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Another Korean Genre Sampling: ‘The Wolf Brigade’ (2018) & ‘Time to Hunt’ (2020)

Directed by: Kim Jee-woon [1], Yoon Sung-hyun [2] || Produced by: Kim Woo-sang [1], Handae Rhee [2] Screenplay by: Kim Jee-woon [1], Yoon Sung-hyun [2] || Starring: Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Mu-yeol [1], Lee Je-hoon, Ahn Jae-hong, Choi Woo-shik, Park Jung-min [2] Music by: Mowg [1], Primary [2] || Cinematography: Lee Mo-gae … Continue reading

‘Okja’ (2017) & ‘Parasite’ (2019): Double Review

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho || Produced by: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Seo Woo-Sik, Ted Sarandos [1], Bong Joon-ho [1–2], Kwak Sin-ae, Moon Yang-kwon, Jang Young-hwan [2] Screenplay by: Bong Joon-ho1-2, Jon Ronson1, Han Jin-won2 || Starring: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Ahn Seo-hyun, Byun Hee-bong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, … Continue reading

‘Office’ (2015): Work Days Can Be Murder

Directed by: Hong Won-chan || Produced by: Choi Yun-jin Screenplay by: Choi Yun-jin || Starring: Go Ah-sung, Park Sung-woong, Bae Seong-woo, Kim Eui-sung, Ryu Hyun-kyung, Lee Chae-eun, Son Soo-hyun, Park Jung-min, Oh Dae-hwan Music by: Kim Tae-seong || Cinematography: Park Yong-su || Edited by: Kim Sun-min || Country: Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 111 … Continue reading

A Korean Genre Sampling: ‘The Wailing’ (2016), ‘Train to Busan’ (2016), & ‘The Villainess’ (2017)

Directed by: Na Hong-jin [W], Yeon Sang-ho [TB], Jung Byung-gil [V] || Produced by: Suh Dong-hyun, Kim Ho-sung [W], Lee Dong-ha [TB], Moon Young-hwa [V] Starring: Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee [W], Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Kim Su-an, Kim Eui-sung [TB], Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Sung Joon, Kim Seo-hyung [V] || Screenplay … Continue reading

‘I Saw the Devil’ (2010): Unleash the Monster in You

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon || Produced by: Kim Hyung-woo, Jo Sung-won, Kim Jae-young, Kim Jung-hwa Screenplay by: Park Hoon-jung || Starring: Choi Min-sik, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Kuk-hwan, Chun Ho-jin, Oh San-ha, Kim Yun-seo, Choi Moo-sung, Kim In-seo Music by: Mowg || Cinematography by: Lee Mo-gae || Edited by: Nam Na-yeong || Country: South  Korea || … Continue reading

‘Joint Security Area’ (2000): A Stage Play on Film Done Right

Directed by: Park Chan-wook || Produced by: Shim Jae-myung Screenplay by: Kim Hyeon-seok, Jeong Seong-san, Lee Moo-yeong, Park Chan-wook || Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, Lee Young-ae, Kim Tae-woo, Shin Ha-Kyun, Herbert  Ulrich Music by: Jo Yeong-wook || Cinematography by: Kim Seong-bok || Edited by: Kim Sang-beom || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean, English … Continue reading

‘Shiri’ (1999): A Korean Take on 1990s Hollywood Action

Directed by: Kang Je-gyu || Produced by: Byeon Moo-rim, Lee Kwan-hak Screenplay by: Kang Je-gyu || Starring: Han Suk-kyu, Choi Min-sik, Yunjin Kim, Song Kang-ho, Yoon Joo-sang, Park Yong-woo, Johnny Kim, Lee Seung-shin Music by: Lee Dong-joon || Cinematography by: Kim Seong-bok || Edited by: Park Gok-ji || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean Running … Continue reading

‘The Host’ (2006): Bong Joon-ho’s Wacky Monster Extravaganza

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho || Produced by: Choi Yong-bae Screenplay by: Baek Chul-hyun, Bong Joon-ho || Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona, Go Ah-sung, Oh Dal-soo, Yim Pil-sung Music by: Lee Byung-woo || Cinematography: Kim Hyung-ku || Edited by: Kim Sun-min || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 119 minutes … Continue reading

‘My Sassy Girl’ (2001): An Inexplicable Non-Romance

Directed by: Kwak Jae-yong || Produced  by: Shin Chul Screenplay by: Kim Ho-sik, Kwak Jae-yong || Starring: Jun Ji-hyun, Cha Tae-hyun, Kim In-moon, Song Ok-sook, Han Jin-hee, Yang Geum Music by: Hyeong-seok Kim || Cinematography: Sung-Bok Kim || Edited by: Sang-beom Kim || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 123 minutes South Korea … Continue reading

‘Memories of Murder’ (2003): The Wolf Moves Amongst the Sheep

Directed  by: Bong Joon-ho || Produced by: Cha Seung-jae Screenplay by: Bong Joon-ho, Shim Sung-bo || Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roi-ha, Park Hae-il, Byun Hee-bong, Jeon Mi-seon Music by: Taro Iwashiro || Cinematograhy: Kim Hyung-ku || Edited by: Kim Sun-min || Country:  South Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 127 minutes Though not … Continue reading