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Rice Cake Dumpling Soup 떡만두국


(for 3 persons)

Water 6 cups
Rice cake 400 g
Anchovies 60 g
Dumplings 10 (Beef, chicken or vegetarian, it's up to you)
Green Onions 2
Chopped Garlic 1/2 teaspoon
Eggs 3
Seaweed 1 sheet
(unsalted one - ones that you use for sushi, but salted one works too - just make sure to season accordingly)
Salt 1/2 to 2/3 tablespoon (taste it and season)
Pepper 1/4 teaspoon
Vegetable oil 2-3 tablespoons


Egg Garnish

1. Separate egg yolks from egg whites into separate bowls.
2. Beat and season.
3. Pre-heat a non stick pan on med-high heat
4. Add vegetable oil and spread beaten egg yolks thin in the pan.
5. when it's fully cooked, remove it from the pan onto the cutting board.
6. Repeat step 4 and 5 for egg whites.
7. Let it cool and cut it into thin strips.


1. Cut into strips with clean scissors or a knife.

The Soup

1. Soak rice cake in cold water for 30 min to 60 min. (could do without this step but it's nice to)
2. Place anchovies in a net (strainer) and put it in the pot of water.
3. Bring water to boil and keep boiling for 10 minutes.
4. Remove anchovies.
5. Add rice cake and dumplings.
6. Add garlic and green onions.
7. Season with salt and pepper
8. Serve in a bowl and place Garnish on top.
9. Enjoy!

*If you are feeling really lazy or have no time, you can just crack an egg into the soup at the end instead of cooking the garnish. It would taste different but it still works well.

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Busan Cinematheque Sings a Different Tune

This month, the Busan Cinematheque will be showing  a variety of music-themed movies with four recent documentaries  - “Shine a Light” (2008, Martin Scorsese), “Young @ Heart” (2007, Stephen Walker), “The U.S. Vs John Lennon” (2006, David Leaf and John Scheinfeld), and “Cafe de los Maestros” (2008, Miguel Kohan) - as well as the award-winning musical, “Once (2006, James Carney). If you’re into the Rolling Stones, enjoy watching old people sing and dance, have a crush on John Lennon, or care to learn a thing or two about Argentinian tango, go with the documentaries. If you’re like me and don’t really care about any of these bands/music scenes, go with “Once.”

March 3 through March 19 at the Busan Cinematheque

For screening information, please visit the Busan Cinematheque’s website at t.asp?the_day=2009-03-31

NOTE: “Cafe de los Maestros” is a Spanish language film that will be shown without English subtitles.

Once The U.S. Vs John Lennon

Shine a Light Young @ Heart

Cafe de los Maestros

Did You Really Just Say That?

Consider this Reason 31.I expect children to say absurd, inappropriate, or otherwise inane things. When they do, hilarity almost never fails to ensue. Add a language barrier to the equation and you have a formula for Guaranteed Awesome. I expect adults to have developed tact filters, a sense of shame, and to have lost the naivety which allowed their ridiculous childhood utterances. In other words

UPDATE: Sergio Leone Retrospective

Unfortunately, the Busan Cinematheque is screening the Italian versions of “Duck, You Sucker,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” and “Once Upon a Time in the West,” without English subtitles. Only “Once Upon a Time in America” is in English.

Gran Torino and Rachel Getting Married Release Dates Changed

The South Korean release date of “Gran Torino” (Clint Eastwood) has been pushed back to March 19. “Rachel Getting Married” (Jonathan Demme) was released in Seoul today, but no word on when it’ll come to Busan (or if it will). I’ll keep you updated as soon as I find out.

Did You Really Just Say That?

Consider this Reason 31.I expect children to say absurd, inappropriate, or otherwise inane things. When they do, hilarity almost never fails to ensue. Add a language barrier to the equation and you have a formula for Guaranteed Awesome. I expect adults to have developed tact filters, a sense of shame, and to have lost the naivety which allowed their ridiculous childhood utterances. In other words

REMINDER: Sergio Leone Retrospective to Hit Busan Cinematheque with Guns Blazing

Sergio Leone


February 26 through March 1 at the Busan Cinematheque

Screening Information:

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” - February 26 at 13:00, February 28 at 15:30

“Once Upon a Time in the West” - February 26 at 16:30, March 1 at 19:00

“Duck, You Sucker” - February 27 at 15:00, February 28 at 19:00

“Once Upon a Time in America” - February 27 at 18:00, March 1 at 14:30

I recommend getting there a bit early because the screenings might sell out, especially on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

Reactions to the 2009 Academy Award Winners

The results are in! My predictions weren’t quite as spot-on as I had hoped they would be (I got 6 out of 10 right), but I did say it would be a big night for “Slumdog Millionaire,” which ended up winning 8 of its 10 nominations. Then again, you didn’t need a crystal ball to foresee that one. The academy definitely went with the heavyweights this year, doling out top acting prizes to Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger, and Penelope Cruz (all of whom had previously been nominated). The less established actors were completely left in the dust. Otherwise, it was a pretty dull ceremony celebrating a pretty dull year in cinema. Let’s just hope 2009 is better.

