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Spider Forest (2004)

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This is a very complex film which has qualitites like the distorting mirror of legend: what you get out is a twisted reflection of what is in your soul. Some will proclaim it boring or confusing, and thus dismissable, but I think this would be a mistake. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.

The film opens with a slow pan through a moonlit forest. As you might guess, the spindly trees are draped with soft webs, and … (read more)

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R-Point (2004)

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Leave your preconceptions at the door: R-Point is no ordinary ghost film. Nor is it an ordinary war film. Instead of assaulting viewers with creaky long-haired girl ghosts or green-clad grunts firing at anything that moves, Kong Su-chang gives us a thoughtful, eerie, and moving indictment of Korean involvement in other people’s wars.

This is a film that recreates the atmosphere of ghost stories told around a campfire: that sense of being out of place, and hearing things that might … (read more)

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