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New York Asian 2016 Interview: THE BOYS WHO CRIED WOLF Director Kim Jin-hwang on Real Life Inspirations

Clocking in at a taut 79 minutes, director Kim Jin-hwang’s The Boys Who Cried Wolf is a sharp whodunit with engaging twists and fine performances. Before its screening at the New York Asian Film Festival, director Kim spoke with me...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Superstar Lee Byung-hun Talks INSIDE MEN, Fatherhood and the Hollywood Balancing Act

With a career that has included some of South Korea’s biggest hits, including Joint Security Area, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad and the Weird and his latest record-breaker, Inside Man, Lee Byung-hun is simultaneously carving a place for...

New York Korean Film Fest Gets Its Own Cool Trailer

As you may have seen from our lineup announcement a little while back, the New York Korean Film Fest is coming to town November 6 and they've put together a killer program. Now they've got their own awesome trailer culled...

The New York Korean Film Festival 2015 Returns With An Impressive, Eclectic Lineup

Cinema fans in New York City will be in for a treat next month with the return of the New York Korean Film Festival, which will have its 13th edition at the Museum of the Moving Image from November...

Interview: VETERAN Director Ryoo Seung-wan On Action Challenges And Hollywood Influences

Following his internationally acclaimed actioner The Berlin File, director Ryoo Seung-wan's newest film, Veteran, has already broken box-office records in South Korea within weeks of its release. On the day of Veteran's US red carpet premiere, I had a telephone reunion...

New York Asian 2015 Interview: COIN LOCKER GIRL Director Han Jun-hee Dissects What Family Means, And Why Mothers Are Scary

My final interview of the 2015 New York Asian Film Festival was one I hadn't initially planned to do, but I was so impressed by Han Jun-hee's stunning feature debut, the noir thriller, Coin Locker Girl, that I had to...

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Lee Won-suk Talks THE ROYAL TAILOR And Turning The Tide Of Korean History

After delighting the New York Asian Film Festival audience in 2013 with the wit and pure charm offensive of his romantic comedy, How to Use Guys With Secret Tips, director Lee Won-suk returns to our shores with his sumptuous and...

New York Asian 2015 Interview: THE WHISTLEBLOWER Director Yim Soon-rye Talks Changes For Women In Korean Film Industry

As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's celebration of female Korean filmmakers, South Korea's most successful female director, Yim Soon-rye screens her latest, The Whistleblower. Director Yim spoke with me about the changes in the industry landscape since...

New York Asian 2015 Interview: Boo Ji-young And Shim Jae-myung Talk CART, Casting K-Pop Stars, And Advice For Women Filmmakers

Director Boo Ji-young's Cart, shines a light on the real life story of a shopworkers' strike against unfair labour practices that lasted over a year. As part of the New York Asian Film Festival's focus on Myung Films, the production...

Review: THE CON ARTISTS Aims Right Down the Middle And Is All The Better For It

There are many things we demand from films: good stories, strong characters, style... the list goes on. However, more than everything else, there is one thing people clamor for the most, particularly in its absence: originality. We readily point out clichés...

Busan 2014 Review: THE NIGHT Boasts Strong Cast And Clear Message

The Korean winner of this year's Sonje Award for Best Short Film at the Busan International Film Festival, The Night is a simple 35-minute tale of college friends who fall prey to the norms of Korean society. Yet by touching...

Busan 2014 Review: FACTORY COMPLEX, An Artful Look At Korea's Beleaguered Workforce

It's no secret that workers are subjected to punishing conditions and constant humiliation in Korea, a country that has made the news recently for having the longest work hours and yet the least productivity among all OECD nations. New documentary...

Toronto 2014 Review: Stylish And Well Performed, SCARLET INNOCENCE Surprises And Delights

Adapted from a Korean folk tale and starting off as a softly lensed romantic melodrama, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Scarlet Innocence, the latest work from noted visual stylist Yim Pil-sung, must be primed for a local audience. Yet...

Venice 2014 Review: HILL OF FREEDOM Proves A Pleasant But Slight Slice From Hong Sangsoo

It's easy to accuse Hong Sangsoo of doing the same thing over and over again as each of his films revisit the same themes with similar characters, situations and locations. Such a reading can easily miss the point of his...

Venice 2014 Review: Mortality And Desire Mingle And Dance in REVIVRE

Returning for his 102nd feature, the indefatigable Im Kwon-taek continues his move away from period and cultural fare with the melancholic Revivre, pairing up once again with the equally venerable screen legend Ahn Sung-ki. Somberly shot and deliberately paced, Im's...

Exclusive Clip: KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT Dazzles, Baby

Sometimes you just have to sit down, sit back, and let the magic of a movie swamp your brain. Kundo: Age of the Rampant opens in select U.S. theaters today (Friday, August 29), and while I can't imagine that the idea...

Review: KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT Marches With A Confident Swagger

With big stars and a hefty budget, Kundo: Age Of The Rampant marches into theaters with confidence and tongue planted firmly in cheek. This hybrid period film owes more to spaghetti westerns than the history of its Joseon Era setting...

Review: Strong Effects Play Second Fiddle to Patriotism in THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS

When making films based on significant milestones in a country's history, nationalism can be a great asset in a filmmaker's arsenal but it's also a tool that must be handled carefully, as too much patriotic bombast can mar an otherwise...

Review: Cool KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT Has Some Swagger In Its Step

With big stars and a hefty budget, Kundo: Age Of The Rampant marches into theaters with confidence and tongue planted firmly in cheek. This hybrid period film owes more to spaghetti westerns than the history of its Joseon Era setting...

Cannes 2014 Review: A HARD DAY Is Easy-To-Love Genre Cinema

If you feel that tough genre fare in Korea has been spinning its wheels of late, you're not alone. While generally well made, the élan of yesteryear's hardboiled Korean thrillers has recently been replaced by a growing sense of familiarity...