Although I am giving this 3.5 stars, this review is intended for the British shows "I'm Alan Partridge" and "Mid Morning Matters." Despite this Alan Partridge film falling a bit short, the two shows featuring the Partridge character are great, and I give "Mid Morning Matters" 5 stars.
This review is for all 6 movies that comprise the epic The Human Condition. With Nakadai's acting and Kobayashi's directing, this is a masterpiece of cinema. Don't let the run-time of over 9 hours deter you from watching the best war epic of all time.
I was disappointed after reading the great reviews. The movie feels too long, although it clocks in at under 2 hrs. My main grief lies in the characters. You despise 90% of the characters and find the rest too creepy to root for. I also found the last scene to be too simple given the amount of time invested watching the long, slow build-up of tension that ultimately leads to the conclusion. I give 3 stars for the great cinematography.
This is my personal favorite of the Korean New Wave/revenge thrillers. Both Lee and Choi give perfect performances. The story keeps your attention from beginning to end. The best modern day revenge film you will find.
I have been overwhelmed by the influx of tremendous films coming from South Korea in the last 15 years. Song Kang-ho is a great actor, but Thirst did not reel me in at any point. It boasts an Interesting story-line at the beginning, but there should have been more highs and lows to keep the audience's attention. The emotional mindset of the characters remain static throughout the film, leaving viewers to watch the same scenario, different scene until the end.