JSA – Joint Security Area (2000)

JSA – Joint Security Area first published by Little White Lies, as entry 119 in my Cinema Pyschotronicum column It is the wee hours of 28 October, at the scene of a multiple murder. Jeong Woo-jin (Shin Ha-kyun, Lady Vengeance) and another man, Choi, are dead, and Oh Kyung-pil (Song Kang-ho, Memories of Murder, Parasite)…

Spider Forest

Spider Forest (2004)

Review first published by Film4 Synopsis: Song Il-Gon weaves an inescapable trap for characters and viewers alike in this melancholic Korean mystery. Review: A scene in the middle of Spider Forest (Geomi sup) shows Kang Min (Kam Woo-sung), producer of television’s ‘Mystery Theatre’, frantically editing ‘on the fly’ the second half of an episode even as the first half is…

The Yellow Sea (2011)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: Hot on the heels of The Chaser, Na Hong-jin’s second feature is an equally breathless tale of exile, assassination and existentialism. Review: The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) opens with its anti-heroic protagonist Gu-nam (Ha Jung-woo) recounting in voice-over an anecdote from when he was just 11 years old: after his dog had gone on a…

The Chaser

The Chaser (Chugyeokja) (2008)

The Chaser (Chugyeokja) first published by Film4 Synopsis: Na Hong-Jin’s feature debut is a noirish dash through the very s(e)oul of Korea in search of a serial killer. Review: “Sir, I made a mistake, I should make up for it.” So says Jung-Ho (Kim Yoon-suk) to the nervous young man whose car he has just accidentally hit….