin Ki Joo (Actor)
    A similar yet different Little Forest
    January 29, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Since I really enjoyed the Japanese film adaptation of Igarashi Daisuke's manga Little Forest, I was quite curious about how the 2018 Korean adaptation would turn out, especially with Lim Soon Rye directing and Kim Tae Ri in the leading role. Though the Korean film doesn't bring any new surprises for those already familiar with the manga or the Japanese film, the charming, calming recipe of beautiful nature and scrumptious food holds up well for a second course of cinematic comfort food. Apart from the different setting, Lim's take on the story of a young woman living and cooking in the countryside does strike a subtly different tone that sets it apart from the Japanese version. Shot at a... [read more]
  9. The Poet and The Boy (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) The Poet and The Boy (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Yang Ik Joon (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | Jung Ga Ram (Actor) | Kim Sung Kyun
    Genuine love without lust
    September 19, 2018 Picked By Violet See all this editor's picks
    It's hard to believe that The Poet and The Boy, which won Best Screenplay at the Busan Film Critics Awards and the Women in Film Korea Awards, is only the feature debut of director Kim Yang Hee. In the film, married poet Mr. Hyeon (Yang Ik Joon) finds inspiration and infatuation in attractive young man Se Yoon (Jung Ga Ram) who works at a donut shop near his home. There are many questions about whether Mr. Hyeon and Se Yoon are truly in love or not. Rather than giving an exact answer, Kim Yang Hee shows the parallel between the backgrounds of the two and their surrounding characters. Mr. Hyeon is out of ideas and teased by other poets for writing vague and lame poems. With his wife (Jeon... [read more]
  10. The Outlaws (2017) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) The Outlaws (2017) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Ma Dong Seok (Actor) | Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Lim Hyeong Jun (Actor) | Jo Jae Yoon (Actor)
    Ma Dong Seok vs Gangsters
    August 2, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Helmed by first-time writer-director Kang Yoon Sung, The Outlaws is based on a real-life gang war and police mop-up operation that occurred in Seoul's de facto Chinatown district of Garibong in 2007. The real-world origin of the story adds to the grit and appeal of this no-nonsense crime action thriller. In a role that is basically tailor-made for him, Ma Dong Seok plays tough-as-nails, straight-talking violent-crimes detective Ma Seok Do, who really does not appreciate the sudden nuisance of a turf war breaking out in his district. Cut from the old-school fabric of street-smart policing, Detective Ma maintains familiar relations with locals and mob bosses, and doesn't hesitate to break... [read more]
  11. Glass Garden (DVD) (Korea Version) Glass Garden (DVD) (Korea Version) Moon Geun Young (Actor) | Kim Tae Hoon (Actor) | Seo Tae Hwa (Actor) | Park Ji Soo (Actor)
    Humanity and nature
    June 28, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Human photosynthesis has recently been a hot topic in science. Rather than discussing the feasibility of this undeveloped technology, Glass Garden director Shin Su Won finds inspiration from the innovative research to look into humanity's deterioration in an unjust society. The magical realism romance casts new light on the relationship between humans and the environment. In the movie, Jae Yeon (Moon Geun Young, The Throne) puts theory into practice by experimenting with photosynthetic blood cells in hopes that people can one day generate oxygen and energy like plants. Since her research is an unprofitable long-term project, the budding scientist loses funding to rival Soo Hee (Park Ji Soo,... [read more]
  12. Because This Is My First Life (12DVD + Outcase + Photobook + Special Book + Postcards) (Premium Limited Edition) (tvN TV Drama) (Korea Version) Because This Is My First Life (12DVD + Outcase + Photobook + Special Book + Postcards) (Premium Limited Edition) (tvN TV Drama) (Korea Version) Jung So Min (Actor) | Lee Min Ki (Actor) | Kim Min Gyu | Kim Ga Eun (Actor)
    Marriage VS Single life
