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Film Review: Lady Vengeance (2005)

Rate This Movie (aka Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) SYNOPSIS: The final installment of director Chan Wook Park’s revenge trilogy (preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy) chronicles the efforts of Lee Geum-ja (Yeong-ae Lee) — known to her cellmates as “the kind Ms. Geum-ja” — to track down the man who betrayed her. Taking the rap for her accomplice …

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Horror Highlights from South Korea’s 16th Jeonju International Film Festival

South Korea’s film festival season kicks off in earnest each year with the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) in May. Though much lighter in fright fare than the country’s other major film festivals, JIFF does offer a handful of options, usually programmed during its Midnight in Cinema all-nighter triple-bill series. For the fest’s 16th year, filmgoers were treated to several nightmarish situations, including …

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Film Review: Sadi-Scream (2007)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Rumi, an investigative journalist, prepares to interview a garbage collector. Her colleague has heard a rumor that the man is involved in the disposal of dead bodies for the yakuza, and persuades Rumi to conduct the interview alone, under surveillance. When the man’s suspicions are eventually aroused, he and his cohorts capture the reporters and take …

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Film Review: Weekend (2012)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Miki spends much of her time on her blog, which has attracted many followers. She receives an email from a mysterious stranger called Jack, and subsequently bumps into him on the street. Over coffee, Jack convinces Miki to allow his burgeoning cosmetics company to advertise on her blog, in exchange for a monthly payment. He invites …

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Film Review: Tell Me Something (1999)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Detective Cho has been assigned a particularly challenging case. Mismatched body parts are showing up all over Seoul in garbage bags, with little possibility of identifying who they belong to, until dental implants offer an important clue. This eventually leads to the discovery that the victim’s next of kin, a museum curator called Suyeon Chae, is …

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Film Review: Women’s Flesh: My Red Guts (1999)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: After her boyfriend dumps her, a young woman goes into her bathroom and begins to masturbate with a toothbrush. Autoeroticism gradually turns into self-mutilation, and she attempts to eat one of her own fingers. She then asphyxiates herself, and the focus changes to another woman, who also begins to mutilate herself. She starts with a fork, switches …

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Film Review: Hitch-Hike (2013)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: The beautiful young Saeko and her abusive husband Yoshio are driving through the Japanese countryside. Yoshio continually makes things unpleasant for his unfortunate wife, fingering her while she’s driving and slapping her whenever his beer spills. They pick up a hitchhiker who, like Yoshio, is a fishing enthusiast. Things quickly turn sour, however, and the moment …

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