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A trio of K-noirs find support in Japan, Kyu Hyun Kim reviews Park Jeong-woo's apocalyptic thriller "Pandora", KoBiz reveals the films that will be competing during the upcoming peak season, and Variety has all the winners from the recent WildFlower Film Awards.

"Korean Film Noir Storms in Japan"

Earlier this year "Your Name" became the highest-grossing Japanese film in Korea (and the highest Japanese anime of all time), but what recent Korean films are Japanese filmgoers enjoying? In this interesting article on KoBiz, Jo Min-jun looks at three recent Korean film noirs-"Asura: The City of Madness", "The Handmaiden", and "The Wailing"-and discusses why they are attractive to Korea's neighbour; "[T]hese films, with the help of favorable celebrity reviews and film fan-based viral networks, seem to be setting a new precedent in the Japanese film industry", writes Jo.


"[Movie Review] Pandora"

Kyu Hyun Kim reviews Park Jeong-woo's apocalyptic thriller "Pandora" for Korean Film. Park's disaster flick earned 4.5 million admissions at the local box office back in early 2016, and its story of a president who sacrifices his people was timely. Kyu, however, was not entirely blown away: "... I somehow doubt that it will end up the last Korean-language word on the nuclear-disaster/dystopia subgenre".


"War of May Begins"

Due to May Day, Children's Day, Buddha's Birthday, and the upcoming presidential elections, South Koreans will have a break from April 29 through to May 9. In addition to the civic duties and celebrations, this also one of the busiest times of the year for cinema houses. "The King's Case Note", "The Mayor", "Theatrical Version Tobot : The Attack and of the Robot Army", the latest "Guardians of the Galaxy" film are a few of the features that will be competing to grab the attention of the public during this peak season. KoBiz's Kim Hyun-jung has more...


""The World of Us" Wins Korea's Wildflower Film Awards"

Yoon Ga-eun's debut film "The World of Us", a 95-min drama starring the young Choi Soo-in and Seol Hye-in, was awarded the Grand Prize at this year's WildFlower Film Awards. The event was founded by film critics Darcy Paquet and Oh Dong-jon back in 2014 and aims to celebrate Korea's independent cinema scene. Joon's first feature wasn't the only acclaimed film, so click on through to Variety for a complete list of all the winners and catch them when you can...


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