A Distant Place : a finely nuanced Korean queer family drama

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  A Distant Place, the debut feature film from Korean filmmaker Kuo-Young Park, and  is a remarkable finely nuanced tale that evolved into such an exquisite film as beautiful as the stunning rural setting.  It is the first Korean queer film that I have ever seen and I have to confess although I was unsure … Continue reading

House of Hummingbird : a Korean queer coming-of-age tale

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  This debut feature film from  Bora Kim  of a quiet and confused 14 year old Korean schoolgirl is loosely based on her own giving a real sense of authenticity to this unique coming-of-age story.  Plus its also set in 1994 which proved a significant year in South Korea’s history. Eighth-grader Eun-hee (Ji-hu Park) is the … Continue reading

In Between Seasons

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LGBT movies from Korea are still very much a rarity and most of them are based on the fact that although homosexuality is legal in the country, culturally it is still not accepted by most of the country.  In fact, the first ever Korean LGBT rights organization Beyond The Rainbow was officially recognized last year after … Continue reading

Like A Virgin

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An overweight teenage schoolboy with an alcoholic father and an absent colorful mother takes up the Korean version of sumo wrestling to win the big prize to pay for the sex-change operation that he so wants.  He has an infectious personality that helps win over his doubting teammates who physically tower over him ….. but it … Continue reading

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