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Psycho-Pass

Inspired by the work of American sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick and Western philosophy, Psycho-Pass envisions a future Japan where justice is enforced by an advanced technology known as the Sibyl System. Each person is scanned for his/her potential to do crime in an assessment known as a Psycho-Pass which measures one’s Crime Coefficient. If your Crime Coefficient is too high, lethal force is authorized by the Sibyl System which results in immediate judgment.

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Memories of Murder (2003)

Bong Joon-ho’s sophomore film mixes the dark humor of his first film with a serious crime drama and a period piece and it’s a masterful blending of mood and tone into a chilling examination of evil and human cruelty. It still carries with it the dark humor that Bong Joon-ho is known for but while tackling the most grounded material in his body of work. Continue reading Memories of Murder (2003)

The Man From Nowhere (2010)

The Man from Nowhere is one of many revenge films from South Korea to mix stylish direction and extreme violence into a tight action film. While it contains some of the downfalls of the genre (the woman in the refrigerator trope being most prominent), The Man from Nowhere is exemplary in demonstrating the genre at its best and most effective. Continue reading The Man From Nowhere (2010)