Year: 2013 Country: South Korea Language: Korean Director: Jang Joon-Hwan Producer: Lee Jung-dong
Studio: Showbox/Mediaplex Screenplay: Park Joo-suk Cinematography: Kim Ji-Yong Soundscore: Mowg Cast: Kim Yun-Seok, Yeo Jin-Goo, Lee Kyoung-Young, Jang Hyun-Sung, Cho Jin-Woong, Kim Sung-Kyun, Nam Ji-Hyun Runtime: 125 min Distribution: N/a Film’s official website: N/a Trailer: (Please note that the trailer reveals quite a lot of the plot – you may want to skip it.)
Seen at the 9th London Korean Film Festival. Special thanks go to the LKFF organisers for providing me with a press ticket.
Hwayi, an Oedipal action thriller that falls neatly into its genre as well as into Korean cinema (of the darker kind) more generally, comes as the long-awaited return of director Jang Joon-hwan, who last made a feature–length film in 2003 (지구를 지켜라!/Jigureul Jikyeora!/Save the Green Planet, 2003).
Year: 2013 Country: South Korea Language: Korean Director: Jang Hyung-yoon (sometimes written Chang Hyung-yun)
Studio: Nowornever Screenplay: Jang Hyung-yoon Art Direction: N/A
Animation Direction: N/A Soundscore: Black Magic Cast: Yeong Yu-mi, Yoo Ah-in, Lee Don-yong, Hwang Seok-jeong Runtime: 81 min Distribution: Indiestory Inc. Film’s official website: http://www.milkcow2014.kr/ (in Korean) Trailer:
It rather seems that every year there is yet one or another Korean director that we have barely or not at all heard from before that has his/her feature-length animation debut, only then to seemingly disappear forever again. This year (well, last year, if you want to be technical) it is Jang Hyung-yoon that brings an animated tale alive on our screens for the first time.
Country: South Korea Language: English, some Korean Director: Hong Sang-soo Screenplay: Hong Sang-soo Cinematography: Park Hongyeol Sound: Kim Mir Music: Jeong Yongjin Cast: Kase Ryo, Moon So-ri, Youn Yuh-Jung, Kim Eui-Sung, Jung Eun-Chae, Seo Young-Hwa Runtime: 66 min Distribution: N/a Film’s official website: N/a
Seen at the 2014 London Film Festival. Note: If you have seen the film and can’t make sense of it, I have added some further thoughts (marked as spoilers) after the image gallery.
For the sixteenth feature-length film in someone’s career, Hong Sang-soo’s Jayuui Eondeok feels surprisingly raw: it comes with a fragmented, non-chronological narrative that clearly has a few pieces missing, a camera with a conspicuously amateurish zoom and naturalistic dialogue composed of lengthy and often quite awkward utterances that normally are polished away, if not in the scripting, then certainly in the editing stage of the film making process. These are all, I am told, the director’s typical tricks (I am a Hong Sang-soo novice). Continue reading “LFF Review: 자유의 언덕 (Jayuui Eondeok/Hill of Freedom)”
Recently Andrew Heskins of Eastern Kicks asked a number of critics, film bloggers and friends about “the film that started it all” – i.e. their passion for Asian cinema:
It might not have been the first Asian film you saw, or even the best, but was there one that stood out? That light bulb moment when you realised how much you loved Asian movies and had to write/talk/blog/podcast about it?