I readily admit, I have difficulty with the films of some countries. I have yet to find a Korea live action feature I enjoy, as an example. The Cinema of India is one of my favorites. Let me take that back - Bollywood, that all-singing, all-dancing love child of the American Musical and traditional Indian dramatics. Non-Bollywood pics, those can be a tougher sell. Bongshojo isn't my cup of tea. It's a well-constructed drama, no doubt, but the acting leaves me cold. The story is that of an alcoholic, but more than that, it's the story of what we do for each other, for our families, for ourselves. It's also the story of what we do TO each other, to our families, and ultimately, to ourselves. That makes the film powerful in message, and to those who get the broad, nearly-melodrama-level presentation, they'll get it and I imagine find it a wonderful piece. I, sadly, can't cross that bridge, but absolutely do recognise that there's an audience for this film. The way this is shot is highly intelligent, especially the use of close-up and the interplay between light and dark within an individual scene acts as a punctuation in a very smart way.
Klaus at Gunpoint
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