In praise of Youn Yuh-jung – Korean cinema’s most enduring star

Her role in Im’s remake of The Housemaid offers less humour but is similarly compelling. A torrid melodrama, it was the first of several remakes Kim made of his own earlier film, The Housemaid. Then, mid-way through, it transforms into a much darker reflection on the plight of Korea’s destitute elderly population. It’s fascinating to see Woman of Fire programmed alongside Im Sang-soo’s supremely stylish 2010 remake of The Housemaid. It’s a tonal shift that might destabilise a film with less of a steady hand on its tiller, but Youn…

Sixties sexploitation swings back in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho

When the couple climb into bed together for the first time, Eloise hallucinates that Jack is attacking Sandy. Unfortunately, Wright and co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns’ attempt at a post-#MeToo cautionary tale is ill-judged for the decision to use sex work as an allegory. Wright crafts an ambitious story with psychedelic visuals and razor-sharp editing. Instead, his film recycles them for its own gruesome ends, revelling in objectifying imagery of women under the pretence of historical accuracy. But to “deal with it in the future” suggests that Wright set out to subvert…