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8 New Korean Films That You Should Watch This Spring

Spring is already shaping up to be a busy season for Korean cinema. From the election drama The Mayor, in which Choi Min-sik appears the mayor of Seoul while Kwak Do-won (The Wailing) plays his aide, to renowned Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s On the Beach at Night Alone starring Kim Min-hee (The Handmaiden) to One Day, the latest film from romantic drama specialist Lee Yoon-ki (A Man and A Woman), featuring Chun Woo-hee (The Wailing) and Kim Nam-gil (Pandora).

Here’s a look at 8 new Korean films worth keeping an eye out for.

Ordinary Person

Director: Kim Bong-han

Cast: Son Hyun-joo, Jang Hyuk, Kim Sang-ho, Ra Mi-ran, Jung Man-sik, Cho Dal-hwan, Ji Seung-hyeon

Plot: Detective Seong-jin (Son Hyun-joo) arrests Tae-sung for petty crimes, but shocked to find out that he is the notorious serial killer. However, Seong-jin becomes doubtful of his identity as the serial murder case is investigated.
See full article at AsianMoviePulse »

Mother Review

The masterfully-composed frames of Joon-ho Bong's latest always succeeds in drawing the eye - but just as often this unconventional thriller fails at drawing in the viewer's emotions. Centering on a mother's attempts to protect her mentally challenged son after he's accused of murder, superlative acting and direction can't redeem what feels like an underwritten story.

Hye-ja Kim plays the title role, an herbalist and unlicensed acupuncturist who finds herself up against a lazy, uninterested police force and a generally unsympathetic community after a teenage girl is murdered. Her son, Do-joon (Bin Won) becomes the prime suspect after being seen following the victim and leaving a piece of evidence with his name on it near the scene.

The story is in many ways the other side of Bong's brilliant Memories of Murder which showed rural police ineptitude attempting to right itself in the face of a series of heinous crimes.
See full article at Screen Anarchy »

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 ‘Mother’ Chicago Passes From Award-Winning Director of ‘The Host’

Chicago – In our latest murder mystery edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of “Mother” from the award-winning director of “The Host”!

Mother” stars Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Ku Jin, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mi-sun Jun, Young-Suck Lee, Sae-Beauk Song, Mun-hee Na, Woo-hee Chun and Byoung-Soon Kim from writer and director Joon-ho Bong. The film opens in Chicago on March 19, 2010.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Mother” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “Mother” from the award-winning director of “The Host”.

Image credit: Magnolia Pictures

Here is the “Mother” plot description:

The latest film from award-winning Korean director Bong Joon-ho
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Top 10 Toxic Movie Moms

Korean director Joon-ho Bong may have created the ultimate image of matriarchal generosity for his new movie, Mother. Determined to prove her mentally challenged son innocent of murder, the woman (played indelibly by Hye-ja Kim) will do anything to rescue him from incarceration. If that means crossing a few moral boundaries in the process, so be it.

Not all mothers are so selfless, though. Some, in fact, are downright hellacious. And while watching parental sacrifice can be an uplifting and occasionally thought-provoking experience, the sight of a mom warping filial devotion to her own ends — with the kids sometimes getting their own back in return — can be downright fun. So it was no trouble for us to come up with a list of Top 10 Toxic Movie Moms.

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Mother - Trailer

Bin Won, Ku Jin, and Hye-ja Kim star

Link | Posted 3/12/2010 by reelz

Mother | Throw Momma From the Train
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit
See full article at Dark Horizons »

The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series
See full article at Dark Horizons »

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