Review: 나무없는 산 (Namooeobsneun San/Treeless Mountain)

Year: 2008
Director: Kim So-yong (김소영)
Screenplay: Kim So-yong (김소영)
Cinematography: Misawa Anne
Cast: Kim Hee Yeon (김희연), Kim Song Hee (김성희), Lee Soo Ah (이수아), Kim Mi Hyang (김미향), Park Boon Tak (박분택)
Runtime: 89 min
Trailer: on YouTube (subtitled)
This post is part of the Korean Cinema Blogathon 2012, which runs from March 5-11. Featuring the best of posts on Korean film from blogs around the web, the blogathon is hosted by CineAwesome this year and mirrored by New Korean CinemaVCinemaKOFFIAHangul Celluloid and Modern Korean Cinema.
In Namooeobsneun San a mother abandons her two children and leaves them fending for themselves – so read most synopses for the film. This plot-in-a-nutshell generates a biased view of a heartless mother, but the story isn’t quite so simple.  Continue reading “Review: 나무없는 산 (Namooeobsneun San/Treeless Mountain)”

Review: 청춘의 십자로 (Cheongchunui shibjaro/Crossroads of Youth)


Year: 1934
Director: Ahn Jong-hwa
Re-directed by: Kim Tae-yong (김태용)
Cast: Lee Wan-yong, Shin Il-seon, Kim Yeo-sil
Runtime: 70 min
This post is part of the Korean Cinema Blogathon 2012, which runs from March 5-11. Featuring the best of posts on Korean film from blogs around the web, the blogathon is hosted by CineAwesome this year and mirrored by New Korean CinemaVCinemaKOFFIAHangul Celluloid and Modern Korean Cinema.
Seen at a special screening organised by the KCCUK at the annual Thames Festival (London) in September 2011.
Being Korea’s oldest surviving film, 청춘의 십자로 (Cheongchunui shibjaro/Crossroads of Youth) is a production you are unlikely to ever see as it screens so rarely. Yet reviewing it is worthwhile, simply for the reason to encourage you to go watch it if you should ever happen to be so lucky to come across a performance. Continue reading “Review: 청춘의 십자로 (Cheongchunui shibjaro/Crossroads of Youth)”