Tonight marks the beginning of a very unofficial, ad hoc, miniature South Korean film festival at The Loft. We'll be playing three recent South Korean films in the span of a week and a half--Secret Sunshine tonight at 7:30, The Housemaid, starting Friday, March 25th, and I Saw the Devil, starting Friday, April 1st. The three films are about as different as three films could be, but they reflect the recent trend of excellent films coming out of South Korea, whether they be the arty, austere films of Kim Ki-Duk (Breath, Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall... and Spring), the polished exploitation of Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst), or the wrenching dramas of Lee Chang-dong (Peppermint Candy, Secret Sunshine). We got to thinking about all of the great films that have come out of this one country over the past decade, and came up with a list of our top five favorites. Here it is:
5. The Good, the Bad, the Weird
A seriously fun movie, Kim Jee-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil) tackles yet another genre: the adventure Western. Hollywood could learn a lesson or two from this great-looking, slick, fun film.
I Saw the Devil opens Friday, April 1.
Oldboy screens as part of the Cult Classics series Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00 pm.