This is a typical historical drama from the early 1960s on Yeonsangun (Shin Young-kyun), a king who had a life of extreme ups and downs. He is a son of King Seongjong (Kim Dong-won) and in great shock as he finds out that he is the son of deposed queen Yoon (Ju Jeung-ryu). As soon as he ascends the throne, Yeonsangun tries to restore the queen title of his mother but faces opposition from his grandmother, Queen Dowager Insu (Jeon-Ok), and her courtiers, which turns him into a violent king.
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The Big Swindle / Beomjweui jaeguseong (2004) Dong-hoon Choi, Shin-yang Park, Jung-ah Yum, Yun-shik Baek, Action, Crime
After being convicted for fraud, one month has passed since CHOI Chang-Hyuk’s release from jail. But this time around he’s got an elaborate plan cooked up. It’s the biggest bank heist in history. The best five thieves come together to form a team. Starting with CHOI Chang-Hyuk, the brain behind the perfect plan : Master KIM, the godfather of Master KIM, the godfather of swindlers; Big Mouth, a guy who can talk people into anything; Swallow, a remarkable lady-killer; and Gasoline, who has a gift for counterfeiting. But the only drawback is that they all can’t trust each other. They have only one goal – to hit a bank for 5 billion won ($5 million)- but each one of them has their own plan in mind.
Boksuneun naui geot / Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) Chan-wook Park, Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Crime, Drama, Thriller
In Seoul, Ryu, a deaf worker has a sister who needs a kidney transplant. He tries to donate his own kidney to his sister, but his blood type is not compatible with hers. When Ryu is fired from Ilshin Electronics, he meets illegal dealers of organs, and the criminals propose that he give them his kidney plus ten millions Won to obtain a kidney suitable for his sister. Ryu accepts the trade, but he does not have money to pay for the surgery. His anarchist revolutionary girlfriend Cha Young-mi convinces him to kidnap Yossun, the daughter of his former employer Park, who owns Ilshin Electronics. However, a tragedy happens, generating revenge and a series of acts of violence.
Filmmaker Jo Moon Kyeong is going to leave Seoul to live in Canada. Days before his departure, he meets his close friend and film critic Bang Joong Sik on a nearby mountain. They both drink makgeolli, a traditional Korean alcoholic beverage. After a few rounds, they find out that coincidentally they have both been recently at the same small seaside town of Tongyeong. They decide to reveal their accounts of the trip while drinking, under the condition that they only stick to pleasant memories. Not realizing that they were in the same place, at the same time, and with the same people, the two men’s reminiscence of a hot summer unfolds like a journal of memories.
Na-moo-eobs-neun san / Treeless Mountain (2008) So Yong Kim, Chae Gil Byung, Jung Gil Ja, Shin Hyun Je, Drama
What is the nature of childhood resilience? Sisters Jin and Bin, ages 6 and 3, live with their mother. Jin likes school and does well. One day, their mother leaves the girls with their father’s sister, a woman they do not know. The mother seeks a reconciliation with their father. She leaves them a plastic piggy bank, promising to return when the bank is full. The girls scrub and clean for their aunt, a tippler who’s often cranky and complaining. She gives them a few coins for their work. They earn more money catching, grilling, and selling grasshoppers. They miss their mother. The bank fills. They watch for her from a mound of dirt. Will she return? Will stoic faces give way to a smile?
Seoului hyuil / Holiday in Seoul (1956) Yong-min Lee, Neung-kyeol No, Mi-hie Yang, Seong-suk Lim, Mystery, Thriller
A couple decide to spend a holiday in Seoul. The wife is an obstetrician and the husband a newspaper reporter. The husband gets a lead on a murder in the city, and leaves his wife to pursue it. His wife, left with his colleagues, is told untrue stories about his behavior away from home. She helps a pregnant woman at her hospital. The pregnant woman turns out to be the wife of the criminal the husband is pursuing.
Yongseoneun eupda / No Mercy (2010) Hyeong-Joon Kim, Hye-jin Han, Nam Kyung-eub, Sang-wook Park, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Sol Kyung-Gu plays a staff member of the National Institute of Scientific Investigation (NISI) in South Korea. He attempts to uncover the identity of a mysterious serial killer who decapitates his victims. Ryoo Seung-Bum plays a environmentalist who holds clues to unravel the mystery.
Chello hongmijoo ilga salinsagan / Cello (2005) Woo-cheol Lee, Hyeon-a Seong, Da-an Park, Ho-bin Jeong, Horror, Mystery
The cellist and teacher Mi-Ju Hong is invited by her colleague and friend Sun-Ae to assume the position of professor in her renowned institution, and gives an invitation to the concert of Hae-Young Kim, the little sister of her former school best friend Tae-Yeon Kim who died in a car accident. Before leaving the building, she is threatened by a former student that failed in her test. While driving home, she escapes from an accident on the road and once at home, she has a surprise birthday party with her husband and prosecutor Jun-Ki, her daughters the slow Yoon-Jin and the young Yoon-Hye Song, and her sister-in-law Kyung Ran, whose fiancée is in Manhattan in a MBA course. On the next morning, her husband hires the dumb housekeeper Ji-Sook, a very weird woman. While shopping with Yoon-Jin, the girl is fascinated in a cello and Mi-Ju buys the instrument. After the mysterious death of her dog Sunny, creepy events happen with Mi-Ju, jeopardizing her family, while she insistently listens …
Yeong-hwa-neun yeong-hwa-da / Rough Cut / A Movie Is a Movie (2008) Hun Jang, Ji-seob So, Soo-hyun Hong, Hie-jin Jang, Action, Drama
Gang-pae (So Ji-seob) is a gangster, who is always cool-headed and not easy to upset. One day, when sitting in a karaoke bar, he gets to know that the filmstar Su-ta (Kang Ji-Hwan) is sitting in the room next to him. Gang-pae sends some of his subordinates to get him an autograph, but Su-ta is only willing to give it to him personally. As a result Gang-pae and Su-ta engage into an argument, which is almost about to escalate. Days later that very same conversation is still bothering them, since some kind of connection seems to be a apparent between them.