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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…

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…

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. Cart (2014) is a soul-stirring story of one such group of workers – a group of ladies working in a…

Movies that showcase the affection between a human and an animal have a universal and timeless appeal. Netflix has bet on such a story for its original production, the Korean language film Okja (2017). The film was premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and received a four minute standing ovation. Okja is directed by Bong Joon-ho who made the interesting film – The Host (2006). A young girl Mija is living with her grandfather in a mountain village in South Korea. Her pet is a giant pig that she rears in their open farm. Named Okja, the super pig…

The Host (2006) was the film that was screened today as part of ICAF’s Korean Film Festival. It’s about a school girl being kidnapped by a monster that is living in the Han River and how her family goes about rescuing her. An interesting and enjoyable film that was mostly satirical. The film had set Korean Box Office records and was a winner of Best Film in Asian Film Awards. Though this is a monster based film, and with a lot of blood getting spilt, it doesn’t try to be scary. Director Bong Joon-ho is focused on mocking the hypocritic…