The 2012 Korean Cinema Blogathon

Welcome to the VCinema mirror page for the 2012 Korean Cinema Blogathon!

The Korean Cinema Blogathon is an event in which blogs all over the internet will be writing about Korean Cinema and all that relates to this emerging world cinema. Any language, any film, actor or show, any topic. New Korean Cinema and cineAWESOME! are the primary hosts, with KOFFIA, Hangul Celluloid, Modern Korean Cinema, and, of course, VCinema cooperating to help document this event.  For more information, read the press release underneath the article links.

March 5, 2012


Richard Gray writes “Korean First: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” over at KOFFIA

Cho Seongyong reconsiders Yellow Sea over at his blog

Sarah Ward looks at the career of Korean cinema’s most recognizable and talented actors in “Song Kang-ho: An adaptable icon” at KOFFIA

Amy watches Spring Bears Love (with cineAWESOME! favorite Bae Doona) over at YAM Magazine.

Paul Bramhall writes about his first experiences with Korean cinema in the article Hammer & Tooth: My First Encounter with Korean Cinema over at KOFFIA.

Our very own Jeff Wildman takes on one of the strangest romantic comedies in years: I’m A Cyborg, But That’s Okay.

Giacomo Lee reviews highschool indie drama Bleak Night and our first tumblr entry!

DBBorroughs watches the war film 71-Into the Fire over at Unseen Films

Martin Cleary starts a great list with Film Recommendations – Fifteen Films of the New Korean Cinema (Part One) over at New Korean Cinema

Pierce Conran gives us the skinny on Korean ticket sales with Korean Box Office Update (03/2-03/4, 2012) over at Modern Korean Cinema

Wildgrounds takes us on a tour of Korea with South Korean Film Locations

Milo writes Mighty South Korean Thrillers: The Yellow Sea and The Chaser over at Blog of the Northstar

Connor McMorran contributes three(!) Hong Sang-soo articles Woman is the Future of Man, HaHaHa,and The Day He Arrives over at Rainy Day Movies.

Pierce Conran reviews Song Il-gon’s latest film Always over at Modern Korean Cinema.

Ghost writes KOREAN FILMS: WE AREN’T ALL ABOUT VENGEANCE over at Yam Magazine!

Orion looks at sci-fi omnibus film Doomsday Book in Doomsday Book-Where is your Sci-fi Korea? over at Orion’s Ramblings.

Alua writes Korean Cinema…Outside of London over on the blog Otherwhere.

Dini R. takes a look at Bleak Night over at We Eat Lemon.

James Schergen reviews Come Rain, Come Shine over at Flying Guillotine.

Ki Mun reviews Helpless over at Scene in Korea.

Kenneth Brorsson, Rufus de Rham, Paul Quinn begin What’s Korean Cinema Season 2 with Castaway on the Moon over at the Podcast on Fire network.

Kenneth Brorsson reviews Oasis at Podcast on Fire Network.

Adam Douglas looks at the classic North/South feud in the form of kaiju films YONGARY and PULGASARI at VCinema.

Pierce Conran reviews Countdown for VCinema.

Christopher Wheeler takes a look at Xtreme Korea with The Man From Nowhere over at KOFFIA.

Colleen Wanglund looks back at A TALE OF TWO SISTERS over at VCinema.

James Brown looks at his own experience with Korean cinema with Audacious and Refreshing: Discovering Korean Cinema over at KOFFIA.

Julyssa continues from last year with MY LOVE FOR KOREAN CINEMA PART. 2 – SUNNY SIDE UP over at Yam Magazine.

Jimi reviews Kim Ki-duk classic The Isle over at Oriental Film House.

Anna reviews Drifting Away over at Korean Indie.

Jacob Feltner reviews Bleak Night in an episode of Podcast Without Honor and Humanity.

Brad Gullickson watches The Good, The Bad and The Weird on cineAWESOME!

Wasim Hossain writes four! reviews: I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay, Poetry, Feather, and A Dirty Carnival.

Rufus talks about how he got started in the Korean film scene with The Beginnings: or how a joke changed Rufus’ life on cineAWESOME!

March 6, 2012

Lynn Shipp reviews Bichunmoo over at Wolves In Winter.

Mark talks about The Problem of Movie Soundtracks over at Korean Indie!

Sung Moon reviews Take Care of My Cat for Yam Magazine.

Julian Buckeridge takes a look at Director Ryoo Seung-wan’s career with More Than Just an Action Kid over at KOFFIA.

Hieu Chau finds Korean film in Cinema with a Vengeance at KOFFIA.

