Pierce Conran
Seoul, South Korea

Pierce Conran is a film journalist based out of Seoul, where he tries to get the lowdown on the latest and greatest from the Korean peninsula for Twitch and runs the website Modern Korean Cinema. Irish by birth, he has lived in Dublin, Switzerland, New York and Los Angeles. When he's not going to film festivals, writing about and reporting on films or rambling on Twitter (@pierceconran), he mostly stares wistfully out the window.

Five Flavours 2015 Review: THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE Finds Hope In The Darkness

Sleepy Hokkaido sets the stage for an unusual friendship in The Light Shines Only There, in which a stoic young man holding on to a secret pain befriends a yellow-toothed, happy-go-lucky wastrel on parol. Destitution, emotional turmoil abound, yet this... More »
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Five Flavours 2015 Review: LAZY HAZY CRAZY, A Carnal And Vivacious HK Youth Film

Follies of youth, burgeoning passions and ephemeral connections form the backbone of Luk Yee-sum's sensational debut Lazy Hazy Crazy. Set in a Hong Kong that has seldom been seen on the big screen, here is a film that feels uniquely... More »
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SNOWPIERCER Chugs Towards US TV

Hollywood is paying a lot of attention to Bong Joon-ho these days. This week already gave us an upcoming partnership between the Korean auteur and Netflix (Okja) and now THR reports that his sci-fi Snowpiercer will be adapted for American television.... More »
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Five Flavours Serves Up John Woo, Taiwanese Wuxia Films And More For 9th Edition

Poland's top destination for Asian cinema, the Five Flavours Film Festival, is setting the table for its 9th edition, which kicks off on Friday this week (November 12th). Opening with the recently restored version of A Better Tomorrow (1986) and... More »
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Netflix and Bong Joon-ho Team Up For Creature Feature OKJA

Big news for Korean film fans today as both Netflix and Plan B have confirmed their participation on Bong Joon-ho's Okja. The English-Korean monster feature has already lined up a very impressive cast, with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano,... More »
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Choi Min-sik On The Hunt In THE TIGER: AN OLD HUNTER'S TALE Trailer

Last seen in Roaring Currents, the most successful Korean film of all time, and as the villain in Luc Besson's Lucy, Choi Min-sik returns to screens next month as a hunter tasked with taking down the last tiger on the... More »
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Ryoo Seung-wan Plots WWII Escape Drama In SKYFALL Lair

Now that Veteran is firmly planted in the record books, with the third best haul for a Korean film of all time (13.4 million admissions), director Ryoo Seung-wan is ready to get going on his next feature. There's been talk... More »
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Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 Delivers Tense, Bleak Finale

The Hunger Games franchise comes back for one last show in a bleak and tense finale that provides ominous conclusions to the themes it has been building over the previous three films. As a two-part final chapter, Mockingjay bears many... More »
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Park Chan-wook's THE HANDMAID Wraps on Halloween, New Still Revealed

Todd gave us the first still of Park Chan-wook's latest film The Handmaid last week and now we can report that the film wrapped production on Halloween following five months of shooting in Japan and Korea. The film also released... More »
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Busan 2015 Review: TWENTY TWO, Sober But Slow Portrait Of Chinese Comfort Women

One of most sensitive topics in regional Far East Asian politics these days, Japan's use of comfort women during the wane of its colonial empire is a constant talking point on the news. Among the more sobering and least sentimental... More »
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Busan 2015 Review: RECORDING Chronicles Charming Cast In Forgettable Story

It's the small moments that work in Recording, a story that is low on ambition but infused with a winning charm even as it drags in the scripting department, particularly in the back half. Sweet and unaffected, Park Min-kook's debut... More »
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Kim Ki-duk Gets $24 Million for Chinese War Film WHO IS GOD

And now for something completely different. Maverick Korean auteur Kim Kim-duk is hopping over to China for his next project, and after years of working on microbudgets and failing to crack his own country's commercial realm, he's getting a supersized... More »
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Busan 2015 Review: SPECIAL ANNIE Awkwardly Switches From Subject To Artist

Ten years after her feature debut What Are We Waiting For?, documentarian Kim Hyun-kung returns with an intimate film that is both a portrait of a HIV-positive New Yorker and a filmmaker uncertain of her aims. Awkwardly straddling the border... More »
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Bong Joon-ho Nabs Jake Gyllenhaal And More For New Monster Feature

Returning to the creature feature well after 2006's The Host, ace Korean director Bong Joon-ho's next film Okja (no English title as of yet) is gearing up for production early next year and a cast of big names is starting... More »
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Busan 2015 Review: BAD GUYS ALWAYS DIE Suffers A Slow Death

One of the more high profile among the many China-Korea collaborations being made these days, Bad Guys Always Die teams Taiwanese star Chen Bolin with top Korean actress Son Ye-jin in an action-comedy (leaning more towards the later) set on... More »
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Busan 2015 Review: ALONE Winds Its Mystery Through The Backstreets Of Seoul

Four years after his experimental 3D shaman mystery Fish, Park Hong-min returns to BIFF with another singular work that offers one of the most compelling examinations of gentrification in Seoul. Alone follows a single character as he hops from one... More »
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Busan 2015 Review: STEEL FLOWER Offers Wilted View Of Korean Youth

A year after Wild Flowers, Park Suk-young returns to the Busan International Film Festival with Steel Flower. Gritty, intimate and centering around a young girl lost in a harsh urban world, Park's latest kicks off on the same foot as... More »
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Busan 2015 Review: REACH FOR THE SKY Goes There And Beyond

The last few BIFFs have each afforded us one great documentary (Non-Fiction Diary, Factory Complex), and 2015 proves to be no exception with the discovery of the timely Reach for the SKY, a compelling look at a common but disastrous... More »
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Busan 2015 Review: ORDINARY PEOPLE Offers Tired Gags In Familiar Situations

Three years after his debut Over and Over Again, director Kim Byung-june returns to Busan with a much livelier effort that strives to mixes social realism and situational crime comedy. Aping the lowbrow comic efforts of Korea's commercial realm, Ordinary... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE PASSING Broods And Glooms In Welsh Countryside

Oozing rustic dread in the remote Welsh countryside, Gareth Bryn's The Passing toys with the hidden demons of three lonely characters on a sumptuous, wet and verdant stage. Beautiful to behold but perhaps too slight in the narrative department, this... More »
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