Look Corner: “Tidal Wave (해운대)”

English Title: Tidal Wave
Korean Title: 해운대
Year: 2009
Genre: Thriller
Director: Yoon Je-kyoon (윤제균)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Not available
My Rating: 1 out of 5

The Korean title of this film is Haeundae (해운대), which is a district of southern port city Busan (부산) with a famous beach that bears the same name. In some places outside of Korea, the film’s name was problematically altered:

In English-speaking countries, the film was released as Tidal Wave (which is an incorrect term for its theme and should actually be “Tsunami”).

You know a film is going to be bad when the title itself has some issues. Yikes. Continue reading

Look Corner: “The Divine Weapon (신기전)”

English Title: The Divine Weapon
Korean Title: 신기전
Year: 2008
Genre: Action & Adventure
Director: Kim Yoo-jin (김유진)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Not available
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Have you ever played the Civilization computer game series? In the game, you get to choose a civilization and work to outmaneuver other civilizations. Each civilization has certain advantages. If you choose to play as the Korean civilization, you are able to construct the hwach’a (화차), a wooden cart used to launch multiple rockets at once. In the film The Divine Weapon (신기전), the protagonists attempt to construct the singijeon (신기전), a specific type of fire arrow rockets that can be launched from hwach’a. Continue reading

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

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