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Calendar, Night&Day Blooming Movies

Blooming Movies

The so-called "New Korean Films" being shown at the Roxie tonight aren't new just for being recently made. Collectively, they're also a window into what's next from Korean filmmakers. In partnership with the Seoul-based Korea National University of Arts,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Getting Closer

Getting Closer

If you've been to the Asian Art Museum's other "Proximities" exhibitions, you've already seen how family, culture, and landscape translate to breathtaking artworks. And if you haven't been to the others, don't worry. You get a final chance with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Delayed Reaction

Delayed Reaction

The Day He Arrives, the prolific Hong Sang-soo's 12th film, begins with Sungjoon (Yu Jun-sang), a former film director now retired to a professorship at a provincial school, returning for a visit to Seoul, his former home. Failing to connect…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats: Food Find: Seoul Patch's Korean Fried Chicken Sando

Fresh Eats: Food Find: Seoul Patch's Korean Fried Chicken Sando

Four months after its debut, Seoul Patch, a lunchtime popup operating out of Rocketfish in Potrero Hill, continues to evolve. Chef Eric Ehler's been spinning out his original ideas — all Korean-American culinary juxtapositions — into new forms, bulking out…
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Dining, Eat To Hyang: With traditional Korean, it's all about the sauce

To Hyang: With traditional Korean, it's all about the sauce

The marvel of dining at some restaurants is knowing you're the endpoint of an intricate chain of command — a quick-moving, overheated team of cooks feeding plates to a crew of waiters and food runners. And then there are restaurants…
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Film, FilmCap

No Regret

No Regret begins as a perceptive glimpse into a specific gay subculture, then descends halfway through into Korean melodrama hell; put both parts together and it's still above the ghettoized-gay-movie par. Su-min (Lee Young-hoon) is a country orphan come to…
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Film, FilmCap

Woman on the Beach

Master of the beautifully modulated and devastatingly melancholy romantic farce, Korean director Hong Sang-soo presents a pair of overlapping erotic triangles in Woman on the Beach. Famous filmmaker Kim Joong-rae (Kim Seung-woo) is having difficulty finishing his latest script; he…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sunshine of Your Love

Sunshine of Your Love

The astonishingly gutsy filmmaker Lee Chang-Dong doesn't set out to shock viewers. He's just unwilling to flinch from hard truths, be it the taboo love affair between an ex-con and a woman with cerebral palsy (Oasis) or the dashed-to-suicide dreams…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Gimme Two Steps

Gimme Two Steps

FRI-SUN 11/7-9 Consider the 10-gallon hat. Those who wear it call to mind iconography as old as the Old West. The image that goes with the chapeau -- a dusty figure straddling a horse, for whom fear and weakness are…
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Calendar, Night&Day Annual Resolution

Annual Resolution

Once the bailiwick of indie filmmakers, the digital revolution has many of Hollywood's bigwigs clamoring for a piece of the pie. With everyone from Steven Soderbergh to George Lucas to Spike Lee jumping on the DV bandwagon, will desktop filmmakers…
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Dining, Eat


One of the best things about living in a broad-minded Pacific Rim city is that you don't have to settle for the usual Cantonese suspects when you get a hankering for Asian food. Here the ravenous Asiaphile might kick things…
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All the Neurosis You Can Stomach

The Korea of director Chul-Soo Park's dazzlingly creepy new movie, 301*302, is an upscale wonderland that looks more like a promotion for Poggenpohl kitchens than anything Asian. The city could be Seoul, but the film never says, and it doesn't…
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