Movie: 20th Century Girl (20세기 소녀) Release Date: October 21, 2022 Runtime: 119 min. Distributor: Netflix
Plot: A girl tries to get close to a boy that her best friend likes while the best friend is away, and the girl falls in love with the guy’s best friend.
Kim Yoo Jung – Na Bora
Byun Woo Seok – Poong Woonho
Park Jung Min – Baek Hyun Jin
Roh Yoon Seo – Kim Yeon Doo
Review: This movie reminds me of classic Korean movies in the early 2000s like Ditto, The Classic, Lover’s Concerto etc about friends, youth, falling in love, and sad endings. I kinda guessed that Bora got mixed up with who Hyunjin was, since she didnt have a picture and it was hard when there were no cellphone cameras back then. Watching the movie I thought Hyunjin dodnt look THAT handsome for Yeondoo to fall in love that quick and turns out I was right!
I love the girls’ friendship, they were willing to sacrifice or let go of love for the other person. My only comment is I wished they showed a little more of what really happened to Woonho, not just one scene with the younger brother. I thought if we were still in the 2000s we will get a full heartbreaking scene where he was supposed to fly to Seoul but had a car accident and they couldn’t meet in the airport or a terminal illness he hid from Bora or any other tragic ending that will make people cry.
Profile: Movie: Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (허삼관) Director: Ha Jung-Woo Release Date: January 15, 2015 Runtime: 124 min. Genre: Family / Comedy / Drama / Melodrama / Period-1950 / Period-1960 Distributor: Next Entertainment World Language: Korean Country: South Korea
Main Cast: Ha Jung Woo – Heo Sam Kwan Ha Ji Won – Heo Okran Nam Da Reum – Heo Ilrak
Review: I didn’t read the synopsis, I always thought this was a comedy but it was so much more. This was adapted from a Chinese novel by Yuhua and changed to Korean setting. Ha Jung Woo is the director and the star of the movie. It’s about a guy, Sam Kwan, who sold blood to earn money to marry the prettiest girl in town, Okran. 11 years later with 3 kids, there are rumors that the eldest son is not Sam Gwan’s biological son but is from Okran’s ex-boyfriend. The movie shows the love between father and son. Even though they were not blood related, Ilrak basically grew up with the family and have always known Sam Kwan as his dad and vice versa.
The first half was light comedy but in the middle, when Sam Kwan found out Ilrak, who is his favorite child, was not actually his, he stopped showing him fatherly affection. It was heartbreaking to see Ilrak look so confused for suddenly being the favorite eldest son to a shunned illegitimate child, whose fathers (real and step) refuse to acknowledge him.
Four major scenes (and spoilers so dont read if you want to watch) that made me cry were when Sam Kwan told Ilrak to go away and not join the family’s dumpling dinner and Ilrak went to his real father’s house, asking for dumpling but he got rejected. Eventually Sam Kwan couldn’t resist and found Ilrak crying and hiding in the alleys and brought him home. Another was when the real father was dying and Ilrak was being forced to say “Father come back, don’t leave me” as part of a ritual, but then he sees Sam Kwan watching from a window and Ilrak starts begging for Sam Gwan to come back and take him home. Sam Kwan interrupts the ritual and takes Ilrak home. Then Ilrak falls ill with the same illness as his real father, and Sam Kwan almost died going town to town selling blood to earn money for his surgery. They finally meet in Seoul and their reunion was so touching.
I can’t believe Nam Dareum was so young in this drama!! So cute and great acting, from him. He had great chemistry with Ha Jung Woo. And now in 2022, he’s grown up and serving the army.
Movie: Assassination (암살) Release Date: July 22, 2015 Runtime: 139 min. Genre: Action / Period-1930 / Best Film-Movie of the Year Distributor: Showbox Language: Korean Country: South Korea
Main Cast: Jun Ji Hyun – Ahn Okyun /Mitsuki Lee Jung Jae – Captain Yeom Ha Jung Woo – Hawaii Pistol Cho Jin Woong – Soksapo Choi Deok Mun – Duksam Oh Dalsu – Younggam Lee Kyung Hyung – Kang Inguk Park Byung Eun – Kawaguchi Cho Seung Woo – Kim Wonbong
Review: It was Jun Jihyun’s birthday a few days ago so I thought of watching this old movie of hers.
The story is about a secret mission to assassinate 2 important people who favored the Japanese. And several factions try to outmaneuver each other to either prevent or succeed in the mission.
The movie is quite long at more than 2 hours but I wasn’t bored!! The story is a little complicated because there were too many characters so I had to slowly watch to understand what was going on. It had lots of action, and double crossing, and deaths, and even managed to put in a little romance. The meet-cute at Hotel Mirabeau between Okyun and Hawaii Pistol is 😍
The main lead is Jun Jihyun and the men were great support, esp Ha Jung Woo who sometimes stole the scenes. And I finally watched JJ’s famous court scene that is always reenacted in shows.
Profile Movie: Emergency Declaration (비상선언) World Premiere: July 15, 2021 (Cannes Film Festival) Release Date: August 3, 2022 Runtime: 141 min. Distributor: Showbox
Main Cast: Song Kang Ho – Inho Lee Byung Hun – Jaehyeok Kim Nam Gil – Hyunsoo Jeon Do Yeon – Sookhee Kim So Jin – Heejin Im Si Wan – Jinseok
Review: I watched a youtube video where they said it took 3 years to write the script and it’s amazing how the actions of the passengers are very similar to what has been happening with the current pandemic.
This movie is about a terrorist attack on a plane bound for Honolulu. Because of the circumstances, the plane is not able to make a landing in various cities and the passengers and officers have to make a choice.
Another disaster movie that appeals to our humanity. The stories of each passengers are nothing new, but focused more on family. I think I probably would have made the same decision if I were on the plane.