""Moss" can broadly be categorised as obviously South Korean".
Director Kang Woo-seok takes on the fans of Yun Tae-ho's much lauded digital comic "Moss" in a gamble to fit a big story with big themes into a feature length film. Whether or not fans of the source material are satisfied with the final product, Woo-seok has delivered a thriller in the film noir tradition where the atmosphere lies heavy with buried secrets threatening to resurface.
At Samdeok prayer house, more and more locals are coming to see and listen to the messianic Mr Yu before they lose themselves to a life of sin. Seeing an opportunity to use Mr Yu's strange gift for a higher purpose, the dubious and positively corrupt detective Cheon Yong-deok tells Mr Yu his big idea: to give a select few real criminals a proper rehabilitation that a jail sentence cannot provide.
Fast forward thirty years and, in a small isolated village, Mr Yu is dead. Surprising Chief Cheon Yong-Deok and his posse of elders is the arrival from Seoul of Mr Yu's son that no-one knew about, Yu Hae-kuk. Instantly rubbing everyone up just a little bit the wrong way with his big city manners and ideas, it becomes clear that no-one wants him around for long.
Hae-kuk, however, doesn't feel right about the circumstances surrounding the death of his estranged father. In a set up where everyone, including the police, answer to the Chief (whose house overlooks the entire village), a store-owning woman is visited individually by the elders every night and tunnels connect particular houses to his father's, Hae-kuk decides to stick around and do some investigating of his own. The further he delves, the grubbier the secrets and lies become, as he is immersed in a world of greed and human weakness... Full review here
Added plenty of new stills and character posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Mr. Idol"
Added plenty of new stills and character posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Mr. Idol",...More
New Yorker magazine to carry famed novelist's short story
Novelist Lee Mun-yeol's short story "The Island of Anonymity" will be published in the Aug. 12 edition of The New Yorker magazine. The magazine carried four poems of poet Ko Eun in 2006, but the 63-year-old Lee will be the first Korean writer to have a short story published by the New Yorker,...More
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