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  1. The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (DVD) (Korea Version) The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Moo Yeol (Actor) | Kim Sung Gyu (Actor) | Ma Dong Seok (Actor) | Lee Won Tae (Director)
    Since breaking out as an action star with Train to Busan, muscle man Ma Dong Seok has become so prolific that his films have become a genre unto itself. Though Ma does play against type once in a while – including comedies such as the recent Start-up and his amusing turn as a nerdy scientist in blockbuster Ashfall – his persona as the righteous, charismatic butt-kicker is so popular in Korea that it even earned him a major role in Marvel Studios' upcoming film The Eternals. Ma's post-Train to Busan output has been hit-and-miss, but The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil sees Ma in one of his best roles yet. The second film by Lee Won Tae (Man of Will), The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil has already... [read more]
  2. Bring Me Home (2DVD) (Korea Version) Bring Me Home (2DVD) (Korea Version) Lee Young Ae (Actor) | Park Hae Joon (Actor) | Heo Dong Won (Actor) | Lee Won Geun (Actor)
    In her 12-year acting career from 1993 to 2005, Lee Young Ae had only appeared in five films (not counting her cameo in First Kiss). However, the films that she chose – including Hur Jin Ho's One Fine Spring Day as well as Park Chan Wook's Joint Security Area and Lady Vengeance – and her mega-hit TV series Jewel in the Palace left such an impression on viewers at home and abroad that she remained one of the most memorable faces of the Korean Wave. After making her long-awaited acting comeback in 2017 with TV series Saimdang, Memoir of Colors, Lee finally makes her sixth film with Bring Me Home, the directorial debut of writer-director Kim Seung Woo. The film's main promotional poster shows... [read more]
  3. The Battle: Roar to Victory (DVD) (Korea Version) The Battle: Roar to Victory (DVD) (Korea Version) Ryu Jun Yeol (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki | Jo Woo Jin (Actor)
    Films like Taegukgi and The Front Line have long proven that the South Korean film industry has the resources and talent to make spectacular war films comparable to Hollywood. And since there will always be demand in South Korea for patriotic war films that celebrate its victories on the battlefield, we now have The Battle: Roar to Victory. The latest film by Won Shin Yun (Memoir of a Murderer) doesn't reach the dramatic heights of the aforementioned predecessors, but its impressively mounted battle sequences provide plenty for fans of the genre to enjoy. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, The Battle centers on the battle of Fengwudong (called Bondo-dong in the film) in 1920, when... [read more]
  4. Birthday (DVD) (Korea Version) Birthday (DVD) (Korea Version) Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Jeon Do Yeon (Actor) | Park Jong Hwan (Actor) | Tang Joon Sang (Actor)
    In 2014, the MV Sewol sank during a voyage from Incheon to Jeju. The ferry disaster left 304 people dead, including 250 students from the same high school, and set off widespread public condemnation of the ferry operator, regulators and president Park Geun Hye. However, Birthday is not a film about the accident itself or the pursuit for accountability. In fact, it didn't even necessarily have to be about the Sewol disaster. Like Robert Redford's Ordinary People and Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter, Birthday is equally effective as an intimate story about the lingering psychological scars that remain in one family long after the trauma. Five years have passed since Soon Nam (Jeon Do Yeon)... [read more]
  5. Svaha: The Sixth Finger (2DVD) (Korea Version) Svaha: The Sixth Finger (2DVD) (Korea Version) Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Lee Jae In (Actor) | Yoo Ji Tae (Actor) | Lee David (Actor)
    It's no surprise that the makers of Svaha: The Sixth Finger got into trouble with Korean religious groups. After all, a film that features a hero whose mission is to expose religious cults in a country where, as one character says, "freedom of religion is overly protected" is bound to rile a few people. But Svaha isn't a provocative take on religious canon like Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Instead, director Jang Jae Hyun's follow-up to The Priests shares more in common with horror-tinged supernatural thrillers like Constantine or The X-Files. Part detective procedural and part occult thriller, this stylish and smartly crafted film may very well provide star Lee Jung Jae... [read more]
