Leeds IFF 2012: In Another Country (Da-reun na-ra-e-suh, South Korea-France 2012)

I chose this screening based on Isabelle Huppert’s appearance and the vague recollection that the writer-director Hong Sang-Soo was important. I wonder what I might have written if I wasn’t aware of the director’s pedigree? I later realised that this was one of the films in competition for the Palme d’Or in 2012 and that… Read More Leeds IFF 2012: In Another Country (Da-reun na-ra-e-suh, South Korea-France 2012)

War of the Arrows (Choi-jong-byeong-gi Hwal, South Korea 2011)

This relatively unheralded film turned out to be the biggest box office local film of the year in South Korea, beaten only by Tom Cruise and the latest Transformers film in the chart. Perhaps most surprising about its success is that a large portion of the dialogue is spoken in a virtually extinct Manchu language… Read More War of the Arrows (Choi-jong-byeong-gi Hwal, South Korea 2011)