Castaway on the Moon

Castaway on the Moon – in praise of visual comedy

Tony, from Every Frame a Painting YouTube channel, has a visual essay about film comedy. He talks about how nowadays comedy films, especially those coming from Hollywood with their dependence on dialogue and close-ups are more like staged improv than … Continue reading

The Demilitarized Soldier of Joint Security Area [VIDEO ESSAY]

Joint Security Area (JSA) ( 공동경비구역) Director: Park Chan-wook Country: South Korea Year: 2000 Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area is on one level a moving drama, but on another is an all-too rare argument against the cynicism that pervades our thoughts … Continue reading

Bong Joon-ho "Mother" cover

“Madeo” and psychoanalysis of the illicit desires

Mother (마더) Director: Bong Joon-ho Writer(s): Park Eun-kyo, Bong Joon-ho Country: South Korea Year: 2009 Find Mother on Amazon. Motherly love has been most sacred and revered concept throughout the human history. Until you crash into Freud’s theories in the … Continue reading

Na Hong-jin "The Chaser" cover

The Chaser

The Chaser ( 추격자) Director: Na Hong-jin Written: Hong Won-chan, Lee Shinho, Na Hong-Jin Country: South Korea Year: 2008 Find Chaser on Amazon. Since the great Sherlock Holmes, stories between The Detective and The Criminal have been played out in numerous … Continue reading

The Good, the Bad, the Weird

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈) Director: Kim Jee-woon Written: Kim Jee-woon, Kim Min-suk Country: South Korea Year: 2008 Find The Good, The Bad, The Weird on Amazon. Even if you are vaguely aware … Continue reading

Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder (살인의 추억) Director: Bong Joon-ho Written: Bong Joon-ho, Kwang-rim Kim, Sung Bo Shim Country: South Korea Year: 2003 Watch Memories of Murder on Amazon. After viewing the movie the first time I was not sure what to … Continue reading

On the Way

On The Way (我在路上最爱你, 길 위에서) Director: Kim Poog-ki Written: Kim Poog-ki Country: China, South Korea Year: 2014 “On the Way” is a Romantic Drama starring Ji Jin-Hee (지진희, 池珍熙) from South Korea and Huang Shengyi (黃聖依) from China and was released … Continue reading

The Art Cinema of Takeshi Kitano and Park Chan-wook

  In 1954, French filmmaker and film critic Francois Truffaut presented the possibility of giving film an artistic status by introducing the idea of film authorship, or auteurism. This shined the light at many filmmakers at that time mostly from … Continue reading