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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.

Why “Parasite” Is Bong Joon-ho’s Biggest Hit and Darkest Film Yet

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“Parasite” speaks to Korean audiences’ real-life woes in an intricately crafted and empathetic manner.

Review: “Battle of Jangsari” Gives A Little-Known Korean War Battle The Honor It Deserves

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A group of high schoolers put everything on the line to fight North Korea—but receive little recognition or support

Review: Netflix’s “Vagabond” Stars Suzy In An Entertaining Conspiracy Thriller

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Lee Seung-gi and Suzy star in a K-drama, now streaming on Netflix, that entertains audiences and hints at Korea’s geopolitical status.

Review: “Tazza: The One Eyed Jack” Mixes the Thrills of High-Stakes Gambling and Heists

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The latest installment in the Tazza franchise features entertaining characters & a plot full of unexpected twists and turns.

Review: “The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos” Pits Korean Cops & Gangsters Against Japan

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Two cops team up with a mob enforcer and illegal gambling site owner to take down a Japanese drug ring.

Review: “Miss and Mrs. Cops” Is a Buddy Cop Movie For The #MeToo Era

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Two female cops take the lead on busting a spy cam ring—and gender roles too.

Review: “Love Alarm” Is a Reminder of How Social Media Harms Teenagers

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"Black Mirror" meets "Mean Girls" in Netflix's latest original Korean drama.

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