The Battleship (K-movie) 2017

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During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island to mine for coal, attempt to escape.

I’ll be straight,  the film was breathtaking. It was very engaging and I was speechless until it ends.  Honestly, I don’t know anything about Hashima Island and the coal mines that were operated by the Japanese during the 1940s, but I wasn’t surprised of the brutality shown during this occupational era.  Throughout the show, you can see the distressing situation of many Koreans ended up in a forced labor camp where men do hard toil in the mines while the women end up as comfort women for the Japanese.

I define this movie in the sense of power against the weak and poor, the betrayal and patriotism.  The hopelessness of people and the struggle for survival. This film gives us the image of what a devastating and triumphant escape looks like by those Korean workers who just wanted to be released and set home.

Admirable performances were delivered by Hwang Jung-Min, So Ji-Sub and Song Joong-Ki. They have played their roles perfectly. The most memorable part of the story is the father-daughter relationship between a bandleader (Hwang Jung Min) and his daughter (Kim Soo An). 

Battleship Island has some plot points that impossible to believe, but this film still an exceptional. The cinematography is stunning coupled with a solid and talented cast. You shouldn’t miss it.

Verdict 10/10

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VETERAN (K-movie 2015)

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Detective Seo Do-cheol is tough and merciless when it comes to crime. But while investigating a high-profile case, Seo finds out that arrogant young millionaire Jo Tae-oh — the third-generation heir to powerful conglomerate Sinjin Group — is pulling some strings behind the scenes. However, no matter how rigorously Seo's team pursues him, Jo always escapes with the help of his wealth and connections.

Veteran is nerve-racking in the way it masterfully mixes hardcore action, allows a brief post for a comic break, then resumes the suspense. I feel like this movie creates a new Jackie Chan chic. It was fun, poignant and has a full blown-out combat thrill with good cops and bad asses.

All the characters in this movie are not wasted. They made the story even more appealing, especially Yoo Ah In who did a great job of portraying a ruthless spoiled sociopathic heir vs. Hwang Jung Min, the hilarious and stubborn cop. Watching them fight head to head was very impressive since they have noted that "no police has ever touched one of the super rich."  You'll see how this two brutally fight with each other.

This movie has its all own blast of style and swagger. It showcases the unjust system in the world that always presenting to us, but with perfect rhythm.

Verdict: 9/10 

 

 

 

 

ODE TO MY FATHER – K-movie

 

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Cast: Hwang Jung-Min / Kim Yunjin / Oh Dal-Su

This movie became my favorite instantly, it’s perfect.

The cinematography is absolutely stunning. The plot is flawlessly well written. The transition between the present and the past is executed purely.  It takes you to some of the big parts of Korean history.

I think I cried for an hour and my heart tugs at my heartstrings.  I was into this man’s extraordinary life throughout scenes of laughing and weeping.

This movie is truly an epic.Beautiful.

Verdict: 10/10

 

QUEEN OF THE RING (Web-Kdrama)

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wished you could ever transform your looks to be attractive and beautiful?

Have you immensely convinced yourself that it’s okay not to be beautiful as long as you are smart and intelligent? and desperately you desired to have a “magic” so that someone will like you back?

I do sometimes.

Three Color Fantasy-Queen of the Ring drama is trying to give us a moral lesson that looks aren’t everything.

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Nan-hee (Kim Seul-Gi) is a college student with a lot of potentials to succeed. But then, she was insecure about being ugly and believes that no one will like her at all. As it happens Nan-hee’s mother is in possession of a magical ring that can captivate a single man into thinking she’s the most beautiful woman in the world. Without a doubt, the effects of the ring’s spell have gotten her desire.

I like the concept of this drama, the unexpected twist will surprise you. Kim Seul-Gi is quite perfect in the role, not because she’s ugly, but she performed with cuteness, craziness and realism. And though you can find some predictable part of the story, still this drama is definitely worth watching. You can certainly relate particularly if you have experience life without the stature of confidence and too much insecurity to deal.

Queen of the Ring will remind you that beauty outside is not everything, you must respect yourself, forgive yourself, accept and love yourself so that people will not undervalue your worth.

Verdict: 8/10