Who Got Robbed:

Mickey Rourke (”The Wrestler) for “Best Actor” - stolen by Sean Penn (”Milk”)

Andrew Stanton (”WALL-E”) for “Best Original Screenplay” - stolen by Dustin Lance Black (”Milk”)

Am I the only one who thought that Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” was sentimentalist drivel? It certainly shouldn’t be rewarded for transforming the compelling life of a courageous man into a banal film. There was nothing original about the screenplay and Sean Penn just spoiled one of the greatest comebacks in acting history. If I were Mickey Rourke, I’d piledrive him.

Biggest Surprise:

“Okuribito” for “Best Foreign Film”

This little-known Japanese film came out of left field to take the award away from the contenders - Israel’s “Waltz with Bashir” and France’s “The Class.” I hadn’t heard of it before today, but I can’t say I’m not curious now that it won the top international prize.

Former Titanic Co-Stars Depict Marriage as a Sinking Ship

Revolutionary Road


Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio

“Revolutionary Road” opens at the party in the roaring New York City apartment where Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) first meet, and instantly fall in love. The blissful beginning provides a rare glimpse of happiness in a film that spends the next two wretched hours dissecting a married couple’s discontentment with their all-too normal suburban lives in 1950s America.

After tying the knot and having two kids, the Wheelers settle down in a quiet, family-friendly community in Connecticut. Frank commutes to the city everyday to work at a mundane office job while April plays house. Despite their comfort and security, neither are satisfied with what they’ve grown to be. April once dreamed of being an actress, and Frank had always envisioned something more exciting for himself. In an attempt to salvage their marriage after weeks of constant quarreling, April proposes that they leave everything behind and move to Paris on a whim. Frank reluctantly agrees, and in the following months, the two protagonists rediscover their passion for each other while preparing for their upcoming travels. However, it isn’t long before the crushing weight of responsibility comes crashing down on their plans.

Based on the novel by Richard Yates, “Revolutionary Road” is an indictment of the conformity that reigned in the so-called affluent society. All of the film’s characters live in little boxes on the hillside that all look just the same. Yet, none of them are more miserable than the chain smoking, gin-soaked Wheelers. Frank is a lowly salesman slowly suffocating in his suit and tie. He hates what he does, and hates where he lives, but lacks the backbone to improve his situation. In contrast, April wants to take initiative before she sinks even further into self-loathing and regret. Yet, there’s something pathetic about her belief that all of their marital problems will magically resolve themselves by moving to Paris.

Sam Mendes captures the harrowing disillusionment of a husband and wife who are unable to come to terms with their own conventionality when the optimism and ambition of their youth run dry. There’s nothing endearing or uplifting about “Revolutionary Road” - the characters are genuinely unlikeable and the plot is so utterly depressing that by the end you’ll be wishing for a prescription of Prozac - but I don’t mean that as a criticism. The filmmaker adopts an uncompromising approach that never sells out the book’s desolate tone. The loving scenes of reconciliation are kept to a minimum, boldly emphasizing what the audience is less comfortable watching: the heartbreaking arguments that tear Frank and April apart. It’s almost like witnessing your own parents fighting all over again, filling you with the same dreadful feeling you first experienced as a child.

The movie wouldn’t have been quite as gut-wrenching had it not been for the clever choice of actors. It’s extremely alienating to see the relationship between the former co-stars of “Titanic” (1997) fall bitterly to pieces. As usual, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio both deliver powerhouse performances that live  up to the challenging material, but the real tour de force comes from the incredibly gifted Michael Shannon (who only appears in two scenes as the insane son of the Wheelers’ realtor). From the second he steps on-screen, he imposes his presence with his commanding voice, sardonic smirks, and nervous twitches.

“Revolutionary Road” isn’t for everyone - its bleak portrayal of the American dream gone wrong will turn off viewers looking for a typical Hollywood love story. But whether or not you can appreciate its heavy (and sometimes heavy-handed) subject, the film is undeniably an emotional roller coaster that offers a stunning display of some of the year’s finest acting.

Rating: 75/100


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