27 Most Anticipated Korean Films of 2016

By Pierce Conran More so than usual, it took a long time to compile this year’s ‘most anticipated Korean films’ list for the simple reason that there’s so much on the horizon. Some of Korea’s master directors return, following their US debuts, and there are many tantalizing combinations of talent and concept waiting in the…

Korean Directors Take on STAR WARS!

By Kyu Hyun Kim In the midst of global Star Wars mania, MKC contributor Kyu Hyun Kim imagines what a Star Wars Episode VIII might look like if the reins and total creative freedom were given to some of the biggest names in Korean cinema. This is of course just a bit of fun and…

Top 10 Korean Films of 2015

By Pierce Conran Sales have been impressive as box office admissions reached a new peak and local films maintained a +50% market share, but looking at the quality of what was on offer, it must be said that 2015 was not the best year for Korean cinema. Big budgeted, maudlin affairs dominated the charts, though…

Busan 2015 Review: RECORDING Chronicles Charming Cast In Forgettable Story

Part of MKC’s coverage of the 20th Busan International Film Festival.By Pierce Conran It’s the small moments that work in Recording, a story that is low on ambition but infused with a winning charm even as it drags in the scripting department, particularly in the back half. Sweet and unaffected, Park Min-kook’s debut follows a…

Busan 2015 Review: OFFICE Works Up an Intriguing Salaryman Chiller

Part of MKC’s coverage of the 20th Busan International Film Festival. By Pierce Conran Life is hard for the average Korean salaryman, and sometimes that engenders a need to blow off a little steam. For many that involves drinking to excess, but for others it can spill over into the homestead. New Korean horror-thriller Office takes this…

Busan 2015 Review: ALONE Winds Its Mystery Through the Backstreets of Seoul

Part of MKC’s coverage of the 20th Busan International Film Festival. By Pierce Conran Four years after his experimental 3D shaman mystery Fish, Park Hong-min returns to BIFF with another singular work that offers one of the most compelling examinations of gentrification in Seoul. Alone follows a single character as he hops from one terrible…

Busan 2015 Review: THE PIPER, A Satisfyingly Grimm Fairy Tale

Part of MKC’s coverage of the 20th Busan International Film Festival. By Pierce Conran Step away from the city and it isn’t long before you fall in with bad company or into a mystery in Korean cinema, with remote islands and mountains being among the favored haunts of the country’s more macabre filmmakers. Taking its…

Busan 2015 Review: STEEL FLOWER Offers Wilted View of Korean Youth

Part of MKC’s coverage of the 20th Busan International Film Festival.By Pierce Conran A year after Wild Flowers, Park Suk-young returns to the Busan International Film Festival with Steel Flower. Gritty, intimate and centering around a young girl lost in a harsh urban world, Park’s latest kicks off on the same foot as his debut,…