After the rather minor success, accompanied by mostly unfavourable critiques of his 2017 feature V.I.P, a film where mediocre imagination ruled the depictions of cruel treatment of women, which turned it into a prosaic, occasionally sickening narrative, Park Hoon-jung, who penned The Unjust (2010) and I Saw the Devil (2010), has finally made a proper […]

April 16, 2014. The South Korean nation had just witnessed a heartbreaking tragedy; Sewol ferry, with 476 passengers – mostly school students – capsized. To make the tragedy even more crushing, out of the 304 victims, 250 students from Dawon High School perished. At first, the government administration refused to apologize for the fact that […]

For a long period of time, Kim Tae-gyoon worked as an assistant director to Kwak Kyung-taek, the director of The Classified File, Friend: The Great Legacy and Eye for an Eye. Over the years, their friendship grew. Kwak Kyung-taek became Kim Tae-gyoon’s mentor, teacher and a friend. While working on the story of Dark Figure of […]

Why are there so many unsolved/ghost murder cases out there in the world? Experts might work on as many as they can take on, yet they still cannot solve the crimes that go unnoticed. To the victims’ families, the agony of not knowing what happened to their loved ones is beyond one’s comprehension. But how do […]

When in 1987, Park Jong-chul, a 21-year-old activist and a student of Linguistics at Seoul National University, died while being questioned by the Anti-Communist Investigations Bureau about whereabouts of the campus leader and the fellow ‘revolutionist’, no one expected that the South Korean political landscape was about to change forever. The authorities insisted that the young […]

Following the success of Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, writer-director Kim Yong-hwa returns with a sequel, with the story picking up right where it left off. I wonder how many underworld trials I would have to go through if I were to be resurrected; I can only hope that it would not be […]

Moon So-ri, the actress, is known to practically every household in South Korea – and to fans of Korean cinema worldwide. After her debut in the 1999 Lee Chang-dong cult classic Peppermint Candy, she truly shined and found fame in her second feature, also directed by Lee – Oasis (2002). For her role of Gong-ju, a cerebral palsy-stricken woman who […]