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Movie Review: Voice (Whispering Corridors 4, 2005)
by | August 31, 2014 | 6 Comments
It seems to me that as the Whispering Corridors series goes on, the degree of commentary the films make about high school lessens in each installment. The original Whispering Corridors was a scathing indictment of the abuses that youth endure at school and the second pointed a finger at the rigidity of social structures and... More »


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Movie Review: If You Were Me (2003)
by | August 9, 2014 | 8 Comments
In 2001, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea was formed. A government body tasked with promoting human rights in Korea in accordance with the principles set forth by the UN General Assembly, they can probably list many things that they have accomplished. But for me, one of the most visible accomplishments is the funding... More »
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Movie Review: Wishing Stairs (2003)
by | July 14, 2014 | 16 Comments
The third film in the Whispering Corridors series, Wishing Stairs (여고괴담 세 번째 이야기: 여우계단), was released four years after the second, Memento Mori. While the original Whispering Corridors and its immediate follow-up were in many ways genre-defining, the wave of popular horror films that followed them in Korea and elsewhere in Asia meant that... More »


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Movie Review: The Flu
by | June 29, 2014 | 13 Comments
In anticipation of Jang Hyuk’s return to the small screen this week, it seems only proper to take a look at his work in last year’s big budget event film The Flu, which made only a moderate box office splash as the twentieth highest-grossing film of 2013 while garnering absolutely zero awards, and… huh. I... More »


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Movie Review: Waikiki Brothers (2001)
by | June 29, 2014 | 5 Comments
Im Soon-rye (surname sometimes romanized Lim or Yim) is quite possibly the most prominent female director in Korean cinema. Since her critically acclaimed first film, Three Friends in 1996, she’s directed six full-length feature films, including one commercially successful mainstream film with Forever the Moment in 2008, as well as contributing to several omnibus project... More »


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Movie Review: One Fine Spring Day (2000)
by | June 23, 2014 | 9 Comments
Christmas in August catapulted director Hur Jin-ho to the forefront of the Korean New Wave in the minds of many local film critics for his understated, yet captivating, style and his unexpectedly low-key approach to the typically emotionally-charged topic of terminal illness. In fact, director Hur’s work in Christmas in August was often compared to... More »


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Movie Review: Joint Security Area (2000)
by | June 3, 2014 | 18 Comments
When Joint Security Area (2000) came out in theaters, it quickly became the most successful Korean film until that point, surpassing Shiri’s immense success the past year. And like Shiri, JSA is also a story about North-South relations and features an already successful cast (even sharing a major actor) that would go onto even greater... More »


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Movie Review: Memento Mori (1999)
by | May 25, 2014 | 10 Comments
There are not many sequels in Korean cinema if you compare it to the endless stream of sequels from Hollywood, but sometimes a rousing success will lead to them. And the enormous success of Whispering Corridors in 1998 led to one of the most prolific series in Korean film, let alone Korean horror, with the... More »


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Movie Review: Whispering Corridors (1998)
by | May 20, 2014 | 14 Comments
“School is hell.” That was the premise of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and it’s one that resonates throughout contemporary fiction, including in Korea. And given the pressures and violence that Korean students may face in school, it’s no surprise that Korean cinema set in high school is littered with stories of bullies, stress, and sometimes horrifying... More »


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Movie Review: Christmas in August
by | May 5, 2014 | 28 Comments
Melodrama is one of the most prevalent genres in modern Korean fiction, and one of the preferred tropes used to heighten emotion or stakes within it is that of terminal illness, having been employed in countless Korean films and serials throughout the decades. Sometime in the 2000s, the use of terminal illness as a melodramatic... More »


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Movie Review: Cold Eyes
by | April 10, 2014 | 32 Comments
Since we’re still combing through some of last year’s blockbuster favorites, it’s time to take a look at crime thriller Cold Eyes (also called The Watchers), which not only became the tenth highest-grossing film of 2013 but also managed to put its leading lady Han Hyo-joo in just the right position to land a couple... More »