The Dong-won coal mine in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do, closed in 2004. It was the last coal mine in the province. But for me, its lasting importance can be found in 1980 when over 6,000 workers and their families went on strike for better working conditions. The strike became violent injuring 160 and killing one policeman.Read More
Ticket stands out amongst other hostess dramas because of the honesty with which it shows the ruthlessness that da-bangs must be run and the desperation with which the women in it must work. Also, this film is the first production of the female actor Kim Ji-mee who also stars.Read More
During Lunar New Year and Chuseok, Seoul is amazing beautiful for a few hours. In the mornings you can go out to the busiest of places and find no one. This year I went to Gangnam and got to experience a kind of aloneness I have never felt in Korea.Read More
Songdo is a "Smart City" recently built on reclaimed land from the Yellow Sea. It is an international free economic zone and its development has centered around green and sustainable living. It is quite beautiful and seems quite convenient; however, no one is here.
I hesitate to call this experiment in planned city building a failure as more businesses, investments, and universities will be moving here soon. However, right now, being devoid of people, it is strange to see.
Much has been written about Songdo, and my opinions are complicated so I will keep this short and let the photos speak for themselves.
In Yeong-ja's Heydays we can see the beginnings of the Korean hostess melodrama. More importantly, we can see the harsh realities that women faced in the 70s. This is a powerful film underscored by Kim Seung-ok's writing, Kim Ho-seon's direction, and Yeom Bok-sun's breathtaking performance as Yeong-ja.Read More
Haneul Park is wonderful. Despite being crowded, it is so huge you will often find yourself secluded.Read More
Kim Soo-yong's The Seaside Village tells the story of a woman's life, love, and survival. It is beautiful both in its visuals and in its storytelling.Read More
Secret Love Affair is the best Korean drama I have yet to see. Through this story we can see the culture of chaebol life and the prisons they live in. This drama is beautifully made and wonderfully acted. Kim Hee-ae is brilliant.Read More
Homebound tells the story of a woman, but more importantly a nation, struggling to escape its past and move forward past the scars of war.Read More
While more watchable than some of Kim Ki-young's later work, Woman of Fire continues to show how strong women, left uncontrolled, become monsters.Read More