GREAT NEWS YOU KOREAN MOVIE LOVERS OUT THERE! New York’s Korean Cultural Center is bringing back its series, Korean Movie Night At Home for a part two! I don’t know if you remember my post on the first go-around early this summer I’m a huge fan of the Korean movie nights put on by the Cultural Center, probably some of my favorite memories during my time in New York, and I love the idea that they are finding ways to continue their drive to spread Korean culture even during these times.
Sure, some of these movies are available on Viki, but a lot of them you need to have the vikipass to see. If you go to the Korean Cultural website, you can actually just go and watch any of the movies listed completely for free, no commercials, and completely subbed. It’s a great opportunity to support a great cause and maybe try out some movies you wouldn’t necessarily have tried out before. Last go around I was able to catch a few which were a lot of fun.
And this round possibly looks even better! The following are the movies they’re featuring, synopsises and their trailers, you know, so you can make a fully informed decision…though sometimes it’s even fun just to take a stab in the dark and try one without any research to it… just like real Korean Movie Night!
Beasts Clawing at Straws
The destinies of hard-luck lowlifes slowly converge and come crashing down: Jung-man barely gets by working at a sauna and taking care of his sick mother until he finds a bag full of cash in the locker room; Tae-young is in trouble after his girlfriend runs away with the money he borrowed from a loan shark. Soon, a dead body mysteriously turns up; Mi-ran, caught between her husband’s violence and a dead-end job as a bar hostess, she finds a young lover Jin-tae, who offers to kill her husband… And now their dog-eat-dog game starts.
Stephanie’s Note: Classic Korean Movie Night option. Action, backstabbing, blood, hijinx and Jung Woo. Yep, I’m thinking I can get someone to watch this with me.
In Joseon, geomancers help people find lucky site for houses, stores and even graves. PARK, a royal geomancer, loses his family because he exposed the powerful KIM’s conspiracy. PARK plans a revenge and learns that Kim is looking for the grave site that would make his son the King. Heung-seon, a faithful friend of the King, joins PARK to prevent KIM to usurp the throne by finding it first.
Stephanie’s Note: Huh. A saeguk suspense action film about Fengshui? Huh. Pretty sure this one is going to be a no. Sorry guys. I will though say I had no idea Ji Sung was in this until his name flashed at the end. He sinks right into this role.
Sejong, the 4th king of Chosun, has been interested in advancing science and technology. He appoints Jang Young-sil, a slave and scientific genius, to be a low-level officer despite a bitter opposition of the court. Jang blossoms his talents by making the most accurate water clock that has ever made. Sejong wants to create a new calendar that can replace the Chinese one from the Ming Dynasty.
Stephanie’s Note: I’m sure this is classic, its’ probably excellent, but I can 100% tell you I’m not going to watch it. Saeguk’s never end well, especially movies and I’m not in the mood for that.
Hit and Run Squad
A car-chasing action movie about an ace policeman in the hit and run department with a knack for cars, a detective who was demoted, and a man who is crazy about cars and speed.
Stephanie’s Note: Jo Jung Suk as a bad guy? Innnntersting. Well, he’s an excellent actor so I am sure he did a great job but his face is so pretty, I’m going to have a hard time disliking him.
It’s the story of South Korea’s first trial by jury in 2008. It follows the case of a son brutally murdering his mother, with all factors seeming to point to a guilty ruling. However, the trial does not go as smoothly as expected. The eighth juror, young entrepreneur Kwon Nam Woo questions the defendant’s self-declaration of guilt. As a result, the judge calls for a new debate to establish a guilty or not guilty verdict.
Stephanie’sNote: Ooooh, I went in thinking I wouldn’t want to see this, but it looks like fun. It reminds me of that movie, I don’t know what the name of it, I think it had Henry Fonda? The one where all the jurors thought the guy was guilty but the one guy? And he slowly convinced them all to question their verdict? Its like famous classic movie! You know the one.
Hye-won grows tired of life in the city and returns to her hometown in the countryside. After a year of living in the countryside with her old friends, Hye-won finally realizes what she has always been searching for. Based on an orginial story by Igarashi Daisuke, which has been nominated for the Tetsuka Osamu Culture Award, one of the top 3 comic awards in Japan. This adaptation is created in director Yim Soon-rye’s warm conceptualization of Korea’s beautiful nature and various foods.
Stephanie’s Note: SaraG actually watched this one already and has been singing it’s praises!
A woman’s (Han Ji-Min) past as a convict follows her everywhere and, because of this, she doesn’t open up to others. The woman meets a girl and decides to save her from the cruel world. A man (Lee Hee-Joon), who holds feelings for the woman, tries to protect her in his own way.
Stephanie’s Note: I’d watch this, it looks good, but I’d probably cheat first. Find out if it ends well? And then jump in whole heartedly like it was my own idea. From the trailer it could go either way.
Mi-Young runs a shop at a traditional market, where she makes and sells twisted bread sticks. Her husband Seok-Hwan works as a computer repairman. One day, Seok-Hwan wins a free trip to Hawaii. Mi-Young and Seok-Hwan will go on their first international trip together. When Mi-Young and Seok-Hwan get on the airplane to Hawaii, things don’t go as expected. Terrorists, including Cheol-Seung, who chase after a secret agent, get on the same airplane. The passengers soon become hostages. Suddenly, Mi-Young and Seok-Hwan begin to rescue the passengers.
Stephanie’s Note: I mean, did you watch this teaser? Yeah, I’m going to watch it probably this weekend! It looks like so much fun. And the idea that they are all just trying to get to Hawaii? LAUGH.
Sunset in my Hometown
Hak-soo has challenged TV audition program for 6 years but never gets into the finalist. On the day he fails his 7th audition, he receives a call from his hometown that his father is in the hospital. He rushes to his hometown Byeon-san, only to find it his father lied to bring him to Byeon-san. He heads back to Seoul, but he is suspected as a phishing scam criminal there.
Stephanie’s Note: This one looks good too! Uhoh, looks like I have to clear off some space in order to get all of these movies in! Good thing I’m done with Christmas Craft.
What A Man Wants
Seok-geun is a middle-aged taxi driver who loves his wife but constantly cheats on her. His younger sister Mi-young and her husband Bong-soo live right next door to Seok-geun and his wife, and Bong-soo doesn’t understand why his brother-in-law keeps having affairs. However, everything changes when Bong-soo meets Jenny, a woman with irresistible charm.
Stephanie’s Note: This has a great cast! It’s worth a watch just for that!
Wow, this is a great collection of movies! I can’t wait to watch some of them. If you want to check them out, make sure to watch at Korean Movie Night At Home