The New Yorker tackles Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden", KoBiz's new infographic highlights films based on artists' lives, Al Jazeera examines our fascination for the walking dead, and get an insider's take on what happened at the 15th Pyongyang International Film Festival.
"'The Handmaiden' AND THE FREEDOM WOMEN FIND ONLY WITH ONE ANOTHER"
Jia Tolentino, writing for The New York Times, reviews Park Chan-wook's adaptation of Sarah Waters's book, "The Handmaiden": "Park Chan-wook's new movie, "The Handmaiden", transports that book's tale of subterfuge and sexual prerogative, originally set in late-nineteenth-century England, to Korea in the nineteen-thirties". Park's thriller (which stars Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri and Ha Jung-woo) was released in Korea back in June and attracted 4.2 million admissions. Have you seen Park's latest, yet? Let us know what you thought in the comment section below...
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"Portraits of the Young Artists"
KoBiz's new infographic highlights Korean films that about explicitly about artists' lives; like Lee Joon-ik's "DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet", Park Heung-sik's "Love, Lies", and Kim Hyun-seok's "C'est Si Bon". Can you think of any other Korean films that have put artists in the spotlight?
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"Zombies: The film genre that won't die"
Yeon Sang-ho's action thriller "Train to Busan" is the highest-grossing Korean film of 2016 with over 11.5 million admissions. The film features, unnaturally, zombies and the potential end of humanity as we know it, but why are zombies so appealing? This feature on Al Jazeera asks: "Is the 21st-century zombie a projection of what we fear the pressures of modern life are turning us into?" and mentions Jeon's blockbuster alongside many other films that have reached for the walking dead as filmic fodder.
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"In North Korea, an International Film Festival Where 'Self-Reliance' Is the Star"
The 15th Pyongyang International Film Festival took place back in September in North Korea that, according to this report by the Pulitzer Centre, featured "a variety of representations of foreign locales reflecting North Korea's propagandized vision of the outside world".
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