17 years after the Golden Age of Korean cinema was launched in earnest, when 4 different dudes released 4 different films in the same year that all crossed over to one degree or another, and all were awesome, and pretty much all took their creators careers to another level internationally, it turned out to be one of the quartet who ended Oscar's 92 year old stupidest streak of all.
Diabolical thread.......the first 3 are best of decade contenders imo
All great Oldboy, MoM, ToTS, ......Spring. 2 and 3 are close........
Nothing really competes with Oldboy to me which is such a singular film it functions as the American Memento does where the more you see it, you start to respond to entirely different things within it - it's great the 5th time entirely differently from the 1st.
I once took a friend to see it (her 1st viewing) on the big screen and she had the best reaction - she said "I've never seen a movie that's more beautiful and feels so horrible at the same time"
That's really it - to a certain type of movie fan, Oldboy is like seeing the best Hitchcock terror moments, the end of Repulsion, and the cruelest De Palma sick joke all ground together in a film that is also so alive it must set some kind of record for being that contemplative and frantic simultaneously.........it's an all-timer for me.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Feb 11, 2020 20:10:30 GMT
haven't seen Memories of Murder or SSAWaS yet (hope to soon), and I wasn't a fan of Oldboy at all. I did watch Tale of Two Sisters last October and really liked it. Very creepy atmosphere, gobsmacking twist, and two phenomenal performances from Im Soo-jung and especially Yum Jung-ah as the evil stepmother.
If I was picking my top three South Korean films, I'd go with Parasite, Burning, and The Wailing. Those 2000s films kicked off the renaissance of South Korean cinema but it's really come into its own this past decade and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.
1. Memories of Murder Full-blown masterpiece. An even better Zodiac than Zodiac (a masterpiece in its own right) anchored by an all-timer of a performance from Song. It's of a genre that we're generally oversaturated with and that generally doesn't do it for me, and in spite of that it's one of the most captivating movies I think I've ever seen. Crazy to think that Bong's topped it.
2. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring Another masterpiece and one of the best films of the 21st century that just doesn't get talked about nearly enough. There's so much wisdom seeping out of this thing you'd have thought Kurosawa directed it and it's just utterly breathtaking in its imagery without once being ostentatious about it. And despite its (very appropriate) patience it's also incredibly immersive and never once dull or boring. Simply one of my favorite movies philosophically/ideologically of the last twenty years, you just feel so at peace watching it.
3. Oldboy Haven't seen it since the first time I watched it when I was like 14 and happened upon it on Netflix and was like "oh yeah this is the movie with that hallway scene that gets referenced in ever Youtube video about movies ever made" and anyway I watched it one Saturday afternoon and was overwhelmed and absolutely adored it at the time (obviously). And I think I still love it now? Long overdue for a rewatch. A lot like Bong with his '03 film, Park would go on to top this in the 2010s, but that said it's still a pretty seminal work. And honestly I think one of the main reasons I've never watched it a second time is that I almost feel like I don't need to, it just lingers in the mind so long, I feel like I still remember it all so vividly...
4. A Tale of Two Sisters Comfortably a tier (or more) below the others, which are all some degree of masterful but this is one is not quite there. I don't remember it much, I just don't think I felt very passionately about it despite it being quite captivating in its atmosphere and its ideas.
And yeah shoutouts to The Wailing while we're at it
1. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter ... and Spring 9/10 (my favourite Korean film, it's soo beautiful and of a wonderful philosophical attitude and calmness and certainly one the most profound films I've seen)