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2016/06/11 | 883 views |  | Permalink

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KOBIZ shares the best destinations to catch Korean films on the international festival circuit, the Los Angeles Times reviews Na Hong-jin's "The Wailing", enjoy a neat infographic of Korea's summer blockbusters, and Hangul Celluloid reflects on Han Cheol-soo's 2015 drama "Amor".

"Top Destinations for Global Korean Film Fans"

Pierce Conran has curated this great list of international destinations where K-Cinema fans can catch their national cinema on the international screens. From London to Hungary, Nigeria to Poland, modern South Korean cinema (like the broader K-wave itself) has proved immensely popular with the international filmgoers at large: "With its growing popularity and global advances in online distribution, it's easier than ever to find Korean films these days, yet for many the best avenue to discover them remains film festivals".


"South Korean thriller 'The Wailing' a slow-burning supernatural freakout"

Justin Chang reviews Na Hong-jin's exciting new thriller "The Wailing" starring Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Jun Kunimura and Chun Woo-hee. The film came out in Korea in May and enjoyed 6.2 million admissions during its run at the box office: "The movie is a veritable symphony of cries, shrieks, and screams of despair, and Na seems riveted by the very spectacle of his characters' suffering in a way that can't be easily chalked up to either empathy or sadism. What makes "The Wailing" so unusually disturbing is the almost palpable aura of evil it radiates from calm start to sorrowful finish".


"Hold Still, Here Comes the Final Winner!"

I do enjoy these little infographics from KOBIZ. This latest one presents the highest-grossing films that have thrived over the hotly contested summer box office in recent years. Did you know, for example, that the last time a foreign film dominated the summer was back in 2011? It with "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". And last year it was "Veteran" that came out on top. Who will take the crown this summer, I wonder...



Hangul Celluloid reviews Han Cheol-soo's 2015 fantasy romance flick, "Amor": "With its gentle depth and understated, yet wholly realistic, heart-wrenching characterisations, "Amor" resolutely reminds us of why the best of such films became thought of as classics, at the same time maintaining a beauty and originality to its ultimately thought-provoking narrative". Catch it when you can!


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