Paul Bramhall writes Going International: A Look at ‘Ninja Assassin’ & ‘The Warrior’s Way’ for KOFFIA.

Martin Cleary continues his Film Recommendations – Fifteen Films of the New Korean Cinema (Part Two) over at New Korean Cinema.

DB Borroughs reviews Showdown over at Unseen Films.

Pierce Conran gives us his Top 10 Korean Films of 2010 over at Modern Korean Cinema.

Andrew Saroch reviews War of The Arrows for Far East Films.

Phil Mills reviews Death Bell for Far East Films.

Andrew Skeates reviews The Front Line for Far East Films.

Dini R. reviews 2011’s smash hit Sunny over at We Eat Lemons.

Orion writes Hollywood Invasion: the End of Korean Cinema? over at Orion’s Ramblings.

Mr. C reviews Miss, Please Be Patient (1981) over at Planet Chocko.

Marc Raymond gives us a “A Hong Sang-soo Primer” over at Cinephile Foreigner in Korea.

Rebo Luistro reviews Hello Ghost over at Rebzombie Reviews.

Marc Saint-Cyr reviews Lee Chang-dong’s Green Fish at VCinema.

Kimchi Soul talks about DVD Bang Experience over at, well, her blog Kimchi Soul.

Connor McMorran graces us with three reviews of Ryu Seung-wan films: No Blood, No Tears, Crying Fist, and The City of Violence over at Rainy Day Movies.

Pierce Conran reviews Champ at VCinema.

Dr. Stan Glick highlights the Hong Sang-soo retrospective at MoMI, and points to older reviews of Secret Reunion, Aachi and Ssipak, Poetry, and Secret Sunshine. As well as linking to an interview with Lee Chang-dong, and highlighting a very special issue of Asian Cult Cinema.

Alua reviews Crossroads of Youth over at Otherwhere.

Colleen Wanglund reviews Phone for VCinema.

Samson Kwok writes A Special Film: Bong Joon-ho’s Mother for KOFFIA.

Richard Grey talks Violence Meets Violence: I Saw The Devil over at KOFFIA.

Raelene L. talks about Discovering Korean Cinema: Redefining Storytelling and Kim Ki-duk’s 3-Iron for KOFFIA.

Mini Mini Movie Review posts a piece on an E J-Yong interview.

March 7, 2012

Dini R. Starts the day with a review of indie coming of age story Eighteen on We Eat Lemons.

Matthew J. Constantine returns to review the Blade Runner rip-off Natural City on cineAWESOME!

DB Borroughs reviews Children at Unseen Films.

Pierce Conran gives us the Korean Cinema News from 3/1-3/7 over at Modern Korean Cinema.

Paul Quinn posts two of his essays on Korean film done for the East Winds Symposiums over at Hangul Celluloid.

Amy writes about her love for Bae Doona over at Yam Magazine.

Paul Bramhall writes Hollywood Bound: Korea’s Trio of Talent Head West for KOFFIA.

Orion reviews Jeon Woochi over at Orion’s Ramblings.

Kimchi Soul reviews Crossroads of Youth and Handphone over at Kimchi Soul.

Ki Mun gives an overview of Korean cinema for March 2012 over at Scene in Korea.

Mr. C. reviews Armless Swordsman over at Planet Chocko.

FilmPuff reviews Haunted Village aka Arang over at Not A Film Critic (in Portuguese)

Christopher Bourne reviews Tale of Cinema (part of the Love Will Tear Us Apart series at Japan Society NYC) over at The Bourne Cinema Conspiracy.

Pierce Conran reviews one of my favorite films Chilsu and Mansu over at Modern Korean Cinema.

DB Borroughs reviews The Man Who Was Superman over at Unseen Films.

Our own Jeff Wildman reviews Oasis and The Chaser on cineAWESOME!

Alua reviews Treeless Mountain at Otherwhere.

John Berra covers Dream for VCinema (also part of the Love Will Tear Us Apart series at Japan Society NYC).

Rebo Luistro reviews Black Dress over at Rebzombie Reviews.

VCinema drops Episode 40 covering Saving My Hubby over at VCinema.

James Brown takes a Time Out: An appreciative stroll through Promenade over at KOFFIA.

Tim Milfull talks about How Oldboy Changed the Way I view Asian Cinema for KOFFIA.

Pierce Conran looks at the popular film Bleak Night at VCinema.

Rufus, James, and Billy talk Poetry and Secret Sunshine for cineAWESOME! Cast Episode 019: Let’s Get Depressed.

March 8, 2012

Pierce Conran comes back strong with a review of 2011’s Penny Pinchers over at Modern Korean Cinema.

Over at Unseen Films, DB Borroughs reviews the funny Hi Dharma 2.

