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 01

Sex Friend Nurezakari (1999) aka Sekkusu furendo: Nurezakari

This bizarre hybrid of the road, ghost, and sex genres tells the tale of Tsutomu, who pays a visit to a couple of friends, then disappears after one night. The couple set out to find Tsutomu, and along the way, they encounter another couple filming themselves having sex outdoors. The four then continue to search for Tsutomu, which brings a startling revelation, bringing them all closer together. This oddball example of Japanese “Pink” cinema is definitely not for children, or those whose tastes run toward the ordinary.

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