Film Review: ‘Cats and Dogs’…good movie made for the heart, from the heart…entirely with an iPhone4s

*re-upping this as ‘Cats and Dogs’ is scheduled to play at the 2013 Asian Film Festival of Dallas, July 12th & 16th. Ticket info Review by: Mut Asheru CATS AND DOGS (그 강아지 그 고양이) is an indie Korean romantic-comedy directed by Min Byung-Woo (민병우). Tagged to be Korea’s and the worlds’ first feature length […]

Film Review: ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’..scores big on presentation, but…

Review By: Christopher J. Wheeler Society may not always have our best interests at heart. Laws and regulations are tangled with bureaucracy and riddled with a rigidity that often leaves the individual alone and unrepresented. Modern Korean cinema has embraced the depiction of such societal frustrations, often choosing to downplay authority figures while indulging melodramatics. […]

Film Review: “Touch”

Review by: Mut Asheru TOUCH (directed by Byunghun Min) is a deeply moving Korean film about a family that’s in rapid decline to rock bottom status.  Perhaps a little existential in its approach the film is full of close ups and cut-tos with shaky camera work throughout which gives the film a hardline, realistic edge. […]

Film Review: ‘National Security’ a tale of beatings, brainwashing, and, most of all, torture

Chung Ji-young’s NATIONAL SECURITY takes no time at all in getting straight to the heart of its tale—beatings, brainwashing, and, most of all, torture. Similar to his 2011 efforts in  UNBOWED, Chung has once again chosen to dabble in creative nonfiction, taking creative shortcuts where and if he pleases. The result is a horrific account […]

Film Review: Film Short – ‘Anywhere in Seoul’ – a short film with a solid linear script shot in high technical quality.

Review By: T. Mathenia ANYWHERE IN SEOUL is a short film with a solid linear script shot in high technical quality. Kim Chun-Bae (Kim Byung-Su) is an underprivileged and uneducated man in his fifties. He desperately strives for getting a job, but it’s not easy for him. He is willing to do anything for his […]

Film Review: NEW WORLD – This is not a cerebral gangster film.

When the South Koreans make a gangsta flick they make a muthaf*c%@n gangsta flick. The films are usually simple in their straight-forward violence. No matter how base or elevated the cinematography they stick with the recipe that works and NEW WORLD starring Lee Jung-jae (“The Housemaid”) , Choi Min-sik (“Oldboy”) and Jung-min Hwang (“Shiri”)  this […]