The Yellow Sea is a South Korean film from the director of The Chaser, Na Hong-jin. Gu-nam is a desperate taxi-driver who’s fallen on hard times, his wife is missing and to make matters worse he’s just been made redundant. So, when mob boss Myung-Ga offers Gu-nam the opportunity to clear his gambling debts, by killing a ‘target’, Gu-nam reluctantly accepts. If you’re a fan of South Korean cinema (or even the action genre) then The Yellow Sea is recommended viewing and let’s be honest, it’s certainly far more intriguing than Sodbergh’s *coughs* Contagion.
Also out this week (no doubt on a very limited release) are two rather interesting documentaries. The first is Blood in the Mobile, from director Frank Poulsen, a documentary investigating the darker side of mobile phone production, examining the technologies’ vital minerals and the dangerous conflict mines where the minerals are extracted.
The second is GÃ¶ran Olsson’s The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, which features rediscovered footage of interviews with members of the Black Panther Party, shot by Swedish filmmakers over 30 years ago.
This week’s biggest release is directed by Lynne Ramsay and stars Tilda Swinton and John C Reilly in the adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s, We Need To Talk About Kevin. It’s about Eva (Swinton) and Franklin’s (Reily) disturbed son Kevin (Miller), who goes on a high school killing spree and how Eva deals with the aftermath, re-examining her son’s upbringing and reflecting upon her relationship with her absentee husband and troubled teen. Adapting Shriver’s book was never going to be easy, what with its structure ie a series of letters from Eva to her estranged husband. From the previews and trailer, Ramsay has been liberal with the adaptation process, jettisoning the letter writing trope in favour of something far more cinematic, flashbacks. This is undoubtedly Tilda’s Swinton’s film and with the book’s author, Lionel Shriver, calling it “stunning… a brilliant adaptation of my novel”, we should expect something special.
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