Dini R. is back from We Eat Lemon, this time with a look at the ‘sugar, spice and everything nice’ Antique.

Richard Gray over at KOFFIA gives us a look at Lee Young-ae’s career.

Peter Nellhaus gives us a review of Blood Rain at Coffee Coffee and More Coffee.

At Laxante Cultural, Pedro Alfonso takes a look at Chan-wook Park’s controversial Thirst. (In Portuguese)

Over at Robot x Robot, Lynn Shipp compares the good, the bad and the ugly of Korean Comedies in My Sassy Girlfriend Vs. Crazy First Love.

The one and only Dr. Stan Glick writes about Tale of Cinema over at AsianCineFest.

Guest contributor Adam Hartzell writes about two of Martin Scorsese’s favorite films, Park Ki-young’s Camels and Park Chan-ok’s Jealousy Is My Middle Name at VCinema.

Over at Genkina hito’s J-Film Review, Jason Maher takes a look at Kim Jee-woon’s directorial debut The Quiet Family.

Yogi reviews Joong-Hyun Kim’s Choked over at Yogi’s Movie Consumption Blog.

Pierce Conran reviews Jo Beom-goo’s Quick at VCinema.

Orion gives us The Promotional Weaknesses of Korean Films (Abroad) over at Orion’s Ramblings.

DB Borroughs of Unseen Films has written a review for the film Cyrano Agency. (If you live in NYC, this coming Tuesday to see it for free)

Over at Life As Fiction, Rahat Ahmed reviews Lee Han’s Punch.

Kim Ki-duk’s 3-Iron is reviewed by L over at La Troisième Chambre. (In French, but you can translate it with Google Chrome)

Christopher Wheeler discusses Revenge: Korean Style over at KOFFIA.

Charles Heidel reviews Kim Jee-woon’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird over at Greetings From Movie City USA.

Jacob Feltner from the fantastic Podcast Without Honor and Humanity has recorded three more episodes, Oishii Man, Marathon and In Between Days.

Colleen Wanglund writes about Epitaph over at VCinema.

Over at our friends at KOFFIA, Sarah Ward is Delving Into the Darkness of Park Chan-wook.

March 9, 2012

Jaime Grijalba reviews I’m A Cyborg, But That’s Okay over at Exodus 8:2 in Spanish.

Paul Bramhall writes yet another great piece for KOFFIA, titled Hwang Jang-lee: King of the Leg Fighters, Hwang Jang-lee is generally awesome so you guys should really read this one.

Michel Boléchala reviews The Cat for our first French entry over at SHINE.

Samson Kwok talks about how he discovered Korean cinema in Original and Incredibly Fun: Discovering Korean Cinema over at KOFFIA.

Pierce Conran gives us the Weekly Review Roundup for 3/5-3/9 over at Modern Korean Cinema.

Ki Mun reviews Eighteen, Nineteen over at Scene in Korea.

DB Borroughs reviews Truck over at Unseen Films.

Antoniya Petkova reviews the DVD of Front Line at Cine Vue and Midnight FM and The Man from Nowhere over at iCov both from Coventry University East Asian Film Society.

Coventry University East Asian Film Society also gives us Spencer Murphy’s interview with Lee Jeong-beom, Sabina Pasaniuc’s review of Bedevilled, and Mihnea Gheorghita’s review of Yellow Sea all at Cine Vue.

Josh Samford reviews Yellow Sea over at Varied Celluloid.

Israel Serralvo writes about Il Asian Cinema Awards in Spanish over at Hola Corea.

Tom Kent-Williams at VCinema writes about the Korean animation Sky Blue.

Pierce Conran, again from VCinema, gives us a ‘look’ at the Korean thriller Blind.


March 10, 2012

Jon Jung of VCinema reviews Metamorphosis.

Jimi reviews Power of Kangwon Province over at Oriental Film House.

Dini R. reviews both Christmas in August and Cyrano Agency over at We Eat Lemon.

DB Borroughs reviews Life is Cool and Little Pond over at Unseen Film.

Gail Kavanagh gives us 10 Reasons to Become A Korean Cinema Addict over at Asian Cinema Cafe.

Kimchi Soul reviews The Day He Arrives at Kimchi Soul.

Refresh Daemon reviews Marathon over at Init_Scenes.

James Schergen reviews Ad-Lib Night over at Flying Guillotine.

Mr. C reviews Tigresses over at Planet Chocko.

Paul Bramhall takes a walk In the Footsteps of the Stars: My Trip to the KOFIC Namyangju Studios over at KOFFIA.

