The third Asia House Pan-Asian Film Festival offered the opportunity to see an unusual documentary. Yang Yonghi’s Sona, the other myself is a simple portrait of three generations of a family – an elderly ethnic Korean couple living with their daughter (Yang herself) in Osaka, and Yang’s three elder brothers and their children who live […]

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DVD release: 71 Into the Fire

by Philip Gowman 9 March 2011
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71 Into the Fire, by director John H Lee (이재한), is a film based on a true story which occurred in the early months of the Korean War, when the northern armies swept all before them until they reached the Busan perimeter. A group of 71 student soldiers are given the job of defending a […]

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A feeble contribution to the Oh! Soojung blogathon

by Philip Gowman 21 March 2007
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Today is the Virgin Stripped Bare blogathon, when anyone who cares about the work of Hong Sang-soo is meant to be writing about his third film — to coincide with a screening of the film in the San Francisco Bay area as part of a retrospective. A splendid idea, provided you have anything to say […]

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