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Korean Cinema

Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan geumjassi) (2005)

Directed by Chan-wook Park. Cast: Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-shik, Oh Gwang-rok, Oh Dal-soo. After being wrongfully convicted of a crime, a young woman is imprisoned for 13 years and forced to give up her daughter. Upon her release, she sets in motion an elaborate plan of retribution. Special features with : Disc 2. Ch?injo(rhan Ku(mja ssi = Lady Vengeance (fade-to-white version) -- Disc 3. Special features. 112 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) (2003)

Directed by Joon-ho Bong. Cast: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-gyong. Based on a true story, the film takes place in a small village in Korea where an intense police investigation follows a series of brutal rapes and murders. The investigation is complicated by the very different approaches of two detectives, one pressuring suspects rounded up on hunches, and the other, meticulously going through the paperwork. Based on the play Nal poro wayo by Kim Kwang-nim. 132 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Mother (Madeo) (2009)

Directed by Joon-ho Bong. Cast: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mi-sun Jun. A peaceful community is rocked by the horrific discovery of a murdered schoolgirl dangling over the ledge of a building. Local detectives, anxious to finger someone for the crime, unjustly convict a mentally challenged man. But in the mind of his fiercely protective mother, this case is far from closed. Fed up with incompetent officials, she conducts her own investigation into the killer's true identity. To clear her son's name, she's willing to do whatever it takes. 129 min.

My Sassy Girl (Yopkijogin kunyo) (2001)

Directed by Jae-young Kwak. This highest-grossing romantic comedy in the history of Korean film begins when a ne'er-do-well college student meets a very drunk girl on the subway. When he takes her to a hotel room to sleep it off, a series of mishaps brings the police while he is in the shower, and thus begins a wild roller coaster relationship as she puts him through a battery of often humiliating tests to prove his love. 137 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Natural City (South Korea, 2003)

Directed by Byung-chun Min. Cast: Ji Tae Yoo, Rin Seo, Jae Eun Lee, Chan Yoon. In the year 2080 in Seoul, agent R is a policeofficer who falls in love with a cyborg whose lifetime is almost up and begins to search for a way to give her a human life. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

No. 3 (Nombo sam) (1997)

Directed by Neung-han Song. The No. 3 man in an urban gang aspires to become No. 1 top man in his group of third-rate hooligans. An action comedy of power struggles among society's losers and wannabes, including No. 3's wife, a would-be famous poet and his foul-mouthed rival. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Norang mori 2: tal i toego sipotso (Yellow Hair 2: I Wanted to be a Moon) (2001)

Directed by Yu-min Kim. This film is a semi-biographical account of model Ha Ri-su's life. She is Korea's first high profile transgender. Here she plays Jae, a transgendered woman in search of true love but facing overwhelming obstacles. The other woman, Wy, is more concerned with money than love. 109 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Nowhere to Hide (Injong sajong polgot opta) (1999)

Directed by Myung-se Lee. A chase film interlaced with a grand loopy humor about Korean police engaged in a deadly pursuit, trying to catch a master of disguise. 112 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Nunmul (Tears) (2001)

Directed by Sang-soo Im. When Han and his friends sneak into a bar one night, Han ends up helping a girl named Sa-ri sneak out when things get out of hand. Sa-ri is more hard-edged and independent than Han; while he lives at home with his mother, she has been abandoned by her family and works at a "hostess club." Despite their differences, a tentative romance begins to blossom. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Oasis (Korea, 2002)

Directed by Lee Chang-dong. A mentally handicapped young man is haunted by a crime that landed him in prison, a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of an old man. After his release from prison he goes to visit the victim's family, and meets Gong-ju, the man's daughter, who has cerebral palsy. The two begin an unlikely love affair that exposes the callousness and uncomfortable secrets of both of their families. 133 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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