Burning (Beoning) (2018)

CHANG-DONG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  South Korea, 2018.   Pine House Film, NHK, Now Films.  Screenplay by Jungmi Oh, Chang-dong Lee, based on the short story Barn Burning by Haruki Murakami.  Cinematography by Kyung-pyo Hong.  Produced by Chang-dong Lee, Gwang-hee Ok.  Music by Mowg.  Production Design by Jum-hee Shin.  Costume Design by Choong-yeon Lee.  Film Editing by Da-won Kim, Hyun Kim.  Cannes Film…

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Address Unknown (Suchwiin bulmyeong) (2001)

KI-DUK KIM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  South Korea, 2001.  Kim Ki-Duk Film, LJ Film, Prime Entertainment.  Screenplay by Ki-duk Kim.  Cinematography by Jeong-min Seo.  Produced by Seung-jae Lee.  Music by Ho-jun Park.  Production Design by Ki-duk Kim.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001. Denizens of a barren rural landscape live in a holding pattern in the decades since…

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The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017)

BYUNG-GIL JUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   South Korea, 2017.  Apeitda, Next Entertainment World.  Screenplay by Byeong-sik Jung, Byung-gil Jung.  Cinematography by Jung-hun Park.  Music by Ja wan Koo.  Production Design by Hee-jin Kim.  Film Editing by Sun-Mi Heo.  Pumped-up modern twist on La Femme Nikita opens with a superb Ok-bin Kim taking out an entire gang of drug dealers after they…

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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

BILLY RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Spain/South Korea, 2015.  IM Global, STX Entertainment, Route One Entertainment, Union Investment Partners, Gran Via Productions, SITE Productions, Willies Movies, Ingenious Media.  Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on the film El Secreto De Sus Ojos by Juan Jose Campanella, Eduardo Sacheri.  Cinematography by Daniel Moder.  Produced by Matt Jackson, Mark Johnson.  Music by…

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Okja (2017)

JOON-HO BONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  South Korea/USA, 2017.  Kate Street Picture Company, Lewis Pictures, Plan B Entertainment.  Story by Joon-ho Bong, Screenplay by Joon-ho Bong, Jon Ronson.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Joon-ho Bong, Dooho Choi, Dede Gardner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Jeremy Kleiner, Ted Sarandos, Woo-sik Seo.  Music by Jaeil Jung.  Production Design by Ha-jun Lee, Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Se-yeon Choi, Catherine George.  Film…

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On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017)

SANG-SOO HONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  South Korea/Germany, 2017.  Jeonwonsa Film.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Cinematography by Park Hongyeol, Hyung-ku Kim.  Produced by Sang-soo Hong.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm. Min-Hee Kim gives one of her most affecting performances to date, once again the muse of director Hong Sang-Soo who is, himself, once again peering into the world of actors…

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The Day After (Geu-hu) (2017)

SANG-SOO HONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  South Korea, 2017.  Jeonwonsa Film.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Cinematography by Hyung-ku Kim.  Produced by Kang Taeu.  Music by Sang-soo Hong.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. A charming slice of life from the masterful Hong Sang-Soo, this delicate tale in a minor key revolves around the erotic complications…

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Pieta

BBBB (out of 5) Gang-do is a hired goon who goes around breaking limbs when borrowers cannot pay back what they owe his loan shark boss, crippling them and using their insurance claim money as compensation for their dues (that also include massive interest rates).  He plies his trade without the slightest regret or compassion, his impassive gaze…

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Like You Know It All (Jal al-ji-do mot-ha-myeon-seo) (2009)

SANG-SOO HONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  South Korea, 2009.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Produced by Kim Kyoung He.  Music by Yong-jin Jeong.  Toronto International Film Festival 2009. Another delicate, deceptively simple charmer from Hong Sang-Soo. A reasonably well known arthouse filmmaker is forced to face his own irresponsible attitude towards the people in his life through increasingly dire…

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Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (Oh! Soo-jung) (2000)

SANG-SOO HONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  South Korea, 2000.  Mirashin Korea.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Cinematography by Yeong-taek Choi.  Produced by Byoung-ju Ahn, In-gi Choi.  Music by Kil-sung Ok.  Production Design by Seok-Jae Choi.  Costume Design by Ji-hyang Kang, Yoo-seon Kim.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm.  Cannes Film Festival 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000. The delicate nature of erotic human contact is the center…

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The Power of Kangwon Province (Kangwon-do ui Him) (1998)

SANG-SOO HONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  South Korea, 1998.  Miracin Korea Film Company.  Screenplay by Sang-soo Hong.  Cinematography by Yeong-cheol Kim.  Film Editing by Sung-Won Hahm.  Cannes Film Festival 1998.  A young woman goes on vacation with two girlfriends to the region named in the title, hoping to forget an ill-advised love affair with a professor.  While there she strikes…

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Moebius (Moebiuseu)

BBBB (out of 5) It’s just not every day that your mother cuts off your penis and eats it, but that’s how this darkly humorous tale of scorned love begins, right after a woman discovers her husband is cheating on her and decides to get revenge.  The poor young man who suffers this cruelty then…

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