The Closet (2020)

Movie: The Closet (클로젯)
Release Date: February 5, 2020
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Cast
Kim Nam Gil – Kyung Hoon
Ha Jung Woo – Sang Won
Heo Yool – In Na
Shin Hyun Bin – Seung Hee
Kim Shi Ah – Myung Jin
Park Sung Woong – Myung Jin’s dad

Review:
Since it’s October, though I’d watch a few horror or suspense movies this month. And this is my 5th HJW movie this year.

The Closet is about a father and daughter who moves to a new house after a traumatic accident. Yup moving to an old abandoned house in the middle of nowhere is always a good idea. LOL.

So one day the child disappeared while the father was out in Seoul working. While searching for her daughter he meets a modern exorcist who tells him that a lot of kids who lived in the house have disappeared for years and he will help find his daughter.

The movie is only 1 hour and 39 mins and I think that’s why the movie felt emotionally incomplete. We know what happened during the accident but we didn’t see enough reasons why there was a strained relationship between the father and daughter, enough for the ghost to take her to her special world. It just felt like both were grieving and the father didn’t know how to cope and raise his child alone. The daughter seemed sad but i didn’t think she hated her father.

There weren’t a lot of scary scenes, the ghost of the darkness are probably the scariest but the rest were just enough creepiness. We also didn’t get enough background of the exorcist and his shaman mother. So far i’ve seen KNG play a fiery priest, now an exorcist and i think his new drama is also about exorcism.

The reason for the ghost was heartbreaking and it felt like they could have explored the main social message in the epilogue better to have a deeper impact to the people watching.

Rating: 8/10

Kingdom (2019)

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Drama: Kingdom (킹덤)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 6
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot – While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

Cast
Ju Ji Hoon – Lee Chang
Bae Doo Na – Seobi
Ryu Seung Ryong – Cho Hak Joo
Kim Hye Jun – Queen
Kim Sang Ho – Moo Young
Kim Sung Kyu – Young Shin
Heo Jun Ho – An Hyeon

Review
Whoa! Didn’t expect this show to be as intense and riveting! My family and i started watching episode 1 around 7.30pm and finished the entire season around 12mn! I felt like this was a combination of World War Z, Walking Dead, Train to Busan and even Titanic (lol!).

Favorite character – Lee Chang. If he survives or finds a cure for the zombies, he will make a great King. each episode we see him growing up, becoming more mature, learning to sympathize with common people and becoming a good strategist.

Favorite Villain – i think i will go with the Queen. *spoilers ahead* That she can pretend and lie to her father just means she is also desperate for power and her own life. First time to see this actress. She looks so cute and young but she did a great job as the Queen.

Favorite sidekick – Moo Young. Please don’t die. Lee Chang needs you. *spoilers ahead* What if his son becomes the king?!? That damn scheming queen!

Best actor/actresses – All the extras playing the zombies!! Wahh! that back breaking moves and extra cardio from all the running they’ve been doing must be so exhausting.

Funniest scene – in the prison where a guy was locked in a wooden board with another guy who became a zombie. Poor guy couldn’t even sleep trying to protect himself from his “neighbor”.

I need season two. NOW.

hwayugi eps. 9-11

Just when they finally admitted their feelings go beyond the Geumganggo, we get another roadblock, this time it’s deadlier.

O’gong, Ms Ma and Devil King realize that Seon Mi has the death bell and it has rung – which means one has to kill the other in the end. I’m quite curious how they will resolve this main conflict. While O’Gong loves Seon Mi, it seems like he is not yet so fully committed that he is willing to die for her, which makes sense since he has lived and so long being ruthless when it comes to survival. I’m not sure how he thinks he can get Samjang killed given the circumstances since based on the rules of the Geumganggo, he will feel as much pain as Samjang feels – just like how at the end of episode 11, when O’gong was so angry at the 2 goons for killing Zombie girl and Seon Mi rushes to stop him, his heart was suddenly squeezed so tight by the thorns that he actually bled blood. I feel pained seeing O’gong’s look of astonishment and Seon Mi’s look of horror as they try to decipher what has happened even though they dont know how. I really hope they can complete the storyline in a good way coz i will feel totally let down if they just skirt away from this issue a few episodes from now.

On the other hand, these 3 episodes gave us a glimpse of how much Seon Mi finally appreciates the special skill that was given to her, even though it may also cost her the love of her life. All she wanted since she was young was to feel ordinary and not see or interact with any ghosts – and when the bookseller took her child’s soul away, she was able to live and try how it is to be normal. The first few times she felt sad, coz suddenly from being a special and doted by the monsters, she is now a nobody and useless. I dont know exactly how long she spent living an ordinary life – but i’m disappointed that it felt too short though – probably just 1 day for her to realize she wants it back. I think it’s a combination of wanting O’gong back to her side, to helping Zombie girl and feeling special again by helping other people get rid of the evil spirits. it’s like saying you quit smoking for a day or you will start dieting then go back to your habit a day after. And honestly right now, she is getting rid of evil spirits – but these are mostly the little monsters – she hasn’t dealt with the big ones that can really wreak havoc to the world and make a difference – though i think we are gearing up for that.

