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My Cinematic Alphabet: Korean-Style

(originally posted March 29,  2011)

Despite my rather vocal rant about End of Year Top 10 lists, I enjoy reading most lists. I was sitting in yet another class when I noticed that @bobfreelander had posted a list of his cinematic alphabet. I wanted to play too, but no one wants to see another list from me that is heavy in films from the 1950s and Verhoeven movies.

Since my focus this year is Korean film, the decision was easy. Make my cinematic alphabet from films of South Korea. Some of the films listed I haven’t seen yet but are on my list to watch this year. (Ok, and I cheated a bit with X and Z).

Hope you enjoy (or just say that you do. I have delicate feelings.)

A is for ARANG

 

B is for BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE

 

C is for CITY OF VIOLENCE

 

D is for DIRTY CARNIVAL

 

E is for EXHAUSTED

 

F is for FRIEND

 

G is for GREEN FISH

 

H is for HAEUNDAE

 

I is for INSADONG SCANDAL

 

J is for JSA: JOINT SECURITY AREA

 

K is for KICK THE MOON

 

L is for LADY VENGEANCE

 

M is for MOTHER

 

N is for NO. 3

 

O is for OLDBOY

 

P is for PEPPERMINT CANDY

 

Q is for THE QUIET FAMILY

 

R is for R-POINT

 

S is for SECRET SUNSHINE

 

T is for TAKE CARE OF MY CAT

 

U is for UNTOLD SCANDAL

 

V is for VOICES

 

W is for WHISPERING CORRIDORS

 

X is for PROJECT X

 

Y is for YESTERDAY

 

Z is for ZZANG

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Korean Cinema Blogathon 2012

 

It’s almost time for one of the highlights of my Korean film project: The Korean Cinema Blogathon. A lot of the sites I visit for information about Korean film will be involved this year.

 

The press release:

Following last year’s successful Korean Blogathon (thanks to everyone who joined us!), New Korean Cinema and cineAWESOME! will be hosting the event again this year from 5th to the 11th March.

What’s the Korean Blogathon?

It’s a way to try to encourage as many people – including YOU! – to share and discover opinions and ideas about Korean cinema. It’s open to anyone – wherever you are around the world and whichever language you speak.

For one week we try to encourage as many people as possible to get involved writing about Korean cinema. Anything you want. Over the course of the seven days this kicks up some really interesting posts – and, most importantly, people are able to read what you’ve written and discover films and ideas that they’ve never come across before, maybe learn a little about Korean film history, or maybe even discover websites and blogs they were previously unaware of.

Ideas for blog posts might include reviews, top tens, opinions on favorite directors / actors / genres, whatever you want – it just needs to be related to Korean cinema in some way. Last year we had fifty blogs participate, generating one hundred and fifty posts!

Check out the links for last years event here. This year the event will be hosted by cineAWESOME! and mirrored at New Korean Cinema.

All you need to do to join us is to write a post – or as many posts as you want over the seven days – on your blog or website during the week of 5th to the 11th of March then send an e-mail to blogathon@cineawesome.com with your link to and we’ll post a link to you from the site. You can also post your own links on our Facebook page or we will do it for you, and we’ll Tweet links to your posts throughout the week: the Twitter tag for the week will be #koreablog.

If you want to use one of our ‘Korean Blogathon 2012’ banners they can be downloaded from here.

 

 

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Obsession: Needless CGI Explosions

QUICK (2011)

Motorcycles. Bad explosions. I need this DVD!

 

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Library: SECTOR 7

The DVD cover lies!

It’s here! My copy of SECTOR 7. It must be noted that the DVD cover is not true. This movie tanked at the Korean box office.

 

UPDATE: I watched it. It’s wretched. Let’s pretend it doesn’t exist.

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Obsession: Lee Byung-hun

Who wouldn’t buy a shirt from him?

 

The Hallyu star has opened a shop in Korea. Hats, wallets, etc are all being sold. If only I could make purchases online….  BH Shop

 

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Anticipated: SUNNY

Why? A movie about a gaggle of ladies sold 7.3 million tickets in South Korea!

 

 

Review from Rainy Day Movies

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Anticipated: NAMELESS GANGSTER

Why? Choi Min-sik starring in a crime film set in the 90s.

Theatrical release is February 2012 in South Korea.

 

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OK, It’s A Year-End List

My 2011 By-The-Numbers

1 – Number of feature narrative films by Dee Rees. She directed my favorite film of the year, PARIAH.

2 – Number of films I walked out of. CHARLIE CASANOVA and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3. Both were in a film festival setting and I felt my time would be better spent standing in line or sleeping.

3 – Number of 35mm ROBOCOP movies watched. ROBOCOP, ROBOCOP 2, and ROBOCOP 3

4 – Number of Sylvia Kristel movies I watched: EMMANUELLE, EMMANUELLE 2, EMMANUELLE 4, and THE CONCORD: AIRPORT ‘79

5 – Number of times I saw ATTACK THE BLOCK in a theatre. Twice at SXSW and 3 times theatrically.

6 – Number of movies I watched that involved apes and planets. PLANET OF THE APES, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

7 – SEVENTH MOON. Watched on 7/23. Why does this movie exist and why did I feel the need to watch it?

8 – Number of films watched at Austin Film Festival: MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, METROPOLITAN, DARWIN, ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS, CINEMA IS EVERYWHERE, SOMEWHERE WEST, SAL, PARIAH

9 – Number of shorts watched as a part of the (online) Tribeca Film Festival: THE RIDE, MR.  STACHE, THE KISS, THE DUNGEON MASTERS, YEAR ZERO, TERMS, SUMMER SNAPSHOT, ROOMS, and CRASH AND BURN

10 – Number of films I watched and enjoyed that were directed by Kim Ki-duk: THE ISLE, REAL FICTION, BAD GUY, THE COAST GUARD, SPRING SUMMER FALL WINTER SPRING, SAMARITAN GIRL, 3-IRON, THE BOW, TIME, and BREATH

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