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Jerry
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I don't suppose your video rentals have much selecion of Korean films -- we have 800,000 Korean and Korean-Americans in Los Angeles. A new one I saw on DVD is Sil-mi-do -- which is the name of one of their coastal islands given to Army training. It tells a true story of 4 sergeants and 31 condemned prisoners in 1971 who trained for a suicide mission to assassinate Kim Il-Sung. It is very similar to The Dirty Dozen. Several recent films deal with the North/South divide. Tae-Guk (Brotherhood) is also a fantastic war film, and The Monster - is a sci-fi about rhino sized fish/lizard in the Han River caused by a U.S. Army dumping of formaldehyde in a base closing move.

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Saw another one this evening: The King and the Clown. They claim to have complete chronicles on 27 kings - and this was one from the 1500s. The clown must make the king laugh or their party of wandering minstrels will all die. They decide to be politically incorrect and satirize the king and his consort.

 

Students of the theater should see this for its rich production values - photography, sets, art, music, dance, vaudeville. It's the second highest grossing domestic film in Korea's history.

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