Tag Archives: Korean

2009 loseuteu maemorijeu / 2009: Lost Memories (2002) Si-myung Lee, Dong-gun Jang, Tôru Nakamura, Jin-ho Seo, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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There are breakpoints in the history, the result of a single event may change the whole course… In 1909, an assassination attempt of a Japanese governor fails – the assassin was shot by a soldier. Now, in 2009, Korea is just another state of the Japan Empire and Seoul has become a major city. A Korean resistance group called Hureisenjin is formed to fight for liberty and independence. Two cops, a Japanese and a Korean (who denies his heritage) are investigating the actions of this “terrorist” group. And their work lead them to an artifact of the ancient Korean religion of “Sun and Moon”.

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The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale / Daeho (2015) Hoon-jung Park, Min-sik Choi, Man-sik Jeong, Hong-pa Kim, Action, Adventure, Art-house

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In 1925, Korea, former legendary hunter Chun Man-duk (Choi Min-sik) is retired and lives in a hut with his son Seok (Sung Yoo-bin) living off of what Mt. Jirisan provides. Japanese soldiers have taken over the land and high government official Maezono (Ren Osugi), who is an avid huntsman and tiger skin collector, has his sights set on slaying the one-eyed Mountain Lord and last living tiger in Korea that also resides on Mt. Jirisan. Korean hunters are hired by the Maezono to bring in the seemingly immortal beast, but even head Korean hunter Gu-kyung (Jung Man-sik) is unable to stay on the tiger’s trail. Their only hope is to bring in Chun Man-duk, who is very adamant about never hunting again.

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Failan / Pairan (2001) Hae-sung Song, Min-sik Choi, Cecilia Cheung, Dae-Hoon Jeong, Drama, Romance

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After losing both her parents, Failan (Cecilia Cheung) emmigrates to Korea to seek her only remaining relatives. Once she reaches Korea, she finds out that her relatives have moved to Canada well over a year ago. Desperate to stay and make a living in Korea, Failan is forced to have an arranged marriage through a match-making agency. Kang Jae (Choi Min Shik) is an old and outdated gangster who has no respect from his peers. Short on money, Kang Jae decides to take on the arranged marriage. Having nothing more than a picture of Kang Jae, Failan spends her days dreaming and wishing that Kang Jae would come to visit her. Failan often writes to Kang Jae in sorrow about how much she misses and thinks about him, but never has the nerve to give the letters to Kang Jae. Things take a turn when Kang Jae is asked by his boss to take the fall for a murder in exchange for some money. The only hope in his worthless life is the wife he never met.

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Scenery / Pung-gyeong (2013) Lu Zhang, Documentary

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The film asks fourteen foreigners who had left their hometown and came to Korea, “Which dream remains in your memory the most in Korea?” They visit their hometown, dance with loved ones, and meet their lost families in their dreams. How would the scenery of Korea reflect in their dreams?

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The Treacherous (2015) [Director’s Cut] Kyu-dong Min, Ji-hun Ju, Kang-woo Kim, Ho-jin Chun, Drama

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Prince Yeonsan (Kim Kang-Woo) becomes engulfed with insanity as he kills those responsible for his mother’s death. He appoints his longtime friend Im Soong-Jae (Ju Ji-Hoon) and his father to the position of retainer. They are then ordered to round up beautiful women from all parts of the country to pleasure Prince Yeonsan. Women are taken regardless of their marriage status or social class, which causes widespread anger.

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My Sassy Girl (2001) Jae-young Kwak, Tae-hyun Cha, Ji-hyun Jun, In-mun Kim, Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend. These were later transformed into a best-selling book and the movie follows the book closely. It describes the meeting of Kyun-woo (Cha) and an unnamed girl. Kyun-woo is shamed into assisting the girl because the other passengers mistakenly think she is his girlfriend. Once he helps her, Kyun-woo develops a deep sense of responsibility for her which enables him to tolerate (somehow) the girl’s abuses.

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