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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Another Child"

2019/04/13 | Permalink

In the opening scene to "Another Child" we see teenage girl Yoon-ah (played by Park Se-jin) sneakily peering in at a house party. The mother of the house, Yeong-joo (played by Yum Jung-ah) asks her own teenage daughter Joo-ri (played by Kim Hye-joon) what the deal is, and if she knows that other girl. Joo-ri says not really, and they don't know each other that well, but we soon see that fate has forced these two increasingly crabby girls into a family situation neither one of them wants...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Haunting Hitchhike"

2019/04/13 | Permalink

At the beginning of "A Haunting Hitchhike" Jeong-ae (played by Roh Jeong-eui) and her best friend Hyo-jeong (played by Kim Bo-yoon) impulsively take a trip out to the countryside. They're out looking for parental validation, of a sorts. Their adventure starts girlishly enough, with one giggly scene on the bus being an obvious standout. But then the story takes a dark tur, as Jeong-ae and Hyo-jeong begin to grasp that being out on their own in the darkness in the middle of nowhere is not an ideal position...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Gilsotteum" + Full Movie

2019/04/13 | Permalink

The film is inspired by the KBS show in 1983 which aimed to reunite families separated during the Korean War. The early episodes of the show generated huge amounts of interest among the general public (88% of the population watched the early episodes), and the square in front of KBS was thronged with people advertising and looking for lost family members...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Birthday"

2019/04/06 | Permalink

As "Birthday" opens up, we see the middle-aged Jeong-il (played by Sol Kyung-gu) on an airplane, looking pensive as he comes back to South Korea. This sense of nervousness is soon justified by a strange setpiece wherein Jeong-il he tries to go home, but his wife Soon-nam (played by Jeon Do-yeon) simply stands silently behind the door. Jeong-il doesn't know for sure whether Soon-nam's rejecting him, or if she can even hear him. Yet somehow the tone of the scene indicates that the possibility of the former is oddly logical for him...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Visitors - 2019"

2019/04/06 | Permalink

Soo-hyeon (played by Jung Ho) is a North Korean defector who works in a sparsely populated public library. Life is pretty boring in there, although every so often his boss will pop and complain about some trivial problem. Life takes a turn for the weird when Soo-hyeon starts having serial abstract conversations with other defectors who coincidentally happen to be visiting the library. And then, of course, there's the framing device of Detective Kim (played by Park Gi-ryoong) who's trying to figure out where Soo-hyeon disappeared to, and also the recurring setpiece of the fish in the fishbowl with weird colors...More

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