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Korean Cinema

Die Bad (Chukona hogun nappugona) (2000)

Directed by Seung-wan Ryoo. A four-part film that examines the same characters from mutiple angles. The "Rumble," sees two kids coming to blows with a thug in a pool hall. "Nightmare," examines the hellish life of an ex-con who is tortured by memories of a man he accidentally killed. "Modern man," cross-cuts between a fight involving a gangster and a cop and the two men's thoughts regarding life and social behavior. Finally, "Die bad," brings all of the shorts' characters together to meet their respective fates. 95 min.

Failan (Pailan) (2001)

Directed by Hae-sung Song. Failan emigrates to Korea seeking her relatives, but finds they have moved to Canada. Desperate to remain in Korea, she accepts an arranged marriage through a match-making agency. Her husband, whom she has never met, is an old gangster who has no respect from his peers. Things take a turn when he is asked by his boss to take the fall for a murder in exchange for some money. The only hope in his worthless life is the wife he has never met. 115 min.

Flower Island (Kkotsom) (2001)

Directed by Ilgon Song. Opens with 17-year-old Hye-Na giving birth in a public restroom and abandoning the child. She then sets out on a journey and along the way meets Ok-Nam, a misguided mother who prostituted herself and was kicked out of the house. Later, the two women save another woman Yoo-jin from suicide. Each suffering from her own pain, the trio decides to find the mythical flower island, which reportedly heals all wounds. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Green Fish (Chorok mulgogi) (1997)

Directed by Chang-dong Lee. In this South Korean crime drama, Makdong is discharged from the army to find changes in his rural hometown village. Aboard a train, he meets nightclub singer Miae, girlfriend of a Seoul gang leader. Makdong joins the gang, but his increasing interest in Miae puts him in conflict with the boss. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Happy End (Haepi endu) (1999)

Directed by Ji Woo Chung. One of the most controversial Korean films ever made, this film centers around an ordinary man who was dealt a hard blow with the loss of his job. As a result, his career-minded wife finds happiness with the man who used to be her first love. When the husband plots to end her affair it leads to an unexpected, shocking end. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Hayan chonjaeng (White Badge) (1994)

Directed by Ji-Yeong Jeong. Pulp fiction writer Han Kiju has never recovered from his youthful experience as a volunteer infantryman who fought alongside American troops in Vietnam. The burden of guilt and alienation have a deep effect on his career and marriage. Then a meeting with a soldier from his past forces Han to confront his demons and the most painful events of his life. 122 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Housemaid (Hanyo) (1960)

Directed by Ki-young Kim. Cast: Kim Chin-gyu, Chu Chung-nyo, Yi Un-sim, Om Aeng-nan. A married man is popular with the girls at the textile manufacturing plant where he occasionally teaches music. He and his wife hire one of the factory girls to work for them as a maid. The maid is madly in love with the man and jealous of his wife. Manipulations and madness follow as the two women engage in a deadly power struggle . The stark black-and-white photography, haunting sound effects and Kim's expressionist set designs amplify the lurid plot twists. 111 min.

Interview (2000)

Directed by Daniel H. Byun. Eun-Sook, a struggling young filmmaker, is interviewing actors for an upcoming project when he is struck by the beauty of Yeong-heui, a hairdresser who tagged along with a friend auditioning for a role. Before Eun-Sook, gets his project off the ground he discovers that the woman used an assumed name for the impromptu audition and now she has disappeared. Twelve months later he discovers her in France, where he learns the truth about her past. 123 min.

JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA) (2000)

Directed by Chan-wook Park. Two soldiers, one North Korean and one South Korean, are shot along the 38th Parallel. As tensions rise between North and South, a Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission is called in to investigate the shootings. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Kangwon-do ui him (The Power of Kang-won Province) (1998)

Directed by Sang-soo Hong. Sangwon, a married professor, had an affair with Chisuk, his student. Sangwon and Chisok decide to end their relationship in order to preserve Sangwon's family life. Then both leave to Kangwon-do province without knowing about each other's arrival. 108 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database