Tag Archives: Korean

The Big Swindle / Beomjweui jaeguseong (2004) Dong-hoon Choi, Shin-yang Park, Jung-ah Yum, Yun-shik Baek, Action, Crime

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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.
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Boksuneun naui geot / Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) Chan-wook Park, Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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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.
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Hahaha (2010) Sang-soo Hong, So-ri Moon, Sang-kyung Kim, Kang-woo Kim, Comedy, Drama, Romance

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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

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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?
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Seoului hyuil / Holiday in Seoul (1956) Yong-min Lee, Neung-kyeol No, Mi-hie Yang, Seong-suk Lim, Mystery, Thriller

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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.
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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

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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.
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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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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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Like for Likes (2016) Hyeon-jin Park, Ah In Yoo, Ji-Woo Choi, Esom, Comedy, Romance

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A notoriously shrewish TV drama writer and a Korean wave star who fight like cats and dogs every time they meet; a spinster flight attendant landlady and a nosy chef tenant who build a sense of camaraderie; a genius relationship-virgin composer who harbors a secret admiration for a scatterbrained producer. As they crash-land into each other’s lives, will there be love?
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Scenery / Pung-gyeong (2013) Lu Zhang, Documentary

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The film asks fourteen foreigners who had left their hometown and came to Korea, “Which dream remains in your memory the most in Korea?” They visit their hometown, dance with loved ones, and meet their lost families in their dreams. How would the scenery of Korea reflect in their dreams?
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