Another interesting storyline is the sacred tree – i dont know what the Professor saw when he touched the coffin – all we saw is a glimpse of a woman wearing a veil. I dont know how powerful she is or how she is important to the monster’s group world and Samjang – but definitely another storyline that is interesting.

finally after several episodes, Zombie girl finds out her identity but she gets tricked by the 2 goons and pushed from the rooftop. I am so so so angry now. I like Zombie girl and i really wished she lives longer – but i also dont know how. It seems like her storyline has ended. and i love her she was so brave to say goodbye to everyone and make a decision to ask Ogong to burn her before she rots away and become an evil spirit. I really really wish she comes back! and I’m sure PK will feel totally devastated once he hears what has happened to Zombie girl. As for Jade Dragon, right now i feel like he/she doesn’t really do anything to the storyline except argue with PK. I hope we see his/her power later.

I also feel like Devil King has become more of a side character without any real storyline aside from helping Ogong and Samjang, which is kind of disappointing coz i was really looking forward for him to complete his own mission of rescuing his love (which i dont know if she is still alive or dead). At this point, he is a big ally to the team, and i’m not sure if he will ever betray them for his own interests. I love the bromance between Devil King and O’gong, i guess they have lived long enough to like each other and even talking about forming a hotel or restaurant together. hahaha. face it Devil King, despite you trying to get away from Ogong, you will always protect him, the way i’m sure Ogong will protect Devil King when needed.

I’m not sure how long the drama series will be since i’m already in episode 11 – but i still feel like we’re just in the middle of the whole story and there’s still a lot to tackle.

Black eps. 2-4

A lot of answers to our initial questions were revealed in the next 3 episodes.

We found out a little bit more about the grim reaper life – a person who commits suicide becomes a grim reaper, whose job is to collect the souls of the dead.. And they are actually the shadows that Haram sees. We are also introduced to 2 of 444’s buddies.. 007 who is an old guy and the rapper who looks alot like tablo (i didnt catch his number).

We also found out why 444 had to possess Moo gang’s body – to look for the loser who went in hiding. The loser is coincidentally that guy who committed suicide at the bridge.

The next few episodes also took us through how 444 is trying to adjust in Moo gang’s body (quite hilariously) and to the confusion of the people around him. He is bolder, braver, smarter, colder, but i am loving this new Moo gang vs the old one.

With 444 possessing Moo gang, he is now also being hunted by the death squad, which so far has not shown up and remains unthreatening.

Haram is still abit of clueless and doing nothing much except sulk, think of her first love Joon, getting to the new Moo gang, arguing with her estranged mom and work on trying to find out more about her father’s death after she meets cutie guy who seems to be very helpful is finding the spider tattooed guy. I would love to see her be more active and using her unusual gift to help solve crimes.

On the other hand, we get a bit of a background on cute guy.. Turns out hes the bastard son of the former owner of Royeol Insurance. Who is now run by his coldhearted half brother. Seems like the dad had some shady dealings as allided by the brothet who is trying to clean up the mess that his dad made.. Im guessing this has to do with the old Chunso insurance, which may also be connected to Haram’s father’s death. For now im happy just seeing Harama and cute guy together. I think they are more suited together.. They look like theyre of the same age and have the same lost lonely puppy look. Im also looking forward for cute guy to dig up something on his brothet, redeem himself and save Royeol insurance. Im just worried he will fall in love with Haram.

Im still confused with the story of Moo gang and Soo wan. Soo wan is hiding something. Maybe related to a gang. We finally see whats on the tape that she was hiding. Too bad moo gang didnt wait long enough to watch it as it sure is going to be interesting and vital to his survival.

In the mean time, aside from the murder in episode 1, we get to see 2 more murders, one is of director of hope mental hospital where the murderer is missing. The othet is theat lady who Haram predicted in thr first episode will freeze to death, and who happens to be Soo wan’s friend) and may be connected to what Moo gang is trying to investigate. Im not sure if the 2 murders are connected. Or if theyre also connected to Harams fathers death. Coz we are now looking for a guy with a hook scar, misisng middle finger and spider tattooed hand.

So far black hasn’t really cared much about Moo gang’s body and his relationship with other people. But when he ound out that someone is trying to kill Moo gang, he will have to continue Moo gang’s investigation before he gets killed. As a rule of the grim reaper, if Moo gang dies while Black is inside Moo gangs body, he will also die since then Moo gang will have died twice.

So far im loving the show but theres too many stories unfolding at thr same time that os is getting hard to follow.. Esp that almost everyone is connected with one another. With every scene and new character we get more queations than answers. But of course after 4 episodes the show is still trying build up thr suspense and the slow revelations. I wouldnt be surprised of thr entire thing is connected to one bigger case.

I am surprised that song seung huns acting in this show. Very different from his usual acting and shows different range of emotions. I cant say the same for Ara though. I think she should be given more material so she can step up and do better.

I would love to see more case working skills from the detectives so they can prove themselves.

The inevitable storyline is the romance between Black and Haram.. Im not yet sure how i feel about it but lets see how it goes.