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: Japan Language: Japanese Director: Oh Mipo
Adaptation from: Novel of the same title by Sato Yasushi Screenplay: Takada Ryo Cinematography: Kondo Ryuto Soundscore: Tanako Takuto Cast: Ayano Gou, Ikewaki Chizuru, Suda Masaki, Takahashi Kazuya, Hino Shohei, Isayama Hiroko, Tamura Taijiro. Runtime: 120 min Distribution: Open Sesame (Tokyo) Film’s official website: Hikarikagayaku (日本語） Trailer: A trailer is available, but I’m not linking it here on purpose. I think it’s best to go completely blind into this film – the trailer contains some tiny, spoilerish bits. If you do insist, it’s below the Image Gallery at the end of the post. You might prefer to read this review post-film too. Special thanks to Raindance for providing me with a screener for this film. The European premiere ofSoko nomi nite Hikari Kagayaku, which was recently chosen as Japan’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, will be at the Raindance Film Festival on September 29, 2014. A second screening will take place on September 30. Tickets can be booked here.
Alternative English title:Whatcha Wearin’? Year: 2012 Country: South Korea Language: Korean Director: Byun Sung-hyun Screenplay: Byun Sung-yun, Kim Min-soo Cinematography: Choe Sang-ho Cast: Ji Sung, Kim Ah-joong, Kang Kyeong-jun, Shin So-yul, Kim Bo-yeon, Kim Sung-oh Runtime: 114 min Distribution: CJ Entertainment Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhrnVqpt2Sw Note: The film came with an 19+ rating in South Korea as it contains coarse language as well as some nudity and sex.
When Naui P.S. Pateuneo released in Korean cinemas in 2012, it hit the one-million admissions mark within ten days – faster than any other adult rom-com that had come before. It sold itself with a veiled but racy title (P.S. stands for Phone Sex), enticing viewers with a titillating trailer (watch above) and plenty promise of naughty. Continue reading “Review: 나의 P.S. 파트너 (Naui P.S. Pateuneo/My P.S. Partner)”