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.
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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.
Haeuhhwa / Love, Lies (2016) Heung-sik Park, Woo-hee Chun, Hyo-ju Han, Sung-woong Park, Drama, Romance
Two best friends, So-yool and Yeon-hee, dream of becoming the top artists in Seoul together. But their friendship doesn’t last long as Yoon-woo, So-yool’s first love and songwriter, falls in love with Yeon-hee and her voice. So-yool’s feeling of jealousy and inferiority towards Yeon-hee grows by the day, and she eventually makes a drastic decision to bring the two lovers down.
Nareul Itjimarayo / Don’t Forget Me (2016) Yoon-Jung Lee, Seong-woo Bae, Young-nam Jang, Yi-jin Jo, Drama, Mystery, Romance
A man calling himself Jin-young walks into a police station to report a missing person: himself. Starting at the end of the story, Jin-young is revealed to be be Suk-won, a lawyer suffering severe memory loss and a total change of character. Formerly ruthless and calculating, the amnesiac Suk-won is kind and gentle; completely unlike the man his colleagues want for the important trial of their highest billing client, Mrs. Kim. In order to appease his firm, Suk-won goes to see a psychiatrist. At the hospital he meets Jin-young, a skittish woman he is inexplicably drawn to even as she does her best to steer clear him. As Suk-won investigates both his own past and Mrs. Kim’s case the tragic truth of his and Jin-young’s enduring connection to each other is revealed, bringing Suk-won full circle in a story of loss and the pain of remembrance.
Cho-kam-gak Keo-peul / Sensitive Couple (2008) Hyeong-ju Kim, Min Ji-min, Ku Jin, Yeong-ho Joo, Romance
College boy Su-min is looking around paintings in a gallery when he hears someone screaming for help. That’s where he first meets a high school girl, Hyun-Jin. They soon meet again in a park, and she realises he is gifted: he can read people’s minds. He doesn’t want to be near her but somehow he happens to talk with her all the time, which makes him confused. They unexpectedly run into a kidnapping case and she grows more and more convinced about his possessing a supernatural power.
In the spring of 1992, Kim Dong-won, the film’s director, met two long-term political prisoners who were charged with being communist spies from North Korea. During their 30 years in jail, the prisoners never gave up their allegiance to communism and North Korea. When they were finally released from prison, they began living in the Kim’s neighborhood, and he became quite close with one of the prisoners, Cho Chang-son. Kim’s film documents the former prisoners’ return to mainstream Korean society and their campaign for repatriation.