offoffoff film
 RELATED PROJECTS

      







 ADVERTISEMENT













Site links
  • OFFOFFOFF Home
  • About OFFOFFOFF
  • Contact us

    Get our newsletter:
     
    Search the site:
     

    Film section
  • Film main page
  • Film archive
  • Audio index
  • Film links


    Top 10 lists


  • Top 10 films of 2004
    (Andrea, David, Joshua, Leslie)
  • Top 10 films of 2003
    (Andrea, David, Joshua, Leslie)
  • Top 10 films of 2002
  • Top 10 films of 2001
  • Top 10 films of 2000
  • Top 10 films of 1999
  •  All of our top 10 lists, 1999 - 2004

    Current movies


  • Afterschool
  • Antichrist
  • Babies
  • Broken Embraces
  • Dare
  • District 9
  • The End of Poverty?
  • Fix
  • Food Beware
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • Pirate Radio
  • Precious
  • Red Cliff
  • The September Issue

    Festivals


  • Brooklyn International Film Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival

    Archive


    Complete archive

    Recent reviews:
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
  • The Art of the Steal
  • The Beetle
  • Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
  • Boy A
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • The Brothers Bloom
  • Burn After Reading
  • Cold Souls
  • The Duchess
  • Elegy
  • Enlighten Up! A Skeptic's Journey Into the World of Yoga
  • Five Minutes of Heaven
  • Flame and Citron
  • Frozen River
  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
  • The Human Condition
  • Hunger
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • King of Shadows
  • The Lemon Tree
  • Lorna's Silence
  • A Man Named Pearl
  • Man on Wire
  • Memorial Day
  • Mister Foe
  • Morning Light
  • My F├╝hrer
  • My One and Only
  • Paris
  • The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
  • Peter and Vandy
  • Police, Adjective
  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell
  • Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind
  • Rachel Getting Married
  • A Secret
  • Sleep Dealer
  • St. Trinian's
  • Thirst
  • Throw Down Your Heart
  • Valentino: The Last Emperor
  • What's the Matter with Kansas?
  • Wild Grass
  • Jay DiPietro

  •  FESTIVAL: WHEN KOREAN CINEMA ATTACKS!

    When Korean Cinema Attacks!

    Peninsula power

    They weren't kidding when they called this festival "When Korean Cinema Attacks" — it's got hard-hitting movies from one of the world's fastest-rising film capitals that could thrill you or hit you in the gut.

    By JOSHUA TANZER
    Offoffoff.com

    Is the title "When Korean Cinema Attacks" just a goof on reality TV titles or does Korean cinema really attack? I vote for the latter, having personally been one of the victims of the in-your-face gore of "The Isle." (See what happened in the article from the New York Post's Page Six.)

      
    WHEN KOREAN CINEMA ATTACKS!
    Featuring 11 top films from South Korea, released 1998-2000. Sponsored by Subway Cinema and the Korean Film Forum.

    Related links: Official site
     RELATED ARTICLES
    When Korean Cinema Attacks

    Overview
    The Isle
    Joint Security Area
    Tell Me Something
    If you check your local video store, you might find one Korean movie (the controversial art flick "301/302," released here a couple years ago), but the organizers of this festival think that Korean film is about to burst onto the American consciousness alongside other Asian film, and this festival is a chance to see why.

    From "The Foul King," a comedy about pro wrestling (photo above), to "Joint Security Area," a hard-hitting political thriller that became the country's top-grossing film ever, the festival highlights South Korea's explosive film industry. These films tend to be sophisticated but accessible, organizer Grady Hendrix notes, because unlike many foreign films that arrive here, they are strongly influenced by Hollywood and made to appeal to a mass audience in their home country. But as you'd expect from foreign art films, they're smarter and more inventive than typical Hollywood fare.

    "Since 1998," Hendrix says, "Korean film has taken off and is now a standard of hipness in a lot of Asian countries and in some European ones." Following the popularity of "Chunhyang" in the past year, maybe the attack of the Korean films will be felt here too.

    We've reviewed several of the offerings in this year's festival:

    ╩╩
    The Isle

    If you've got a strong stomach, you'll find a fierce but poetic film about a man in a woman's watery domain. If you don't, then beware the gory parts.


    ╩╩
    Joint Security Area

    An intelligent murder mystery set at the only meeting point between North and South Korea, whose tragic solution reveals the war zone's tension between hate and humanity.

    Festival articles


    Reviews:



      

    Joint Security Area

    An intelligent murder mystery set at the only meeting point between North and South Korea, whose tragic solution reveals the war zone's tension between hate and humanity.



      

    Tell Me Something

    The Korean detective thriller "Tell Me Something" has strong characters and a gruesomely intriguing plot but doesn't wrap up its central mystery convincingly.

    AUGUST 16, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK



    Post a comment on "When Korean Cinema Attacks!"