The "new" Korean cinema.

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I really liked Take Care Of My Cat - not overly sentimental, as said above really really good fem,ale coming of age drama (and the text messaging on screen was a real nod to modern life). As I said elsewhere I wasn't so keen on Shiri, possibly because its ridiculous sentimentality early on tipped the wink to its so called twist (which was then even more unconvincing). That said for a film with a plot not a million miles from The Dancer Upstairs it was more convincing on the love angle (possibly cos it was so soppy). The Isle still isn't out here though I've heard very good things.

Pete (Pete), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 08:46 (sixteen years ago) link


Jang Sun Woo's highly controversial film chronicles the bizarre sexual relations of a 38 year-old man, J, and an 18 year-old student, Y, who is intent on losing her virginity before graduation. After the initial encounter, they embark on a sexual odyssey toward the realms of obsession and sadomasochism. No common love affair, theirs tests the limits of both body and mind. Intense desires drive them into a relationship that revolves around pain, pleasure and unavoidable lies. As J's sexual needs take on addictive dimensions, Y begins to draw back. Insecurities, doubts and indiscretions begin to weigh on a love that once knew no limits... - From the Back Cover

There were a couple of things that will stick:
1) When the female protagonist is telling her story on the train to the camera and she glances shyly to the old lady to see if she is not listening
2) When the female protaganist is beaten up by her best friend and the crew cries cut, and the camera keeps rolling and the protagonist is in obious emotional distress
3) the shit/kiss scene

so I would say: worth the price of admission/rental but I do concede that the SM scenes failed to strike a chord

Jan Geerinck (jahsonic), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 10:01 (sixteen years ago) link

3) the shit/kiss scene

Classic lines from not so classic films, part IX: "Now I know you really love me. No one else would eat my shit."

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 14:11 (sixteen years ago) link

I loved The Quiet Family from a few years back, a black comedy reminiscent of Shallow Grave. Very funny / underrated.

I wasn't that blown away by Shiri at first (I think I was intially surprised by how 'Hollywood' it was), but I've grown to like it more and more over repeat viewings. The romantic stuff is a bit corny, but aside from that it's a great action movie.

I've got Symphony For Mr Vengeance and Die Bad on the way to me which I can't wait to see, have read good things about both.

Mil, Saturday, 31 May 2003 00:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Two words -- Volano High.

PVC (peeveecee), Saturday, 31 May 2003 01:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Volcano High that is,

PVC (peeveecee), Saturday, 31 May 2003 01:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Quiet Family was nice, but perhaps too low-key and slow. A black comedy shouldn't be afraid to go over the top.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Monday, 2 June 2003 09:08 (sixteen years ago) link

six months pass...
bump if anybody's still reading.

just saw Tale of Two Sisters and thought it was fantastic. manages to pull above the standard slow burn morose style that a lot of Asian horror is doing (though it too has long haired spooky girls). great macabre set design and multifaceted story/performances. next up, Whispering Corridors 3: Wishing Stairs.

i also liked Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance quite a bit as unrelentingly bleaks as it is. anybody see the My Wife is a Gangster films?

scissors (Honda), Tuesday, 9 December 2003 12:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Kim Ki-duk seems to be falling in the category of "directors that always disappoint you, but not enough to stop you from watching their films". After The Isle I've seen three other films of his ("Birdcage Inn", "Adress Unknown" and "Coast Guard"), none of which reached the same brilliance. They all have their share of good moments, but it seems Ki-duk has too much raw energy and too little coherence. His new film is supposed to be a peaceful, Buddhist vision instead of the usual everyday violence, I hope he'll come through with that...

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 9 December 2003 15:04 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
just a note to recommend "turning gate" aka "on the occasion of remembering the turning gate" to everyone

it's great

amateur!st (amateurist), Monday, 2 February 2004 22:32 (sixteen years ago) link

some of the least pointless graphic sex scenes ever

amateur!st (amateurist), Monday, 2 February 2004 22:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Funny how we think of those scenes as graphic -- they certainly are powerful scenes -- yet strict Korean censorship prohibits the display of pubic hair. We're seeing less, but it comes off as much more given the intensity of the scenes (especially the build up to them.)

Turning Gate is not only one of the best of the new Korean cinema, it is one of the greatest films I've seen in about ten years.

Come to think of it, ALL of Hong Sang-Soo's films are fantastic.

BabyBuddha (BabyBuddha), Monday, 2 February 2004 23:04 (sixteen years ago) link

i mean i was really impressed with how the particulars of the relationships between the characters were evident, and even developed, in the sex scenes. and it wouldn't have worked if the director had hedged and put them under covers, or shot it obliquely.

i was surprised honestly because i tend to think of asian cinemas, korea's especially, as notably chaste (even the japanese cinema if you except the subgenres of sadeian violence and sex, and of course porn) in what they can portray, but aside from the pubic hair thing, which is trivial as you note, these were some of the most forceful and almost discomfortingly realistic sex scenes i'd ever seen

amateur!st (amateurist), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 11:13 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Woman on the Beach out on DVD today.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 15:08 (eleven years ago) link

ten years pass...

= o

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Saturday, 30 November 2019 03:02 (three months ago) link

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