The titular Mr. Zoo (played by Lee Sung-min) is a special government agent with a critical weakness- he hates animals. Normally this isn't important to his work, except that the latest big project involves working as a security detail for the famed Panda Ming-Ming (voiced by Yoo In-na). Ah, right...in case you haven't seen any promotional material, the main premise of "Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP" is that Mr. Zoo can hear animals talk. Also the titular VIP is Ming-Ming, who is a Very Important Panda...More
Having already topped the box office since its opening in South Korea the previous Wednesday (Jan 15), "Secret Zoo" includes a number of crowd-pleasing elements that are bound to make it a commercial success...More
Park Jung-bum seems to be on a roll, since, after the excellent "Height of the Wave" last year, he directs another impressive film that seems to follow on the contextual footsteps of Kim Ki-duk and especially "Address Unknown" and "Pieta", although without the intense depiction of violence...More
The issue of the Korean sex workers that "serviced" American soldiers in towns built around US military bases has been presented repeatedly in the country's cinema, in films like Kim Ki-duk's "Address Unknown" and Kim Dong-ryung and Park Kyoung-tae's own "Tour of Duty". Their approach in "The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin" is quite different, since the narrative takes a path between the documentary and the fiction, while implementing much surrealism and even fantasy...More
Prior to watching "Hello Carbot Theater Version: The Secret of Island Omparos" I had no familiarity with the Hello Carbot franchise of animated cartoons for children. There didn't seem to be all that much to get really. Earlier scenes in the movies show flashes of surprisingly distinctively Korean scenes, such as a setpiece revolving around coal briquettes. Another features the distinctive love shot style of downing alcoholic beverages...More
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With the two-year anniversary of Jeon Tae-soo's death lingering in the news, some confusion has set in among readers about how Ha Ji-won and Jeon Tae-soo are related. Though Jeon Tae-soo is known as Ha Ji-won's younger brother, they have different surnames...More
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