aka: Brotherhood, aka: Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, aka: Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo, aka: 태극기 휘날리며
In 1950, in South Korea, the shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his eighteen years old student brother Jin-seok Lee form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiancé Young-shin Kim and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end.
The film depicts the parallel love stories of a mother and daughter. In the present day, Ji-Hae (Son Ye Jin), comes across a box of old letters that detail her mother's, Joo-Hee (also played by Son Ye Jin) doomed love affair in the past. These scenes are juxtaposed with Ji-Hae's own longing for her best friend's boyfriend. Melodrama fest.
Young-sae was one of the best dancers in Korea, as we witness in the opening to the film. He dances beautifully with his love and protégée Se-young in the middle of dance competition, until his rival Hyun-soo signals to two other dancers to “accidentally” knock Young-sae over and “mess up” his leg. Se-young later goes to dance with Hyun-soo and Young-sae spends his time a depressed wreck living in his messy apartment without a desire to dance. Two years pass until Young-sae’s friend forces an imported Chinese girl upon him as his new partner. The girl is supposed to be Jang Chang-min, a girl with some dance experience, but her younger nineteen-year-old inexperienced sister comes in her place. Still, Young-sae decides to teach her dancing from scratch in the next three months before the annual dance competition and his dramatic comeback.
aka: The Game, aka: The Devil's Game, aka: Deo ge-im
Though a penniless street artist with no straight visions in life, Hee Do (Shin Ha Kyun) is quite happy having his girlfriend Eun Ah at his side. One day, he receives an anonymous phone call followed by a visit from a wealthy middle aged woman Hye Rin (Lee Hye Young, No Blood No Tears). Soon, Hee Do is whisked into a big mansion where he meets an old financial tycoon Kang Noh Sik (Byun Hee Bong) who challenges him to a devious little game. The catch is if Hee Do loses the game, he must trade his youth to the old man in exchange for 3 billion won. Not only does Hee Do lose the bet in a flash, but also squanders everything he once had including his youthful body. Now, in a tight battle of wits, Hee Do must find a way to get his own life and body back before Noh Sik erases all traces of the past.
The population of the planet Alcyone is split in two; the cultures of the Ceveans and the Storrions are locked in eternal war, destroying their home. Led by their priestess Amiel, the Ceveans constructed the Ark in an attempt to flee their world, but the Ark was ceased by the Storrions, enslaving some of the Ceveans and banishing the rest to the wastelands. The priestess Amiel vanished. Too late the Storrions realized that they needed the priestess to move the Ark and so they keep searching the wastelands for a sign of her... Building on the techniques of "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" and enriching them with a unique storyline, this South Korean animation draws you into the world of Alcyone to witness the struggle between Ceveans and Storrions and a world in ruins.
In the end of Goryeo era politically manipulated by the Yuan Dynasty, the ambitious King of the Goryeo Dynasty organizes Kunryongwe. Hong Lim, the commander of Kunryongwe, captivates the King of Goryeo, and the Queen keeps her eyes on the relationship between Hong Lim and the King with a reluctant view. Meanwhile, the bilateral relation between Goryeo and the Yuan gets worse as Yuan demands to install the cousin of the King in the Crown Prince of Goryeo with ascribing it to no son the King has. The King refuses it resolutely, so the high-ranking officials of Goryeo, who are in submission to Yuan, are discontented with the king. One day, the King gives Hong Lim a covert yet unobjectionable order to sleep with the Queen instead of himself to protect the independence of Goryeo from the Yuan by making a son, the successor to Goryeo throne
In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in a deeply divided society. This movie shares traits with other films like Blade Runner and Ghost in the shell. A visually impressive piece, with a strong emphasis on relationships. Genre - Sci-Fi, Dystopian.
Dong-chul can't fight at all, but he's a gangster who can talk. He can't show off his skills as well as before, but his spirit is still alive. But the girl who seems nice on the outside moves next door, and she doesn't feel threatened by him. If he calls her "the girl next door," she gets defensive. But for some reason, he wants to be nice to her!
Sae-jin has put herself out on the job market. She has big plans and got the semi-basement room. But a gangster who doesn't even look like one lives next door. This man calls her "the girl next door" as if he knows her. The gangster that talks too much. She doesn't hate him!
A gangster with no charisma, and a very charismatic woman. Their lives together as they head off daily!
Chunhyangdyun: Mongryong marries the beautiful Chunhyang without telling his father, the Governor of Namwon. When his father is transferred to Seoul, Mongryong has to leave Chunhyang and finish his exams. Chunhyang, being the daughter of a courtesan, is also legally a courtesan. She is beaten and imprisoned when she refuses to obey the new Governor Byun, as she wishes to be faithful to her husband. After three years, Mongryong passes his exam and becomes an emissary to the King. He returns to Namwon, disguised as a beggar, just before Chunhyang is to be flogged to death at the governor's birthday celebration.
