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[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2017/10/29 | | Permalink

KoBiz examines a recent 'sleeper hit' in a new infographic, Film Journal International reviews a curious documentary musical set in North Korea, take your pick of top K-horrors this Halloween, and BIFF X online screening service is now live...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane

2017/10/29 | | Permalink

Sue shares an updated recipe for pork bone soup on My Korean Kitchen, Forbes examines Korea's move to attract more Muslim tourists, the Korea Herald has a recipe for a "sweet, savory, and crunchy" treat from Korean Bapsang, and Hugh (My Korean Husband) takes on the Nepalese Spicy Noodle Challenge...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2017/10/29 | | Permalink

Duke Stewart visits the idyllic Juwangsan National Park, see how one traveller made the most of their five-day trip to Korea, High Heels and a Backpack believes Korea is an excellent choice for solo female travellers, and a French photographer captures Jeju's 'mermaids'...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/10/29 | | Permalink

The New York Times runs into North Koreans in the Big Apple, 10 Magazine has these top suggestions for going 'cruelty-free' with K-beauty brands, Korea's cultural exports see double-digit growth, and the death of a woman sparks a public debate around pet ownership...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2017/10/29 | | Permalink

The Lonely Planet features a dark reimagining of Korea's future, a top South Korean painter is charged with fraud, see Matt Hulse's award-winning "Sniper" series on North Korea, and K-fashion arrives in the United America...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel"

2017/10/28 | | Permalink

The idea of cloning is a highly controversial one and for good reason. South Korea has had its own advancement in and moral debates over it, making the lack of the topic's presence in drama fiction a surprising one. "Duel" does not really focus on the existential and other implications of human cloning, but it aims to be an action thriller experience with a related twist...More

[HanCinema's BIFF Film Review] Violence and unhappiness define Lee Hwan's Indie film "Park Hwa-young"

2017/10/28 | | Permalink

The combination of human depravity and the inability to change are what define Lee Hwan's indie film, "Park Hwa-young". Each time a moment pivotal moment blooms with a chance for change, it is stymied by the purposefully one-dimensional characters. However, even as the titular character falls deeper into trouble -- of her own volition, might I add -- there is no true sense of catharsis as the ending scene cuts short what may have been. It is that ending that makes the movie a rounded character study that is rather indulgent with human foible...More

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