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Index of the 70s: Director Lee Hyeok-soo

31st August 2013

The man who would work in Korean cinema as Lee Hyeok-soo was born on July 18, 1938 as Lee Chang-soo. Moving from his home in Gyeongsan in North Gyeongsang Province to Seoul, Lee graduated from the Sarabeol Art College with a major in Film and Performing Arts. He started working in film as an assistant director in 1964 and directed his first film in 1967. His final film was in 2002, but he was active in other ways as an officer in both the Association of Korean Film Directors and The Motion Picture Association of Korea. Lee made 22 films in the 1970s, four I had already indexed, the remaining 18 are listed below. To see images of his other films, click the tab at the top of the page marked The 1970s. Click the thumbnails below to see full sized images.

leehyeoksoo1975 kim choon sam, leehyeoksoo1975 woman warrior, leehyeoksoo1976 family, leehyeoksoo1976 righteous martial party, leehyeoksoo1976 three secret killers, leehyeoksoo1976 vicious plot, leehyeoksoo1977 black mark of shaolin, leehyeoksoo1977 call me samryong, leehyeoksoo1977 hedgehog of the third quay, leehyeoksoo1977 hedgehog, leehyeoksoo1978 12 heavenly kings, leehyeoksoo1978 kung fu dalma, leehyeoksoo1978 master mokryeon, leehyeoksoo1978 pacheon martial arts, leehyeoksoo1978 seven man of kung fu, leehyeoksoo1979 camellia man, leehyeoksoo1979 sirasoni, leehyeoksoo1975 blood relations

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Index of the 1970s: Directors Lee Han-wook and two others

31st August 2013

This addition to the index is a catch-all for three directors who had a single movie each in this decade.
Lee Han-wook is the only director of the three listed here who had more than one movie in total. He had several films in the previous decade and I will deal with him in more detail when I deal with that decade. There is not much information listed for Lee Hyeon-goo and he probably left film for decades after his one and only stint as a director, except he returned as an actor in the 2007 film, Milky Way Liberation Front. There is also no biography listed for Lee Hyeon-jin. However, his name appears on about a dozen more films as Assistant Director starting in 1969.

leehanwook1978 floating weeds, leehyeongoo1976 dangerous woman, leehyeonjin1975 jailhouse

Click the thumbnails to view a legible image. To see filmographies from other directors of this decade, click the tab at the top of this page marked The 1970s.

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Korean Films Opening in Theaters 2013, week 35

26th August 2013



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Index to the 1970s: Director Lee Gyu-woong

24th August 2013

The first three movies listed below belong to three different directors, Lee Eun-soo, Lee Gyu-hwan and Lee Gyu-won. The rest were made by Lee Gyu-woong. To see the rest of the movies made by these directors, click the tab marked ‘the 1970s’ at the tip of the page. You can also click the thumbnails below to see larger images. Unfortunately, The Seven Valid Causes of Divorce is one of about a half dozen movies from this decade that I could find no poster, still, or VHS/DVD image.

leeeunsoo1975 woman detective mary, leegyuhwan1975 troupe of strolling actors, leegyuwon1974 seven valid causes for divorce, leegyuwoong1974 sun rises at night, leegyuwoong1974 unforgettable mothers love, leegyuwoong1975 wife of a eunuch, leegyuwoong1977 stone bell

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The Carriage Running Into Winter (1981)