Daenseo-ui sunjeong: Hoping to make a comeback, Na Yeong-sae (Park Keon-hyeong) arranges to marry an ethnically Korean champion dancer from China. Only after they've registered does he find his bride is actually his intended's younger sister, Jang Chae-rin (Mun Geun-yeong), with almost zero terp experience. Between avoiding Eros' darts, Yeong-sae tries to train Chae-rin to competition standards in three months. Plot doesn't hold water for a second, but Chae-rin's gradual transformation from hick teen to sexy dance partner is cleverly handled by Mun (and pic's makeup and costume departments), and thesp is a nifty mover on the dance floor alongside musical performer Park.
Hyunjun and Sawoo, close friends and rivals from the South Korean special forces, are recruited by the secret agency NSS. They both fall for Seunghee, the beautiful but lethal profiling specialist at NSS. When they are faced against each other in a nuclear terrorist attack, they are forced to make their final decision and Seunghee's formidable secret is revealed.
After losing both her parents, Failan (Cecilia Cheung) emmigrates to Korea to seek her only remaining relatives. Once she reaches Korea, she finds out that her relatives have moved to Canada well over a year ago. Desperate to stay and make a living in Korea, Failan is forced to have an arranged marriage through a match-making agency. Kang Jae (Choi Min Shik) is an old and outdated gangster who has no respect from his peers. Short on money, Kang Jae decides to take on the arranged marriage. Having nothing more than a picture of Kang Jae, Failan spends her days dreaming and wishing that Kang Jae would come to visit her. Failan often writes to Kang Jae in sorrow about how much she misses and thinks about him, but never has the nerve to give the letters to Kang Jae. Things take a turn when Kang Jae is asked by his boss to take the fall for a murder in exchange for some money. The only hope in his worthless life is the wife he never met.
Bleak Night: Winner of the New Currents award at the 2010 Pusan Film Festival, the dark indie drama Bleak Night paints a brutally realistic portrait of broken friendship and teen discontent with fatal consequences. After high school student Gi Tae (Lee Je Hoon, from the gay indie hit Just Friends) takes his own life, his guilt-ridden father (Jo Sung Ha, Yellow Sea) tries to seek out answers. He learns that Gi Tae had two best friends - Dong Yoon (Seo Jun Young, Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho) and Hee Joon (Park Jung Min) - both of whom have been absent in the aftermath of Gi Tae's death. As the film jumps between events in the past and present, the father gradually learns what went wrong among the three friends, ultimately leading to the death of his son.
Detective Cho (Shin Hyeon-joon) is incompetent and always fails to be promoted. His only pleasures in life are spying on neighbors who are having affairs or binge drinking. One day, Cho comes across the corpse of what seems to be a child on a nearby mountain and he decides to investigate the case, thinking that this is his last chance to impress his boss.
Cho enlists the help of his partner, Detective Lee, and together the two embark upon an investigation that will test their professional judgement. The more they learn about the case, the more they come to suspect that the poverty-stricken father of the dead child is their killer. But the case goes off course when the two begin to sympathize with him.
With the number of child murders increasing every year in Korea, the film tackles a timely subject with compelling performances by actors including Shin and Jeon No-min, who is currently starring as a butler at a local conglomerate at MBC drama series “Royal Family.”
It is the first film directed by filmmaker Min Byeong-jin and the first film produced by Shin, who has been active in film industry for the past two decades. Shin established a production company of his own last year and this crime drama is its first offering.
Take Care Of My Cat : In the port city of Icheon, five female friends struggle to stay close while forging a life for themselves after high school. When one of the group, upwardly-mobile Hae-ju, moves to Seoul, the other girls deal with the loss in different ways. Feeling most rejected, shy Ji-yeong finds comfort in her new friendship with rebel Tae-hee.
aka: The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do, aka: Once Upon a Time in High School
In spring of 1978, Hyeon-su comes to Jeongmun High, which is notorious for the violent teachers and student group fights. He immediately becomes best friends with Wu-sik the toughest guy in school for being big fans of Bruce Lee. On the way from school, they see Eun-ju who looks just like Olivia Hussey and immediately fall for her. Eun-ju likes Wu-sik who is manly better than Hyeon-su who is sensitive. Meanwhile, Wu-sik has a duel with Jong-hun over who is the toughest in school. Jong-hun wins through using a dirty trick, and Wu-sik leaves school. With Wu-sik gone, Hyeon-su gets picked on by Jong-hun, the teachers resort to more beatings, and when Eun-ju chooses Wu-sik over Hyeon-su, his anger explodes. He heads to the roof of the school building, carrying his nunchaku stick he had practiced all night.
After he performs a dangerous dare-devil stunt at an air show, South Korean Air Force pilot Tae-hun is kicked out of the elite Black Eagles flying team and transferred to a combat unit where he immediately comes into conflict with ace pilot Cheol-hui. He makes friends with the other pilots in the unit and falls in love with the beautiful Se-young, who is in charge of maintenance. When a North Korean MIG fighter threatens, the group engages in a gripping dogfight that leaves one comrade dead and another missing. Cheol-hui and Tae-hun join forces to rescue their missing friend and prevent a catastrophic war.
Inspired by a true story. Jun Shik works for Tatsuo's grandfather's farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, but he has a dream to participate in Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two are in rivalry. But war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun Shik's unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun Shik and Tatsuo are captured by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again at the shores of Normandy.
