Shim’s Family (Korean) 2007


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If normal families are dysfunctional, then what about dysfunctional families? The five members of the Shim family don’t get along too well. The father (Cheon Ho Jin) is a harried teacher who is bothered by the rote and ineffectiveness of his work. At home, he resists his wife’s (Moon Hee Kyung) nighttime overtures because he’s too tired. She’s pretty tired herself as well, tired of the endless household chores and inappreciative family. Her sister (Kim Hye Su) writes martial arts fantasy novels, and has no prospects of getting married or moving out any time soon. Their troublemaking son (Yoo Ah In) skips classes, fantasizes about his previous life as a Joseon Dynasty king, and spends his time chasing after a girl (Jung Yoo Mi) who wants nothing do with him. The sleepy youngest daughter (Hwang Bo Ra), meanwhile, just wants to know one thing: how did she end up in this mess of a family?

IMDb Link……: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0984055/
HAN Cinema: http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Shim__s_Family.php
YouTube musical trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa9Chb3o-_c
Genre…………: Comedy / Drama
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Year………….: 2007
Country……….: Korea
Director………: Yoon-Chul Jeong

Tube (Korean) 2003

Tube (Korean) 2003

This is an action epic about an all-out war between a subway terrorist who holds a city hostage and the detective who risks his life to save everyone. It’s the heart-wrenching story of love and sacrifice that grows in a desperate situation, and the humanity of people trying to save others in the face of extreme danger at breath-taking speeds and on a huge scale.

IMDb Link……: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0339824/
English Harcoded
Genre…………: Action
Year………….: 2003
Country……….: Korea
Director………: Baek Woon-Hak

Jusei – Last Drop of Blood (Japanese) 2003

Jusei - Last Drop of Blood - English Hardcoded

From DVDAsian: Hailed by critics as the new wave of Japanese film noir! Last Drop of Blood is the new yakuza gangster movie by Yasushi Akimoto. A thrilling tale of Japanese gang wars with balletic gunfights. This is the kind of movie John Woo would be making if he were still working in Hong Kong. The Gun Index in the Special Features is particularly cool. It gives a detailed technical description of all the guns used in the movie. After seeing the description, one can directly view the scene in which that particular gun is used. After serving a jail sentence, a former leading yakuza (Takaaki Ishibashi) has gone straight. He has married and is now holding a regular job. However, he is continually harrassed by a police inspector who cannot forgive his past. Meanwhile a major gang war erupts. With his former gang in danger of being exterminated, will his loyalties draw him back in?

Genre…………: Yakuza / Action / Drama.
Year………….: 2003.
Country……….: Japan.
Director………: Yasushi Akimoto.

South of the Border (2006) (Korean)

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Kim Seon-ho (Cha Seung-won, My Teacher Mr. Kim, Blood Rain), a horn player, is leading a happy middle-class life, along with his elderly but active parents and the married sister’s family. He enjoys an occasional stroll on the neighborhood riverbank and a dish of cold buckwheat noodles. Recently Seon-ho has fallen head over heels for the beautiful museum guide Young-hwa (Jo Yi-jin, The Aggressives), a girl as “fresh and clean as a swig of dongchimi (cold radish kimchi juice made without red pepper).” When his father (Song Jae-ho) takes up a correspondence with his presumed-to-be-dead grandfather, however, things begin to unravel. You see, Seon-ho is a North Korean. And the grandfather, whom the family thought was an honored Communist hero, has been living in South Korea all these years. Threatened with exposure, Seon-ho’s family decides to risk their lives and seek asylum south of the border.

Over the Border How far South Korean movies about the North-South division have evolved since The Spy (1997) and Shiri (1999) may be seen in the fact that the story of Over the Border, with only a few details changed, would make sense in almost any national context where illegal immigration and acculturation are serious social issues. Mexicans in the United States or Moroccans in France would certainly resonate with the Kim family’s experience, their befuddlement, desperation and courage in their efforts to create new identities in a familiar yet strange land, and their sorrow resulting from the inevitable choices they make in order to survive. Considering the reality that more than one thousand “escapees” have settled down in South Korea, some of whom can even make phone calls to North Korea via satellite relay, it is perhaps not surprising that Southerners increasingly look upon the Northerners amidst them as just another group of immigrants.

The greatest strength of TV producer An Pan-seok’s debut film is its almost anthropological approach to the everyday lives of North Koreans and Northerner exiles in South Korea. The painstaking recreation of communal restaurants and concert halls with their opulent but hollow-looking interior design, and an apartment house with its warm-colored but borderline cheesy wallpapers are stunning in their verisimilitude and naturalism: equally impressive are the detailed descriptions of housing facilities and relocation programs for Northerner exiles. Cha Seung-won, eschewing the comic images familiar from his earlier pictures, is so convincing in portraying Seon-ho’s naive, trusting nature that I basically forgot throughout the movie that, if he were to mingle with North Koreans in real life, Cha would stick out like Gandalf among a bunch of Hobbits. Jo Yi-jin is indeed fresh and clean in her role: for me, like a gush of wind from the mountain top, carrying a fragrance of young pine needles. As a counter-point to Jo’s youth and wide-eyed vivaciousness, the veteran actress Shim Hye-jin (Out to the World, Acacia) delivers an excellent supporting performance as a mature, tough owner of fried chicken restaurant who befriends Seon-ho.

CountySouth Korea
Language:Korean
Year: 2006
Genre..Drama/Romance
Runtime1hr50min
SubtitlesEnglish .srt
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Spring Breeze (Korean) 2003

Spring Breeze (Korean) 2003

Synopsis / Plot
The ‘breeze’ in SPRING BREEZE is a fateful breeze, which will ultimately change one’s life. In SPRING BREEZE, the tight-fisted 3rd-rate novelist Seon-guk experiences the life he has never known when a new tenant Hwa-jung breezes into his life unexpectedly. It is a story of ‘love’ told in a language of ‘laughter’ that everyone can easily relate to. With SPRING BREEZE, everyone will free themselves from the monotonous cycle of routine life and awake their forgotten desires.

Title: Spring Breeze
Year: 2003
Directed: Jang Hang-Joon
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Runtime: 110 Minutes
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English (Soft)

Cast
Kim Jung-Eun, Kim Seung-Woo

The Sweet Sex and Love (Korean) 2003

The Sweet Sex and Love (Korean) 2003

A girl, bored with her current relationship, dumps her boyfriend and starts a new relationship. The new relationship goes well and they move in together, but things start to go downhill.

Cast:Seo-hyeong Kim,Seong-su Kim
Directed:Man-dae Bong
Genre:Drama
Runtime:85 min
Also Known As:Masitneun sex geurigo sarang
Country:South-Korea
Language:Korean
Subtitles:Eng Subs
Release Date:20 June 2003 (South-Korea)
IMDB:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365484/