Category Archive: Korean

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . And Spring (Day 89)

My Opinion: 7.6 || Contemplative and beautifully filmed. There’s a delicate loveliness to the structure of the film and quiet power in several scenes. However, characterization is thin, providing only tokens of personality and… Continue reading

Lady Vengeance (Day 87)

My Opinion: 6.9 || Great visual creativity and cinematic style, but the story reaches for profundity that isn’t there. The lead character is colorful but shallow, and there’s little insight into the psychological or… Continue reading

Castaway on the Moon (Day 64)

My Opinion: 5.4 || Promising premise that’s betrayed by weak editing and story design — should have been much shorter and more compact. There are touching and amusing elements, but they’re buried by lethargic… Continue reading

The Man From Nowhere (Day 52)

My Opinion: 6.5 || Sharp action thriller that efficiently hits all the genre elements. Nothing very original, but that’s okay — it’s viscerally exciting, well shot, and doesn’t hurt your head with (too much) implausibility.… Continue reading

Pieta (Day 42)

My Opinion: 2.9 || There are movies I’ve disliked more. I just can’t remember what they are.

Mother (Day 30)

 My Opinion: 5.6 || Do the strengths outweigh the flaws? I can’t decide. It’s slow to develop, many of the characters lack real depth, and the director sometimes seems more intent on tormenting his… Continue reading

The Front Line (Day 7)

My Opinion: 4.7 || An intermittently strong but ultimately flawed anti-war film. Strong acting, cinematography, and action staging are undermined by forced and wooden dialogue and too many credibility-straining moments. TITLE: The Front Line (Go-ji-jeon)… Continue reading

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    I'm an author and consultant in Portland, Oregon. My novel 'Beheld' will be published this June.

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    To watch and write about one new foreign film a day for 100 days. It's a cinematic world tour -- with an emphasis on diversity of language, era, and style.

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