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The bane of filmmakers' existence is critics. After moviemakers put their hearts, souls and cash into their creations, their reward is often sharp, degrading reviews in the papers.

The influence of top movie critics is hard to overstate; their judgments can launch directors to stardom or pull the rug out from underneath them. The late Pauline Kael, who did reviews for the New Yorker magazine, was one such critic.

Ms. Kael is so admired that a group called the "Kaelites" came to be. Ms. Kael died in September. Korean cinephiles mourned her death, and were also sad that she won't be around to see the rise of the local industry. Two local critics seeking to achieve the prominence Ms. Kael did are Yu Gina and Sim Young-seop.

Though they write for the same publication, the two women critics do not have lunch together.



by Chun Su-jin

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