21st August 2013

The Carriage Running Into Winter– Directed by Jeong So-yeong. Starring Kim Yeong-ae, Lee Yeong-ha, Kim Dong-hyeon, Kim Jin-gyu and Hwang Jeong-soon. Released January 1, 1982. 108 minutes.
carriage running into winter I have been watching a lot of newer movies these days as this summer’s releases have been really excellent. Snowpiercer, Hide and Seek, The Terror Live!, Killer Toon.. and so on. But everyone and their uncle are writing about them. I will wait a few years to do that. Instead, I found another movie I can watch. The title seems to imply that it this movie will, like Snowpiercer, will have something to do with trains* and snow. Well, don’t get your hopes up on that score. This movie is pure melodrama.
The film starts with a depressed Yeo Yoon-hee going quickly into a flashback to the happier days that led up to her marriage with Jeong-woo. The two were deeply in love and married over her parents objections that he and his family are too poor to support them. This turned out to be true but it did not stop their happiness. Yoon-hee made ends meet by secretly borrowing from her parents to run her household. However, it was doomed to end too soon. Jeong-woo is killed in an accident…after several extended scenes designed to tug at the heart.
Widowed while still in her twenties, Yoon-hee devotes herself to her work doing what appears to be layouts at a newspaper. Through her boss, she becomes acquainted with Mr. Park who soon surprises her with a proposal of marriage. Mr Park is considerably older than Yeon-hee and she soon finds out that he is unbelievably wealthy. She remarries, again over her mother’s objections, and it again ends in tragedy. Her husband to be has a severe heart attack at the altar. She moves into Park’s house where his mother, sister and son from a previous marriage live with a number of servants. She visits Park every day in the hospital, but it is clear that the female members of Park’s family blame her for his heart attack.
Park never regains consciousness and becomes gradually worse. The only member of the household who treats Yoon-hee with kindness is Woo-seob. But there is a reason he does so. He is very attracted to her, so much so that while his father lies dying in the hospital, Woo-seob startles Yoon-hee by embracing and kissing her in the kitchen of the house. This leads to Yoon-hee running away and making a convoluted plan to kill herself in a way that it looks like suicide. However, she is tracked down by Woo-seob. After a long talk, he confesses his love for her and she agrees to go back to his home. There she falls ill. Woo-seob takes care of her and comes to Yoon-hee’s defense when a family meeting is called to turn Yoon-hee out of the house.
In the aftermath of the family row, Yoon-hee has a sleepless night. Wandering into the hallway she accidently glimpses Woo-seob butt naked. This three-second flash of flesh has Yoon-hee flee into the garden and experience a fantasy involving her and Woo-seob. The young man follows her and soon the fantasy is well on its way to becoming reality. Yoon-hee has a change of heart and runs back into the house. She realizes that she has to leave and after meeting unexpected opposition from Park’s mother, she does just that. Yoon-hee goes back to thinking about her suicide plan, when Woo-seob shows up at her door. To his surprise, she is no longer against being with him and to two spend a week or so of pure bliss together. He offers to take her away from Korea, but she refuses. The thought of the future terrifies her and Yoon-hee once again goes back to her plan of suicide.
The Carriage Running Into Winter is quite melodramatic but it is watchable. It was interesting to see Hwang Jeong-soon (Park’s mother) and Kim Jin-gyu (Park) near the end of their careers and their acting certainly is part of the reason the movie is so watchable. Kim Yeong-ae (Yoon-hee) is another. Less so is Lee Yeong-ha as Woo-seob. The movie is not available on DVD though it was at one point on VHS as the image above shows. (I far preferred it over the original poster though I use that when I index this film)

*The Korean title makes it quite clear that the movie does not contain a train. Instead, the carriage in the title refers to a horse drawn carriage. What is not clear is how that.or any part of the title.. is related to the movie at all. ..

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Korean Films opening in Theaters: 2013, week 34

20th August 2013




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Index of the 1970s: Director Lee Doo-yong

17th August 2013

Lee Doo-yong was born on December 24, 1942. He started working in film during the 1960s under Lee Man-hee and debuted at the beginning of the 1970s. Although largely retired, he has done some work in movies as recently as 2011. During the 1970s, Lee made 34 films, all of which are now listed on this site. One interesting thing he did was the five part Taekwan Series released in full throughout 1974.
Below are the posters and ads from Lee’s films that I had yet to upload. The rest can be found, along with the films of other directors, by clicking the tab marked “The 1970s” at the top of the page. Click the thumbnails below to enlarge.

leedooyong1974 betrayer, leedooyong1974 bridge of death, leedooyong1974 left foot of wrath, leedooyong1974 little bird, leedooyong1974 manchurian tiger, leedooyong1974 return of the onelegged man 2, leedooyong1974 return of the onelegged man, leedooyong1975 at risk of life, leedooyong1975 black night, leedooyong1975 byeongtae impressive days, leedooyong1975 disarm, leedooyong1976 duel in a violent city, leedooyong1976 secret agents 2, leedooyong1976 visitor of america, leedooyong1977 early years, leedooyong1978 confessions of life and death, leedooyong1978 police story, leedooyong1978 rely on your brother, leedooyong1979 49 days in hell, leedooyong1979 last heist, leedooyong1979 muldori village

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Korean Movies Opening in Theaters: 2013, week 33

12th August 2013



Let’s Go to the Rose Motel (translation of Korean title– International title not yet assigned)

THE BIG PICTURE (Documentary)

THE BLUFF Trailer unavailable


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Korean Movies Opening in Theaters, 2013-Week 32

4th August 2013


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