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Korean Cinema

Oldboy (Oldeuboi) (2003)

Director, Chanwook Park. Cast: Minsik Choi, Ji Tae Yu, Hyejung Gang. After being kidnapped and imprisoned in a strange "private prison" for 15 years, Daesu, once an ordinary Seoul businessman, is released and sets out to find his abductors. Seeking vengeance on all those involved, he soon finds that his enemy's tortures are just beginning. Special features with : Disc 2 & 3: The autobiography of Oldboy. 120 min. ; also DVD Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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One Fine Spring Day (Bomnareun Ganda: Chun shi) (2001)

Directed by Jin-ho Hur. Sound engineer Sang Woo meets local DJ Eun Soo on a recording trip in quest of nature's voice. They succeed in capturing various sensual sounds as well as a tenderness for each other. Their love flourishes as spring comes along, but Sang Woo's ever intensifying passion often reminds Eun Soo of her tragic past. She knows only too well how love can vanish like a sound. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Palwol ui Christmas (Christmas in August) (1998)

Directed by Jin-ho Hur. Jung-won, a photographer who runs a small studio in Seoul, meets a young woman when she enters his establishment with a request for photos. They make an unlikely twosome, but even so they go on a date to an amusement park. Over time, a friendship develops, but Jung-won has an unspecified terminal illness, a fact which is known only to his immediate family. 97 min. Online Access through LFLFCCredits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Panchik Wang (The Foul King) (2000)

Director, Ji Woon Kim. In this Korean comedy office grunt Im Dae-ho, nagged by his father and secretly in love with a female colleague, finds solace in wrestling and the so-called "foul kings," or championship wrestlers who will do anything to win a match. He decides to try his luck with the sport, and after becoming the accidental victor of his first fight, he prepares for a tag match against reigning champion Yubiho who wants an easy win to further his career in Japan. 112 min.

Peppermint Candy (Pakha satang) (2000)

Directed by Chang-dong Lee. Presented in flashbacks, tells the story of Yeong-ho who was ruined by bad stock deals, terrorized by loan sharks and dumped by his adulterous wife. He is a typical victim of the Asian financial meltdown. Yeong-ho pays his dying ex-girlfriend a visit at the hospital and, though she is unconscious, leaves her the same peppermint candy that she used to send him. 127 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Phone (South Korea, 2002)

Directed by Byeong-ki Ahn. Cast: Ha Chi-won, Kim Yu-mi, Choe U-je. A young journalist starts receiving troubling messages on her cell phone after she writes a series of articles about pedophilia. Then when a the young daughter of her friend answers the phone by accident, the girl seems to become possessed by a malicious spirit. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Reptilian (1999)

Directed by Hyunh-rae Shim. When a never-before-discovered dinosaur is unearthed, strange things begin to occur. Buried for millions of years, its resurrection is unleashed upon the Earth and General Murdock must stop the destructive beast before the president attacks it with nuclear weapons. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Ring (The Ring Virus) (1999)

Directed by Dong-Bin Kim. A news reporter, Hong Seon-joo is shocked at her nephew's death and even more so when it is discovered that his other three friends who traveled with him all died of heart attacks at the same time. She discovers a strange video that kills the viewer exactly one week after viewing. She is warned not to watch it, but can't resist .... Based on the novel of the same title by Suzuki Ko-ji. 110 min. ; also Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Saenghwal ui palgyon (The Turning Gate) (2002)

Directed by Sang-soo Hong. This low key, insightful drama quietly observes a callow young man in his search for love. Utterly ill-equipped for the challenge, he bounces from one encounter to another, hoping that he'll find the connection that's been missing in his life, but instead, he causes pain wherever he goes in his self-absorbed quest. 116 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Secret Sunshine (Milyang) (2007)

Directed by Dong-Bin Kim. Cast: Cho To-yon, Song Kang-ho. An effortless mix of light and uncompromising darkness, Secret Sunshine is the story of a widowed piano teacher who moves with her young son from Seoul to her late husband's provincial hometown for a fresh start. Based on the novel by Yi Chong-jun. 142 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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