Mood of the Day (K-movie 2016)

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By chance, a man and a woman meet on the KTX train and spend 24 hours in the unfamiliar city of Busan, South Korea.

One night stand is a typical story used in many dramas or movies, but in reality it will never serve a good baseline for any romantic relationship. That’s kind of the whole point. But in Mood of the Day, it drives you right into the actual scenes of the story, no confusion and no major complications.

The characters of our main cast and their relationships are developed at a great pace. I would say they’re very well much in their role. Though there are minor elements resulted in some cliché, I decided not to mind them because there’s a heartwarming scenes for all those who yearn for a bit of romance and love.

Aside from that, sceneries in this movie are no joke, it was all breathtaking. They captured the beauty of autumn perfectly in Busan. And take note, Yoo Yeon Seok is one of the best and hottest kissers among Korean actors. You will definitely enjoy seeing him kissing to Moon Chae-Won.

I recommend this movie for those who have no issue in life and just want to have a good mood for the day.

Verdict: 8/10

 

 

 

Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (2016 K-movie)

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Four young kids, including Sung-Min (Lee Hyo-Je) and Soo-Rin (Shin Eun-Soo), take a trip to the mountain together. They plan to sneak into a restricted area to watch a planned explosion. The next day, Soo-Rin is the only one found. A few days later, Sung-Min (Gang Dong-Won) appears again, but he is not the same 13-year-old boy. Sung-Min is now adult.

This movie is a marvel to watch. It gives you a room to breathe your imaginations and experiences the mysterious fantasy that you have never been watched before.  The plot is so original and has most unique ways of portraying the concept of time; where you hope you could turn back the clock, but the reality is you can only move forward.  I feel this show has the theory of fatalism where we are powerless to do anything other than what we actually do.

The film has a lot of flavors as it deals with the matters of friendship, trust, and love.  It has a number of supernatural situations too, but at the same time, it touches the reality when it comes to emotional and psychological issues.  The two brilliant main cast never failed to seize their characters and upheld it to the end. You will love them, pity them and walked with them in their journey that is full of mystery.

For those who are skeptics, many holes in the story might be discerned, but for those who are willing to come into this kind of world, then prepare for heart breaking, a little joy moment and an ending which you opts for.

Verdict 10/10

 

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Main Cast:

Gang Dong-Won

Shin Eun-Soo

Lee Hyo-Je

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 

 

 

 

 

THE CRUCIBLE (K-movie 2011)

This movie is based on real events from the harrowing life story of a special school for the hearing-impaired students in Gwangju Inhwa School, South Korea.

Shocking details has been revealed of their systematic beatings and rapes both girls and boys. It’s honestly impossible to watch this movie without feeling fury and hopeless because those children face an uphill battle for justice.  It shows a brutal reality of cronyism, corruption and merely act of evil.

If you’re going to watch this movie, be ready to hate, to cry and offer prayers to all those who are victims of sexual abuse and injustice.

 

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Verdict: 10/10

PS PARTNER (K-movie)

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Yoon-Jung (Kim A-Joong) accidentally calls a stranger, instead of her boyfriend, and has phone sex with the unknown man. When Yoon-Jung’s relationship with her boyfriend turns sour, Yoon-Jung meets Hyun-Seung (Ji Sung), the stranger she had phone sex with.

I never expected another daring, naughty adults romantic comedy from Korean movie (after Sex is Zero and Frozen flowers).  PS partner is a sexy comedy loaded with great humor, steamy kisses and bed scenes and gray color conversations.

No worries, the plot has a good balance of romance and comedy. You will never get bored because this movie offers something new plus with great casting.

Enjoy!

Verdict: 9/10

THE BEAUTY INSIDE (K-movie)

Love has many faces. Would you be able to date somebody who changed appearance every day? Can you love enough?

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Furniture designer Woo-jin wakes up in a different body every day, regardless of age, gender and nationality. Sometimes he’s a man, a woman, old, young, or even a foreigner. He’s the same person on the inside, but on the outside, he’s always someone new. Looking at a different face in the mirror every morning is hard for him to get used to.

