Sunday, August 26, 2007

Silk Shoes

Silk Shoes (2006; dir. Yo Kyun-dong) 4
We thought this was a thoroughly entertaining film, well acted and directed. Even the typically over-the-top ending didn’t seem to force things too much in this comic drama. A film director is charged with creating a fake pilgrimage to North Korea for a gangster’s dementia-ridden father.

Voice of a Murderer

Voice of a Murderer (2007; dir. Park Jin-pyo) 3
This was far from a masterpiece, but it held together well enough to pull off its intentions. This “based on a true story” plot pits a desperate couple (the father is played by Sol Kyung-gu) against the kidnapper of their son; the continual escalation of outright comical incompetence on the part of the police still managed to create a growing intensity.