Tag Archives: korea

Dooman River

Dooman River (Director: Zhang Lu): The titular river divides North Korea from China, and the film tells the story of the villagers who live on the Chinese side of the border. Chinese-born Koreans like 12-year-old Chang Du have an ambivalent … Continue reading

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Rough Cut

Rough Cut (Yeong-hwa-neun yeong-hwa-da) (Director: Jang Hun): The Korean title of the film translates roughly as “A Movie is a Movie” and that captures a bit of the flavour of this gangster/buddy movie set within another film shoot. Written by … Continue reading

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Action Boys

Editor’s Note: I’ve decided to begin posting some reviews of films screening at Hot Docs 2009 early, hopefully helping anyone attending make some decisions about what to see. Action Boys is screening on Sunday May 3 at 9:45pm at Innis … Continue reading

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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel (Director: Yim Pil-Sung): I’m certainly no expert on horror films, never mind Asian horror films, but Yim Pil-Sung’s Hansel and Gretel has more in common with a film like Pan’s Labyrinth than, for instance, Ringu. That is … Continue reading

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West 32nd

West 32nd (Director: Michael Kang): John Cho (Harold from Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle) plays John Kim, an ambitious young lawyer who offers to represent a Korean teenager accused of a gang-related murder in New York’s Koreatown. His … Continue reading

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