Category Archives: 2008

REVIEW: The Chaser (2008)

Directed by: Hong-jin Na

Written by: Won-Chan Hong, Shinho Lee, Hong-jin Na

Starring: Yun-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo

Pimp Joon-ho (Kim Yun-seok) has a problem. Or, rather, he has several problems in the shape of his small coterie of call girls shrinking ever smaller, employees going missing one by one in the previous few months. As a former policeman, nay detective, as he is wont to profess to anyone who’ll listen and usually those who won’t, Joon-ho isn’t going to stand too much more of this but, unable to deduce if his lost girls are on the lam, have been sold on, or just escaped the life altogether, he hasn’t made much headway.

Now down to his last illicit employee Mi-jin (Seo Yeong-hie), Joon-ho is getting desperate. Mi-jin for her part, is desperate too. Wishing to make good her getaway from her uncouth employer, but sick and with a young daughter to support, Mi-jin grits her teeth for one last customer. Unfortunately, that customer is creepy young client Young-min (Ha Joong-woo) who has some extremely ugly surprises in store for his evening’s carnal companion, Mi-jin.

Discovering that Young-min is actually a repeat customer, and that all his girls who vanished had been booked in with him, Joon-ho sets out to find him. But with no address to go on, no signal from Mi-jin’s phone, and no help from his former buddies on the force, as Mi-jin’s life hangs in the balance Joon-ho is embroiled in an investigation, a chase, that will change him forever…

REVIEW: The Duchess (2008)

Directed by: Saul Dibb

Written by: Jeffrey Hatcher

Starring: Keira KnightleyRalph FiennesCharlotte Rampling

Keira Knightley excels in this touching tale of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana – Duchess of Devonshire.

As we grow up, we assume that we’ll eventually marry someone who loves us, and have many beautiful children. Sometimes things get in the way – break-ups, fertility issues, money problems, but our parents bring us up with the belief that if we wait long enough, everything will be okay.

We know this not to be true.

‘The Duchess’ tells the emotional story of a woman who’s life didn’t turn out how she’d imagined, and shows how one hopeful girl’s dreams can be crushed to the ground with cruelty and a loveless life.

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REVIEW: Franklyn (2008)

Written and Directed by : Gerald McMorrow

Starring : Eva Green , Ryan Phillippe , Sam Riley , Bernard Hill

Reality is a fickle thing. No sooner do you think that you have it pinned down, then something comes along that makes you question it, or some bright spark tells you that there are many realities, and everyone’s reality is unique to them. Well if that is true, in my reality, there is no place for line-dancing, Justin Bieber or four quid popcorn at the cinema. However, whatever reality you reside in, Franklyn is a film that plays with this kind of brain twisting issue with great skill.

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