Fan of Joon-ho Bong

Lately we’ve been enjoying the movies by Korean director Joon-ho Bong from NetFlix. Avoid the dubbed version, which is the default setting on these DVDs.

  • Memories of Murder – a well-done thriller based on the true story of an unsolved serial killer (the statue of limitations expired on 2006).
  • The Host – it’s been a long time since I’ve seen an entertaining monster movie.  Its rare to see a movie where the hideous monster is revealed in full daylight at the beginning of the film.  Believe it or not, part of this film is based on a true story – in 2000, Albert McFarland, an American civilian mortician at the Yongsan military base ordered his staff to pour 120 liters of formaldehyde into the morgue’s plumbing reaching the Han River, source of Seoul’s drinking water – the scandal sparked an anti-American uproar in South Korea.
  • Tokyo! – Joon-ho Bong directed the last short story about a hikikomori in this 3 short story movie.

Looking forward to his next work, “Mother“, which is currently making rounds at film festivals.

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