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Korean Cinema

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 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 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

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

Bichunmoo (2000)

Directed by Young-jun Kim. Set in 14th century China when the country is under Mongolian rule, the star-crossed lovers, Jinha and Sullie who is the illegitimate daughter of a Mongolian commander, are caught in the middle. Jinha learns his family secret martial arts and then sets out to be with the one he loves. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bungee Jumping of Their Own (Bonji jompu rul hada) (2001)

Directed by Dai-Seung Kim. Two university students fall in love in 1983 but on the night the man must leave for the military, the woman disappears and they never see each other again. Seventeen years later the man is now a high school teacher, and one of his male students bears an uncanny resemblance to his old girlfriend. 101 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Chunhyang (2000)

Directed by Sang-hyun Im. Set in 18th century Korea. Mongryong, the son of a governor, falls in love with Chunhyang, the daughter of a proud former courtesan, and they secretly marry out of fear of reprisal. Trouble results when Mongryong is ordered to Seoul to finish his education, and a new, vindictive governor pursues Chunhyang and then imprisons her when she refuses his advances. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Cinema on the Road

Focuses chiefly on the little known recently emerging South Korean film industry.. 1997. 52 min.

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