The Sword With No Name (불꽃처럼 나비처럼, Kim Yong-gyun: 2009)

Ja Yeong takes a trip to the coast to see the sea before leaving to be married. She meets Moo Myeong, a rough, low class bodyguard who immediately falls in love with her. When Moo Myeong finds out that the person Ja Yeong is to marry is the King himself he secures a position in the palace guard where he hopes to see her again and keep her safe. Ja Yeong becomes Empress Myeong-seong but finds that she has her… Read More »The Sword With No Name (불꽃처럼 나비처럼, Kim Yong-gyun: 2009)

My Mighty Princess (무림여대생, Kwak Jae-young: 2008)

So-hwi possesses amazing martial arts abilities and super strength, and while her father wants her to focus on her martial arts training she just wants to blend in with her friends at school and win the attention of the ice hockey team Captain. Her childhood friend Il-yeong arrives back in her life – unknown to So-hwi he has been convinced by her father to try to guide her back into her training with the promise of a motorcycle – and… Read More »My Mighty Princess (무림여대생, Kwak Jae-young: 2008)

My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀, Kwak Jae-young: 2001)

On his way home college student Kyun-woo notices a young girl in the subway station who appears to be too near the edge of the tracks. Almost drunk to the point of unconsciousness, she barely notices Kyun-woo moving her back to safety. On the train journey itself the young girl causes a scene due to her drunken behaviour and, just before she passes out, she refers to the nearby Kyun-woo as ‘Honey’. Reluctantly taking responsibility for the her as the… Read More »My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀, Kwak Jae-young: 2001)

An Interview with Jang Jun-hwan

Many moons ago I was a member of the amazing team at the website Kung Fu Cult Cinema (also known as KFC Cinema due to its web address and nothing to do with fast food!). Unfortunately the website is no more, but the archive of reviews is now being transferred onto the forum at FilmSmash.com. Back in 2005, KFCCinema writer David Leong was lucky enough to be able to interview Jang Jun-Hwan – the director of the great movie Save… Read More »An Interview with Jang Jun-hwan

Secret Reunion (의형제, Jang Hoon: 2010)

An attempt to capture a North Korean spy by the National Intelligence Service (N.I.S.) goes badly and in the aftermath two men are dismissed by their agencies. The N.I.S. expel Agent Lee, an obsessive man happy to ignore protocol in order to do his job. The North Korean spy is also left on the run and in the cold as he finds himself disowned by his own agency. Several years later the two men cross paths and pretend not to… Read More »Secret Reunion (의형제, Jang Hoon: 2010)

My Wife Is A Gangster 2 (조폭 마누라 2 – 돌아온 전설, Jeong Heung-sun: 2003)

When female gang boss Eun-jin is involved in a fall from a building she is miraculously unhurt except for one small problem – she has lost her memory and has no recollection of who she is. Taken home and cared for by Yoon Jae-Choi, the owner of a local restaurant, Eun-jin settles into her new life working hard and delivering food to customers – although she is, understandably, troubled by her lack of memories. Unsurprisingly it doesn’t take too long… Read More »My Wife Is A Gangster 2 (조폭 마누라 2 – 돌아온 전설, Jeong Heung-sun: 2003)

My Wife is A Gangster (조폭 마누라, Cho Jin-gyu: 2001)

With a fearsome reputation proceeding her, Eun-jin is the boss of a criminal gang which shows her nothing but complete respect due to her no-nonsense attitude and incredible fighting skills. Eun-jin tracks down her long lost sister but discovers that the two of them won’t have much time together as her sister is dying. Unaware of Eun-jin’s position in the underworld, her sister tells her that, as one of her final wishes, she would like to see her married –… Read More »My Wife is A Gangster (조폭 마누라, Cho Jin-gyu: 2001)

No Blood No Tears (피도 눈물도 없이, Ryoo Seung-wan: 2002)

Su-ji is an ex-criminal who drives a taxi to make a living. When the girlfriend of a local gangster crashes into her car, Su-ji finds herself dragged into dealing with both people from her past life and that the young girlfriend – Kyeong-seon – won’t leave her alone… After the visual spectacle of The City of Violence many reviewers compared director and actor Ryoo Seung-wan to Quentin Tarantino, due to his tendency to continuously reference and ‘borrow’ elements of other… Read More »No Blood No Tears (피도 눈물도 없이, Ryoo Seung-wan: 2002)

Dasepo Naughty Girls (다세포 소녀, Lee Je-yong: 2006)

Both students and teachers at the No Use High School are quite unconventional when it comes to their sexual habits – which are liberal to say the least – and Dasepo Naughty Girls follows several students struggling with teen-issues within this highly charged environment … Based on a popular webcomic Dasepo Naughty Girls gets off to a memorable start with its day-glo musical opening, slick production qualities, lush cinematography and highly energised performances. It then settles into its series of… Read More »Dasepo Naughty Girls (다세포 소녀, Lee Je-yong: 2006)

Kidnapping Granny K (권순분 여사 납치사건, Kim Sang-jin: 2007)

A gang of petty thieves decide to pull off kidnapping in order to get their hands on some big money. Their target is a local woman by the name of Mrs Kwon – an elderly self-made millionaire who has made her fortune with her secret recipes and cookery skills. What seems to be the simplest plan becomes very complicated very quickly as they find they’ve underestimated the elderly lady… It’s pretty much a case of ‘what you see is what… Read More »Kidnapping Granny K (권순분 여사 납치사건, Kim Sang-jin: 2007)