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Another week that I’m a day late – somehow managed to get sick but after lots of spicy ginger lemon tea and garlicky cough syrup, I’m feeling better today, enough to post the Trailer Weekly at least. I did hope to write another review for the Korean Cinema Blogathon as well, but since it’s the last day I don’t I will get it done in time.

Anyhow, in honour of the Korean Cinema Blogathon Trailer Weekly #24 has gone 100% Korean. It’s a sort of random collection of films – and I could have included more still – that all involve the theme of love somehow: love between lonely souls, adolescent love, noona love, love in old age, and selfless love between siblings in the face of hard times…

  • 물 없는 바다 (Mool Eobsneun Bada/Sea without Water) – Love the poster. Love the title. And the premise of the story too: a man and a woman, both withdrawn into their own worlds but find hope and love in each other.
  • 방황의 날들 (Banghwangeui Naldeul/In Between Days, 2006) – I couldn’t find a trailer, but there is a four-minute fan video clip on YouTube that gives you a taster. Banghwangeui Naldeul was the directorial debut of Kim So-yong (김소영), whose 나무없는 산 (Namooeobsneun San/Treeless Mountain, 2008) I reviewed recently and and whose For Ellen (2012) is will be screening at the first Sundance London in April.
  • 사물의 비밀 (Samooleui Bimil/Secrets, Objects, 2011) – This one falls into the Korean genre (?) of noona-romance – a 21-year old college student and a woman in her thirties fall in love. It’s not clear from any of the synopsis whether the woman is married or not, although I presume she is. Honestly, I’m not too keen on films on extra-marital affairs, but the title of this film keeps drawing me back it. (A silly reason to want to watch a film, I suppose.)
  • 해로 (Haero/Hand in Hand, 2012) – A film on love in the old age. There aren’t many filmmakers that make the issue of ‘growing old’ the heart of their cinematic productions, and even fewer that manage to do it in an insightful way. Haero is due out later this month in Korea so remains to be seen whether itis any good, but it’s always worth keeping a lookout for films on the subject matter.
  •  오세암 (Oseam/Oseam, 2003) – Unlike Japan, Korea doesn’t have that much of a tradition in animated films, but there are a few lovely films that come out every now and then. Last year’s 마당을 나온 암탉 (Madangeul Naon Amtak/Leafie, A Hen into the Wild) was a big box office success and I have also previously mentioned 마리이야기 (Mari Iyagi/My Beautiful Girl Mari, South Korea, 2002). Oseam, a story adapted from a well-known Korean fairytale of two child orphans, is another to add to the list-of-Korean-animations to see. It’s been compared to Studio Ghibli 火垂るの墓 (Hotaru no Haka/Grave of the Fireflies, 1988) because of its equally heart-wrenching story.