We take a little break away from our participation in this year’s Japanese Film Blogathon to sneak in a little South Korean coverage. In this episode, with guest James McCormick of the Criterion Cast, we review Bong Joon-Ho’s (The Host, Mother, Memories of Murder) feature length debut Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000). We get a visit from old show contributor Kemek who, from his post in Korea, delivers a new film and culture bit. There’s also yet another discussion about the Korean film quota system and tons of the usual film talk.
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Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He is an avid movie fan who specializes in Japanese cinema, but enjoys everything from artsy high-brow to mega-billion blockbusters to straight-to-video turds. As an Asian-American, he got the best of all cinematic worlds as a child by receiving mega-doses of Ozu, Bruce Lee, Kamen Rider, and American drive-in movies in addition to a steady diet of punk rock, Japanese literature, and Buddhism. He spent six years in Japan as an English teacher and translator. In 2004, he returned to the United States to complete his Masters in Language Education and continue his career as a language educator and cultural anthropologist with a focus on language policy and language shift. Jon is a former Myrle Clark Award recipient for excellence in creative writing and has contributed to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011).