Saturday, July 12, 2014

A few more South Korean movies

Using the Hola location unblocker, I've been able to watch a bunch of South Korean movies that are not available on Netflix UK. All three movies fall in to the South Korean revenge genre, a category I think may have kickstarted by the classic movie Oldboy - this film which was my gateway in to South Korean cinema. The stand-out movie in the bunch is "I Saw the Devil", which is up there with the best of them (think Oldboy, New Order, The Man from Nowhere, A Bittersweet Life, and The Good The Bad and The Weird).


I Saw the Devil
****1/2

A Company Man
***

Confession of a Murder
***

With Hollywood's well of originality running drier than the Atacama Desert, it's no surprise that I Saw the Devil is being remade for Western audiences. It's a shame, as I think the studios are repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot. If they simply bought the distribution rights to movies like Oldboy and I Saw the Devil, and marketed them like Western movies, I reckon they could really open audience's eyes to some foreign gems and leave them wanting more (witness the surge in interest in subtitled Scandinavian programmes in the UK). Instead, we get flat remakes that seem rather pointless.

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