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South Korean Cinema

Watch: Tragedy and comedy in Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite

By Luís Azevedo

Dissecting the slapstick and dramatic elements of the South Korean filmmaker’s Oscar-winning satire.

Watch: Hallyu Forever – The Korean Wave Explained

By Will Webb

How South Korean cinema’s domestic boom in the late 1990s took over the world.

Bong Joon-ho: ‘There is no bunker in my house’

By Prahlad Srihari

The South Korean master dissects his deliciously dark capitalist satire, Parasite.

Parasite will return to theaters in a new black-and-white version

By Charles Bramesco

Bong Joon-ho has prepared a monochrome edit of his award-winning comedy-thriller.

A beginner’s guide to the films of Lee Chang-dong

By Josh Slater-Williams

To celebrate the release of Burning, we survey the South Korean writer/director’s earlier work.

Burning – first look review

By David Jenkins

This monumental new work from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong was well worth the eight-year wait.

The Villainess

By Claire Langlais

It’s hard to be a master femme assassin in this ultra-violent action caper from South Korea.

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The Day After – first look review

By Manuela Lazic

Another day, another delicate, insightful gem from Korean director Hong Sang-soo.

Okja – first look review

By David Jenkins

Meat is murder in Bong Joon-ho’s rollicking fantasy satire about a girl and her pet pig taking on global capitalism.

Six of the best Park Chan-wook scenes

By Kambole Campbell

From Oldboy to Stoker, here are some of the South Korean director’s most memorable moments.

The Handmaiden

By Abbey Bender

Park Chan-wook’s sumptuous erotic thriller is among his boldest works to date.

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The Age of Shadows

By John Wadsworth

Wily resistance fighters take on wicked foreign occupiers in this breathless period thriller set in 1920s Korea.

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Bong Joon-ho’s Okja gets a mysterious first-look teaser

By Little White Lies

The director’s Tilda Swinton-starring latest looks at the bond between man and animal.

The lives of Korean women as seen through the eyes of female directors

By Matt Turner

This year’s LKFF offered a refreshing counterpoint to the masculine narratives that continue to dominate Korean cinema.

Train to Busan

By Mike Tsenti

The Korean smash hit in which a battle against zombie hoards takes place on a commuter train.

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How Train to Busan channels the social panic of Snowpiercer

By Katherine McLaughlin

The end of the world has a familiar theme in these train-based South Korean allegories.

Right Now, Wrong Then

By Matthew Eng

The latest from South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo is a romance so lovely it needs to be told twice.

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