Film Review: “Dear Dictator” by writer / director Lee Sang-woo – queue the Cypress Hill “here’s something you just cain’t understand”

Review by: Mut Asheru Let me start by saying “I didn’t see that coming!” Writer / Director Lee Sang-woo’s (이상우) DEAR DICTATOR (친애하는지도자동지께) is the best film ever! Just kidding. It is pretty damn good though. What can I say without giving too much of the film away? Hmmm, how about the synopsis? Buk-seong, Young-rim […]

Film Review: South Korean Comedy / Drama ‘Rockin on Heaven’s Door’

Review by: Mut Asheru Do you want to feel good inside? If you do ROCKIN ON HEAVEN’S DOOR (뜨거운 안녕) presents you with the perfect opportunity to do so, but you will however have to go through some tears. Not to fear…there are some laughs along the way that balance out the drama / comedy […]

Film Review: “Horny Family” – A Korean comedy that pokes fun at the concept of family, love and fidelity

Review by: Mut Asheru Korean comedy HORNY FAMILY directed by Bo-Sang Park gently and un-apologetically pokes fun at the concept of family, love and fidelity. The film is shot and scripted in a way that humanizes our sex drives and calls to question the notion of lifetime pairing between human beings. Although the movie boasts […]

Film Review: Korean Indie Movie ‘Mot’ – I really wanted to like this film…but

Film Review by: Mut Asheru I really wanted to like this film and I really did…kind of. MOT and indie Korean film directed by Hobin Seo tells the tale of life gone wrong for a group of high-school friends after an innocent night of partying to celebrate their last day of high school. During the […]

Music Documentary Review: ‘Turn It Up to Eleven 2: Wild Days, 2012’ about Korean rock band ‘Galaxy Express’

Review by: Mut Asheru Synopsis Galaxy Express is a Korean rock band that departs for a U.S. tour, the home of rock, to go on a solo tour holding an incredible but grueling 19 concerts within three weeks. Review I noticed early on in this documentary that a smile was plastered on my face. Why? […]

Korean Film Review: “Mr. Perfect” – A Feel Good Korean Movie with Great Acting as Its Strength

By: Mut Asheru Mr. Perfect (백프로) (Baek-peu-ro) directed by Kim Myeong-gyoon (김명균) is a quaint Korean film about a you know-it-all professional golfer Se-jin (Yoon Si-yoon, 윤시윤) who gets too big for his britches and is brought down a peg or two by his bad decisions. He not only loses someone close to him due […]

DIFF 2013 Film Review: Azooma – A South Korean movie about a pedophile and a mother’s revenge

Movie Review by: Mut Asheru Playing at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF 2013) is the Korean drama Azooma (공정사회). A  gut-twisting tale of a mother’s revenge  directed/written by Lee Ji-seung (이지승). Overall I liked it. This Busan International Film Festival  winner is about a pedophile that kidnaps and rapes a 10-year-old girl and […]

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 […]