• TV Show Review

    Squid Game (TV Series)

    Squid Game, the South Korean TV Series has been one of the most widely watched shows worldwide, earning more than a billion dollars for Netflix. The nine-episode series is a fictitious tale about hundreds of players, most of them debt-ridden and desperate being invited to play survival games with lucrative rewards and bloody consequences. The series by Hwang Dong-hyuk can serve as a great study for film-making students on how to write a gripping screenplay – it has a hero(es) who we can identify with, identifiable bad guys, hundreds of characters we care little about providing the ambience, a dysfunctional society that we all suffer from, clear win or lose…

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    Train to Busan: Peninsula (2020)

    Train to Busan: Peninsula (2020) is a sequel to the famous original film that came four years earlier. It follows a group going back to the Korean Peninsula which has been sealed from the outside world due to the Zombie infection. The film is engaging and thrilling and gets a mangoidiots rating of “Ripe”. It is four years after the apocalypse in South Korea. Captain Jung-Seok and his brother-in-law who are living as refugees in Hong Kong are recruited along with two others by local mobsters to retrieve a truck loaded with currencies of US Dollars from Incheon where it is stuck. Though the outside world has sealed off the…

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    Space Sweepers (2021)

    Space Sweepers (2021) is a Korean science fiction film, which gets a MangoIdiots rating of “Raw”. The plot is about how a bunch of misfits, space junk scavengers unknowingly get involved in saving the earth from complete destruction. They take on the most powerful and the greatest inventor in the universe, who is the owner of the largest corporation. The film was well-taken but fails to impress you as everything feels like you have already watched in earlier films on this genre of a dystopian world. It is available on Netflix. The lead actors playing the roles of Tae-ho, Captain Jang, Robot Bubs & Tiger Park have done their roles…

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    3-Iron (2004)

    In recent years, South Korea has been making many wonderful films like The Host (2006), Okja (2017), Cart (2014), Miss Granny (2014) which was remade as Oh! Baby (2019) and then Parasite (2019) winning the oscars.  Earlier this month I read the news of a South Korean director Kim Ki-duk passing away due to COVID-19. I wanted to watch his films and started with the 3-Iron (2004). This is an age-old story of a beautiful lady being held captive and ill-treated her husband, who later falls in love with a kind stranger (the hero). What is different in 3-Iron, is the way the director has handled this story and delivered an unique film. Here Tae-Suk, is…

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    Wonderful Nightmare (2015)

    In recent years, South Korea has been making many wonderful films like The Host (2006), Okja (2017), Cart (2014), Miss Granny (2014) which was remade as Oh! Baby (2019) and then Parasite (2019). Wonderful Nightmare (2015) is to be added to that list of fine cinema. The film is about a super-successful attorney Lee Yeon-woo in South Korea, taken to afterlife prematurely due to a clerical mistake at the other world. To get back at her life, she is tasked to live on earth for a month as another woman. Having been single and wealthy, Lee Yeon-woo finds it impossible to adjust to middle-class life and be a mother to…

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    Parasite (2019)

    10th Feb 2020 update: By shattering the 92 years of Oscar History, the South Korean thriller ‘Parasite’, becomes the first Non-English Movie to win the top Academy Award. Hollywood clearly knows where there is money. The present and the future in the 21st century is clearly Asia (read as China first). It was a Japanese film “Shoplifters (2018)” that was the star in the last year’s Chennai International Film Festival. This year it was the Korean film “Parasite (2019)” screened today that got honours. In their unique ways, both the films shine a light on the growing gap between the super-rich and the poor in the developed world of Japan…

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    Kim’s Convenience (TV series)

    For the last two weeks, I binge-watched two seasons of Kim’s Convenience (TV Series). It is a Canadian Television sitcom based on a successful stage play by the same name, written by Ins Choi and was a welcome relief from the usual American comedy. The show is about a Korean Canadian Family (Parents, a son, and a daughter) running a corner store in the Moss Park area of Toronto, Canada. The show is enjoyable with clean comedy, little cliche immigrant jokes and kids’ nice visuals. Each episode of 25-30 minutes is about what happens in the store, the ego between “Appa” (Dad) and his estranged son (Jung), the power politics…

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    Cart (2014)

    The frog can’t remember the time when he was a tadpole (개구리 올챙이 적 생각도 못 한다), a Korean Proverb The growth of South Korea after the Korean war was meteoric – Samsung, Hyundai and LG are now household names around the world – this success was achieved on the back of the hard-working classes of Korea – just like Japanese, generations of Koreans knew nothing outside being loyal and dedicated to the success of the company they work for. Available on Netflix India. Cart (2014) is a soul-stirring story of one such group of workers – a group of ladies working in a large supermarket “The Mart” who fight…