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Film Review: #Alive 살아있다 Saraitda (2020) - South Korea [Netflix]

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Film Review: #Alive 살아있다 Saraitda (2020) - South Korea [Netflix]

#Alive 살아있다 Saraitda (2020) - South Korea [Netflix] Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)Let’s just say that “Alive” should have been the “Train to Busan” sequel rather than the boring “Peninsula”. Although that’s not saying much when compared to the critically dud, this Netflix’s attempt to rehash the Korean zombie genre is insanely exciting, fun, engaging and even tense to watch. Director Cho Il-hyung manages to craft the film in three excellent act, the first to set the tone and put the main character into survival and shock mode, then the 2nd the meeting of a fellow...

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Film Review: Hotel by the River 강변 호텔 (Gangbyeon hotel) 江邊旅館 (2018) - South Korea

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Film Review: Hotel by the River 강변 호텔 (Gangbyeon hotel) 江邊旅館 (2018) - South Korea

Hotel by the River 강변 호텔 (Gangbyeon hotel) (2018) - South Korea   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Chances are that director Hong Sang-soo, continues his auteur journey in “Hotel by the River”. Shot in black and white once again, Hong manages to eludes the norms of Korean society and provide a soul barring look at the core of humanity and the ultimate feeling of melancholy and moodiness that is often overshadowed by interactive character dialogues. By all means this is a sad film rather than uplifting as the main character of the story is...

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Film Review: The Battle Roar to Victory 봉오동 전투 (鳳梧洞戰鬪) (2019) - South Korea

Andrew Chan Korean Movie The Battle Roar to Victory

Film Review: The Battle Roar to Victory 봉오동 전투 (鳳梧洞戰鬪) (2019) - South Korea

The Battle Roar to Victory 봉오동 전투 (鳳梧洞戰鬪) (2019) - South Korea Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia) In terms of cinematic achievements, Director Won Sin-yeon tries hard to bring the infamous epic battle of Fengwudong to life, but ends up falling over into pieces as the film fails to connect with the audience. There are so much at sake and odds on against the imperialist Japanese elite army, the film could easily have been a tense character battle with an epic showdown, instead it wielded over cliches, characters that are not memorable and more importantly, a...

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Film Review: The Beast 비스트 (Biseuse) (2019) - South Korea

Andrew Chan Korean Movie The Beast 비스트(Biseuse

Film Review: The Beast 비스트 (Biseuse) (2019) - South Korea

The Beast 비스트 (Biseuse) (2019) - South Korea Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   In depicting moral values, corruption and total destruction of the humanity, director Jung-ho Lee crafted the intense thriller “The Beast” into a dystopia. Remaking the French corruption thriller, Lee manages to bring new life into the genre with insightful details on costs of rising the ranks within Korean society, internal and external politics in the cops world and how the underprivileged will forever be grounded in their own regime. The gap of poor and rich, the weak and powerful is dutifully magnified...

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Film Review: Money 돈 (Don) (2019) - South Korea

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Film Review: Money 돈 (Don) (2019) - South Korea

Money 돈 (Don) (2019) - South Korea Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Billed as the “Wolf of Wall Street” in Korea, “Money” directed by Park Noo-ri, shows precisely the same message of greed, wealth and ultimately fraud and unmistakable crimes. Stock brokering and market manipulation comes hand in hand in this coming of age crime thriller starring rising star Ryu Jun-yeol (“Reply 1988”) as the young graduate rising to fame, wealth and high society through engaging in illegal activities, scams, offshore funds, whilst working behind the scene for a mysterious operation known as the “ticket”. The film...

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