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Typhoon (2005)

Similar in too many ways to the overblown Taegukgi, Kwak Kyeong-taek’s foray into the mega-budget action blockbuster starts as an effective chase picture but stalls midway before collapsing under the weight of Kwak’s excessively tragic story and his heavy-handed method. With a production budget of at least $15 million, Typhoon is now the most expensive picture ever made in Korea. Earning about $25 million on domestic release, it can’t be considered an absolute economic failure and may well accumulate … (read more)

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Indian Summer (2001)

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If you can only take one memory with you when you die, what will it be? Jun-ha believes it will be the memory of a few summer days he spent with Shin-young, when both felt, perhaps for the first time, unashamedly happy and free.

Indian Summer is a courtroom drama that like other recent Korean films mobilises a unification metaphor in the service of a story about a problematic relationship. In films such as Bungee Jumping of Their Own, … (read more)

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