Directed by Kim Ho-joon
Having been pleasantly surprised by “All About My Wife” (2012), I decided that October’s reviews would be a romantic comedy double bill, and one film that continually crops up on the lists of best Korean romantic comedies is “My Little Bride.”
Months before the first "Hunger Games" had even been released, the film's production company, Lionsgate, had given the go-ahead to start work on the sequel. Pretty daring in this day and age, when you consider that other proposed franchises such as "Prince of Persia"(2010) and "The Lone Ranger" (2013) did exactly the same thing, but both bombed spectacularly at the box office. As it happened, "The Hunger Games" (2012) turned out to be a PG-13 version of Kinji Fukasaku's excellent "Battle Royale" (2000) and was a pretty decent movie.
Directed by Min Kyu-dong
Have you ever wondered what that famous scene in “Ghost” (1990) would have looked like if Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore were Korean, and instead of making a clay vase they were milking a cow? Well, if you have, you’re in luck, as that’s just one of the scenes in Min Kyu-dong’s romantic comedy “All About My Wife” (2012).
"A Wonderful Moment" follows a musical director, Il-han (Kim Rae-won), who has just failed in his first attempt to put on a theaterical show. Still operating with a deluded sense of grandeur, Il-han enters a contest to become the creative director for an upcoming Korean musical that will head to Broadway. The task at hand? Find a new lead singer for the show.
Directed by Lee Hwan-kyung
One of this year’s biggest films is Lee Hwan-kyung’s “Miracle in Cell No. 7.” Both a charming comedy and a quirky family melodrama, the movie’s positive word-of-mouth reviews spread like wildfire, making it the second-best-selling Korean film of all time behind “The Thieves” (2012).
Directed by Choi Dong-hoon
With a whole host of Korean superstars on show, Choi Dong-hoon’s “The Thieves” was only released last July, but has gone on to become the highest-grossing Korean film ever, overtaking Bong Joon-ho’s “The Host” (2006) in the process. One year later, it’s still a solid example of an action film with enough substance to back up its adrenaline.
Opens in Korea on Oct. 9
Directed by Jeff Wadlow
With the increasing frequency with which superhero movies are being released, it could be argued that whenever one comes out, it’s no longer the huge event it once was because the genre is becoming so generic and stale. In the last 10 years alone, there have been four “Spiderman” films (with one more on the way), seven “X-Men”-related films, three “Iron Mans” and three “Batmans.”
Opens in Korea on Oct. 4
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
One of the films that made it into my top 10 movies of the 2000s was the fantastic “Children of Men” (2006). I still meet people that can take or leave the film, but I loved everything about it.
Thematically, death is something that affects us all and I loved the way that even though the film was set in the future, it clearly represented the ills of a modern society.