korean-cinema

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This woman, 손예진 Son Ye-jin, looks badass.

Promotional poster (top) for the Korean feature film 해적 The Pirates. The film is set in early Chosun times as “an action adventure about pirates and bandits searching for a missing seal that went missing at sea when it was attacked by whales.”

Uh, okay, if you say so (the film sold to 20 different territories at a recent Cannes market, after all). Actress Son Ye-jin portrays Yeo-wol, “a female boss who has control over the seas and is bound with charisma and dynamic sword skills.”

Release date in South Korea : 2014/Summer. Directed by 이석훈 Lee Seok-hoon. Screenplay by 천성일 Cheon Seong-il.

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I’m a sort of scholar. And my field of study is you. A scholar studying Oh Dae-Su. An expert on Oh Dae-su. Who I am isn’t important. What’s important is “why”. Think hard. Study your whole lifetime. School is finished now it’s time for your homework. Keep this in mind: “Whether it be a grain of sand or a rock, in water they both sink alike.”

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Poetry/시 (2010), Lee Chang-dong

“Do you remember the scene where Mija watches TV news in a hospital? A Palestinian mother is crying because she lost her son. Most audience doesn’t take this scene seriously, but I put a lot of effort into it. We come into contact with the pain of others, who are living in the other side of the world, and we are quite detached from them. I wanted to show how the media deliver their suffering and how we take it. The people sitting in front of the TV are ill. They can’t afford to think about the pain of others when they are not well themselves. Mija is one of them. She doesn’t understand the woman’s pain, either.

But when she leaves the hospital later, she sees another woman who is wailing, having lost her daughter. Now the pain of others is closer to Mija because of the second woman. She also pays more attention to it. Then, later, she learns that the woman’s pain was caused by her grandson. Therefore, she has a direct connection with the tragic incident [that caused the death of the woman’s daughter], as a perpetrator, because of her own flesh and blood.”

Lee Chang-dong (x)