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3-Iron / Bin Jip
directed by Ki-duk Kim
The lonely bike rider Tae-suk breaks in empty houses and lives there a normal life while the owners are away. He does not steal anything, he cleans the house, provides small repairs, waters the plants, or washes some clothes to pay for the hospitality. When Tae-suk thinks that the owners will return he moves to yet another house.
But one day he enters a house and sees a wounded woman. The woman, Sun-hwa, is beaten by her husband Min-gyu. Tae-suk helps Sun-hwa and when her husband returns, Tae-suk hits the husband with a golf stick and with Sun-hwa at the back of his motorcycle they leave the house.
Together they break in the house of an old man and find that the man is dead. Although Tae-suk arranges a funeral service and burries the old man, when his sons returns, they are both arrested. Tae-suk is sent to prison on the charge of murder, trespassing, and kidnapping. Sun-hwa is forced to return home. But she will never forget Tae-suk.
directed by Bong Joon-ho
genre : Crime, Drama
A mother and widow lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, in a small town in southern South Korea. Making a living of treating people with acupuncture and selling medical herbs.
One day, A high school girl is discovered murdered and people are pressuring the police to find the killer. Circumstantial evidence is pointing to Do-joon as the one being near the scene at the time of the crime. The police arrest him and pressure Do-joon into signing a confession. Mother does not believe that her son is capable of murder and n her determined quest for justice starts investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the girl.
The film is set in contemporary Mumbai, where every morning around 5000 Dabbawallahs(lunchbox deliverymen) deliver hot meals from the kitchens of housewives to the offices of their husbands. At the end of the working day, the Dabbawallahs return the empty lunchboxes back to the housewives. The Dabbahwallahs are illiterate and instead rely on a complex coding system of colors and symbols to deliver dabbas through the crowded and chaotic streets of Mumbai. Research concluded that only only one of the 8 million lunchboxes is ever delivered to the wrong address.
This film is the story of that one lunchbox.
Saajan Fernandes is a widower who is about to retire from his job as an accountant.
Ila is a young wife seeking her husband's attention and looking for ways to put romance back into her marriage. One way to do this is to cook delicious food for his lunchbox. But one day the lunchbox is mistakenly delivered not
to her husband but to Saajan. When Ila finds out she puts a message in the lunchbox about this mix up. In the days that follow Ila and Sajaan share memories and events of their own individual lives by the exchange of the messages sent back and forth in the lunch boxes. By fantasising about each other’s lives and a possible future together they create a world that’s far from their day to day reality.
Pi grows up in Pondicherry, India. His father owns a zoo, and Pi loves the animals, especially a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. One day, his father explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has decided to move to Canada where the animals will be sold. They board a cargo ship together with all the animals. A huge storm breaks out and the ship capsized taking everyone and everything into the deep waters.
But Pi survives, when he wakes up from the storm he is in a small lifeboat with a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena and the Bengal tiger Richard Parker.
In order to survive Pi realises that he needs Richard Parker. Overcoming life threatening hardships in the middle of the never ending Pacific Ocean, a special bond between Pi and Richard Parker begins to evolve.
“This is grand adventure on an epic scale, a survival story… This is a Darwinian place that Pi must learn to command. Using state-of-the-art 3D and digitally created beasts, Lee and his team of technicians make it utterly real, as they do a mysterious island that briefly provides a dangerously seductive haven. The 227 days at sea are a test of physique, mental adaptation and faith, and Suraj Sharma makes Pi's spiritual journey as convincing as his nautical one”. - The Guardian