Mar 15

Wild Animals (1996) aka Yasaeng dongmul bohoguyeog

Two Korean ex-pats meet in Paris by chance encounter. One a petty thief and wannabe artist/painter (Chong-Hae), the other a tough guy (Hong San). Hong San saves Chong-Hae from a gang of thugs and the two become friends. Seizing an opportunity, Chong-Hae and Hong San perform martial arts stunts on the streets for money. A French mobster spots them and recruits the duo as hit men. While in Paris Chong-Hae falls in love with a statue-performer and Hong San yearns for the affections of a local peep-show stripper. After much backstabbing and being caught-up in murder; the duo find themselves at war with their mobster recruiters and each other.

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Mar 15

Parrot Cries with Its Body (1981) aka Aengmusae Momeulo Uleossda (앵무새 몸으로 울었다)

The widower Choi is impotent. He adopts the infants Mun and Su-ryun and raises them. Mun graduates from college in Seoul but he can’t adjust to Seoul life so he returns to Choi’s home. Mun learns that Su-ryun is not his sister in blood and he falls in love with her. When Choi discovers Mun and Su-ryun meeting secretly, he forces Mun back to Seoul. Mun meets the dancer Suk on his way and returns home. Since Mun is at home, Choi sends Su-ryun away. Su-ryun is unable to forget her home so she returns home on a day that is raining cats and dogs. Underneath a steel bridge, Su-ryun is raped by Jong-su and ends up dead. Meanwhile, Mun had left home when Su-ryun died. He is returning home when he discovers Choi crying with Su-ryun’s body in his arms. His rage exploding, Mun grabs Su-ryun’s body and takes it away.

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Mar 14

Adultery Tree (1984) aka Janyeomok (자녀목)

The Chun-dang family is known for the virtue of their ladies. The matriarch of the household puts all her energy into maintaining its honor. Meanwhile, the lady Yeon-ji is unable to bear children. The matriarch oppresses Yeon-ji’s fundamental rights and instincts with her self-righteousness and stubbornness. In order to carry on the family lineage, the matriarch brings a surrogate woman into the house. Finally, the matriarch, who values the honor and dignity of her noble household above life itself, demands Yeon-ji to kill herself. Unable to escape her fate, Yeon-ji hangs herself on the tree where defiled women are hanged.

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