A-Town Boyz

A-Town Boyz (2023)

“I grew up watching movies like Rambo and listening to pop songs like Tom Jones,” says Hong J. Kim about halfway through A-Town Boyz, “And I thought America is so free. I want my son to live as freely and be tough.” Kim emigrated to America in 1984 when South Korea was still under General…

The Edge of Heaven

The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) (2007)

The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) first published by musicOMH, 22 Feb 2008 Following the international success of Fatih Akin’s vibrant Turco-German romantic drama Head-On (Gegen die Wand, 2003), The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) is intended by the director to be the second film in a loose trilogy, and accordingly…

Open the Door

Open the Door (2022)

Open the Door screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2023. This is the text (more or less) of my on-stage introduction. There has recently been a spate of films, like Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari (2020), Anthony Shim’s Riceboy Sleeps (2022) and Celine Song’s Past Lives (2023), that deal with the Korean diaspora in North…

Most

Most Beautiful Island (2017)

Most Beautiful Island first published by Little White Lies Most Beautiful Island opens with scenes of the morning pedestrian rush in New York. It is a series of crowd shots, each with a different woman at its centre. By the time the camera has settled on Luciana (the actress Ana Asensio, who is also debuting here…