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What was the first Korean movie you ever saw?
« on: December 24, 2022, 02:17:23 pm »
For me it was the good action film Shiri (1999) which i saw in 2003 in a "videobang".

I had heard rav reviews for Old Boy before finally seeing it in '06. It is a classic.

Attack the Gas Station, My Wife is a Gangster, and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring... I'd gladly re-watch from long ago.
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Re: What was the first Korean movie you ever saw?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2022, 04:27:13 pm »
Host (괴물), 2006.

My problem with Old Boy, and more recently Squid Game, is that these are really American values imitationsÖ.not real Korean movies for Koreans, but attempts to break into the American-controlled foreign market. Yeah Old Boy was good, but itís disgusting in-humanism. With Hollywood already coving that (donít trust anyone, donít respect anyone, do drugs, have sex in the ally with a stranger, betray your friends, gratuitous gore, only care about money) we really donít need any more of that tired old market space.


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Re: What was the first Korean movie you ever saw?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2022, 06:34:30 pm »
Host (괴물), 2006.

My problem with Old Boy, and more recently Squid Game, is that these are really American values imitationsÖ.not real Korean movies for Koreans, but attempts to break into the American-controlled foreign market. Yeah Old Boy was good, but itís disgusting in-humanism. With Hollywood already coving that (donít trust anyone, donít respect anyone, do drugs, have sex in the ally with a stranger, betray your friends, gratuitous gore, only care about money) we really donít need any more of that tired old market space.

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Re: What was the first Korean movie you ever saw?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2022, 07:35:19 pm »
... Yeah Old Boy was good, but itís disgusting in-humanism....
Agreed. In 2022 it'd be panned and buried or shouted against.

But it is one of a handful of the most disturbing GREAT works of cinema that shows depravity, resilience and vengeance.

I don't think Old Boy was "good" in any moral sense. Keep it away from any child you know. But it was GREAT in terms of hitting the nerves of the human body.

As Hitchcock once said: it isn't TV, it's cinema.

In 2022 the divide is gone.
Help others, especially animals. Say what you think, be considerate of others. Appreciate more than deprecate. Teach well, jump on teachable moments. Enjoy Korea as it is, without changing it. Dwell! Yet, at times, change your life for the better. "The most important [thing] is to have a good day."