Tag Archives: Korean

Anaedeului haengjin / Parade of Wives (1974) Kwon-taek Im, Hee-ra Kim, Mi-ra Yu, Yang-ha Yun, Drama

Anaedeului haengjin AKA Parade of Wives (1974)
A newlywed wife, Ji-sun moves to her husband’s village in a rural area called Sambatgol where it is customary to have glossy charades, incompetence is prolific, and thus poverty is endemic. She starts to endeavor to break down all these vices. Her family and neighbors point accusing fingers at her first, but soon they are influenced by her to combine forces with her. In the meantime, longtime absent father of Gang-du returns to hids wife, who is Ji-sun’s strong supporter and the chairperson of the village women’s association. Gang-du’s father, however, turns out to be an espionage agent sent from North Korea. He makes his mind up to denounce himself by persuasion of his wife, but he and his wife get killed by other espionage agents. At the funeral of these two, Ji-sun and the village people march in resolution of succeeding her will to make more endeavors in the developmental plan of the village.
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Dosuni / Tosuni: The Birth of Happiness (1963) Sang-ho Park, Geum-bong Do, Dae-yeob Lee, Nam-hyeon Choi, Drama

Dosuni AKA Tosuni The Birth of Happiness (1963)
Ttosun, a young hard-working woman with a good heart, falls in love with driver Jae-gu, but her father disapproves of the match. Ttosun sets out to live independently on her own terms, working many different jobs to save up money to buy a car and start up a business with Jae-gu. Ttosun provides a realistic portrait of the working class experience and the changing roles of women in the early sixties.
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Samaritan Girl (2004) Ki-duk Kim, Yeo-reum Han, Ji-min Kwak, Eol Lee, Drama

Samaritan Girl (2004)
Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin “manages” her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young falls in love with one of those man she suppresses her feelings towards him in respect of her friend who’s jealous. One Day Yeo-Jin fails in doing her job overlooking police officers looking for under-aged prostitutes. In order to not get caught Jae-Young jumps out of a window almost killing herself. On her deathbed, she wishes to see the man again whom she fell in love with and turned away from. But the man only agrees if Yeo-Jin sleeps with him. She does but as they arrive in the hospital Jae-Young is already dead. Trying to understand her best friend, Yeo-Jin tracks down every man she slept with and does the same. As her father learns about this he gets on revenge with fatal consequences…
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Scarlet Innocence / Madam Ppang-Deok (2014) Pil-sung Yim, Woo-sung Jung, Esom, So-young Park, Thriller, Romance

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Hak-kyu (Jung) is a university professor who’s gradually losing his eyesight. In a vulnerable state, he begins to fall for an irresistible, insistent young woman (Lee). It turns into a torrid affair, and Hak-kyu throws all caution aside, but when he commits an act that she takes as the worst form of betrayal, her feelings turn. Scarlet Innocence is a contemporary retelling of a classic Korean tale, The Story of Simcheong, which was elevated to timeless art when adapted to the Korean musical storytelling form pansori. But Yim takes radical liberties with the story, changing what was always a father-daughter dynamic into an account of two strangers who first become lovers, then adversaries. Drenched in sex and desperate acts – Jung has scenes here that will shock and excite his fans – this is a twenty-first-century film noir very much in keeping with Yim’s abiding interests. From his first feature Antarctic Journal through Hansel and Gretel and Doomsday Book, Yim has always set his characters free to pursue their obsessions no matter how far it takes them. To watch Jung and Lee turn up the heat as this story progresses is to see just how dangerous a director Yim can be.
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Sunyeo / Water Lady (1979) Ki-young Kim, Jeong-cheol Kim, Ja-ok Kim, Il-woong Lee, Drama

Sunyeo (Kim Ki-young, 1979)
Jin-seok returns from the Vietnam war, injured and marries Sun-ok. But financial difficulties cause them to argue. One day, Sun-ok brings bamboo trees from her parents’ home and succeeds in running a bamboo ware manufacturing company. Sun-ok has a stuttering problem and their son inherits the habit and he is sent to a special school. Meanwhile Jin-seok falls for Chu-wol and begins abusing Sun-ok. Chu-wol schemes to ruin his family, but Jin-seok escapes from her clutches and Sun-ok creates a special bamboo instrument. Their son’s stuttering problem is cured.
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Sonagi / The Shower (1979) Young Nam Ko, Yeong-su Lee, Yun-suk Jo, Shin-jae Kim, Drama, Romance

Sonagi (Young Nam Ko, 1979)
A sonagi is a brief but a heavy rain shower that starts suddenly, usually on a hot afternoon. In Hwang’s story, the rain shower symbolizes the short but heart-rending love between the boy and the girl. The story begins with the boy encountering the girl playing by the stream on his way back home. Although many of Hwang’s short stories are notable, “Rain Shower” is cited as his timeless Korean classic by Koreans. Koreans of all ages are acquainted with this story. It is famous for its poignant depiction of the Korean countryside and of innocent adolescent love. The picturesque scenes from this story stir nostalgia for many people.
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Yahaeng / Night Journey (1977) Soo-yong Kim, Jeong-hie Yu, Sung-il Shin, Il-woong Lee, Drama, Arthouse

Yahaeng AKA Night Journey (1977)
Lee Hyun-ju (played by Yoon Jung-hee) is secretly living with bank co-worker, Mr. Park (played by Shin Seong-il), who is not only incapable of satisfying her sexually, but also refuses to offer her the security of marriage. Caught between a state of discontent, the painful memories of her first love and a world of fantasy, her desires kick in. In high school, she falls in love with her teacher who leaves her an unwed mother when he dies in the Vietnam War. She turns to roaming the streets of the night that filled with temptation and pleasure, becoming disillusioned by the wretched and shameless beings that occupy it, and even experiencing ecstasy for the first time from forced sex with strangers.
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Banchikwang / The Foul King (2000) Jee-woon Kim, Sang-Myeon Park, Kang-ho Song, Ho-kyung Go, Comedy, Sport

Banchikwang (Kim Ji-woon, 2000)
Dae-Ho is an unproductive bank clerk who is late to work every morning and the object of his manager’s frustrations. He was a fan of TV wrestling as a child, but can’t get out of a headlock. He finds a local wrestling trainer and through a series of events eventually starts to train. He is slowly transformed as he begins his second job as the cheating villain wrestler known as the Foul King. He starts to stand up for himself in odd ways that are not really in his own best interest. Events get out of hand as conflicting influences come together.
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Tabloid Truth (2014) Kwang-shik Kim, Jin-yeong Jeong, Eui-sung Kim, Kang-woo Kim, Crime, Thriller

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A promising young actress takes her own life after a scandal erupts over her relationship with a married politician. Woo-gun, the actress’ long-time devoted manager who dedicated everything to building her career, initiates vengeful investigation to expose the sources of the malicious rumor. With help from a reporter friend, Woo-gun breaks into rag trade, and as he delves deeper into the case he is shocked to find a nasty conspiracy tangling politics, business, and the entertainment industry together in a nefarious web of lies.
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