Dec 19

M : A Married Woman (2006) aka Emu (エム)

%d0%bc-2006-a-k-a-emu_coverSatoko is a housewife who lives a comfortable life with her businessman husband Hideyuki and her six-year-old son Masato. One day on her way to pick up Masato, she meets Minoru – a newspaper delivery boy who happens to be playing catch with Masato. At first glance Minoru seems to be a serious, hard-working young man. But she learns that when he was twelve he stabbed and killed his father, who was beating up his mother. He had done this to protect his mother, but instead she abandoned her son and disappeared. Minoru sees a little of his mother in Satoko, and starts to follow her around. As he does, he discovers that Satoko is being threatened by the yakuza Tawara. Soon Satoko’s husband Hideyuki senses something wrong as his wife begins to change, and comes up with some wild ideas. As passion and love envelop them, Minoru tries to save Satoko. Satoko wishes to escape, but fear keeps her from doing so. What each person feels… is it reality or just an illusion?

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Nov 30

A Day for an Affair (2007) a.K.a Baram-pigi joheun nal

a-good-day-to-have-an-affair-2007_coverMin-Woo is a journalist who lives in the apartment of a woman who died in a car crash. Min-Woo has examined the car wreck and slowly becomes obsessed by the woman’s past, also because her personal belongings were never retrieved by family. Min-Woo finds out that the woman had met a sexually confused man. At the moment when Min-woo, because of his obsession, loses grip on his own life, he meets Jae-Hee, a former female friend. He still feels attracted to her, and to his surprise she wants to sleep with him, on the one condition that they will have sex only nine times.

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Nov 29

Texture of Skin (2007) a.K.a Sal-gyeol (살결)

texture-of-skin-2005_coverA promising photographer Min-woo (Kim Yun-Tae) ran into his ex-lover, Jae-hee (Kim Ju-Ryeong). Jae-hee proposes nine-times-only secret affair, although she was married. They begin to seek sexual relationship everyday. One day, Min-woo witnesses runaway car accident and watches victim dying in his hands. A languid afternoon, Min-woo and Jae-hee are making love, and at the climax, Min-woo was hit by the image of a girl getting raped. From then on, Min-woo experiences strange feelings; a girl’s soul is wandering in his head.

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Nov 25

The Hypnotized (2004) a.K.a Eolguleobtneun Minyeo (얼굴없는 미녀 )

the-hypnotized-2004_coverJin-su (Kim Hye-soo) is a woman on the verge of insanity who makes appointments with professional therapist Sok-won (Kim Tae-woo). Sinking into a profound state of hypnosis, a tapestry of Jin-su’s past and present life as well as occurrences from her surreal imaginations are gradually unveiled. Involuntarily getting absorbed in his patient’s world, Sok won’s life also becomes a nightmare…

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Nov 14

Widow Apartment (2007) a.K.a Mibôjin apâto: Kyonyû no uzuku yoru

widow_apartment_2007_coverMisaki’s husband Ken’ichi dies in a car accident soon after their marriage. As the first anniversary of his death nears, Misaki is still in mourning for Ken’ichi. Ken’ichi had managed the Sunrise Villa apartments, which his parents have managed after his death. A psychic claims to have received word from Ken’ichi’s spirit that he wants the apartments to be kept running responsibly. Misaki, believing the psychic, takes charge of the apartments, working as the landlady, performing repairs, and responding to the demands of the tenants… However weird they are

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Nov 07

Runin: Banished (2004) a.K.a Runin (るにん)

runin-banished-2004-coverIn 1838, on the penal colony of Hachijo Island, the ex-courtesan Toyogiku, convicted of arson in the capital, holds court over a motley assembly of criminals and corrupt officials. There are neither cells nor guards, and the only rule is that everyone is on their own to survive. Toyogiku herself exploits the only currency available for her use: her own sexuality, in give-and-take bargaining reducing life to the absolute essentials – essentials fueled with simmering, unreleased passions. Hatred, desire, love, life and death, the joy and sorrow of being alive: human drama unfolds in the harshest of atmospheres on this solitary island in a distant sea. This marks the 2nd Directorial effort of Eiji Okuda, who won several awards internationally (A total of 8 awards including the 17th Paris Film Festival, Thessaloniki, AFI Film Festival 2002) for his first film ‘Shoujyo – an adolescent’, a small-town love story set among locals in modern-day Japan. Conversely, ‘RUNIN’ marks a 180 degree …

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