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301/302 (South Korea, 1995)

Directed by Chul-Soo Park. Cast: Eun-jin Bang and Sin-Hye Hwang. "Two women are neighbors in an apartment building: one is an obsessive professional cook (in room 301), the other an anorexic writer (room 302). A young policeman is investigating the disappearance of the woman from room 302. Through flashbacks, we learn the nature of the two women's relationship: the cook tries to cure her neighbor by preparing fabulous meals for her every night - only to have them left untouched." (from Screen Cuisine) 100 min.

A Forgotten People: the Sakhalin Koreans

Japan forcibly drafted and took 43,000 Koreans to Sakhalin Island to work in the deepest sections of the coal pits there. After Japan's defeat at the end of World War II, the Koreans on Sakhalin Island were then forced to work for the Russians. Now, only less than 1,000 still remain, forgotton even by their own homeland, as lives were lost in and around treaty talks, the cold war and global power struggles. Written and directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. 1995. 59 min.

A Single Spark (Arumdaun chongnyon Chon Tae-il) (1995)

Directed by Kwang-su Park. Biography of Chon Tae-il who was actively involved in the labor movement and set himself on fire in despair at the indifference of employers and the government. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A State of Mind

Following a strict routine, which involves several hours of daily workouts and gymnastic instruction, two young North Korean girls practice through exhaustion for the 2003 Mass Games, the largest choreographed spectacle on earth. A mixture of cinema verite and essay filmmaking, the documentary includes images of state-regulated schools, pubs, artistic performances and glimpses into the hardships of average North Koreans' lives in a manner almost never permitted by the Pyongyang government. The film also explores how the brutal 1950s U.S.

A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon) (South Korea, 2003)

Directed by Ji-woon Kim. Cast: Yeom Jeong-A, Im Soo-Jung, Moon Geun-Young, Kim Kab-Su. Something strange is happening when Su-mi and her younger sister, Su-yeon, come home to their father's large but dark and somewhat foreboding house after a stay in the hospital. Their dad is taciturn and burdened, and their stepmother, Eun-joo, greets them with forced enthusiasm and more than a little sense of irritation. But that's nothing compared to what happens when bedtime rolls around.

Art Museum by the Zoo (Misulgwan yop tongmurwon) (1998)

Directed by Jeong-hyang Lee. Chol-su decided to spend his vacation with his girlfriend at her home, but instead found Chun-hui living there. They fell in love as they spent time together despite their different attitudes about love. 109 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Arumdaun Hanguk: Korea the Beautiful: Yongsang Uro Pon Kwangwang Hanguk.

Scenes of Korea during each of the four seasons, showing cultural assets, tourist sites, customs and natural attractions in the areas of Seoul and the provinces. 199-? 30 min.

Asia Rising, 1951. (People's Century, 1997.)

Japan began the slow painful process of reconstruction after World War II, while Korea, after the Korean War, was one of the poorest countries in the world. This program documents how Japan and Korea managed to rise above the strife of war to develop into world economic powers, setting the global pace for competition in the late 20th century.

Attack the Gas Station (Chuyuso supkyok sakon) (1999)

Director Sang-Jin Kim. A quartet of disaffected Korean youths have robbed a Seoul gas station. Suddenly, while hanging out in a Chinese noodle shop, they decide to take the gas station over. Wacky antics ensue as they kidnap customers that complain about the service and stage fist-fights between street gang members and gas station employees, all of which reflect their own gripes against society. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Barking Dogs Never Bite (Puhran dah suh uigeh) (2000)

Directed by Joon-ho Bong. A college professor is being led to the end of his tether by the constant barking of a dog somewhere in his apartment complex. In a fit of rage, he kills the dog in a nearby flat only to discover another dog is still barking. Soon, one dog after another is disappearing and the manager of the apartment building keeps getting more and more complaints about pets who've gone missing, and becomes increasingly determined to find the culprit. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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