    June 19, 2018 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Due to housing and financial problems, many young people are forced to sacrifice their dreams and plans, such as getting married and having children. Solo living has become a new social norm that clashes with traditional views on marriage. tvN's Because This Is My First Life looks into this phenomenon through the eyes of people in their thirties, and inspires discussion on the value of marriage. Yoon Ji Ho (Jung So Min, My Father Is Strange), who graduated from a prestigious university, dreams of becoming a successful writer but she ends up working as a nameless assistant writer. Since her brother is about to be a father, she has no choice but to move out. She eventually moves into the... [read more]
  13. Midnight Runners (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Midnight Runners (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Kang Ha Neul (Actor) | Park Seo Joon (Actor) | Sung Dong Il (Actor) | Park Ha Sun (Actor)
    Buddy action done right
    May 30, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Written and helmed by relatively new director Kim Ju Hwan, Midnight Runners takes the police academy procedural and buddy action comedy genres out for a good run around the block with young pavement-hitting stars. New-generation actors Park Seo Joon and Kang Ha Neul form the bumbling tag team of police academy recruits Ki Joon and Hee Yeol. The two squabble immaturely at the start of training, and then soon become best friends. While out one night, they witness a young woman get abducted on the street. They report the crime to the local police station and their academy instructor, but the case gets shelved due to insufficient evidence and manpower. Unable to ignore their conscience and... [read more]
  14. While You Were Sleeping (2017) (DVD) (Ep. 1-16) (End) (Multi-audio) (English Subtitled) (SBS TV Drama) (Singapore Version) While You Were Sleeping (2017) (DVD) (Ep. 1-16) (End) (Multi-audio) (English Subtitled) (SBS TV Drama) (Singapore Version) Bae Suzy (Actor) | Lee Jong Suk (Actor) | Lee Sang Yeob (Actor) | Jung Hae In (Actor)
    Park Hye Ryun and Lee Jong Suk's dream collaboration
    May 28, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Screenwriter Park Hye Ryun has developed a rather specific niche in the past five years: TV dramas starring Lee Jong Suk that meld the suspense, fantasy, romance and legal genres. Her first collaboration with Lee Jong Suk, 2013's I Hear Your Voice, was about a young man who can read minds and the cynical prosecutor he vows to protect. Their second collaboration, 2014's Pinocchio, was about rookie reporters seeking justice for a past tragedy and cover-up. Their third collaboration, 2017's While You Were Sleeping, involves a prosecutor and a reporter who are connected by a special ability: prophetic dreams. Suzy plays reporter Nam Hong Joo who has been plagued since a young age by dreams that... [read more]
  15. The Mayor (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Mayor (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Shim Eun Kyung (Actor) | Lee Soo Kyung (Actor) | Jin Seon Kyu | Kwak Do Won (Actor)
    Politics As Usual
    November 27, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Many actors are good at chewing scenery, but few can chew food with as much subtext as Choi Min Sik. The legendary actor famously gnawed on a live octopus in Old Boy. In The Mayor, he leaves the audience with a final close-up image of him staring straight at the camera while chewing slowly and purposefully on a lettuce wrap. Before that, he spends two hours biting vociferously into the role of Seoul mayor Byun Jong Goo in Park In Jae's meaty thriller about the rancid world of political elections. Having cultivated a calculated voter-friendly maverick image in his two terms, Byun Jong Goo seeks an unprecedented third team, but his ambitions are threatened by competition from a female... [read more]
  16. 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) | Um Tae Goo (Actor) | Moon So Ri (Actor) | Kwon Hae Hyo (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]
  17. 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]
  18. Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Lee Joon (Actor) | Lim Ji Yeon (Actor) | Lee Gae Byok (Director)
    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]
  19. Run-off (DVD) (Korea Version) Run-off (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Jong Hyeon (Director) | Kim Seul Gi (Actor) | Jin Ji Hee (Actor) | Kim Ye Won
    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]
  20. 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]
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