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MGFF 2017 Review: One Night and Two Days Trilogy

21 Feb , 2017  

South Korea’s foremost queer filmmaker, Leesong Hee-il, directs the One Night and Two Days Trilogy, premiering in Australia for the first time at MGFF 2017.

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JFF 2016 Review: The Actor

20 Nov , 2016  

Rising female filmmaker, Satoko Yokohama, glimpses into the life of small-time actors in Japanese film and theatre with her slice-of-life film, The Actor.

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Review: Reach for the SKY

6 Oct , 2016  

Reach for the SKY is a Korean-Belgian documentary that examines the cruel reality of South Korea’s highly competitive education system.

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Review: Train to Busan

23 Aug , 2016  

All aboard the South Korean zombie thrill ride, Train to Busan, the live action debut of filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho and the country’s first zombie blockbuster.

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KOFFIA 2016 Review: Fourth Place

15 Aug , 2016  

Jung Ji-woo’s Fourth Place is an indictment of South Korea’s competitive culture which doesn’t just belong in sports but in all young Korean lives.

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Feature: The Host and the commentary traditions of ‘kaiju’ cinema

28 Jul , 2016  

More than just a monster movie, Bong Joon-ho’s landmark film, The Host, was a biting commentary on society and a continuation of ‘kaiju’ cinema traditions.

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Review: SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

9 Mar , 2016  

Ten years after the original Donnie Yen film, SPL 2: A Time for Consequences is a spiritual sequel that delivers martial arts action in spades.

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Feature: Why Indonesia’s ‘The Look of Silence’ deserves Oscar glory

24 Feb , 2016  

Could The Look of Silence earn Indonesia its first Oscar? We take a look at what makes Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary great and why it deserves to win.

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JFF2015 Review: Pieta in the Toilet

16 Nov , 2015  

Pieta in the Toilet follows a cancer-striken artist turned window washer as he comes to grips with his own mortality in his final summer.

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JFF2015 Review: When the Curtain Rises

15 Nov , 2015  

Featuring the music and idols of Japanese girl group Momoiro Clover Z, When the Curtain Rises is an optimistic slice of life high school drama.

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MIFF 2015 Review: The Liar

4 Aug , 2015  

Casting a critical eye over materialism and social status in South Korea is, The Liar, a film about a pathological liar and her double life.

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Review: A Werewolf Boy

21 Jul , 2015  

A critical and commercial success in South Korea in 2012, A Werewolf Boy, is a fantastic romance-fantasy hybrid packed with excellent writing and acting.