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Primer: 10 Essential Films Of The Korean New Wave

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 26, 2014 2:44 PM
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Korean Essentials Primer
This weekend, after what seems like roughly a decade of delays, rumors, teases, announcements, retractions and general bloviating, Bong Joon-ho’s anxiously awaited “Snowpiercer” hits screens. Of course it seems like years, but it was in fact “only” last October, after its South Korean August bow, that the film snuck out in France (from where we reviewed it), after which it rolled out in Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, and you know, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan before finally coming to the U.S., marking one of the stranger international release strategies for a genre picture starring a recognisable American action star in recent memory. Might it be the only Chris Evans film ever to open in Mongolia three months before the U.S.?

SFIFF Review: Hong Sang-soo’s ‘Our Sunhi’ Is Pleasing, But Not Lasting

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • May 1, 2014 5:04 PM
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Our Sunhi
For his 15th feature film, director Hong Sang-soo (“In Another Country,” “The Day He Arrives”) delivers “Our Sunhi,” a playful comedy tracking film student Sunhi (Jung Yoo-mi, of several Hong films) through a trio of obstacles. Those obstacles come in the form of three usually drunk, always too confident, men. The “our” in the film’s english title belongs to those men, all three of whom become enamored with Sunhi over the course of a few days. It’s a layered phrasing, allowing for a friendly recognition of the uniqueness of the Sunhi that they all know but at the same time allows for selfish possessiveness. This word game is a great setup for the film itself as language, misunderstandings, and presumption are all themes played for some solid laughs.

Watch: 'Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded' Short Films By Claire Denis, James Franco, Paul Schrader & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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Not all of us have the luxury of being able to drop everything and head off to world’s most prestigious film festivals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Venice International Film Festival commissioned “Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded,” a series of seventy shorts from directors all over the world. Lucky for you, a sizable chunk of those shorts have landed online for your viewing pleasure.

Kino Lorber Picks Up Hong Sang-Soo's 'In Another Country' & Ken Loach's 'Angels' Share' Finds Distribution With Sundance Selects

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 25, 2012 12:20 PM
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Tracking the festival circuit can sometimes be a frustrating venture as distribution deals (or lack thereof) can negate anticipation and excitement. For smaller-name films, foreign ones in particular, it's sometimes a matter of years before a far away festival hit is released locally. American fans of South Korean helmer Hong Sang-soo and Scotsman Ken Loach can rejoice, however, as the duo's latest films from Cannes have now secured stateside distribution deals.

Cannes Review: It's Isabelle Huppert Times Three In Hong Sang-soo's Light 'In Another Country'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2012 9:00 AM
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Heaviness tends to dominate the Cannes Film Festival, and this year is no different. Death ("Amour"), doubt ("The Hunt"), losing limbs ("Rust And Bone") and religious fanaticism ("Beyond The Hills") are just some of themes that have cropped up so far as we get to the halfway point of the fest. And while Hong Sang-soo's "In Another Country" won't win any points for examining tough subject matter, the deceptively simple film is a decent breath of fresh of air in a lineup of Important Movies.

Watch: New Clips From Hong Sang-Soo's 'In Another Country' & Im Sang-Soo's 'The Taste Of Money'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 14, 2012 12:42 PM
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Cannes fever is starting to grip the film world and part and parcel with an international festival is the unveiling of photos, clips and tidbits to appease and tease the rest of us who are unable to attend. On this occassion, we have three clips each from the two South Korean films in competition: Hong Sang-soo's Isabelle Huppert starring "In Another Country" and Im Sang-soo with "The Taste Of Money."

Watch: Isabelle Huppert Gets Serenaded In First Teaser For Hong Sang-Soo's 'In Another Country'; Plus New Images & Poster

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 25, 2012 9:24 AM
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We've had glimpses here and there of Isabelle Huppert and co. in Hong Sang-soo's latest dramedy "In Another Country" but with its recent addition to the Cannes Film Festival competition line up, the first teaser trailer has been unveiled which shows... well, a signature quirky Hong film.

New Photos From Cannes Contenders Hong Sang-Soo's 'In Another Country' & 'Loving Without Reason' Starring Tahar Rahim

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 22, 2012 9:40 AM
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After the Cannes line-up unveiling last week, all eyes are on the 16th of May when the cinematic world turns its attention to the south of France. We've already been getting a few early glimpses at numerous films headed to the fest with a couple more peeks arriving today for Hong Sang-soo's "In Another Country" and Joachim Lafosse's "Loving Without Reason."

Review: 'Oki's Movie' A Sincere, Hilarious & Dense Relationship Movie

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 18, 2012 6:57 PM
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Comprised of four segments using the same characters caught in a love triangle at various points in their life, "Oki's Movie" experiments with structure to humorously examine the connections and similarities between people. By jumping through various time periods and swapping perspectives, filmmaker Hong Sang-soo creates a little puzzle out of human relationships.

Jane Birkin Meeting With Korean Helmer Hong Sang-Soo To Discuss A Possible Film Project

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 21, 2012 9:01 AM
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While he's not quite going Hollywood, Korean helmer Hong Sang-Soo seems to be continuing down the starry path he took with Isabelle Huppert who stars in his upcoming "In Another Country." Actress and chanteuse Jane Birkin has revealed that she's set to meet with renowned Korean helmer this week with an eye on a possible on-screen collaboration.

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