The final clip of opening credits, though, is a strikingly poetic image of what al-Jazeera perceives as its mission statement: A homemade satellite cobbled together from stray wire and a rusty colander, planted in the upturned concrete of the Arab Street. Al-Jazeera comes to this conclusion based on a two-steps-removed relationship to Fox News.
Note that King and the Clown was released on December 29, so it is listed on the page Seoul population: KoreanImported Total admissions: Sporting perpetual bruises on his face, he spends his free time reading martial arts manuals and taking fighting lessons from various adults in town, in a desperate attempt to learn how to defend himself.
Nothing seems to do any good, however. One day, at a private reading room, he comes across an eccentric old man named Pan-su who possesses an amazing skill for fighting.
It's not that he is powerfully acrobatic or unnaturally strong, it's that he is a seasoned expert in down-to-earth, realistic modes of fighting. In other words, he fights dirty. Pan-su somewhat reluctantly takes Byung-tae under his wing and starts to teach him what he has learned about fighting and about life.
These include gems of wisdom such as, "Sand and spit are the most useful objects at hand during a fight. Debut director Shin Han-sol's The Art of Fighting is a different sort of action film, one that largely avoids impressive displays of physical movement, and instead focuses on the gritty, sensual aspects of fighting.
Set in a grim, ugly-looking Review of film control room where the people seem motivated by boredom rather than any enthusiasm for life, the film is most memorable for its black humor and the great presence shown by its two lead actors.
With vulnerability and steely determination reflected in his eyes, Jae Hee, best known from Kim Ki-duk's 3-Iron, is well-suited to the role of Byung-tae. It may seem superfluous to say this after 3-Iron, but Jae really can communicate a great deal to the viewer even when he is not speaking.
Here he plays this role with a mixture of world-weary passivity and sudden, electric bursts of violence. Although lacking the depth of the other roles he has played in the past few years, Pan-su possesses an attitude that is uniquely Baek Yoon-shik. The Art of Fighting is well acted and capably put together, with a mostly predictable but engrossing narrative.
Yet the film leaves you with an odd sense of emptiness. Part of this may be due to the inherent pessimism in the work, and its portrayal of a town where life is bleak and unlikely to improve.
Yet on a cinematic level too, one wishes that there were just a bit more substance to the film.
Ultimately Art of Fighting is worth watching, but is unlikely to rank as one of the highlights of Park's short "Seaside Flower" follows days in the life of Eun-hye, an elementary-school-aged girl with Down's syndrome.
Through the swatches of her life we see her isolation from her peers and her single mother's Seo Ju-hee of Flower Island struggle to make up for the evil that kids do.
Eun-hye's closest friend is an elderly woman who lives too far away to see every day. Compensating for this lack of regular camaraderie, Eun-hye has also created an imaginary friend. Eun-hye is played by a girl Jeong Eun-hye with actual Down's syndrome and some of her own experiences were brought into the short.
In this way, "Seaside Flower" represents what might be a continuing theme in the series, allowing a character to play themselves or at least indigenously represent the community explored within the short, as Yeo Kyun-dong ventured in the first series in his short about the physically disabled which featured Kim Moon-ju, an actor with cerebral palsy.
Ryoo's short "Hey Man! The packed crowd at 's PIFF who saw this film along with me laughed continuously at Kim Su-yeon's character who has been in Ryoo's films Die Bad, No Blood, No Tears, and Crying Fista character who learns the lesson be careful who you hate, because your hate might leave you on your own.
Made while he was still working on his essay on masculinity that was Crying Fist, Ryoo provides an added treat with a surprise cameo by someone from the previous series, making me wonder if this is also going to be a regular aspect of the future omnibuses.
I don't know about you, but I like the sound of the word "omnibuses. The pacing is perfect, the images of the friends in arms racing through the city still stay with me, and there's a nice little placement of one of the symbols of capitalism that brought a bit of laughter to what is otherwise a short full of sorrow, even more sorrowful considering its partly based on a true story.
Speaking of true stories, let me jump out of the order of this omnibus and mention the last short, Kim Dong-won's documentary about Korean-Chinese immigrants, "Jongno, Winter. Kim's documentary interviews several Korean-Chinese, people whose illegitimate residency risks being exposed by appearing in this film, and they share with us the struggles in their lives due to the limits placed on their status in South Korea.The drama about conversion therapy is a showcase for the actor who excels at boy-next-door roles.
High-End Audio, Hi-Res Audio (HRA) High Fidelity Audiophile Industry News. Control Room is a documentary film about Al Jazeera and its relations with the US Central Command (CENTCOM), as well as the other news organizations that covered the invasion of Iraq.
Made by Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, the film was distributed by Magnolia Pictures (owned by Entertainment). People featured in the film .
Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. A sense of gloom covered Korean cinema in the year , with fewer strong films than in previous years, local audiences beginning to cool on Korean film, exports showing a continued decline, and the film industry suffering through a recession of sorts.
Making the leap from photographer to music video director to film director, Anton Corbijn's feature length debut 'Control' is quite simply stunning.