Kieran Tully writes about Korean film down under: accessibility for Australian audiences over at KOFFIA

Joseph Sampson gives us 3 Korean Movies for all Seasons at KOFFIA.

Sarah Ward gives us Complex and Compelling: The Yellow Sea over at KOFFIA.

Orion gives us Promotional Weaknesses of Korean Movies (Domestic) over at Orion’s Ramblings.

Ki Mun reviews Stateless Things over at Scene in Korea.


March 11, 2012

Elwood Jones writes An Introduction To Korean Cinema over at From the Depths of DVD Hell.

Kimchi Soul gives us the Top 5 Korean Cinema Events in London over at Kimchi Soul.

Bruno Zunino reviews Il Mare over at Asiaphile (in French).

Marc Saint-Cyr reviews A Bittersweet Life for VCinema.

Refresh Deamon writes Commentary: My Korean Cinema Story about his own personal experience with Korean film over at Init_Scenes.

DB Borroughs reviews Quick and Oki’s Movie over at Unseen Films.

Paul Quinn reviews The Crucible (aka Silenced) over at Hangul Celluloid.

FilmPuff reviews Doll Master over at Not A Film Critic in Portuguese.

Pierce Conran reviews War of the Arrows over at Modern Korean Cinema.

Dini R. writes Impressionable and Recommendable Korean Movies over at We Eat Lemon.

Mondocurry reviews Quick and White Night at Unseen Films.

Andrew Saroch reviews Penny Pinchers and Blind over at Far East Films.

Orion reviews Hansel and Gretel over at Orion’s Ramblings.

James McCormick reviews Invasion of Alien Bikini right here on cineAWESOME!

Kieran Tully writes Busan Film Festival 2011: The Reviews over at Tully’s Recall. (can also be found on KOFFIA)

Some KOFFIA articles that didn’t get posted from earlier dates:

Paul Bramhall writes Kim Ji-woon: International or Korean?…Take Your Pick.

Raelene Loong writes Discovering Korean Cinema: J.S.A. Joint Security Area.

Hugo Ozman write about The Won and Only Won Bin.

Christopher Wheeler muses on Poetry: Discover how film can truly be a beautiful creature.

Paul Bramhall wrote Lights, Camera, ACTION! – My visit to the Seoul Action School

Kieran Tully writes So you want to run a Korean Film Festival: The KOFFIA Story.

Brad takes Gullickson a look at The Warrior’s Way for cineAWESOME!.

Refresh Daemon reviews A Moment to Remember and gives us Commentary: Memorable Music Moments in Korean Film over at his blogs init_scenes and init_music.

mondocurry reviews My Dear Enemy for Unseen Films.

Pierce Conran looks at Upcoming Releases over at Modern Korean Cinema!

John Kreng reviews A Bittersweet Life for his self named blog!

Jenna reviews 200 Pound Beauty for Yam Magazine.

Amy and Julyssa LOVE Sunny over at Yam Magazine…seriously. They really love this film.

Colleen Wanglund gives us her 10 Favorite Korean Horror films at VCinema.

Josh Samford grapples with the biopic RIKIDOZAN: A HERO EXTRAORDINAIRE at VCinema.


Following last years successful Korean Blogathon, New Korean Cinema and cineAWESOME! will be hosting the event again this year from 5th to the 11th March. What’s the Korean Blogathon? Its a way to try to encourage as many people – including YOU! – to share and discover opinions and ideas about Korean cinema. It’s open to anyone – wherever you are around the world and whichever language you speak.

For one week we try to encourage as many people as possible to get involved writing about Korean cinema. Anything you want. Over the the course of the seven days this kicks up some really interesting posts – and, most importantly, people are able to read what you’ve written and discover films and ideas that they’ve never come across before, maybe learn a little about Korean film history, or maybe even discover websites and blogs they were previously unaware of.
Ideas for blog posts might include reviews, top tens, opinions on favourite directors / actors / genres, whatever you want – it just needs to be related to Korean cinema in some way. Last year we had fifty blogs participate, generating one hundred and fifty posts!

Check out the links for last years event here. This year the event will be hosted by cineAWESOME! and mirrored at New Korean Cinema.

All you need to do to join us is to write a post – or as many posts as you want over the seven days – on your blog or website during the week of 5th to the 11th of March then send an e-mail to with your link to and we’ll post a link to you from the site. You can also post your own links on our Facebook page or we will do it for you, and we’ll Tweet links to your posts throughout the week: Twitter tag for the week will be #koreablog.

If you want to use one of our ‘Korean Blogathon 2012? banners they can be downloaded from here

So don’t forget: 5th to the 11th March is the Korean Blogathon. Get involved!