FIVE STAR FILM REVIEWS

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Director:  Yu Hyun-mok

Genre: Drama

The desperation of post-war Korea seen through the eyes of two brothers trapped in a powder keg of bleakness  

 

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Director: Lee Chang-dong 

Genre: Drama-Thriller

Lee Chang-dong adds thriller elements to his slow-burn character studies, producing something truly breathtaking  

 

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DirectorJung Sung-il 

Genre: Romance-Drama

A lusciously shot 198-minute billet-doux to Seoul profoundly portrays a melodramatic view of romantic angst 

 

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Director: Lee Hae-jun 

Genre: Comedy-Drama

A man becomes a castaway on a deserted island in this hilarious, touching and stunning off-beat masterpiece  

 

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Director: Noh Young-seok

Genre: Comedy-Drama

Charming and hilarious, a lovelorn young man embarks on a disastrous seaside break filled with insobriety and loneliness

 

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Director:  Park Chan-wook

Genre: Drama

 

Smart, sexy, stylish and surprising, a period masterpiece on a con-job gone awry    

 

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Director: Kim Ki-young  

Genre: Horror-Thriller

Kim Ki-young's masterpiece on morality and lust remains a filmmaking tour de force of festering threat

 

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Director:  July Jung

Genre: Drama

This low-budget, big issue tackling directorial debut takes on child abuse and homophobia with superb lead performances 

 

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Director: Lee Joon-ik 

Genre: Drama

Harrowing and immeasurably powerful, an horrific attack brings a disjointed family together  

 

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Director: Park Chan-wook 

Genre: Thriller

A touching buddy movie hidden in a military thriller as an incident on the North-South border threatens to spark a war

 

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Director: Park Chan-wook

Genre: Thriller

The final Vengeance Trilogy film amplifies the stylised violence as a wrongly convicted woman hunts the true perpetrator

 

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Director: Lee Jeong-beom

Genre: Action-Thriller

A tense and raw action thriller which stacks the revenge narrative with heart and emotional punch

 

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Director:  Bong Joon-ho

Genre: Crime drama

Bong Joon-ho's first masterpiece is a rural crime mystery about the obsession of the detectives and their fear of failure   

 

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Director: Bong Joon-ho 

Genre: Crime-Thriller 

A murder mystery complicated by the monomaniacal love of a tenacious mother in Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece thriller 

 

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Director: Lee Chang-dong

Genre: Romance-Drama

The story of an impossible romance, a powerful piece of breath-taking filmmaking which carves a permanent etch

 

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Director:  Bong Joon-ho

Genre: Drama-Comedy

Bong Joon-ho’s dark satire exposes Korea’s class divide and serves up a peerless cinematic masterpiece   

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Director: Lee Chang-dong

Genre:  Drama

 

A reverse chronology plunge into the defining life events of a desperately broken man  

 

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Director: Park Chan-wook

Genre: Action-Thriller

A masterpiece of stylised action and a visceral stomach-churn
of ultra-violence that leaves
you utterly breathless 

 

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Director:  Bong Joon-ho

Genre: Drama-Comedy

Bong's masterpiece gets a monochrome makeover which accentuates the film’s bleak shades of class divide 

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Director: Lee Chang-dong

Genre: Drama

A melancholic meditation on aging and death, a grandmother with Alzheimer's struggles against her fading memory

 

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Director: Jang Joon-hwan 

Genre: Comedy-Sci-fi

Often disturbing, regularly hilarious and always beautifully crafted, a young man tries to stop an alien invasion  

 

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Director: Park Chan-wook

Genre: Thriller

Park Chan-wook’s first English-language feature is a gorgeous and mesmerising gothic tale with coming-of-age confusion  

 

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DirectorKim Ki-duk

Genre: Drama

Tranquil beauty combines with a lingering sense of doom in a portrait of human nature and the consequences of actions    

 

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Director: Kim Jee-woon 

Genre: Horror-Drama 

An atmospheric, psychological horror which offers a subtle and dread-building reimagining of an often-told Korean folktale  

 

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Director: Yeon Sang-ho 

Genre: Action-Horror

Rapid-hunt zombies terrorise desperate train passengers in an action-horror mash-up filled with social commentary

 

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DirectorNa Hong-jin 

Genre: Supernatural horror

Na Hong-jin’s supernatural horror charts superstition and evil in rural Korea as it builds to a chilling climax 

 

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THE WAILING
(2016)
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Director: Bae Jong

Genre: Drama-Comedy

Hilarious yet meaningful, soldiers from the North and South stumble into a secluded village during the Korean war

 

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Director: Kim Ki-young 

Genre: Drama

Brimming with stunningly shot surrealism, a madcap tale which descends into fear-filled views of death, disease and resurrection  

 

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MADAME FREEDOM
(1956)
THE WAILING
(2016)

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