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  • The Predator

  • Resurrection

  • Wunderschön

  • Rogue Agent

    ★★★

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  • Castaway on the Moon

    Castaway on the Moon

    ★★★★★

    "It's not for health reasons.
    After putting on 10.000 steps,
    I feel like I had a good, busy day.
    It's an all-too-healthy way of escapism."

    So writer/director Lee Hae-Jun knows what made me buy that rowing machine last year - splendid..
    Starring Jeong JaeYeong as the male Kim and Jung Ryeo-Won as the female Kim, Castaway on the Moon opens with male Kim trying to commit suicide via jumping from the infamous Mapo Bridge in Seoul to his death in…

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  • Resurrection

    Resurrection

    As fantastic as Rebecca Hall here is, she plays less of a character and more exclusively that character's trauma, trauma porn is a dime and a dozen in modern horror and all the magical realism of "Is this real or is the lead character imagining this and that?" never create any intrigue, because the allegories and visual metaphors are just that blunt and one-note.

    And whenever an action or horror film, written and directed by a man, thinks it has…

  • Nothing Serious

    Nothing Serious

    ★★★★

    Jeon Jong-seo and Son Suk-ku are a wonderful pairing, 95 minutes is one of those great running times sweet spots, the humour is charming and effortless and I will have to dig into director Jeong Ga-young's other works.

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  • Farewell My Concubine

    Farewell My Concubine

    ★★★★½

    ”I'm just an actor playing a king. You really are Yuji.”

    Farewell My Concubine is a 171 minute epic that spans 53 years and is as much a behind the scenes look into the Peking Opera and their schools, a love triangle involving a woman and a man after the affection of a second man and a portrayal of Chinese history including the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Cultural Revolution. And to top it all the story mirrors that of…

  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★★★

    A piano sonata of revenge that, with each note, breaks a bone, peels back your skin, slits a tendon and punches and kicks your heart and gut and stops exactly a split second before it would knock you unconscious, only to build up again and leave you more devastated the next time around.

    I Saw The Devil is a gorgeously crafted piece of cinema directed by Kim Jee-woon. The tale of a special ops agent played by Lee Byung-hun on…