Jeon Seungchul's citizen registration number brands him as a North Korean defector. It is difficult to find a good job and it's hard to get along with people at church. He is not an ex-convict or a migrant worker, but he is subjected to many discriminations. Like the stray dog he looks after, Jeon Seungchul is a misfit in South Korea's capitalist society.
After losing his family when he was young, Nam-soon feels no pain. He cannot feel physical pain and is emotionally barren until he meets Dong-hyeon, who calls herself a vampire because she suffers from hemophilia. Unlike Dong-hyeon, when Nam-soon is injured, she bleeds from even the smallest wound. As the two grow closer, Dong-hyeon suddenly begins to lose his lifelong insensitivity to pain and the hurt of a lifetime washes over him.
A sixty and something year old captain has been raising for ten years a girl since she was six in his old fishing vessel that is permanently anchored offshore with the intention of marrying her on her seventeenth birthday. He survives bringing fishermen to fish in the vessel and predicting the future using his bow and shooting arrows in a Buddhist painting on the hull of the vessel while the girl moves back and forth in a swing. He also uses the bow and arrows to protect the girl against sexual assault of the fishermen. They live happily until the day that a teenage student comes to the ship and the girl feels attracted for him. When the teenager discovers that the girl was abducted when she was six and does not know the world, he returns to the vessel to bring the girl back to her parents.
Hae-won is a beautiful single woman in her thirties who works at a bank in the Seoul city. She leads a busy life until she becomes a witness to an attempted murder case, and at the same time, things get complicated at work. When things get out of hand she is forced to take a vacation so she heads for 'Moodo', a small undeveloped island, where she had once visited to see her grandparents. And where she had befriended a girl named Bok-nam who stills writes to Hae-won asking her to visit despite the fact that Hae-won never bothered to reply. Upon arriving at the island, Hae-won is shocked to see everyone treating Bok-nam like a slave. As practically the only young woman on the island, she is a plaything for all the men and a free laborer for the women. Sick of all the inhumane treatment, Bok-nam had tried to escape the island several times in the past but had failed each time. She begs Hae-won to help her escape the place, but Hae-won remains indifferent not wanting to be involved in complicated situations. When Bok-nam realizes that her own daughter will follow her footsteps, she tries to escape the island with her daughter. But her daughter gets killed in the process. And when she loses the only thing that had kept her going because of Hae-won's negligence, Bok-nam takes a sickle in her hand for revenge.
49 days after the death of their mother, younger sister Hu-Kyung disappears. On the 101th day of their mother's death, older sister Kyung sets out to find her younger sister Hu-Kyung. She eventually arrives at a rest stop in Namkang to find her sister. At the Namkang Rest Stop Kyung comes across various people. Chang is an unemployed computer whiz kid. Kim Park is a journalist from Han San Medi., Eun-Ah is an employee at Namkang rest stop and a popular internet blogger. There's also a man that sells a variety of items out of the back of his pickup at Namkang Rest Stop whose wife recently left him. These people are all connected and disconnected from each other and society. For the next 10 days the story of these two sisters and the people at Namkang Rest Stop unfolds ...
Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to Hyun-Shik, who is on the run for the police and rescues him with a fish hook, when he tries to commit suicide.
A former dental technician, currently working as an insurance saleswoman, Yoon young nam manages to live with her 10-year-old daughter. One day, she finds out that her missing daughter has been raped on her way home from school. She reports to the police only to be disappointed by the inabilities and intrusiveness of the police. After going through consecutive failures of seizing the rapist mostly due to the indifferent and passive attitudes of the police, she changes her mind to chase after the rapist for herself with all kinds of measures that she can take. One by one, she takes severe revenges to the rapist as well as those who sabotaged and disrupted her (including her husband) with a way she knows best.
<b>Dong-chang-saeng</b>: After his father's botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-hoon and his young sister Hye-in are sent to a labor prison camp. In order to save his sister's life, Myung-hoon volunteers to become a spy and infiltrates the South as a teenage defector. While attending high school in the South, he meets another girl named Hye-in, and rescues her when she comes under attack. South Korean Intelligence soon discover Myung-hoon's activities and begin tracking him, all the while his own government sends a vicious assassin to eliminate him.
Jae-hyuk is an ordinary man in his 40s. He works as a medical supplies salesman and is hassled by doctors all day. His brother Jae-pil is a detective that is not all that interested in public safety and spends most of his time moaning about the stock market. The discovery of a series of floating, gruesomely skeletal bodies around the country sparks hysteria. The police commissioner is disturbed to see CCTV footage of people jumping into water as if they were possessed, and drowning themselves. Time passes and hundreds of similar cases are reported, leaving officials stumped as to the cause of the deaths. The government declares a national emergency. Jae-pil joins the massive investigation and meets the mayor of a small town who claims he witnessed several men in work uniforms dumping infected dogs into the streams and realizes that there is a conspiracy behind the outbreak. Meanwhile, Jae-hyuk's wife and children are showing the same symptoms as the victims, leading to a frantic search for medicine. Through Jae-pil he learns of a warehouse containing a potential cure in thousands and thousands of doses and heads there with no idea of what he's heading into.