Busan Film Festival issues should not be blamed on actresses baring too much skin

Last week, the organisers of this year’s Busan International Film Festival decided to announce that they were cracking down on ‘overexposed’ actresses, telling the Korea Times:
“We’ve decided to switch the atmosphere in order to shift the spotlight to the directors, actors and actresses instead of some female…

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Korean Films in Review: Night Flight

At first glance Night Flight gives off a soap opera feel with its subdued colouring and generally soft palette, yet stick with this film and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised as its many intricate layers soon weave elegantly throughout the film. Despite the soft outer shell, Night Flight harvests…

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Korean Films in Review: Han Gong-Ju

Director Lee Su-jin brings us his first independent feature debut: Han Gong-ju. We follow Gong-ju (Chun Woo-hee) who is, in theory, your typical teenager; she goes to school, has a part time job and she loves music above all. Well, Gong-ju would be your typical…

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Korean Films in Review: Intruders (Jo nan-ja-deul)

After the success of his first feature film, Daytime Drinking, the promising director Noh Young-seok brings us Intruders.

Intruders shares many of the same themes as Daytime Drinking. Writer and director Noh Young-seok is fascinated in human encounters, he primarily loves to put his main lead in situations…

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Korean Films in Review: Snowpiercer

When looking at the cast of Snowpiercer, which includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Kang-ho Song and Ed Harris, you can’t help but wonder why such a film is only now being premièred in the UK or why Snowpiercer hasn’t had a UK cinema release…

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Utopia Does Not Exist: Debt and Fantasy in Korean Dramas

Korean dramas are a fantasy space. They don’t show the world we live in but the world we wish we could access. The underdog conquers all obstacles; the painfully average person achieves greatness. Love is always true and good always wins. The poor gain opulent wealth without surrendering their…

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