Pop Culture Imports: An Intimate South Korean Love Affair, a Raunchy Argentinian Drama, a Cannes Golden Camera Nominee, and More

/Film | 5/31/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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This is a column that operates in multitudes, because only in Pop Culture Imports would you have a fluffy romantic K-drama right next to a sobering Austrian human trafficking film. But prepare for the emotional whiplash, because that’s what the best foreign movies and TV streaming now are offering you: A South Korean character drama that doubles as a cinematic apology letter, a steamy Argentian sex drama about a woman who’s lost her libido, a harrowing Austrian trafficking film, a K-drama about an art curator who hides her double life as a fangirl, and a Golden Camera nominee that’s getting a boost from Netflix.

Fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.

Cast - Kim - Min-hee - Seo - Young-hwa

Cast: Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa, Kwon Hae-hyo, Jung Jae-young, Song Seon-mi, Moon Sung-keun.

“Personal stories are boring,” Kim Min-hee’s dejected actress Young-hee proclaims in On the Beach At Night Alone, Hong Sangsoo‘s 2017 drama and his most personal yet. The South Korean auteur always loves to inject his own personal life into his poetic, meandering films, but On the Beach at Night is his most transparently personal yet, turning the sordid stuff of tabloids into a moving and contemplative drama. Kim, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance, stars in On the Beach At Night Alone as a washed-up actress who disappears on a trip to Germany after a publicized affair with her director. Upon her return to Korea, she wanders the cold beaches in winter and ponders their doomed relationship. On the Beach At Night Alone is an intriguing character drama, but it’s all the more fascinating for the real-life affair which inspired it: frequent collaborators Hong and Kim had embarked on an extramarital affair two years prior, a source of much scandal in Korea. On the Beach At Night...
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