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5 Must-See New Korean Films

1. “The Shameless” 2015

Director: Seung-uk Oh

The police are staking out Park Joon-gil for the murder of Hwang Choong-nam, and jaded detective Jung Jae-gon is being pressured to close the case, particularly by his former superior Moon Ki-beom, who lost his badge for corruption. Joon-gil was once the mob enforcer for Jay Investment, but had fallen out of favor when he embezzled and stole the heart of Kim Hye-kyung, the girlfriend of the company’s vice president Park Jong-ho. Jay Investment representative Min Young-ki approaches Jae-gon and offers him US$5,000 to ensure that Joon-gil is maimed during the arrest as payback. Jae-gon reluctantly agrees, but a botched arrest sends Joon-gil on the run, and Jae-gon decides the best way to find him again is by sticking with Hye-kyung, hoping she will lead him to the fugitive. Hye-kyung now works as a bar hostess to pay off her substantial debt to Jong-ho, and Jae-gon threatens his way into an undercover job as a floor manager at the nightclub she works at. Introducing himself as Joon-gil’s former cellmate Lee Young-joon, Jae-gon begins to spend time with the suspicious Hye-kyung and gradually wins her trust. But when Joon-gil returns asking Hye-kyung for money for a potential deal, Jae-gon’s newfound feelings of love and jealousy rise to the surface.

2. "Veteran” 2015

 Director: Seung-wan Ryoo

Jo Tae-Oh is a young man who was grown spoiled in a wealthy family. He keeps on committing pretty much every crime that one can think of. He tries to buy his way out of everything which almost always works but Detevtive Seo Do-Cheol won’t let that happen this time.

3. "The Beauty Inside” 2015

Director: Jong-Yeol Baek (Baik) 

Woo-jin wakes up in a different body everyday, regardless of age, gender and nationality. Sometimes he’s a man, a woman, old, young, or even a foreigner. He’s the same person on the inside, but on the outside he’s always someone new. Looking at a different face in the mirror every morning is hard for him to get used to. The only constant in his life is the girl he loves, Yi-soo, who knows his secret and loves him anyway. Each time he transforms, Woo-jin must figure out how to return to his own body and reunite with Yi-soo.

4. “Confession” 2014

Director: Do-yun Lee

Hyun-tae, In-chul and Min-soo have been best friends since childhood. Hyun-tae is a paramedic with a daughter in kindergarten, In-chul is a con man who works at an insurance company, and Min-soo is a small business owner. Hyun-tae’s mother, who owns an illegal gambling arcade, asks In-chul to stage a robbery/arson of her arcade to get an insurance settlement. But when it results in her accidental death, the friends have a falling out and their relationships with each other are forever changed.

5. “The Office” 2015

Director: Won-Chan Hong

Kim Byong-gook works as section chief in big bureau-building. He is believed to be a family man, but his colleagues don’t like him much. One day, Byong-gook slaughters his whole family and then disappears. Detective Jong-hoon is investigating the case and also asking Kim’s colleagues about possible clues, but it seems they can’t help him. Except Lee Mi-rye. The policeman recognizes that the young girl seems to know more about his suspect, but is hiding something from him. So Detective Jong-hoon is watching the CCTV-Tapes and see Byong-gook entering the building - but doesn’t come out again. Jong-hoon believes Kim must hide in the building, which makes the workers afraid about to work - and they are absolutely right!

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Putting on the Dish
Written & Directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston, 2015

London, 1962. Two strangers strike up a conversation on a park bench about life, sex and the hostile world they find themselves in as gay men. The conversation might be commonplace, but the language isn’t, because the two men are speaking in Polari.

Polari was a form of slang spoken by some gay men in Britain prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Used primarily as a coded way for them to discuss their experiences, it quickly fell out of use in the 70s, although several words entered mainstream English and are still used today.

Shedding light on a little-known and fascinating slice of gay history, this film is a darkly comic exploration of oppression, resilience and gay subculture in 1960s England.


Hear all about Eddie Redmayne’s first audiobook

Fantastic Beasts isn’t Eddie’s first book reading. In 2011, he recorded “My Week With Marilyn” by Colin Clark, whom he portrayed in the film version that year. Here’s a delightful podcast with Eddie discussing the recording, making the movie — along with a snippet of his reading. All for your Throwback Thursday enjoyment.

Eddie Redmayne as Nice Guy Eddie BookD podcast

‘Eddie Redmayne is, by common consent, one of the most exciting actors to hit both stage and screen’ The Independent wrote earlier in the year.

Eddie may not be a name that everyone knows just yet, but as far as we’re concerned this will inevitably change after ‘My Week with Marilyn’ starts playing in UK cinemas from November.
Eddie plays the lead in this one as the Eton educated, fresh faced Colin Clark. Colin is an upper class/ my parents mingle with the rich and famous/ trust fund baby type, who wrote a memoir about a week in his life that would change him forever. You’ve got to commend Colin for his aspirations toward a more ‘normal’ lifestyle. He wants to prove himself as a passionate, willing and good mannered individual and doesn’t wish for his upper crust background to be the only way to get his foot in the door (although it did get him through Sir Lawrence Olivier’s door). The great man was a friend to Colin’s parents and once Larry knew that Colin was keen to work in the film industry he readily made him a runner during filming of his 1957 hit ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ starring the Baron and the ultimate American blonde, Marilyn Monroe.
Contrary to several warnings given to Colin during filming about this leading lady and her needs, wants and must haves, Colin wasn’t afraid to get to know Ms Monroe a little better than most of the mere mortals on set.
He documents this in his memoir which was later published as a book entitled ‘My Week with Marilyn’ which published originally in 2000.

Redmayne plays Clark alongside Michelle Williams as Monroe.
This is a fascinating interview with Redmayne, his charm and wit are addictive and his reading of the memoir is amusing, heart-felt and believable.