On the Beach at Night Alone: Trailer

On the Beach at Night Alone is a 2017 South Korean drama film directed by Hong Sang-soo. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival where Kim Min-hee won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award. The film will be releasing later this month (from 23rd March).Continue reading “On the Beach at Night Alone: Trailer”

The Handmaiden: Trailer

The Handmaiden PosterSouth Korean writer-director-producer Park Chan-woo famous for his The Vengeance Trilogy and Stoker (2013) is now ready with his latest film, The Handmaiden. Part of the official competition at Cannes this year, the film is based on the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters,with the setting changed from the Victorian era to Korea under Japanese colonial rule.

Plot- Korea, 1930s. Con man Count Fujiwara hires a pickpocket named Sook-hee to become the maid of the mysterious and fragile heiress Lady Hideko, in an attempt to seize her wealth. But the story takes a twist when the lady falls in love with her maid.Continue reading “The Handmaiden: Trailer”

The Wailing: Trailer

The Wailing PosterHong-jin Na the writer-director of acclaimed South Korean films like Chaser (2008) and The Yellow Sea (2010) is now ready with his latest film, The Wailing (Goksung). The film is due for a release in North America shortly and is an official selection at Cannes this time.

Premise- A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.Continue reading “The Wailing: Trailer”

Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer (2013) Movie Review: From Korea to the World

2013 has been a turning point for Korean Cinema, while we in India celebrate inflated figures of film collecting 20 million USD and trash like Chennai Express is celebrated as cinema, Koreans have showed how one can make a film in one’s own milieu and appeal to a wider audience. In the process some of the celebrated Korean filmmakers have made the transition to a totally International audience as Kim Jee Won directed pulp action film The Last Stand, Park-Chan–Woo directed  Stoker, and Bong Joon-ho made Snowpiercer, incidentally one of the producers of the film is  Park-Chan-Woo.

Mild Spoilers Ahead

The movie begins with the World set in a ice age and the few remaining survivors being in a Train, which is owned by eccentric billionaire Wilford (Ed Harris) who anticipated this would happen and built a railroad across the world. Wilford is heated at head section of the train, close to the engine and the train itself is divided into sections class wise, and in the tail end we have refugees who live inhuman conditions.Continue reading “Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer (2013) Movie Review: From Korea to the World”

My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013

Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.

As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)

As a movie buff this year too was no different.  There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing.  Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing  while being commercially viable .

Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.

So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.

Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…And Spring(2003) : Poetry In Motion

Language : Korean | Running Time : 103 Minutes | Director : Kim Ki Duk

Life is poetry in motion. We are constantly on a journey to achieve something significant and in that quest, we struggle, laugh, cry, fall in love, show faith, hope, endure jealousy, hatred, be consumed by anger, envy, fear, doubt, indecision and in the end we say that we have lived a life. What is poetry but the bringing out the emotions of man? So allow me to say that life is poetry in motion.Continue reading “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…And Spring(2003) : Poetry In Motion”