Korean actresses should be enjoying a nice long vacation on exotic beaches this summer — as male stars unabashedly show off their macho side onscreen there seems to be little room for the ladies. The alpha male, as depicted through recent Korean cinema, has been reverting to a more primitive, sticks and stones standard — the survival of the fittest is measured by a man's ability to not only outwit an opponent in messy mind games but more importantly unleash killer instincts to endure no-cut skirmishes. "Major studios are producing super violent films starring superstars. They're trying to feed the audience's appetite for something different, and it seems to be working. Director Kang Woo-seok, for example, has produced something really different from his previous works, and it is catching people's attention", said a researcher at the Korean Film Council.

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