Tag: korea

ASHFALL Trailer Blows Up Korea

You say "ridiculous," I say "awesome," let's call the whole thing Ashfall. Heading to theaters in Asia beginning on December 19 -- hitting Hong Kong on January 1, 2020 -- from CJ Entertainment, Ashfall looks to be a big-spectacle type...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DURI: Watch Matt Halsall's Engrossing Short Now

Writer-director Matt Halsall has appeared in these pages before, the Korean based director having turned out a number of striking short films in the past. And while Halsall's focus in recent days has been on developing a slate of feature...

Australia Korean Fest 2019: Celebrating Ten Years of KOFFIA

The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) celebrates ten years this year, powered by the Cultural Office, the festival is a wonderful initiative to showcase not only great films, but promote Korean culture as a whole. With exciting special guests...

LOVE ALARM Trailer: Live-Action Korean YA Romance Rings Cartoon Bells

Netflix does not appear to have a unified strategy for programming Asian movies and TV show, which makes it all the more intriguing to a Western outsider. Here in the U.S., we are long accustomed to seeing all Asian titles...

Notes on Streaming: Korean RAMPANT Brings More Zombies

Watch gorgeous period costumes get soaked in blood!

Notes on Streaming: Enjoy a Sampler Trio by Hong Sang-soo

All on the Criterion Channel: 'The Day He Arrives,' 'On the Beach At Night Alone' and 'Claire's Camera.'

Notes on Streaming: RILAKKUMA AND KAORU From Japan, POSSESSION From Korea

Plus: Another Japanese show that's definitely not for me -- it's Netflix or bust this month!

Notes on Streaming: ULTRAMAN and TWILIGHT ZONE Return

Plus: Teasing Korean 'Persona.'

KINGDOM Trailer: Korean Zombies Roar to Life in a Period Setting

Zombies make their presence known in a new trailer for Kingdom, a Korean-language series that is heading for its global premiere on Netflix on January 25. The English-language title may be generic, but I like what is being teased. Per...

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...