Extreme Job (2019)

Making good chicken is not an expressionless pursuit of frozen poultry, cellophane wrap and robotic assembly. A true cook understands that preparing a dish is a sacred art, honorific in the exchange of life. Excellent preparation and strategically calculated ingredients make for a perfectly balanced marinate sauce over succulent (yet crispy) chicken. This chicken is neither over or under fried, the sauce isn’t too sweet, … Continue reading Extreme Job (2019)

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019)

It’s a generalization to be sure, but there are few things finer and more consistently entertaining than South Korean thrillers. From their focus on twisty narratives, knife fights, and frenzied fight action to their unrestrained tonal elasticity, their niche in the world of international cinema is more secure and reliable than most. The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil is the latest Korean export, and it’s a slick … Continue reading The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019)

Keys to the Heart (2018)

The strong chin, sleek look and deep voice of Lee Byung-hun immediately make him a charismatic figure. Whether he is slinging guns in “The Magnificent Seven” or breathing down the neck of Kyle Reese in “Terminator Genisys,” Lee’s character traits in films have mostly been like his image: a man you do not want to mess with. This aura is shattered immediately in “Keys to … Continue reading Keys to the Heart (2018)

Champion (2018)

Dong-seok Ma: He looks fit and gigantic. It’s matching script to prove his performance and he did. Kwon Yul: Well supported to justify the role. Ye-ri Han: Involving. Screenplay: Smooth Cinematography: Clear Direction: Neat Champion (2018) is an emotional South Korean sports drama. It tells the story of Korean-born arm wrestler Mark who lives a solitary life in America where he has grown up in … Continue reading Champion (2018)