  6. The Age of Shadows (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Steelbook Limited Edition B) (Korea Version) The Age of Shadows (Blu-ray) (Full Slip Steelbook Limited Edition B) (Korea Version) Um Tae Goo (Actor) | Shin Sung Rok (Actor) | Han Ji Min (Actor) | Heo Sung Tae (Actor)
    Are there any directors more versatile than Kim Jee-woon? Looking at his CV, it would appear that there certainly can't be many, the Korean helmer having switched between action, comedy, horror, science fiction and quiet drama with assurance and ease, earning himself a slew of awards and a reputation as one of the country's most talented filmmakers in the process. Kim follows up his 2013 Hollywood outing The Last Stand with The Age of Shadows, which surely ranks as one of the biggest Korean films of recent years even if only due to the sheer amount of star power in front of the camera, including Song Kang-ho (The Throne), Gong Yoo (Train to Busan), Han Ji-min (The Fatal Encounter) and... [read more]
  7. Asura: The City of Madness (2DVD) (Korea Version) Asura: The City of Madness (2DVD) (Korea Version) Jung Woo Sung (Actor) | Hwang Jung Min (Actor) | Ju Ji Hoon (Actor) | Kwak Do Won (Actor)
    Korean director Kim Sung-soo has had a very varied career, from romantic comedies like Please Teach me English and the demon hunting fantasy The Restless through to his recent blockbuster disaster movie The Flu. His latest offering Asura: The City of Madness sees him trying his hand at hardboiled gangster action, reuniting him with regular star Jung Woo-sung, who previously worked with him on Beat, City of the Rising Sun and Musa the Warrior. Its name drawn from Indian mythology, the film is a violent, brutal affair, which premiered at Toronto before going on to win acclaim at a number of other international festivals, picking up a series of awards at home and abroad. Jung Woo-sung plays... [read more]
  8. The General's Son Trilogy Boxset (Blu-ray) (3-Disc) (4K Remastering First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) The General's Son Trilogy Boxset (Blu-ray) (3-Disc) (4K Remastering First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Oh Yeon Soo (Actor) | Park Sang Min (Actor) | Shin Hyun Jun (Actor) | Kim Seung Woo (Actor)
    The General's Son films are amongst the most famous works of renowned director Im Kwon Taek, undoubtedly one of the most important and influential figures in modern Korean cinema. Although in the West he is perhaps most associated with art house cinema as a result of the success of films such as Chihwaseon, which won him the 2002 best director award at Cannes, Im has a long history of more commercial fare, something which is unsurprising considering that he has over a hundred films to his credit in a career that spans more than five decades. The General's Son trilogy, which was based upon a novel by Hong Sung Yoo, certainly sees Im at the top of his game, being a great mixture of not only... [read more]
  9. The Mimic (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Mimic (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Yeom Jung Ah (Actor) | Lee Joon Hyuk | Park Hyuk Kwon (Actor) | Huh Jung (Director)
    Korean writer director Huh Jung returns for the first time since his popular 2013 mystery thriller debut Hide and Seek with The Mimic, a brooding horror revolving around the myth of the Jangsanbum, an evil tiger spirit with the power to imitate human voices. Although things have been quiet on the Korean horror front for a while now, the film won critical acclaim as well as performing well at the local box office, becoming the first genre release to have broken the one million viewers landmark for over four years. The film opens with Yum Jung-ah (The Spies) and Park Hyuk-kwon (A Taxi Driver) as Hee-yeon and Mi-ho, a married couple who move to a house near the foot of Mount Jang in Busan,... [read more]
  10. Pandora (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Pandora (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Jung Jin Young (Actor) | Kim Nam Gil (Actor) | Kim Young Ae (Actor) | Kim Myung Min (Actor)
    Korean writer director Park Jung-woo follows up his 2012 virus thriller Deranged with another disaster-themed blockbuster in Pandora, convincingly depicting the devastating impact of a nuclear accident on everyday people. Inviting parallels with the 2011 nuclear and earthquake Fukushima disaster in Japan, the film is a markedly anti-authoritarian piece, Park offering a scathing portrayal of government incompetence and corruption. Kim Nam-gil (The Shameless) headlines as Jae-hyuk, a man who works in the local nuclear plant despite his father and brother having both died from radiation poisoning, much to the dismay of his mother (Kim Young-ae, Cart) and long-suffering girlfriend Yeon-joo (Kim... [read more]
