Lockdown around the globe

Ladies and gentlemen, a warm welcome onboard Lockdown 2.0 from Commerce International Society! We ask that you come with us as we explore the world through entertainment, music and food to ensure an enjoyable quarantine journey. We also ask for your positivity and patience as we take-off. Please turn on all devices, including laptops, kindles and cell phones and sit back and relax.

Thank you for choosing Commerce International Society. Enjoy!

📍South Korea 🇰🇷

Movies🎞

Okja (2017)

“Okja” is a heartfelt movie directed by Oscar-winning director Bong JunHo which explores the conflicting rights between our natural world and major corporations in an extreme capitalist society.

Podcasts 🎧

The Korea File: monthly episodes on contemporary social issues, politics and South Korea’s evolving culture.

Albums🎶

Christian Yu, known by DPR IAN, is a South Korean based Australian musician and artist. His most recent releases include, “MITO/Mood Swings In This Order,” featuring alt R&B and pop/rock tracks and a collaborative single, “Diamonds + Pearls,” for Marvel’s 2021 Shang-Chi soundtrack.
Starting his musical career in NewYork as a background vocalist for Mariah Carey, Kim Ji-hyun (G.soul) took his background in Soul and RnB music to his own solo career in South Korea. His most recent album “Hate Everything” (2019) is a pop release as well as his single, “Stay: Tempus” for the TV show “Sisyphus: The Myth.”
Kwon Hyuk, known mononymously as DEAN, is one of the most prevalent acts in the RnB and pop scene. DEAN’s last album was released in 2016 but he has since released multiple singles collaborating with artists across the world.

TV Shows 📺

Squid Game (2021)

For those who have been left behind in our society, how much is another shot at life worth? How does a seemingly innocent series of traditional Korean children’s games expose the varying extremes of human instinct?

SKY CASTLE (2018-2019)

Sky Castle explores the harsh reality of high profile individuals in society and the lengths individuals go to uphold reputation and face. Dirty secrets and crime all concealed by a facade of extravagant wealth.

Books 📖

“Human Acts” by Han Kang, 2014

“In Human Acts, Han Kang’s novel of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising and its aftermath, people spill blood, and people brave death to donate it. With a sensitivity so sharp that it’s painful, Human Acts sets out to reconcile these paradoxical and coexisting humanities.” (Annalisa Quinn)

“Almond” by Won-Pyung Sohn, 2017

This story is, in short, about a monster meeting another monster. One of the monsters is me.

“Untold Night and Day” by Bae Suah, 2020

“A metaphysical detective story, Untold Night and Day is a meditation on the nature of seeking: what drives the quest to find and make something known? Bae’s beguiling story draws on ideas from Korean shamanism – an ancient multidimensional cosmology in which all things are animate – to venture in style and ambition far from the conventions of mystery narratives.” (Sarah Shin)

Recipes 👩‍🍳

TIKTOK RICEPAPER RICECAKES

Originally made from rice or regular flour, tteokbokki is a popular traditional dish that you can enjoy in any Korean restaurant. Try out this new viral tiktok trend to replicate this hearty meal at home:

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