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Film Review: The Great Battle (2018) - South Korea

Andrew Chan Korean Movie The Great Battle

Film Review: The Great Battle (2018) - South Korea

The Great Battle (2018) - South Korea Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   It’s South Korean cinema’s turn to go epic with the “The Great Battle”, directed by Kim Kwong-shik, the film revoked memories of the great battles scenes in John Woo’s “Red Cliff” and Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings”. The film is loosely based on the Year 600s period when the three Korean kingdoms are at war and the Chinese Tang’s Emperor Taizong took advantage of this to stage an attack of the fortress guarding ancient city of Ansi. Largely historically inaccurate as the...

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Film Review: The Spy Gone North (2018) - South Korea

Andrew Chan Korean Movie The Spy Gone North

Film Review: The Spy Gone North (2018) - South Korea

The Spy Gone North (2018) - South Korea   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)     Films about South Korean government agencies sending spies into North Korea is fast becoming a cliche genre. Luckily, “The Spy Gone North” provides an different realistic look and venture through layers of both North and South characters without being stereotypical figureheads (with the exceptions of the portrayal of Kim Jong-II). With that being said, director Yoon Jong-bin whose body of work include “The Berlin File” smartly merges comic timing with the tense and danger of the situation to create a...

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