A few new ones, ICYMI.
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.
The latest Korean films streaming. Enjoy.
“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.
And, on the silver screen:
Midnight Runners (청년경찰)
The s&h duo (sexy & handsome, y’all, get with me here) all over one feature length film. I already told ya so. Kang Ha Neul and Park Seo Joon play two bumbling police academy cadets that witness a crime. Buddy cop comedy with these two? I’m in. If only it could get to the US faster..sigh.
The Battleship Island (군함도)
Veteran’s helmer Ryu Seung Hwan returns with some familiar friends for a graphic and violent feature portraying the forced labor of Koreans by the Japanese during that war which split a nation in two, and provides seemingly endless cinematic fare, of late.
Hwang Jung Min’s the desperate father, trying to save his daughter from the danger and uncertainty of life during colonial occupation. Song Joong Ki spends much of his time bloody and dirt-faced (as most of the characters do) as a soldier secretly sent to free an independence fighter. Particularly impressive are a beautifully choreographed and gut-wrenching fight scene with So Ji Sub and Kim Min Jae (both nearly naked in the shower), and the visual artistry of Song Joong Ki’s first reveal on the island.
And, a reason to look forward to September:
I Can Speak
Lee Je Hoon’s gonna be there. ‘Nough said.