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[Local Films With English Subtitles]

2004/03/25 | 341 views | Permalink | Source

▣ Salin-ui Chuok (Memories of Murder) (2003)
Saturday at noon
Seoul Selection Bookstore
With the right combination of entertainment and social awareness, "Memories of Murder" became a huge hit last year, topping the local box office and sweeping most of the major film awards. Based on a real serial murder case that took place in the mid-1980s in the town of Hwasong, Kyonggi Province, the film takes the format of a mystery thriller but grapples with the social constraints of its times. The two detectives in charge of the case, played impressively by Song Gang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung, are forced to work within the limitations of their environment, as well as their own limitations and mistakes. This uncertainty pervades throughout the film and gets even stronger when a suspect is found. While director Bong Joon-ho refrains from outright criticism, there's a sense of quiet indignation that takes the thoroughly entertaining film to a deeper level. On DVD. Located near exit 2 of Kwanghwamun Station on subway line 5. Tickets: 3,000 won. Details: (02) 734-9565 or

Taegukgi (2004)
6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:50 p.m. on Sunday
Cine Core Theater

The English-subtitled screenings of the blockbuster film about two brothers caught up in the Korean War has been extended. Located near Chonggak Station on subway line 1. Tickets: 7,000 won. Details:(02) 734-9565 or

▣ Haebyonuro Kada (Bloody Beach) (2000)
Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
KNTO Building

A horror film about a group of friends looking for some fun and sun find themselves being stalked by a serial killer. Located near exit 5 of Chonggak Station on subway line 1. Free. Details: (02) 729-9497/8 or Open the link.

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