The ‘very, very strange’ world of North Korea, as blogged by daughter of Google boss

January 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Economy, Education, Film, Food, History, Info, North Korea, Science, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy, Women & Men

Coming to America: South Korea’s top directors on hitting Hollywood with English language films

October 29, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Economy, Film, History, Info, Trade 

There’s a scene in South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 revenge classic Oldboy, currently being remade by Spike Lee, in which the film’s wild-haired, wild-eyed lead Min-sik Choi plops down at a restaurant and slurps on a huge fidgety live octopus, its long tentacles squirming out of his mouth. To American audiences, the moment may seem totally strange. But Park says the scene is less disgusting to Korean audiences. “They would be able to sympathize with the protagonist at that stage, who was incarcerated for 14 years,” he told EW. “He wants to eat something that is alive and moving. By chewing on this living thing, he’s venting his anger to an unknown protagonist.”

What is really gained, or lost, in translation?

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S Korean torture film raises ghost of military past

October 5, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Film, Torture 

Busan, South Korea: A film based on the memoir of a democracy activist who was tortured in the 1980s by South Korea’s military rulers is provoking discussion about the country’s not-so-distant authoritarian past and the influence it will have on this year’s Presidential election.

“National Security,” which premieres on Saturday at the Busan International Film Festival, tells the story of Kim Geun-tae, who endured 22 days of torture in a notorious Seoul interrogation room because of alleged links to North Korea and a plot to overthrow South Korea’s military regime.

It is due for nationwide release in November, just a month before the country votes in a Presidential race being contested by Park Geun-hye, the daughter of military dictator Park Chung-hee, who ruled the country for 18 years until his assassination.

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Exploring Korean Culture: A South Korea Travel Video

February 23, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Film, Travel 

Couch Surfing / South Korea

February 15, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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South Korea : A Nation to Watch

October 31, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Film, History, Info 

Saw this doc first on Korean Sentry. I think you’ll enjoy it, too!

101 East – Asian brides for sale

October 22, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Film, Women & Men 

A flourishing mail order bride industry in Asia is leading to sex trafficking and domestic violence, even murder. 101 East investigates the dramatic increase in the trend in South Korea, and growing calls for stricter screening of interracial unions.