Category Archives: Korean films

Film Review: “Forgotten” Starring Kang Ha Neul (Vlog!)

Forgotten, the feature film starring Kang Ha Neul, is now on Netflix.

My review. As a vlog! A new thing I’m doing.

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Korean Films On Netflix, February 2018

Now streaming.

A few new ones, ICYMI.

Master (2016)

With a cast of leads Kang Dong Won, Lee Byung Hun, and Kim Woo Bin, the only question is: who’s upstaging whom? Also stars Jin Kyung (Uncontrollably Fond reunion? Er, Master reunion, I suppose.) The director of Cold Eyes (Choi Ui Suk) helms this scam/thrill ride of a con artist tycoon and the former cohort who tries to take him down.

Look out for: Woo Do Hwan before we knew him – don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
And: the creepy woodshop guy from Prison Playbook.

A Violent Prosecutor (2016)

Hwang Jung Min is errwhere, man. He plays an incarcerated prosecutor thrown into prison where he crosses paths with handsome con artist Chi Won (Kang Dong Won). If you’re suffering from Prison Playbook withdrawal, it’s a fun comedy (albeit not without a few lines of cringey English dialog); as always, Hwang Jung Min does not disappoint, and their onscreen characters’ contrast is a delight.
Enjoy with: fried chicken.

The Throne (2016)

Lee Joon Ik’s period piece stars Song Kang Ho and Yoo Ah In in the piece of Korean history that tends to get mixed in with folklore: that time King Youngjo locked his son, Prince Sado, in a rice chest. His crime? Not committing suicide when his father ordered him to do so. And you thought modern day Koreans had filial piety something serious.

Korean Films Now Streaming: “Socialphobia,” “New Trial,” and “One Way Trip” [August 2017]

The latest Korean films streaming. Enjoy.

Socialphobia (2015)

“Socialphobia” is a gritty indie film starring Byun Yo Han (who blew up – along with the rest of the cast – in Misaeng), Ryu Jun Yeol (from Lucky Romance, Reply 1988), and Lee Joo Seung (The Producers, Let’s Eat 2). Find it on DramaFever.

New Trial (2017)

Because Dongju: Portrait Of A Poet left us all wanting more. Or at least have something with KHN to hold us over until his other movie finally hits US soil. “New Trial” stars Jung Woo and Kang Ha Neul, along with Lee Dong Hwi (Reply 1988, Entourage). Now on Viki.

One Way Trip (2016)

Dark coming-of-age tale appropriately told with some of kdrama’s already familiar up-and-comers.  Ryu Jun Yeol, Ji Soo, Suho, Kim Hee Chan. Because we’re still upset from seeing Ji Soo get rejected not once, twice, or thrice, but a fourth time. Probably even more. DramaFever’s got it.

Honorable Mention: Bleak Night, quite possibly my favorite indie flick, is now on DramaFever. You’re welcome.