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Old Boy (2003)

Let’s get this out of the way first: to quote the MIFF catalogue, Park Chan-Wook’s Old Boy contains scenes which may offend some viewers. Which is to say, lead actor Choi Min-shik eats a live octopus. (Don’t blame me, I’m a vegetarian.) Now we’re not talking about a delicate gulp-and-swallow deal here; that sucker is about the size of a kitten, and he pretty much chomps it down.

I could explain that it’s actually vital to the plot, as … (read more)

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One Fine Spring Day (2000)

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Some of the most satisfying love stories involve people just that little bit too odd to be able to find romance either easy or lasting and One Fine Spring Day goes about establishing this premise with a bittersweet grace that makes it at times almost breathtakingly beautiful to watch.

Lee Sang-wu, played with sensitivity by pop star/model Yu Ji-tae, is a composed, introspective, somewhat artless young man living with his father, aunt and slightly senile grandmother. Working as a recording … (read more)

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