Tag Archives: Korean

Haeuhhwa / Love, Lies (2016) Heung-sik Park, Woo-hee Chun, Hyo-ju Han, Sung-woong Park, Drama, Romance

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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.

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Nareul Itjimarayo / Don’t Forget Me (2016) Yoon-Jung Lee, Seong-woo Bae, Young-nam Jang, Yi-jin Jo, Drama, Mystery, Romance

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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.

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Cho-kam-gak Keo-peul / Sensitive Couple (2008) Hyeong-ju Kim, Min Ji-min, Ku Jin, Yeong-ho Joo, Romance

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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.

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Songhwan / Repatriation (2003) Dong-won Kim, Documentary

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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.

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Joyong-han saesang / The World of Silence (2006) Ui-seok Jo, Eun-jeong Ham, Bo-bae Han, Gyu-su Jeong, Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Jung-Ho a famous photographer who has a special ability to read people’s minds, has just returned to Korea from abroad. Jung-Ho still can’t get rid of traumatic memories of his late girlfriend who ended her life in front of him. In the midst of this, Jung-Ho becomes a temporary guardian for Soo-Yeon a little girl whose mother is in a coma. Detective Kim begins to suspect Jung-Ho is involved in the gruesome events that surround him. And the case becomes even more desperate when Soo-Yeon herself disappears.

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Geu nom moksori / Voice of a Murderer (2007) Jin-pyo Park, Kyung-gu Sol, Nam-ju Kim, Dong-won Kang, Drama, Thriller

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One day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran inspector to the case and assemble a top-notch task force to work under his command. But the kidnapper constantly outwits the police and continues calling the parents with yet more instructions for the money drop.

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In Between Days (2006) So Yong Kim, Taegu Andy Kang, Bokja Kim, Gina Kim, Drama

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On the verge of coming of age. Aimie is perhaps 18, a Korean immigrant in Canada. It’s winter, snow crunches beneath her feet. She lives with her mother. She studies English and doesn’t seem to be a particularly good student. Tran is her best friend, and he wouldn’t mind if their relationship becomes sexual. She declines, then worries that he might find a more willing girlfriend. Her mother broaches the subject of remarriage. Aimie misses her father, sending him messages to come and visit. What does she have she can count on?

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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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