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Korean Cinema

Tell Me Something (Telmi ssomding) (1999)

Directed by Yoon-Hyun Chang. In consecutive murders occuring in Seoul, the dismembered bodies of the victims are found with arms and heads separated. When detective Cho starts investigating he is confronted with horrible and shocking scenes. 116 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Ginko Bed (Ge shi qin yuan) (1996)

Directed by Je-gyu Kang. A college art lecturer re-experiences the mysterious love of his prior life when he comes across an antique gingko bed. He is the reincarnated soul of a court musician to a princess, but their love ended in tragedy as a jealous general killed him and the princess committed suicide. For a thousand years their love has been destined to suffer... 88 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Great Chef (aka Peking Restaurant) (Bukkyeong banjeom) (South Korea, 1999)

Directed by Kim Ui Seok. Cast: Shin Gu, Myung Se Bin, Jeong Woong In. Han-kook Yang is the son of a Korean restaurant entrepreneur. When the once-popular Peking Restaurant is forced to close it's doors, Yang rounds up the former employees, restores the restaurant to it's original glory, and sets about making it's signature spicy sauce noodle dish the talk of the town. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Housemaid (Hanyo) (2010)

Directed by Sang-soo Im. Cast: Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Jung-Jae, Youn Yuh-Jung, Seo Woo. Housemaid Eun-yi attracts the amorous attentions of Hoon, the master of the house, and he begins an affair with her. Igniting the jealousy of an older maid who knows many family secrets, Eun-yi quickly finds herself in the center of a familial power struggle. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Recipe (South Korea, 2010)

Directed by Anna Lee. Cast: Seung-Ryong Ryu, Yu-Won Lee. Mass murderer Kim Hyun-Soo incarcerated on death row wants to taste doenjang jjigae, a spicy Korean bean paste stew, before he dies. News reporter Choi Yu-Jin hears of the inmate and researches his story for an upcoming news report. Choi Yu-Jin then comes across a mysterious woman named Jang Hye-Jin who makes doenjang jjigae that brings tears of joy to those who taste her recipe. As Choi Yu-Jin delves further, he learns of Jang Hye-Jin's heartbreaking relationship with Kim Hyun-Soo. 107 min.

The Soul Guardians (Tui mo lu) (1998)

Directed by Kwang-chun Park. Seung-heui is a beautiful female auto mechanic who was born in the midst of a mass suicide by a cult of Satanists -- which might explain why she often has bad dreams. Further enlightenment about her sleep difficulty is provided by Father Park and Jun-hu whose research into spiritual and paranormal matters has led them to believe Satan himself wants Seung-heui to be the mother of his child. A fast-paced supernatural thriller, loaded with special effects. 97 min.

Thirst (Bakjwi) (South Korea | USA , 2009)

Director: Chan-wook Park. Cast: Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-vin, Kim Hae-sook, Shin Ha-kyun. Sang-hyun is a priest working for a hospital. He selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery after receiving an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He quickly realizes his sole reason for living involves taking the pleasures of the flesh.

Three Extremes (Hong Kong / Japan / South Korea, 2004)

Cast: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe. Dumplings: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Ka-Fai Leung. Cut: Lee Byung-Hun, Lim Won-Hee, Gang Hye-Jung, Yum Jung-Ah. Presents a cross-cultural trilogy of odd and horrific film shorts by Asian directors. In Box, beautiful successful novelist Kyoko lives a solitary life. In Dumplings a woman experiments with anti-ageing dumplings containing a sinister secret ingredient. In Cut, a happy and successful film director encounters a stranger in his living room. Contents: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe.

Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors (O! sujong) (2000)

Directed by Sang-soo Hong. Tells the story of a relationship filled with pitfalls between a pleasant female video producer and a gallery owner as they become embroiled in their self-spun web of illusions. A bitter-sweet serenade to modern courtship. 126 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Whispering Corridors (Yeogo goedam) (1998)

Director, Ki-hyeong Park. Cast: Lee Mi-Yeon, Kim Kyu-Ree, Choi Se-Yeon. When a former alumni of an all girls school returns as a teacher but is soon found dead, ghosts of past murders at the school haunt the student body. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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