Sep 15

Goddess Eowoodong (2017) aka 신어우동 (sin-eo-u-dong)

Because of Eowoodong the men in the neighborhood can’t sleep at night! Eowoodong escapes before she can be arrested for causing havoc. She escapes to a village where she falls and loses her memory. A bachelor in town finds her and nurses her back to health. He tells Eowoodong to stay with him until she regains her memory. But in a small village, word of Eowoodong’s beauty spreads quickly and it scintillates the instincts of the men in town.

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Sep 05

Young Sister-in-law: Unbearable Taste (2017) aka 젊은 형수: 참을 수 없는 맛-감독판 (jeolm-eun hyeongsu: cham-eul su eobs-neun mat-gam-dok-pan)

In an abusive relationship, the husband brings home a young man who is studying for a public exam. One night, the young man accidentally witnesses something he shouldn’t.

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Aug 19

Strawberry Shortcakes (2006) aka Sutoroberii Shooto Keikusu

Based on the eponymous manga for girls by cartoonist Kiriko Nananan, the pic follows the ups and downs of four female friends in Tokyo looking for love and trying to cope with the responsibilities in their lives. The main characters, impeccably played by four powerful actresses, are modern, self-sufficient women and their stories are told with mild irony and a dash of melancholy. The result is a movie that is lighthearted at times, a little sad at others, crazy and sometimes serious, but always special, that investigates the psychology of its characters and offers an accurate depiction of urban Japan, thanks to its director’s know-how. While many overly ambitious directors struggle to tell even one fairly comprehensible story, Yazaki skillfully weaves a powerful depiction of not one, but four women, creating an indissoluble and moving whole that doesn’t succumb to sentimentalism.

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Aug 17

Rules Of Dating (2005) aka Yeonae-ui mokjeok (연애의 목적)

Choi (Kang Hye-Jung) begins work as a student-teacher at a high school. During her first day on the job, English teacher Lee Yoo-Rim (Park Hae-Il) hits on her in a very brash manner. Choi then using his position as a superior and any other method he can think of tries to get Choi to go out with him and eventually he succeeds. The problem is that they are both in long lasting relationships. Choi is actually engaged to a doctor, while Lee Yoo-Rim dated the same woman for the past six years. While Lee Yoo-Rim seems to be content with having their relationship continue as an affair, Choi worries about having sex without “love.” Eventually the administration at their place of work finds out about their relationship and they must now hide or reveal their relationship. The result is an an unexpected reversal of roles between them as co-workers, as well as a reversal of dynamics in their personal relationship.

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Jul 30

My Friend’s Nice Mother (2017) aka 착한 엄마 친구 (chak-han eom-ma chin-gu)

Twenty-year-old Soon-jae has a young mother named Ji-yoon that’s like a sister to him. Right next door live a mother and son the same age as them; Ji-yoon’s friend Yeong-joo and her twenty-year-old son Jae-yeong. The sons fall for each others’ mothers.

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Jul 30

Two Mothers (2017) aka 두 엄마 (du eom-ma)

Two best friends long for each others’ mothers. Joon-hyeong was broken-hearted by his crush and his friend Dae-jin’s mother Seo-yeong comforts him. Seo-yeong offers to teach him sex to make him a real man and Joon-hyeong can’t decline. Meanwhile, Dae-jin is popular with the girls unlike Dae-jin. However, he’s had a crush on Joon-hyeong’s mother Yeon-hee for a long time. Dae-jin heard from Joon-hyeong that his parents might get a divorce and Dae-jin sees this as his chance.

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