VOD Choice in July

2019-07-01 ~ 2019-07-31
VOD Choice in July
July’s VOD Choice from Korean Film Archive
As we are entering Summer season, we recommend for you our collection of strange, alien, and thrilling classics. 


Films
  • 01. The Tiger Moth ( Bulnabi ) Jo Hae-won, 1965
    It was not only auteurism cannons that represent the 1960s, the golden age of Korean films. Commercial films of Korea could have grown both outwards and inwards only with the strict genre directors who strived in their focus on the essence of genre films. <A TIGER MOTH> by Dir. Jo Hae-won is indeed the most characteristic among them. He used to be an actor who had acted for <THE FLOWER IN HELL> (Shin Sang-ok, 1958), but later moved on for his career as a producer, worked long as an assistant director, and finally made his debut with this film. Kim Jimi acted a perfect Korean femme fatale, Genre variation reaching from Film Noire, Mystery Thriller, and to Action, a great plot twist and the fascinating cross-editing of the last scene. The film is a living witness of a certain limit where 60’s Korean film could reach. If you are a fan of Korean pop music–as different from K-pop, of course-, you will never want to miss the scene when title song ‘The Love of a Tiger Moth’ by Kim Gang-seop comes out. (Jung Jong-hwa, Leader of Korean Film Institute, Korean Film Archive)
  • 02. A Monstrous Corpse (Goesi) Gang Beom-gu, 1980
    The first time I watched the film <A MONSTROUS CORPSE>, I merely imagined of a plot of the protagonist being chased by zombies, locking himself in a house or a big supermarket, fortifying the place, and then he will live or die. This expectation never followed the film cliche in me. The protagonist fights the zombies which look like Chinese zombies with Taekwondo, while as he does his best to figure out what these zombies are. In the meantime, police suspects the protagonist and closely follows him. The charm of this film lies in its failure to follow the expected pattern for zombie genre films, and also in the fact that it is a 12+ film without any gore scene. If you have a chance to watch <LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE> by Jorge Grau (1974) after watching this in VOD, you might be able to enjoy the both all the more. (Park Se-ho, Education Programmer of Korean Film Institute, Korean Film Archive)
  • 03. Mist Whispers Like Women (Angaeneun yeojacheoleom sogsag-inda) Chung Ji-young, 1982
    ‘What good can a 80’s-made Korean erotic thriller can do?’ You may decide to start with this sort of prejudice, that’s your choice. But remember you have just lost the game. This debut piece of Chung Ji-young, after time, is still not only interesting and intriguing, but also sensual. It can be compared to the legendary TV series <RETURN TO EDEN>(1983). A lot of visual installments, twists after twists. Furthermore, the actors: Yun Yeong-sil–who is just too beautiful; Oh Su-mi–crazy but cool; Sin Il-ryong–the realization of masculinity, are all the perfect match to the overall film. Summer calls for a thriller, no? (Yu Seong-kwan, Leader of Policy and Planning Team, Korean Film Archive)

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