Episode 7: Women, Vengeance, and Claw Hammers

, with special guest:

Xanadu Sq LogoThis week, we talk about Korean cinema with our friend and Pleasure Dome co-founder, Lex Larson!

This week’s wine pairing is a Castilla de San Lorenzo Rioja (which we somehow killed before we even started recording) and a Barefoot Zinfandel.

Further show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait
A Tale of Two Sisters
Yoga Hakwon
The Host
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
A History of Violence
Eastern Promises
The Housemaid (1960)
Il Mare
The Yellow Sea

People mentioned:
Robert Downey Jr
Jason Statham

Books mentioned:
Orison by Daniel Swensen

Lex also gave us links and descriptions for her main recommendations. Track them down!

Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait
“Muoi” charts the path of a Korean writer who travels to Vietnam in search of stories for her second novel. There she learns about a mystery centered around a century-old vengeful spirit.

Girl group “Pink Dolls” is always pushed into the background by other popular idols. When the girls release their new song “White” — a remake from unknown origins — they become instant sensations. The group becomes more and more popular, and jealousy and competitiveness increases as all the girls tries to become the lead singer. When a member becomes the lead singer that person falls victim to a horrible accident, one by one. Eun-Joo then realizes that the song “White” is cursed and she attempts to reveal the secret.

Yoga Hakwon
After the co-host of a shopping channel TV show loses her job to a younger rival, she enrolls in an intensive yoga course. The very strict trainer informs her students that there will be serious consequences if they do not follow her rules.

A Tale of Two Sisters
Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother’s obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

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