Im Sang-Soo to Press: “Only Koreans Can Understand My Film”

Has Korean director/provocateur Im Sang-soo gone off his rocker? First, he lashed out at the Korean film industry, which he says is only interested in churning out Hollywood-type blockbusters, and now he’s gone and trashed the Cannes film festival for not recognizing the obvious genius of his latest potboiler, The Taste of Money. Im told… Read More

Yonsei Prof Accuses Kim Yu-na of Playing Hooky

The unfavorable attention Kim Yu-na has been receiving in the press lately, far from discrediting her brilliant career, rather illustrates the fickle nature of fame and success in Korea, and can only tarnish whatever esteem her renown has brought to the “land of the morning calm”. Since May 8, Kim has been teaching at a… Read More

‘Café Noir’ 2-DVD Release Date

Mark this date in your calendars – June 9th. Yes, that’s the day Café Noir will at last be available on DVD. Admittedly, we’re not a little disappointed that we won’t be getting a shiny Blu-ray in our greedy little mitts, but hey, this isn’t The Avengers or anything! There have been petitions for a limited edition Blu-ray by… Read More

Hangeul

If you ask anyone what the single greatest innovation to come out of Korea is, you’re likely to hear many responses – hallyu, kimchi, Samsung’s blazingly fast Galaxy Note, “Sandglass”, the towering masterpiece of Korean television drama that transfixed an entire nation back in 1995, or even Kakao Talk, the amazing mobile messenger service I… Read More

Dentistry in Korea

Korea has exceptional dental care, but beware of aggressive treatments that are primarily cosmetic. While fillings are covered under health insurance plans, root canals and crowns are not, and unscrupulous dentists often perform unnecessary procedures on unwitting patients. I’m publishing a letter I sent to my dentist back home a couple of years ago after I… Read More

Buy Korean? No Way!

When I moved to Korea five years ago, I was impressed not only with how convenient everything was, I was also struck by how inexpensive everything – from food to transportation to medical expenses and the postal service were. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the cost of living in Busan is… Read More

Ulrich Seidl’s ‘Paradise: Love’ to Compete for Palme d’Or

I’ve been a huge fan of Ulrich Seidl ever since seeing the Austrian director’s Import/Export, so when I learned that Paradise: Love will be competing at Cannes, my little heart started to race. Here’s the synopsis: On the beaches of Kenya they’re known as Sugar Mamas: European women to whom black beach boys offer sex… Read More

Xavier Dolan to Adapt Tom à la ferme

Xavier Dolan’s eagerly anticipated third film, Laurence Anyways, has not even been released yet (it hits theaters on May 18th), but the brilliant young Canadian director has already announced his decision to adapt a play by Michel Marc Bouchard, Tom à la ferme. This marks the first time the director will adapt a script not… Read More