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‘The Host’ (2006): A 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

‘The Chaser’ (2008): De-Glorifying the Serial Killer on Film

Directed by: Na Hong-jin || Produced by: Kim Su-jin, Yun In-beom Screenplay by: Na Hong-jin, Lee Shin-ho, Hong Won-chan || Starring: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha  Jung-woo, Seo Young-hee, Koo Bon-woong, Kim Yoo-jung, Jeong In-gi, Park Hyo-joo Music by: Kim Jun-seok, Choi Yong-rak || Cinematography by: Lee Seong-je || Edited by: Kim Seon-min || Country: South Korea … Continue reading

‘Snowpiercer’ (2013): Bong Joon-ho for People Who Don’t Watch Korean Movies

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho || Produced by: Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun, Park Tae-jun, Dooho Choi, Robert Bernacchi, David Minkowski, Matthew Stillman Screenplay by: Bong Joon-ho, Kelly Masterson || Starring: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris Music by: Marco Beltrami || Cinematography: Hong Kyung-pyo || … Continue reading

‘Mother’ (2009): Blood Is Thicker

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho || Produced by: Choi Jae-won, Seo Woo-sik Screenplay by: Bong Joon-ho, Park Eun-kyo || Starring: Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Yoon Je-moon Music by: Lee Byung-woo || Cinematography: Hong Kyung-pyo || Editing by: Moon Sae-kyung || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 128 minutes If you’re looking for dark, … Continue reading

‘The Good, the Bad, the Weird’ (2008): The Western Never Dies

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon || Produced by: Kim Ji-woon, Choi Min-suk Written by: Kim Ji-woon, Kim Min-suk || Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, Yoon Je-moon, Ryoo Seung-soo, Song Yeong-chang Music by: Dalparan, Jang Yeong-gyu || Cinematography by: Lee Mo-gae || Editing by: Nam Na-yeong || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean, Japanese, Mandarin … Continue reading

‘Oldboy’ (2003): A Dish Best Served Cold

Directed by: Park Chan-wook || Produced by: Im Seung-yong, Kim Dong-joo Screenplay by: Hwang Jo-yoon, Im Joon-hyeong, Park Chan-wook || Starring: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung, Ji Dae-han, Kim Byeong Music by: Jo Yeong-wook || Cinematography: Chung-hoon Chung || Editing by: Kim Sang-beom || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 120 minutes As … Continue reading

‘Save the Green Planet!’ (2003): More Genres than You Can Shake a Stick At

Directed by: Jang Joon-hwan || Produced by: Sidus Pictures Screenplay by: Jang Joon-hwan || Starring: Shin Ha-kyun, Baek Yoon-sik, Hwang Jeong-min, Lee Jae-yong, Lee Ju-hyeon, Gi Ju-bong Music by: Lee Dong-jun || Cinematography: Hong Kyung-pyo || Editing by: Park Gok-ji || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 118 minutes One must emphasize the exclamation … Continue reading

‘The Man from Nowhere’ (2010): A Great Introduction to Korean Action

Directed by: Lee Jeong-beom || Produced by: Lee Tae-heon Screenplay by: Lee Jeong-beom || Starring: Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron, Kim Hee-won, Kim Sung-oh, Kim Tae-hoon Music by: Shim Hyun-jeong || Cinematography: Lee Tae-yoon || Editing by: Kim Sang-beom || Country: South Korea || Language: Korean Running Time: 119 minutes Though modern Korean cinema is most renowned … Continue reading