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Shadows in the Palace (Goong Nyeo)

Dir: Kim Mi-jung. South Korea 2007. 111 mins.To get a handle on Kim Mi-jung's impressive debut, imagine The Name of the Rose set it in a Korean royal court of the Joseon dynasty. The big difference, apart from the cultural transposition, is that this historical murder mystery takes place in a closed, secretive, hierachical society of women, rather than men: fitting for one of the first Korean films to boast a female director, producer, and executive producer. ...

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