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Running Wild (2005)

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This is one film that takes after its name, and a little over two hours of this intense police drama by director screenwriter Kim Seong-soo and I kind of felt like someone had run wild all over me.

Not that it isn’t a well crafted piece of cinema, with the set-up of both character and narrative really paying off in the second half of the film, the pace almost never letting up, and the main cast meeting like a … (read more)

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My Tutor Friend (2003)

A slick fusion of now staple Korean genres (cute-but-wacky boy/girl romantic comedy, return to high school beatdown, goofy enemy-turned-buddy slapstick’er, teen fantasy), My Tutor Friend has some shaky moments but is held together by a suitably energetic plot (and out-of-the-ordinary subplots), charismatic performances and a warming, feel-good vibe that stays within its tolerable limits.

Kwon’s (Volcano High) Ji-hoon is an engaging rebel, supplying only a few doses of the overly violent behaviour that might alter our perceptions of … (read more)

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