Look Corner: “The Winter of the Year Was Warm (내가 고백을 하면…)”

English Title: The Winter of the Year Was Warm
Korean Title: 내가 고백을 하면…
Year: 2012
Genre: Drama
Director: Choi Dong-hoon (최동훈)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Not available
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Due to a busy schedule, I watched The Winter of the Year Was Warm in two (or three?) different viewings. That was a mistake. This is a beautiful film, but it is meant to be watched in one sitting. Continue reading

Look Corner: “Assassination (암살)”

English Title: Assassination
Korean Title: 암살
Year: 2015
Genre: Action & Adventure
Director:Choi Dong-hoon (최동훈)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
My Rating: 5 out of 5

Last year, a good friend of mine suggested that I watch Assassination (암살). The trailers all looked amazing, but for whatever reason, it took me around a year to actually watch it. And I was sure glad that I did! It was amazing. Continue reading

Book Corner: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Author(s): Marie Kondo
Pages: 224
Year: 2014
Apple Books Link

I will admit that I still have not finished watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, although I do watch some every now and then. To be honest, I really enjoyed Marie Kondo’s explanations, as well as her rapport with her translator, but (no offense!) I wasn’t terribly interested the life stories of the people she was helping out. So, I decided to pick up her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and give it a read. Continue reading

Look Corner: “My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀)”

English Title: My Sassy Girl
Korean Title: 엽기적인 그녀
Year: 2001
Genre: Romance
Director: Kwak Jae-yong (곽재용)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Not available
My Rating: 2 out of 5

I like a good romantic comedy. Next time I’m in the mood for a rom-com, you’ll likely find me rewatching Friends with Benefits, Just Go With It, or Crazy Rich Asians. In fact, the rom-coms Hellcats (뜨거운 것이 좋아) and 200 Pounds Beauty (미녀는 괴로워) were some of the first South Korean films I ever watched. So, it’s only natural that I wanted to give fan-favorite My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀) a watch. Continue reading

Book Corner: “Korea: The Impossible Country”

Title: Korea: The Impossible Country
Author(s): Daniel Tudor
Pages: 336
Year: 2012
Apple Books Link

It’s harder than one might think to find an English-language history book about Korea that (a) goes into reasonable depth about the topics discussed, (b) is not an academic work, and (c) is not ideologically skewed. Many readings of modern Korean history are either very pro-U.S., bolster a right-wing nationalist interpretation of events, or, commonly, both. For those in search of a fair-minded, nuanced modern history of South Korea aimed at a general audience, I would highly suggest Korea: The Impossible Country. Continue reading