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Bet on My Disco (2000)

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Bet on My Disco is a movie of simple pleasures, but it doesn’t entirely do the film justice to reduce it to the (simple!) level of the plot summary above. There are plenty of laughs in Disco, but it’s not an out-and-out comedy; instead, director Kim Dong-Won has made a film that is, bizarrely, almost as much a realist drama as it is a dance pic.

Lee Jung-jin (as our hero, Hae-juk) mixes a broad — and very physical … (read more)

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Repatriation (2003)

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Among the best, most touching, politically explosive, and formally engaging documentaries I have ever seen, Repatriation is an incredible testament to the power of independent filmmaking when in the hands, voice, mind and heart of a a remarkable individual. My feelings about the film and the man who made it are inextricably bound together. Repatriation is as much about Kim Dong-won’s connection to, and friendship with, a group of political prisoners as it is about the questions of injustice related … (read more)

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