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  1. On Your Wedding Day (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) On Your Wedding Day (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Ko Kyu Pil (Actor) | Park Bo Young (Actor) | Seo Eun Su (Actor) | Song Jae Rim (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]
  2. 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) | Lim Se Mi (Actor) | Son Ho Joon (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]
  3. Little Forest (2018) (DVD) (Korea Version) Little Forest (2018) (DVD) (Korea Version) Kim Tae Ri (Actor) | Ryu Jun Yeol (Actor) | Jin Ki Joo (Actor) | Moon So Ri (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]
  4. The Poet and The Boy (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) The Poet and The Boy (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Jung Ga Ram (Actor) | Yang Ik Joon (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (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]
  5. The Outlaws (2017) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) The Outlaws (2017) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Yoon Kye Sang (Actor) | Ma Dong Seok (Actor) | Jo Jae Yoon (Actor) | Lim Hyeong Jun (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]
  6. 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]
  7. Midnight Runners (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Midnight Runners (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Park Seo Joon (Actor) | Kang Ha Neul (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]
  8. 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) Lee Jong Suk (Actor) | Bae Suzy (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]
  9. The Mayor (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) The Mayor (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Choi Min Sik (Actor) | Lee Soo Kyung (Actor) | Jin Seon Kyu | Moon So Ri (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]
  10. 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) | Moon So Ri (Actor) | Kim Hee Won (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]
  11. 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]
  12. Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version) Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Lee Joon (Actor) | Lee Gae Byok (Director) | Lee Dong Hwi
    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]
  13. Run-off (DVD) (Korea Version) Run-off (DVD) (Korea Version) Oh Dal Soo (Actor) | Kim Jong Hyeon (Director) | Kim Seul Gi (Actor) | Soo Ae (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]
  14. The World of Us (DVD) (Korea Version) The World of Us (DVD) (Korea Version) Yoon Ga Eun (Director) | Choi Soo In (Actor) | Seol Hye 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]
  15. Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Seoul Station (DVD) (Korea Version) Yeon Sang Ho (Director) | Shim Eun Kyung | Lee Joon | Ryu Seung Ryong
    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]
  16. 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) | Ji Soo (Actor)
    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]
  17. 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]
  18. 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) | Jung Woong In (Actor) | Oh Dal Soo (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]
  19. 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]
  20. The Throne (Blu-ray) (Scenario Book + Postcard) (Korea Version) The Throne (Blu-ray) (Scenario Book + Postcard) (Korea Version) Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Yoo Ah In (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]
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