Green Fish (Korea) (1997)


Recently discharged from the military, Makdong returns to his native town IIsan to find everything changed. Eager to gain employment, Makdong goes to a seedy Seoul neighbourhood where he befriends a gang boss and his girlfriend. He is quickly recruited into the gang, but finds his loyalty called into question when the gang’s turf is threatened and a relationship is developed between him and the gang boss’s girlfriend. The theme of an individual caught in changing times, which recurs in Lee’s later films, is elaborated in a calm yet critical manner in this debut feature of the director. This film won the NETPAC Awards, Rotterdam International Film Festival 1998, the Dragons and Tigers Awards, Vancouver International Film Festival 1997 as well as Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, Blue Dragon Awards 1997.

Cast: Seong-kyu Han, Suk-kyu Han, Jae-yeong Jeong, Jin-yeong Jeong, Mun-shik Lee, Gye-nam Myeong, Kang-ho Song
Directed: Chang-dong Lee
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 111 minutes
Also Known As: Chorok mulkogi
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English/German/Italian/Spanish/French

달자의 ë´„/Dal Ja’s Spring (2007) (Korean)

Oh Dal Ja is 33 years old and she is an MD of a home shopping channel. She has a “love contract” with Kang Tae Bong, a 27 year old freelancer of a playmate enterprise. The story also revolves around Dal Ja’s life with three men. Wee Sun Joo is a divorcee who is an expert on love and faces life with positive thinking.

AKA – The Spring of Oh Dal Ja
Broadcasted – 03-Jan-2007 to15-Mar- 2007
Producer – Lee Jae Sang
Screenwriter – Kang Eun Kyung
Country – South Korea
Audio – Korean
Quality -High
Subtitles – English [.srt]
Episode Run Time – 1 Hour 5 Minutes
Total Episodes – 22
Status – Completed [22/22]
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Chae Rim as Oh Dal Ja
Lee Min Ki as Kang Tae Bong
Lee Hyun Woo as Uhm Gi Joong
Lee Hye Young as Wee Seon Joo<
Gong Hyeong Jin as Shin Sae Do

Fat Choi Spirit (Hong Kong) 2002


Andy is a legendary Mahjong player. Years ago Andy’s passion for Mahjong cost his family their entire fortune – his brother Louis then turned against him. Now, as Louis is having some financial troubles, Andy offers to take care of him and their aging mother. Gigi, Andy’s ex-flame, is increasingly disappointed in Andy’s rejection – she spitefully wishes he’ll never win at the Mahjong table again. Will her words come true?

Cast: Andy Lau, Ching Wan Lau, Louis Koo, Gigi Leung, Cherrie Ying, Man-Wai Wong, Tian-lin Wang, Tin Sang Lung, Wai Leung Hung
Directed: Johnnie To
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 96 Minutes
Also Known As: Lik goo lik goo san nin choi, Johnny To New Year Project, Li gu li gu xin nian cai
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, English
Subtitles: English

Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary (Japan/Korea) (2004)

In the aftermath of World War II, the Japanese were looking for heroes to cheer for, and Rikidozan fulfilled that need, becoming a beloved national icon and the idol of millions. But little did the Japanese public know that he was actually an ethnic Korean. Having already experienced anti-Korean prejudice as a youth, Rikidozan struggled to keep his true origins hidden from an adoring Japanese fanbase. While dealing with this personal turmoil, he would go on to amass a vast empire of business holdings. But what happens when those interests attract the attention of the Yakuza?

Find out in this no-holds-barred look at a national hero. Director Song Hae-Sung (Failan) helms the gripping bio-pic Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinary starring Sul Kyung Ku and Nakatani Miki! Considered to be the “Father of Puresu” and a legend in Japan, Rikidozan (Silmido’s Sul Kyung Ku, who gained weight and learned Japanese to play the role) would have a major impact on the world of professional wrestling, turning it into the number one sporting attraction in Japan. But even with all his success, Rikidozan’s rise to the top wouldn’t be easy!

This is a chronicle of the life of Korean-born wrestler Rikidozan, who, after being barred from Japanese wrestling because of his ethnic origins, became a sensation in the United States in the 1950s. Rikidozan was a real athlete and has been immortalized in this film. When Japan was crippled from World War II, Rikidozan became the nations inspiration. After, being rejected from sumo wrestling because he was Korean, he went to America where he became an in ring sensation. Upon his return he made the biggest impact of his life on the people of Japan as they considered him to have conquered America, their wartime enemy. He was a national hero. He brought professional wrestling to Japan, where it has flourished ever since. In Japan wrestling is not a fad that comes every now and again, it’s a rite of passage.

Cast: Kyung-gu Sol, Miki Nakatani, Tatsuya Fuji, Masato Hagiwara, Masakatsu Funaki, Keiji Mutoh, Cheol-min Park
Directed: Hae-sung Song
Genre: Drama/Biography/Sport
Runtime: 137 minutes
Also Known As: Yeokdosan, Rikidozan
Country: Japan/Korea
Language: Japanese/Korean
Subtitles: English

Pistol Opera (Japan) (2001)

Pistol Opera

From a director who is credited with being a huge influence on Quentin Tarantino comes Pistol Opera. With vivid imagery that captures the attention, not to mention a very attractive leading lady, Pistol Opera takes the viewer on an amazing journey through the world of Stray Cat, a hired gun with a love for her pistol currently engaged (reluctantly at first) in a competition to be number one among the top gunslingers. Simple enough story, right? Hardly! What follows is a film that keeps your fingers on the rewind button, your mouth wide open and your eyes ready to bug out of your skull. A simple skeleton of a plot is covered with layers of sexuality (both subtle and in your face) violence and a whole bunch of WTF moments that make this film a cult classic.

Viewer Discretion is Advised!

Cast: Makiko Esumi || Sayoko Yamaguchi || Hanae Kan || Masatoshi Nagase || Mikijiro Hira
Directed: Seijun Suzuki
Genre: Crime / Action / Drama
Runtime: 01:52:20
Also Known As: Pisutoru opera
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Ame Agaru (Japan) (1999)

Shortly before his death in 1998, Akira Kurosawa completed a screenplay entitled Ame Agaru, based on a short story by Shugoro Yamamoto. Kurosawa passed on before he could bring this story to the screen, but one of his assistants, Takashi Koizumi, has directed a film adapted from the script, following as closely as possible the style of the master. This traditionally styled samurai story harkens back to Kurosawa’s best-known works, and features Shiro Mifune, the son of Toshiro Mifune, one of Kurosawa’s favorite actors, in a key role.

Ihei Misawa and his wife Tayo, stranded by rains at a country inn, bring a great deal of happiness to the other residents of the inn by means of Ihei’s generosity and good spirit. Ihei is a masterless samurai and fencing expert. Ihei comes to the attention of Lord Shigeaki, who hires him as fencing instructor for Lord Shigeaki’s men. But Ihei’s expertise causes friction and jealousy in Shigeaki’s castle and his future there comes into doubt.

Cast: Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shiro Mifune, Fumi Dan, Hisashi Igawa, Hidetaka Yoshioka
Directed: Takashi Koizumi
Genre: Drama/Action/Historical
Also Known As: After the Rain, Après la pluie, When the Rain Lifts
Runtime: 91 min
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English