  11. A Day (DVD) (Korea Version) A Day (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Myung Min (Actor) | Byun Yo Han (Actor) | Shin Hye Sun (Actor) | Yoo Jae Myung (Actor)
    The Groundhog Day-style premise of having a protagonist stuck in a time-loop and reliving the same period over and over again until they figure out why they're trapped has proved a universally popular one, with the same gambit being used by directors from countries around the world, in different genres and with different budget levels. A Day is the latest from Korea, marking the debut of writer-director Jo Sun-ho, and starring Kim Myung-min (V.I.P.) as the unfortunate man in question, trying desperately to figure out how to save his young daughter from getting hit by a taxi. A fast-paced and tricky thriller, the film has gone down well at international festivals, premiering at the 2017... [read more]
  12. The Tooth and the Nail (DVD) (Korea Version) The Tooth and the Nail (DVD) (Korea Version) Ko Su (Actor) | Kim Joo Hyuk (Actor) | Park Sung Woong (Actor) | Moon Sung Keun (Actor)
    Based on a 1955 novel by American author Bill S. Ballinger, The Tooth and the Nail is a complex murder mystery, here re-envisioned for 1940s Korea following the Japanese colonial period. The film has an equally complex production history, with original director Jung Sik (Epitaph) having left part-way through, being replaced by Kim Whee (The Chosen: Forbidden Cave), who rewrote as well as reshot sections of the narrative. Sadly, the film marks the final performance from actor Kim Joo-hyuk (Confidential Assignment) before his death in October 2017, who headlines along with Ko Su (Lucid Dream). Set in 1948, the film is framed by a courtroom trial revolving around an apparent murder case, which... [read more]
  13. The Merciless (DVD) (Korea Version) The Merciless (DVD) (Korea Version) Im Si Wan (Actor) | Sol Kyung Gu (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | Jin Seon Kyu
    The Korean gangster craze continues with The Merciless, the third film from writer-director Byun Sung-hyun (Whatcha Wearin'?), his first outing in five years. A slick, big-budget production, the film has an all-star cast headlined by actors Im Si-wan (The Attorney) and Sol Kyung-gu (My Dictator), both of whom picked up a number of awards and nominations for their hardboiled performances. The film was a hit with critics in general, winning prizes at the Daejong Film Awards, the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and the Grand Bell Awards, and had a prestigious world premiere out of competition in the Midnight Screenings section at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. The film's complex plot... [read more]
  14. RV: Resurrected Victims (DVD) (Korea Version) RV: Resurrected Victims (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Rae Won (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor) | Lee Ji Won (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor)
    RV: Resurrected Victims is the latest offering from Korean writer director Kwak Kyung-taek, probably still best known for the much-loved classic Friend back in 2001, and its belated follow-up Friend: The Great Legacy in 2013. Based on the 2012 novel It is Over by Park Ha-ik, the film is a mystery drama set against a backdrop of murder victims coming back to life and pursuing justice, with Kim Hae-suk (New Trial) and Kim Rae-won (The Prison) reuniting some eleven years after their mother-son pairing in Kang Seok-beom’s Sunflower, the twist here being that he stands accused of being her killer. After opening with an old woman called Myung-sook (Kim Hae-suk) being murdered by a helmet-wearing... [read more]
  15. Bluebeard (2DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Bluebeard (2DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Jo Jin Woong (Actor) | Kim Dae Myung (Actor) | Shin Goo (Actor) | Yoon Se Ah (Actor)
    Lee Soo-yeon isn't exactly the most prolific of filmmakers, the Korean writer director's last feature having been her debut way back in 2003, the popular Gianna Jun-starring ghost story The Uninvited. Lee finally returns fourteen years later with Bluebeard, a psychological thriller headlined by actor Jo Jin-woong (The Handmaiden) as a troubled doctor who becomes involved in a serial murder case when dismembered bodies and severed body parts start turning up, driving the poor man dangerously close to the edge. Having set a new box office record for a domestic March release, the film screened at a number of festivals around the world, including the Udine Far East Film Festival, the Brussels... [read more]