The only constant in his life is the girl he loves, Yi-soo, who knows his secret and loves him anyway. Each time he transforms, Woo-jin must figure out how to reunite with Yi-soo.

This movie is based on Every Day written by David Levithan.

This film shows a mystical element, but focus on the reality of what TRUE LOVE must be. The story is polished emotionally, inoffensive in any ways. You will wrestle with the protagonist heartaches, inner war struggles, undying fidelity, and submission. The story is an inspiration to all, it makes you think, it makes you judge between what shows on the outside and what is on the inside.

Apart from the plot is unique, you will appreciate various transitions of the actors hired to portray Woo-Jin. Character development is surprising and the twist will lurk you on your seat. The cinematography and Photography are stunning too. The acting is marvelous, it gives you chills and goose bumps.

Verdict: 10/10

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“The only thing I can’t endure is being without you.”

TUNNEL (K-Movie)

After watching this movie, I wanted to avoid the tunnels if possible. I am over reacting, but just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I don’t want to be hopelessly trapped when a tunnel collapsed around me.  I hope it will never happen to anyone.

What I like about this movie is that it showed the power of humanity over the fight for survival and the genuine determination to save someone’s life even though greediness and damn politics joggled along the way.

The movie has a simple premise, but it was executed flawlessly. It was well made with a sum amount of suspense and a formula of a little twist. The acting was decent, enough for you to focus on the character, and of course, the visual effects are impressive.

Verdict. 8/10

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“Lee Jung-Soo drives home for his daughter’s birthday. While driving through a tunnel that crosses through a mountain, the unthinkable happens. The tunnel collapses. When Lee Jung-Soo regains consciousness, he finds himself trapped inside his car. The car itself is buried under thousands of tons of concrete and debris. All he has inside the car are his cellphone, two bottles of water and his daughter’s birthday cake.”

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Like for Likes (Movie 2016)

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“A notoriously shrewish TV drama writer and a Korean wave star who fight like cats and dogs every time they meet; a spinster flight attendant landlady and a nosy chef tenant who build a sense of camaraderie; a genius relationship-virgin composer who harbors a secret admiration for a scatterbrained producer. As they crash-land into each others lives, will there be love?”

From like to love.

A Korean inimitable style drama of Love, Actually. It is an entwined story of three different couples, who struggled in dealing with single parenthood, with aging and disability. With the support of social media, it bridges their love story to blossom and resolve complications, as like everyone else doing today with the use of Facebook and other social strategy.

There is no ground impact in this movie aside from its cuteness and humor. Objectively, they give a meaning on focusing the relationship between the couples, the identity of each character without a major issue and emphasizing the familiar modern way of dating and building relationship.

Aside from its all-star cast, this movie will remind you how refreshing love is from the start.  I like and recommend to watch this movie if you just want to cool off from tedium and want some light fun.

Verdict: 7/10

 

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Lee Mi-Yeo (Jo Gyung-A) and Yoo-Ah-In (No Jin-Woo)
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Esom (Jang Na-Yeon) and Kang Ha-Neul (Lee Soo-Ho)

 

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Kim Ju-Hyeok (Jung Sung-Chan) and Cho Ji-Woo (Ham Joo-Ran)

Miracle in Cell No. 7

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Starring:

:Ryu Seung-ryong
Kal So-won
Park Shin-hy

The film is a heartwarming comedy and family melodrama about a mentally challenged man wrongfully imprisoned for murder who builds friendships with the hardened criminals in his cell, and they help him see his daughter again by breaking her in.

I love the movie though the result is not that pleasant.  But it moved me because of the unconditional love between a father and a daughter. A movie that will definitely make you laugh and cry.

 Verdict: 10/10

Weekend Movies [Day 17]

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Frozen Flower.  A 2008  South Korean Movie.

The movie started out as a secret relationship turn into something dangerous and deceiving.  It is the shadow game between love, loyalty and duties.   I like the masterpiece. 

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Masquerade. A 2012 Korean movie drew praises of being beautifully written and emotionally involvement.  I agree to that.

A royal body double who followed his conscience to save his country to be crumpled, exercise more humanitarian procedures, showing affection & appreciation.

I had fun.

Verdict: 10/10