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Will Spike Lee's adaptation of Oldboy be just another attempt to 'make coleslaw out of kimchi'?

South Korea's cinema boom continues to echo through Hollywood, with the country's acting talent heading Stateside and Korean stories regularly remade. Yet these Americanised versions often end up drained of the weirdness that made them so bracing. It's like trying to make coleslaw out of kimchi. Here are five things that Korean cinema does better.

Inventive murder weapons

There's no right to bear arms in the South Korean constitution, but it doesn't say anything about hammers. In Hollywood you can simply spray the bad guy with bullets; in Korea, you've got to think out of the box. The toolbox, most often. Oldboy and The Chaser said it with hammers; The Isle deployed fish hooks (many viewers are still recovering); other novel weaponry has included pliers, golf clubs, dumbbells, or simply bare hands. All »

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