The Handmaiden (2016)

Profile
Movie: The Handmaid /Lady (아가씨)
World Premiere: May, 2016 (Cannes Film Festival)
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Runtime: 144 min.
Genre: Thriller / Period-1930 / Erotic / Award Winning
Distributor: CJ Entertainment

Main Cast:
Cho Jin Woong – Uncle Kouzuki
Ha Jung Woo – Count Fujiwara
Kim Min Hee – Lady Hideko
Kim Tae Ri – Sook Hee

Review:
Mesmerizing! I finally watched this critically acclaimed movie and I loved it!

It’s 2 hours and 25 mins long but I didn’t even realized the time. Everything looked so beautiful. The story is about a fake count hiring a handmaiden to help him marry the lady and steal all her money. But turns out who is really scamming who?

There are three parts, told from different perspectives but of the same narrative, so it was interesting to realize what each character was thinking of. I honestly was so surprised after part I! I totally didn’t expect it! But i feel like I’ve seen another movie similar to this or maybe a book but I can’t remember which one. (I have never read Fingersmith). There are a lot of sexy and some torture scenes so don’t watch with your parents or if you can’t stomach these kinds of scenes.

This is Kim Taeri’s first ever role and she was phenomenal. Actually all the 4 leads were so good. And there were also some funny moments. Count’s reactions are mostly funny (Ha Jung Woo is always unintentionally funny). Even when Lady Hideko tried to hang herself and Sookhee was holding her made me chuckle.

I didnt like what happened to the count, i thought he deserved the money as much as the ladies deserved their freedom. Or maybe i’m just biased because it’s Ha Jung Woo 🤗

Rating: 9.5/10

The Killer’s Shopping List (2022)

Profile:
Drama: The Killer’s Shopping List (살인자의 쇼핑목록)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 8
Release Date: April 27 – May 19, 2022
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 22:30

Plot: A murderer is out killing women in the neighborhood. Daesung tries to solve the murder through the clues in items the killer buys in the supermarket.

Main Cast:
Lee Kwang Soo – Ahn Dae Sung
Kim Seol Hyun – Do A Hee
Jin Hee Kyung – Han Myung Sook

Review:
This is a simple and short mystery murder drama that makes you think of who-did-it. I love the idea of trying to solve the case by analyzing the items bought in the supermarket!

Adding Lee Kwang Soo as the lead helps make the show fun and light. But they are always leaving the supermarket unattended, no wonder sales are going down LOL. I had a feeling the murderer was not anyone from the supermarket team so I liked how they revealed each one’s secret/story per episode. You really do not know what a person is going through day to day.

This drama is also not just fun and games because what happened to Yul is heartbreaking and traumatic for a little girl!

Sometimes the actions of the characters are dumb. I particularly do not like Detective Choi and the older police officer. And 5 dollar guy was annoying.

The last episode felt like they dragged the story to be able to have 1 hour episode. The killer was able to get away because the leads focused on room 408 when it was more urgent to arrest the killer. The drama also didn’t really explain why the killer killed the 2 other victims.

Rating: 8/10

Escape from Mogadishu (2021)

Movie: Escape from Mogadishu (모가디슈)
Release Date: July 28, 2021
Runtime: 121 min.
Distributor: Lotte Cultureworks

Main Cast:
Kim Yun Seok – Han Shin Sung
Jo In Sung – Kang Dae Jin
Heo Jun Ho – Rim Yong Soo
Koo Gyo Hwan – Tae Joon Ki
Jeong Man Sik – Gong Soo Cheol
Kim So Jin – Kim Myung Hee
Kim Jae Hwa – Jo Soo Jin
Park Kyung Hye – Park Ji Eun

Review:
This movie is based on a true story when South and North Korea were fighting about UN membership. War broke out in Somalia and the two had to set aside their differences to escape from the war zone.

Loved the very slick Hollywood feel of this movie. The final car chase scene was nailbiting, even though I knew they were going to make it, I was sweating bullets watching the cars try to get past the Somalian police and rebels to get to the embassy.

What I felt this movie lacked was a resolution. For someone who didnt know the history, I wanted to know what happened after. Did SK get their UN membership or not? I think they forgot the plot in the end.

Rating: 8.5/10

It’s Beautiful Now Eps 1-10

Here I go again, starting another KBS weekend drama! After the messy and makjang Young Lady and Gentleman, It’s Beautiful Now is quite tame in terms of story and plotlines. Three scheming seniors trying to get their three handsome, sexy eligible bachelor sons to get married by offering an apartment to the first one who does so is interesting on paper, and more fun to watch.

We have oldest son Yoon Jae and his budding romance with his noona, Haejun, who is also his younger brother’s boss. I personally look forward to their interactions the most. Haejun is hilarious, although, sometimes cringey, and Yoon Jae may look dense and cold, but is quite quite hot and sexy once he tries to be.

Middle brother Hyunjae is a divorce lawyer and meets his future girlfriend Mirae when she asks his help to have her marriage annulled. Hyunjae has been burned by love before and is not interested in dating, while Mirae is sunshine that makes Hyunjae smile. Will she be able to melt his cold heart?

Youngest son Soojae has failed his civil service exam so many times and feels inferior to his two successful brothers. He strikes a deal with his part timer friend Yuna to pretend to be his girlfriend so that he gets the apartment and he pays her $100,000. Yuna agrees but their pretend feelings are starting to become too real.

There are other storylines in this drama but I don’t really like them so sometimes I fast forward the scenes.
– the adoption story of the dad and the grandpa – dad is such a crybaby!
– the lost daughter of the grandpa (who is prolly Mirae’s mother) – potentially the makjang part of this drama
– Mirae’s parents’ and her mom’s arguments with the mother in law, and her own mother
– the yoga seniors story – why do I have a feeling that Mirae’s grandma may end up with Hyunjae’s grandpa!!! I don’t like grandpa’s sister – she is too annoying
– the family’s cousin’s family – the nurse/wife and the 3 kids and the cousin’s mooching mom
– Yuna’s work and her boss is Mirae’s brother – sometimes Soojae is too smug, I wish Yuna ends up with Jungho instead