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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Jul 26

Challenge Game (2016) aka 비키의 챌린지 게임 (bi-ki-eui chael-lin-ji ge-im)

Florist Ae-ran (Vicky) and forensics investigator Min-ho (Choi Ryeong) from the Public Prosecutor’s Office both have a family that everyone wants. However, Min-ho can’t handle bed time so Ae-ran starts a ‘challenge game’ in which she seduces and has sex with strange men. One day, Ae-ran and Min-ho meet Alex (Choi Hyeon-ho) at a tango cafe. Alex is interested in Ae-ran and approaches her while Ae-ran takes interest in Alex who is more handsome than her husband. Min-ho later witnesses them in action and gets angry when he finds out the man Ae-ran seduced is Alex. Min-ho feels nervous because he finds out Alex isn’t just a game partner and approached him for a reason. Min-ho tries to get rid of Alex but Alex chokes Ae-ran and Min-ho even more and feels catharsis. The game they started is turning into a catastrophe…

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Jul 20

Freeze Me (2000) aka Furîzu mî

Chihiro is raped by three men and it is captured on video camera. She leaves her hometown and prepares to marry a colleague five years later, when one of the rapists arrives and says the others are on their way. He behaves like her long-lost lover and mistreats her again. Chihiro takes revenge, kills him and puts him in a freezer. The other rapists are awaiting a similar fate…

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