Tag: korea

Explosive New Trailer for Korean DRUG WAR Remake Will Make You a BELIEVER

The much-anticipated Korean remake of Johnnie To's crime drama Drug War has dropped an electric first trailer ahead of its domestic release on May 24. From The Silenced director Lee Hae-young, the film will head overseas under the new international...

Review: CLAIRE'S CAMERA, A Perfunctory Blip

Love him or hate him, Hong Sangsoo has been remarkably consistent with his films, which both offer viewers a familiar framework and new variations on his favorite themes. His 20th work Claire's Camera debuted last year at the Cannes Film...

Review: In AUTUMN, AUTUMN, Melancholic Realism Reigns

Emerging talent from South Korea, Jang Woo-jin, contemplates on human contact and loneliness in impressively shot sophomore feature with transcendentalist veneer

Review: THE VILLAINESS Dances a Hyperkinetic Pulp, Blade and Bullet Ballet

Korean action cinema bursts through to new horizons in the hyperkinetic pulp blade and bullet ballet The Villainess. Equal parts Kill Bill, Nikita, John Wick, Hardcore Henry and HK-era John Woo, the second film from Confession of Murder director Jung...

THE VILLAINESS Exclusive Clip: Watch This Twice and Call Me in the Morning

As you might expect from its title, The Villainess revolves around a female assassin. Our own Pierce Conran notes in his review that it excels in its action scenes, and that may be all you need to know. But if...

Review: REAL Makes Korean Noir Gloriously Camp, Weird and Amazing

In the same week that a new release has been embraced by the media (Bong Joon-ho's Okja), another has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. So strong has the vitriol been for Real, a vehicle for Asian superstar...

Review: OKJA Makes For a Grand Feast

An endearing family adventure, a bitter ecological plea and a rousing action film all rolled into one, Okja proves once more that Bong Joon Ho is a master of twisting something new out of the familiar. While Netflix's gamble screams...

THE VILLAINESS Trailer: Oh, My, Watch Out for the Broken Glass and Bones

After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last month, Korean action movie The Villainess is preparing for theatrical release in Asia -- and the trailer looks spectacular. If you'd like the particulars, may I point you to our own Pierce...

Blu-ray Review: MARTIN SCORSESE'S WORLD CINEMA PROJECT VOL. 2, A Trip Worth Taking

Nearly five years after Criterion released Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project Volume One, an impressive box set of six films from around the world, we finally have its first follow up, Volume Two. Like the first volume in both packaging,...

Berlinale 2017 Review: ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE, Hong Sang-soo's Most Personal and Cruel Film to Date

A new year has arrived and with it the challenge of reviewing a new work from Korea's arthouse darling Hong Sang-soo. On the Beach at Night Alone, which borrows its name from the title of a Walt Whitman poem and...

Top 15 Korean Films of 2016

While 2016 has a been a difficult year in many regards, one area where it has excelled has been Korean cinema. With big auteurs returning with some of their best work, younger filmmakers making their presence felt and another new...

Review: THE HANDMAIDEN, Park Chan-wook's Deeply Engrossing and Highly Sexual Tale of Female Sexuality

Following his Hollywood foray Stoker, Park Chan-wook returns to (mostly) home soil for his sumptuous and sensual adaptation of Sarah Waters' Fingersmith. Transposing the novel's setting from Victorian England to 1930s Korea and Japan, when the former was a colony...

ASURA: THE CITY OF MADNESS Trailer Delivers Noir Thrills

Korean noir takes a dark and violent turn in Kim Sung-su's Asura: The City Of Madness and following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival - you can read Pierce's review here - the film has released a theatrical...

TRAIN TO BUSAN Sets Korean Box Office Records

It is safe to say that things are going rather well for Yeon Sang-ho's Train To Busan. The first live action film from the King Of Pigs director, Train To Busan had its world premiere in selection in Cannes prior...

Korean Movie Night New York's "Master Series: Lee Joon Ik" Celebrates a Master of Period Drama and Comedy

A frequent guest to the New York Asian Film Festival, Korean director Lee Joon-ik is a brilliantly accomplished and remarkably versatile director, equally adept at both period and contemporary pieces. However, much of his popularity at home and his acclaim...

Review: SEOUL SEARCHING, Medicine the World Needs Now

Today, it seems Americans cannot escape the politics of identity. From Caitlyn Jenner to the wage gap to even Rachel Dolezal's complicated and troubling relationship to the hashtag #BLACKLIVESMATTER, each week seems to bring some new story asking Americans: "Who...

Interview: Ken Jeong On Why SEOUL SEARCHING Is His Favorite Korean-American Film Of All Time

Seoul Searching is a dramedy that firstly present us a peculiar real-life situation that, if you are not from Korea, probably has remained unknown. Back in the 1980's, the Korean government developed a summer program with camps that allowed the...

First Trailer For Slick Korean Thriller THE HUNT

Fabulous Korean character actor Ahn Sung-ki - you almost certainly know his face even if you don't know his name if you've been at all aware of Korean film over the past twenty years - takes the lead role in...

Mass Panic On The TRAIN TO BUSAN! Check Out The Teaser For The KING OF PIGS Director's Live Action Debut!

Korea's Yeon Sang-ho burst on to the world cinema scene back in 2011 with his Director's Fortnight selected animated feature King Of Pigs. And Yeon turned heads not just for the fact that he was directing animation in Korea -...

Park Chan-wook's Cannes-Bound THE HANDMAIDEN Gets A Teaser

Just a few hours after it was officially announced for the Cannes Film Festival's main competition, CJ Entertainment has dropped the first teaser for Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden. Starring Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee and newcomer Kim Tae-ri, the lush period...