The Gingko Bed/The Legend of Gingko (Korean) 1996/2000

The story revolves around Su-Hyun, a 32 year-old college art lecturer, and his lover Sun-Young. Su-Hyun has a wonderful life until he comes across an antique gingko wood bed. Little does he realize that the love he experienced in his former life lives in the bed. Su-Hyun is the reincarnation of Jung-Mun who was a court musician to the Princess Mi-Dan. Their love affair ends in tragedy when General Hwang kidnaps Mi-Dan and kills Jung-Mun. From this tragic event arises a pair of gingko trees housing the souls of Mi-Dan and Jung-Mun…

For many generations, Hwasan tribe is at war with the Mae tribe, which now has to live in exile in a non-exploitable and deadly region. To end this exile the Mae tribe is working on a revenge plan. They are making a holy sword, made from the blood and bones of a thousand sacrifices, which will destroy the Mt. Holy. But to complete this destructive weapon the Mae need a last sacrifice. The child of a couple formed of a royal family of both clans. Soo, the women leader of the Mae, and Han, the chief of the Hwasan give birth to a daughter named Vee. Several years later, Vee is now a woman and has been fully integrated in her new community. But the Mae tribe is planning to capture Vee for their ritual…

Cast: Suk-kyu Han, Hee-kyung Jin, Sun-kyung Kim, Beom-su Lee/Seok-hun Kim, Kyung-gu Sol, Jin-shil Choi, Yunjin Kim
Directed: Je-gyu Kang/Je-hyeon Park
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Action
Runtime: 88/115 minutes
Also Known As: Eunhaengnamoo chimdae/Danjeogbiyeonsu
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English/German

Lover’s Concerto (Korea) (2002)

One day, Ji-hwan begins to receive letters from an unidentified person. The letters, containing black-and-white photos of happy children playing, remind Ji-hwan of his old two friends. Five years earlier, while Ji-hwan is taking pictures with his camera, two girls, Soo-in and Gyung-hee, walk into the frame. Ji-hwan falls in love with Soo-in at first sight. He then musters up enough courage to confess his love to her, but she refuses him very politely. Even so, Ji-hwan doesn’t give up and tells them that he wants to be friends the next time they meet. Ever since then, the three of them start a wonderful friendship. They spend time each other always, and consider it the most precious moments of their lives. But they become confused between love and friendship and, finally, Gyung-hee and Soo-in leave him without a trace. The random letters inspire Ji-hwan to depart anxiously on a long journey to find his old friends, but while looking for Soo-in and Gyung-hee, he confronts a beautiful yet sad secret.

Cast: Tae-hyun Cha, Ye-jin Son, Eun-ju Lee, Yong-woo Park
Directed: Han Lee
Genre: Romance/Drama
Runtime: 106 minutes
Also Known As: Yeonae soseol, Friends and Lovers
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English

Someone Behind You (Korea) (2007)

Ga-in, a smart, pretty girl who is loved by everyone, witnesses the deaths of people around her. She is then singled out as the next in line to die from the curse that has one person in each generation die at the hands of two people close to them. Ga-in searched for the truth about the curse with Suk-min, a boy who always lingers around her, and her boyfriend Heon-joong, but attacks on her life by those dearest to her, like her best friend and her mother, never cease…

Cast: Yun Jin-Seo, Park Gi-Woong, Lee Ki-Woo
Directed: Oh Gi-Hwan
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 84 minutes
Also Known As: It’s Two People, Doo Sa-lam-i-da or Du Saram-yida
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English

Perfect Blue (Japan) (1998)

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A retired pop singer turned actress’s sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Perfect Blue is a 1997 feature-length anime film, directed by Satoshi Kon (loosely based on the novel of the same name by Yoshikazu Takeuchi). The film is a psychological thriller about Mima Kirigoe, a member of a Japanese pop idol group called “CHAM!” who decides to become an actress. As her new career proceeds Mima’s world becomes increasingly reminiscent of the works of Alfred Hitchcock and Philip K. Dick; reality and fantasy spiral out of control as Mima discovers that a stalker is the least of her troubles.

Cast: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura
Directed: Satoshi Kon
Genre: Horror/Thriller/Anime
Runtime: 83 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Star Runner (Hong Kong | South Korea) 2003

Star Runner

In this action-packed romance, Mei Chung (Hyun-joo Kim) leaves Korea for Hong Kong after a love affair ends badly. She arrives in the new country ready to become a language teacher and to begin a new life. When Bond Cheung (Vanness Wu) one of her students, decides to fulfill his dream of boxing against world champion freestyle boxer Tank (Andy On), Mei finds herself drawn into an exciting and dangerous world, and a new romance. Directed by Daniel Lee (Jet Li’s BLACK MASK and THE MASTER SWORDSMAN) and starring Vanness Wu, star of pop group F4, this film features outstanding action sequences along with breathtaking visuals and editing.

Cast: Vanness Wu (Ng Kin-Ho), Kim Hyun-Joo, Max Mok Siu Chung, Andy On Chi-Kit, Wong Yau-Nam, Shaun Tam Chun-Yin, Alfred Cheung Kin-Ting, Gordon Liu Chia-Hui, Chin Kar-Lok, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, David Chiang, Ti Lung, Jude Poyer, , Roy Chow Wing-Hung, Joe Ma Wai-Ho, Ricardo Mamood, Philip Ng Won-Lung
Aka:The Kumite, Siu nin a Fu
Directed: Daniel Lee Yan-Kong
Genre: Action/Romance/Drama
Runtime: 1:39:00
Also Known As: Star Runner
Country: Hong Kong, South Korea
Language: Korean, Cantonese, English
Subtitles: English Hard coded

Donggam (Korea) (2000)

Donggam or “Ditto” is not just a love story between the characters, but more an exploration of how their ‘long distance’ relationship affects the two characters lives in unexpected ways; dealing with the portrayal of relationships in a mature, realistic way. Similar to “Il Mare” or “The Lake House” in concept, this film explores the problems created by a 21 year time span.

Cast: Ji-tae Yu, Ha-Neul Kim, Ji-won Ha
Directed: Jeong-kwon Kim
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Runtime: 110 minutes
Also Known As: Ditto
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English