  16. Master (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (Scanavo Case Full Slip Limited Edition) (Photobook + Photo Card Set) (B Type) (Korea Version) Master (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (Scanavo Case Full Slip Limited Edition) (Photobook + Photo Card Set) (B Type) (Korea Version) Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Kim Woo Bin (Actor) | Kang Dong Won (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (Actor)
    Anti-corruption films depicting a marked distrust of the wealthy and a suspicion of the societal status quo have been proving more and more popular in Korea of late, perhaps unsurprisingly given some of the political scandals which have rocked the country. Director Cho Ui-seok is the latest to take a stab at such themes with his latest offering Master, following up on his accomplished 2013 surveillance Hong Kong thriller remake Cold Eyes. Revolving around an investigation of the fraudulent activities of a high-profile investment company, the film boasts an impressive cast of top stars, including Lee Byung‑hun (Inside Men) in the lead villain role, Kang Dong-won (A Violent Prosecutor), Kim... [read more]
  17. Minority Opinion (DVD) (Korea Version) Minority Opinion (DVD) (Korea Version) Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Kim Ok Bin (Actor) | Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor)
    Also known as The Unfair and based upon the novel by Son Ah-ram, Minority Opinion is a Korean legal drama inspired by a real-life incident involving a forced urban eviction that resulted in several deaths. Directed by Kim Sung-je, making his debut after having served as producer on the likes of Blood Rain, No Blood No Tears and others, the film was a controversial affair due to its harsh and close to the bone view of the government, and perhaps as a result didn't make it to cinemas until nearly two years after it wrapped shooting in 2013, only making it to Korean DVD in 2017, despite it having won a list of prestigious awards on its original release. The film opens in January 20th 2009,... [read more]
  18. Ordinary Person (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Ordinary Person (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Jang Hyuk (Actor) | Son Hyun Ju (Actor) | Kim Sang Ho (Actor) | Jo Dal Hwan (Actor)
    Tales of corruption and moral choices continue to be popular in Korean cinema, more often than not taking a dim view of the activities of the country's authorities and higher-ups. This is very much the case with Ordinary Person, the sophomore effort from writer director Kim Bong-han, focusing on a serial killer case back in the pre-democracy times of the 1980s and following on from his 2013 debut The Hero. The film is headed up by a strong cast of acclaimed actors, with Son Hyun-joo (Hide and Seek), Jang Hyuk (Empire of Lust), Kim Sang-ho (Fabricated City) in the lead roles, and with support from Jo Dal-hwan (A Quiet Dream) and Jeong Man-sik (Asura: The City of Madness). The film takes... [read more]
  19. The Prison (Blu-ray) (Hard Boiled Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Prison (Blu-ray) (Hard Boiled Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Jung Woong In (Actor) | Han Suk Kyu (Actor) | Kang Shin Il (Actor) | Lee Kyung Young (Actor)
    Acclaimed Korean screenwriter Na Hyun, known for his work on the likes of May 18, Forever the Moment and other films, makes his directorial debut with The Prison. As its title suggests, the film is set largely in a jail, with Kim Rae-won (Gangnam Blues) as a cop who ends up behind bars, where he encounters a particularly powerful inmate played by Han Suk-kyu (The Royal Tailor). The film enjoyed a lot of buzz during its production, having apparently been pre-sold to over 60 territories around the world, before going on to screen at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival and the Far East Film Festival in Udine. The film opens with Kim Rae-won as Song Yoo-gun, a cop known for his... [read more]
  20. Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Yeon Sang Ho (Director) | Shim Eun Kyung | Lee Joon | Ryu Seung Ryong
    Having made a name for himself as the leading voice in Korean adult animation with his blistering 2011 debut The King of Pigs and his 2013 follow-up The Fake, the award-winning Yeon Sang-ho returns with Seoul Station. This time around, Yeon marries the kind of biting social criticism that characterises his works with horror genre thrills, following a zombie outbreak in Seoul that starts with the homeless and marginalised living on the streets and under the city's station. After opening with the death of a homeless man from a mysterious bloody bite wound, the film focuses on Hye Sun (Shim Eun-kyung, Hansel and Gretel), a young runaway prostitute living with her useless boyfriend Ki Woong... [read more]
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