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  • Air Doll

    Air Doll

    ★★★★

    - "Do you wish you had never found a heart?"
    - "I don't know, but... It hurts."

    This film has some truly bewitching exchanges. Some of the dialogue, and much of Bae Doona's monologue, is so terrifically concocted and expressed. Couple this with the composition — the delicate camera work and Koreeda's knack for timing, knowing precisely when to linger — and it creates a profoundly poignant and strangely mesmeric account on loneliness and companionship.

    Even then, the score adds…

  • Our Love Story

    Our Love Story

    ★★★★

    This wiped me out. It's been on my mind all day. It's so keen and touching and revealing in its depiction of romance, and Lee Sang-hee's character especially feels stunningly authentic. Her performance is, by definition, an act... Yet she is nuanced, layered, and so true — as though not an ounce manufactured. Such is a testament to the incredible talent of Lee Sang-hee, and writer-director Lee Hyun-ju. It's a fairly subdued film that is all the more rousing and…

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  • Death Note

    Death Note

    This is a terrible adaptation, pure and simple. It’s an utter bastardisation of the Death Note manga and its anime adaptation, and barely resembles what it is apparently based on. It’s as though the original work were a third or fourth reference, rather than the immediate source.

    The major issues are in the plot and characterisation. The original version of Death Note is a psychological thriller and part police procedural, in which law enforcement attempt to track down a seemingly…

  • Cafe Noir

    Cafe Noir

    ★★★★

    Everyone in this movie is so damn suave and well dressed. Shin Ha-kyun embodies despondence and debonair.