May 15

Female Hostel (2017) aka 여자 하숙집 (yeo-ja ha-suk-jib)

Hyeon-soo manages a hostel run by his friend Jeong-ho. It’s a hostel for foreign female students. There is a Korean-American from LA, a Japanese who’s here to learn Korean out of love for K-Pop and his friend’s sister who just happens to be there. These women are very outspoken and Hyeon-soo and Jeong-ho fall for them.

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May 10

White Lily (2016) aka Howaito Riri

Nikkatsu has rebooted the Roman porno label and recommenced production of new works reviving its function as a sandbox for playful experimentation with the aim of attaing new forms of cinematic expression. Hideo Nakata entered Nikkatsu as an assistant director and experienced several on-location shoots for Roman porno soft-core series, but this film is the first Roman porno title directed by Nakata himself. He challenges a lesbian world taking over from the old title spirits, with his respect for his master, director Masaru konuma.

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May 09

The Inside Story (2017) aka 속사정 (sok-sa-jeong)

One day, a woman (Lee Soo-yeon) goes to a police station and claims she’s confessing to a murder. The more surprising this is, she claims to be his wife. The police goes to the scene of the crime and sees a man (Choi Joo-hyeok) stabbed to death. Her husband is a well-known entrepreneur but he is found miserably dead. Soo-yeon’s story is shocking. Her husband was the Devil himself. He treated his wife as a sexual plaything and even dared to covet her sister (Lee Ji-yeon).The police can’t help but be surprised at the shocking things Soo-yeon tells them and the investigation seems to be coming to an end. However, Gi-cheol feels uncomfortable every time a piece of truth is revealed; the whereabouts of Soo-yeon’s sister and the directors of the husband’s company all seem strange. Despite the fact that the chief keeps telling him to wrap up the case, Gi-cheol continues to investigate. Then, news of Ji-yeon’s suicide comes up and a recorded file of her will is found. The case becomes more and more complicated while Gi-cheol and Soo-yeon also become complicated.

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May 09

Girls in the Hood (1995) aka Lao ni mei

This is a wild ride about a group of young street girls in Hong Kong. This is a very dark and graphic film that explores prostitution, drug abuse,sexual abuse, crime on the streets of Hong Kong, among other things. Although this film has few happy moments, it does create a sympathy for the central characters even though they shouldn’t really be likable people. Reminds me of how I care for the characters in the Sopranos even though they are generally bad people.

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May 08

Seoul Rainbow (1989) aka Seoul mujigae

Yu-ra yearns for money and fame while Jun wants to go back to his hometown. Yu-ra scolds Jun. Jun helps Yu-ra in her efforts to become a star. In her reach for stardom, Yu-ra is unaware that a person is helping her out from behind the scenes. Once Yu-ra achieves her goal, her actions are restricted and she is treated like a prized pet. Yu-ra realizes that her dream of being the top is a mask of falsehood and pain and she misses Jun’s love. She tries to escape her reality but instead her reality tightens its hold on her. Finally, Yu-ra ends up in a mental institution where she is forced into being an amnesiac. Jun learns of Yu-ra’s disappearance and he pursues her until he finds her in the mental institution.

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May 03

Never Forever (2007) aka 두번째 사랑

Sophie Lee has been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant. Her husband’s family, devout Korean Catholics, prays for the couple. His failure to have a child is deeply shameful to him, so when he attempts suicide, Sophie tries something extreme: she follows an undocumented immigrant – a Korean who resembles her husband – from a fertility clinic to his apartment in New York City where she proposes to hire him to sire her child. She offers $300 per session and $30,000 if she gets pregnant. After several sessions, neither is able to keep emotion out of the arrangement. Where can this relationship go, and what about her husband? Will her actions save him and their marriage?

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