Saw HAN GONG-JU at a last-minute trip to the New York Asian Film Festival and then saw SNOWPIERCER at Film Society of Lincoln Center. It was a great night of film because it was planned out, like my other trips to film festivals (like the Maryland FF, Nantucket FF, or Provincetown FF.)

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But both films did not disappoint. Both were brutal in their own way; HAN GONG-JU, a debut feature out of South Korea written and directed by Su-jin Lee is more of a quiet character study about a remarkably resilient teenage girl dealing with the aftermath of a horrific trauma while navigating South Korean culture’s treatment of trauma survivors.

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For more information of the NYAFF, visit http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/new-york-asian-film-festival-2014

There has been a lot of hype about SNOWPIERCER, directed by Bong Joon-ho and written by Bong and Kelly Masterson, and it certainly delivered: a whirlwind of action and that also had its quiet moments of social critique that will certainly stay with me for a while.

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SNOWPIERCER s based on a French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige. I’ve been meaning to read some French graphic novels (or BDs) to keep up with my French skills, so may have to check out this one. Here is a page I found from the graphic novel en français:

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