Category Archives: At the Movies

Chunhyang on the Big Screen (and Online)

Some nice news for anyone who likes movies and has some spare time this winter break: In December, the Korean Film Archive (한국영상자료원) has made available Im Kwon-taek’s pansori-movie Chunhyang (춘향뎐, 2000, IMDB) on their Youtube-Channel. You can watch the … Continue reading

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The Sound of a Flower: New Movie about the First Female Pansori Singer

If there is a feature film about pansori, it’s without doubt Seopyeonje by Im Kwon-taek (서편제, 임권택, 1993). Among his over hundred movies, Im Kwon-taek also shot a sequel (Beyond the Years, 천년학, 2007, which flopped) and another movie based on the Tale of … Continue reading

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In it for the Body: Benedict Cumberbatch Plays Hamlet at the Barbican

I’m a fan of Sherlock Holmes-stories (and radio plays) since my childhood and have enjoyed the BBC’s Sherlock Series, like it’s US counterpart Elementary. I’m not what you’d call a “Cumberbitch”, nor am I particularly fond of actor Benedict Cumberbatch, … Continue reading

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We’ll Meet Again: Lee Man Hee Retrospective at the Korean Film Archive

I had seen a few Korean movies in Paris, but those were for the most part international festival darlings like Oldboy (올드보이) by Park Chan-wook, Binjip (빈집) and almost everything else by Kim Ki-duk, The President’s Last Bang (그때 그사람들) … Continue reading

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Kidlat Tahimik, Champion of Third-World Cinema

On the occasion of the screening of Kidlat Tahimik’s latest movie Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III at the Berlin Film Festival and him winning the Caligari Prize (see the trailer and hopefully soon a review in German at … Continue reading

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Pictures in Motion: Ito Takashi’s Experimental Films

Motion pictures are pictures in motion. So far, so good. The short films by experimental filmmaker Ito Takashi (伊藤高志 이토 다카시) I just saw made me realize this simple truth once again—but to what effect! Always good for a surprise, … Continue reading

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Double Django

Mud, blood, and not a single tear. That’s the formula of a good spaghetti western. On this rainy Sunday afternoon, we went to see a Django-double feature at the Cinematheque, the great free-for-all movie theatre run by the Korean Film … Continue reading

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