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Review: Ha Jung-woo’s “The Closet” Offers Surprisingly Heart-Warming Horror

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Starring Ha Jung-woo, Korean film “The Closet” blends horror with father-daughter bonding.

Review: K-Drama “My Holo Love” Highlights The Role Technology Plays in Loneliness 

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Mixing Korean drama tropes with sprinkles of social commentary, "My Holo Love" will delight both die-hard K-drama fans and those looking for light-hearted fare.

Review: “Beasts Clawing At Straws” Stars Jung Woo-sung In A Taut Tale of Chasing Money

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Jung Woo-sung and Jeon Do-yeon headline Korean crime thriller “Beasts Clawing At Straws,” which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020.

Review: “The Man Standing Next” Stars Lee Byung-hun As Park Chung-hee’s Assassin

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"The Man Standing Next" re-interprets Korean President Park Chung-hee's assassination using elements of Shakespearean tragedy.

Review: “Secret Zoo” Looks For Laughs With Humans Dressing Like Animals

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Korean comedy “Secret Zoo” elicits light laughter and offers slight social commentary in its heartwarming but forgettable story.

Review: “Kim Ji-young, Born 1982” Shows How Korean Society Has Internalized Sexism

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Based on a real story, "Kim Ji-young" is a quiet but effective depiction of how thickly sexism permeates Korean society.

The 11 Best Korean Dramas of 2019

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Discover the top Korean dramas of 2019 across genres like historical, romance, action, and more—with streaming links included.

Review: “Ashfall” Is An Epic Disaster Film With Korean Flavor…And Tropes Galore

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Starring Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo, Bae Suzy, and Ma Dong-seok, “Ashfall” (a.k.a. “Baekdusan”) combines big-budget Hollywood tropes with inter-Korean politics.

The 11 Best Korean Movies of 2019

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Discover the top Korean movies of 2019, across genres like action, drama, comedy, romance, crime and more.

Review: K-Drama “Crash Landing On You” Appeals To Both Romantics and Political Junkies

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Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin headline the amusing and geopolitically relevant drama "Crash Landing On You,” showing on Netflix and tvN.

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