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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Roh Moo-hyun and the Fools"

2019/04/27 | Permalink

Supporters of the late South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun are under no illusions that he was a particularly smart man, nor that they were particularly wise to follow him. "Roh Moo-hyun and the Fools" traces how this was his main appeal. In a South Korean political system that had since time immemorial championed realpolitik over basic human empathy and decency, Roh Moo-hyun was a nutcase who refused to sneer at those who were different than him...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "The Road to Sampo" + Full Movie

2019/04/27 | Permalink

"The Road to Sampo" is the final film of Lee Man-hee-I, who collapsed during the editing process and died soon after, with the film releasing in cinemas posthumously...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Watching"

2019/04/20 | Permalink

Yeong-woo (played by Kang Ye-won) is a put-upon woman in her late thirties who works in an office building. Even though it's almost Christmas, it's also crunch time, so she has to spend a lot of time at work after hours. This attracts the attention of younger security guard Joon-ho (played by Lee Hak-joo) who keeps engaging her in mildly creepy conversation. Then there's all those edited in shots we get of somebody paying very close attention to everything that happens in the building via CCTV...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Memories of a Dead End"

2019/04/20 | Permalink

The backstory of "Memories of a Dead End" reads like a typical romance. Korean girl Yoo-mi (played by Choi Soo-young) goes to school in Japan, meets the man of her dreams, and they promise to get married when she comes back. But alas, a fairy tale ending is not forthcoming. Once Yoo-mi's dreams are shattered, she's left wandering Nagoya by herself, wondering what to do with a life that no longer has a plan, until finally settling in at a guest house appropriately named End Point...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "A Fine, Windy Day"

2019/04/20 | Permalink

The film marked Lee Chang-ho's return from a ban he had "acquired" from making films between 1976 and 1979. His success had not wavered though, and "A Fine, Windy Day" ranked third in the films released in 1980, while it also won a number of local awards, particularly for the direction (Bae Chang-ho was assistant in this film btw) and Ahn Sung-ki, who did his first steps as an adolescent actor in this movie...More

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