A mix of genre films all from Japan and South Korea
It has been a while since I have put a list of South Korean & Japanese movies together for you. Below you will find a list of films coming your way in 2020/21. I hope you enjoy.
Voice Of Silence (South Korea)
Two men work for criminal organisations as crime-scene cleaners. They both receive a job which involves them in the kidnapping of an 11-year-old child.
From what I can see, it looks dark with some elements of comedy. I am not too sure about the comedy side of things but when done right, South Korea can mix them both while still delivering an engaging and fast-paced thriller (check out A Taxi Driver if you haven’t…that’s a perfect example).
Voice Of Silence co-stars Ah-In Yoo who starred in South Korea’s best zombie movie of 2020 #ALIVE
Soon after a young kid goes missing, the parents get the authorities involved in fear that someone may have kidnapped him. Not long after his disappearance, a murder is reported. The person that was murdered was in the same class as the missing child. Evidence then points out that the missing kid may have something to do with the murder of his classmate.
Based on a Japanese novel, Nozomi released in 2016
The film focuses on a girl getting murdered by a criminal gang. This news deeply affects Takemichi who was once in love with the slain girl. After an accident, Takemichi is then thrown 10-years into the past. He tries to prevent this murder from ever happening. But with changing fate, the consequences are unknown. Someone else will die in her place and Takeimichi soon realises that things should have stayed the way they were.
Tokyo Revengers is based on a Manga of the same name.
Call (S Korea)
The story of two women whose lives are connected and thrown out of control when they receive a mysterious phone call.
When Seo Yeon moves back home she finds an old phone in the house. When she connects the phone, someone else is on the other end of the line. Seo Yeon realizes that the caller is calling from the same house, only they are 20-years apart.
At first glance, Bolt looks like a typical nuclear disaster movie. One that we have all seen before in movies like South Korean masterpiece Pandora.
While we do have a similar story about a nuclear meltdown, Bolt is explored through three different segments; Bolt, Life & Good Year. Each segment dealing with a different character caught in the middle of the meltdown.
The End Of The Tiny World (Japan)
Kida, Makoto & Yocchi have been friends since childhood. They have a strong bond as all three of them have grown up as orphans. Their lives change forever after they are involved in an event by a criminal gang. Years later, they are all major players in the criminal world but this has been their plan all along, they want revenge for what happened to them all those years ago
The Voice Of Sin (Japan)
The Voice of Sin deals with a journalist investigating an old crime that took place decades ago. A group of people were extorting cash from a number of companies. Their method for extortion was using violence which was enforced by a Japanese criminal gang. When two people find strange cassettes of the crimes their lives are drastically changed forever.
The Voice of Sin is based on an award-winning novel “Tsumi no Koe” by Takeshi Shiota which was released in 2016. The novel is based on a real extortion case that took part in the 80s.
The Werewolf Game: Death Game Operator (Japan)
This one could be my favourite from the list. And I had no idea, this seems like a franchise with the first film released in 2013. I have started reading a little about the movies. Ok, so some ain’t as good as the books it is based on…but hey what’s new?
In a way, the premise reminds of the fantastic Tzameti. I really don’t wanna go into too much here, for both our benefits. The film deals with some sort of game of death. People are kidnapped and forced to participate in a game with the rich & powerful betting on their lives.
The Werewolf Game: Death Game Operator is based on a novel called Jinro Gemu: Death Game.
That’s it for this list. Make sure to check back soon for more exciting content. As always, thanks for reading. Happy Halloween and stay safe wherever you may be!
Words by GG Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker