Tag Archives: South Korea

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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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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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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Han yeo-reum-ui pan-ta-ji-a / A Midsummer’s Fantasia (2014) Kun-jae Jang, Sae-byeok Kim, Hyeong-gook Im, Ryo Iwase, Drama

Han yeo-reum-ui pan-ta-ji-a AKA A Midsummer's Fantasia (2014)
Split into two parts, shot in black and white, the opening chapter First Love, Yoshiko follows a Korean director (Lim Hyung-kook) who is scouting for locations for his next film in the Japanese rural town of Gojo, and is joined by his assistant director Mijung (Kim Sae-byuk) who interprets for him. There he meets the locals including an elderly lady and a civil servant (Ryo Iwase) who helps him tour the area. The second part, Well of Sakura, captured in colour, is inspired by a story told in the opening chapter of a romance between a Korean woman and a local man. Mijung is now an actress while the civil servant is a persimmon farmer as they walk around the town and learn about each other.
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Bin-jip / 3-Iron (2004) Ki-duk Kim, Seung-yeon Lee, Hyun-kyoon Lee, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Crime, Drama, Romance

Bin-jip (2004)
The lonely and silent rider Tae-suk breaks in empty houses and lives a normal life while the owners are traveling. He does not steal anything and moves from house to house without any loss other than food, and he cleans the houses, provides small repairs or washes some clothes to pay for the hospitality. When he enters in the house of Sun-hwa, he does not see the woman that is wounded in her room after being beaten up on by her abusive husband Min-gyu Lee. Tae-suk helps the hurt woman and when Min-gyu returns, he hits the husband with golf balls and Sun-hwa leaves her husband with Tae-suk on his motorcycle. When they break in the house of an old man, they find that the man is dead and Tae-suk provides funeral service for him. However, his son returns and Tae-suk and Sun-hwa are arrested by two abusive police detectives. He is sent to prison and Sun-hwa is forced to return home. But she never forgets him.
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Mingri tianya / All Tomorrow’s Parties (2003) Nelson Lik-wai Yu, Yong-won Cho, Yi’nan Diao, Ren Na, Sci-Fi

Mingri tianya (2003)
In a future century, after the apocalypse, Gui Dao dynasty controls continental Asia. Zhuai and his younger brother Mian are captured and sent to “Prosperity Camp” for reeducation. They soon discover that the camp’s aim is to brainwash people with propaganda. Five years later, there’s a change in government and they are free again. Zhuai falls in love for the beautiful Xuelan and together they take her to an old industrial city, now deserted. They get themselves a place to live in an abandoned apartment and try to rediscover the little pleasures of life.
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Chihwaseon / Painted Fire (2002) Kwon-taek Im

Chihwaseon (2002)
The struggles of an artist. Jang Seung-up (1843-1897), also called Owon, focusing on the years 1882 to 1897, when Korea was in political upheaval, caught between China and Japan, the conservative dynasty dying, and peasant revolt at hand. Jang, born poor, has genius; a merchant, Kim, becomes his patron, finding him a teacher. Jang must convince others that a commoner can have talent, then move beyond his ability to copy old masters and find his own style. He’s bedeviled by a temper and alcohol, arguments with patrons as he seeks commissions, and relationships with kisaeng, particularly Mae-hyang, that start and stop. It’s the life of a restless spirit producing great art.
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