Tag Archives: Korean

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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Venus Talk (2013) Chil-in Kwon, Jeong-hwa Eom, So-ri Moon, Min-soo Jo, Drama, Romance, Comedy

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“Venus Talk” follows three female friends who are all in their 40’s.
Shin-Hye (Uhm Jung-Hwa) works as a producer for a cable TV station and she is still single. She hears that Director Lee (Choi Moo-Sung) will marry her junior colleague who is only 26-years-old. Shin-Hye gets pissed, because they dated for 6 years and she even supported him before his promotion to a director. Shin-Hye and some of her co-workers meet afterwork for drinks. A loud argument takes place with everybody but Shin-Hye and her younger colleague Hyun-Seung (Lee Jae-Yoon) left to drink alone. They end up spending the night at a motel. Shin-Hye looks back at that night as a one night stand, but Hyun-Seung thinks about it differently.
Mi-Yeon (Moon So-Ri) is a housewife who at first seems content with her life. Before she married Jae-Ho (Lee Sung-Min), she stipulated that they should have sex 3 times a week. Jae-Ho finds it harder and harder to satisfy his wife. One day, Mi-Yeon finds something hidden in Jae-Ho’s desk.
Hae-Young (Jo Min-Su) lives with her twenty-something year old daughter Soo-Jung (Jeon Hye-Jin) and runs a small bakery cafe. She is dating Sung-Jae (Lee Kyoung-Young) who runs a carpentry shop. Hae-Young wants to spend more time with her boyfriend and pushes her daughter to either marry or become more independent. Her daughter refuses because of her poor financial situation. Things change though when her daughter becomes pregnant and marries her boyfriend. Finally, Hae-Young can have some privacy with her boyfriend.

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Another Family (2013) Tae-yun Kim, Gyu-ri Kim, Cheol-min Park, Drama

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Based on a true story about Hwang Yoo-mi who died of leukemia while working in a semiconductor factory. When the eldest daughter of the family Yoon-mi (Lee Cho-hee) dies while working in the biggest semiconductor factory in the country, the father Sang-gu (Park Cheol-min) suspects the factory had something to do with it.

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