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4 STARS

The Ripple (2022)

Drama  |  Director: Lim Seunghyun

A harrowing view of grief and its consequences, a heart-broken woman relentlessly searches a river for the remains of her granddaughter

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3 STARS

20th Century Girl (2022)

Romance-Comedy  |  Director: Bang Woo-ri

Netflix’s latest is a nostalgic throwback to Korean rom-coms of yesteryear, as high school girls in 1999 pursues their crushes

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3 STARS

A Letter from Kyoto (2022)

Family-Drama  |  Director: Kim Min-ju

A fractured family find a common purpose as three sisters unearth their mother’s Japanese heritage

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4 STARS

Next Sohee (2022)

Drama  |  Director: July Jung

July Jung finally returns eight years after her debut, as a high school student struggles under the insufferable workplace pressure of her first corporate job

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4 STARS

Broker (2022)

Drama  |  Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

The first Korean film from Japanese director Kore-eda follows the aftermath of a baby being stolen from a church drop-off box

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2 STARS

Decision to Leave (2022)

Drama  |  Director: Park Chan-wook

Director Park returns with a noir-inspired outing filled with his characteristic visual aplomb but its lurching pace derails this tale of a cop falling for his suspect

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3 STARS

Hansan: Rising Dragon (2022)

Period-War  |  Director: Kim Han-min

The second instalment of Kim Han-min’s trilogy on admiral Yi Sun-sin provides another ear-blistering bout of naval national heroics

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3 STARS

The Anchor (2022)

Mystery-Thriller  |  Director: Jung Ji-yeon

A prime time news anchor becomes ensnared in the circumstances surrounding a mysterious death in this tense but overplayed debut thriller

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3 STARS

In Our Prime (2022)

Drama  |  Director: Park Dong-hoon

Maths fetishisation meets odd-pairing buddy movie as a struggling student enlists the private tutoring of a numerically sage security guard

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