The Killer’s Shopping List (2022)

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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

Sinkhole (2021)

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Movie: Sinkhole (싱크홀)
Release Date: August 11, 2021
Runtime: 113 min.
Distributor: Showbox
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Main Cast
Cha Seung Won – Jung Man Soo
Lee Kwang Soo – Kim Seung Hyun
Kim Sung Kyun – Park Dong Won
Kim Hye Jun – Eun Joo
Nam Da Reum – Jung Seung Tae

Review
The movie is about a building going down a 500m sinkhole and the attempts to rescue the tenants.

Disappointed because the effects looked so fake and the story was very unrealistic. The first half focused on the main characters yet I didn’t feel connected with any of them. Still i finished because I wanted to know how they will be rescued and it was just okay.

Rating: 7.5/10

Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure (2022)

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Movie: The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure (해적:도깨비 깃발)
Release Date: January 26, 2022
Runtime: 125 min.
Distributor: Lotte Entertainment
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot: A group of pirates search for the legendary royal treasure.

Main Cast:
Han Hyo Joo – Captain Hae Rang
Kang Ha Neul – Woo Mu Chi
Lee Kwang Soo – Mak Yi
Kwon Sang Woo – Bu Heung Su

Review:
I’ve been waiting for this since last year! Sadly, it wasn’t what I was expecting.

The overall mood is light with some comedy. I thought the ensemble cast isn’t as impressive as the first movie but they were still a great team. Kang Haneul and Han Hyo Joo were okay as the main leads but I think that Lee Kwang Soo stole the show as he never fails to bring the laughter.

I wish they gave more scenes for Kwon Sang Woo. He looked badass as the main villain but he didn’t really get to do much and wasn’t that scary. Chae Soo Bin’s character also seemed out of place and was there for comic relief and a side romance for brooding Sehun. The story also felt shallow compared to the first movie.

I enjoyed the second half where there were fighting, more than the first, which focused on the team dynamics and the legend of the treasure. I liked the penguin scene, absurd but still funny. You know this movie really isn’t taking itself too seriously. Little disappointed with the dragons coz we didn’t see them, just the fire.

I like the snazzy ending track that sounds like ‘Billie Jean’

I liked the ending where the crew would rather have love than treasure 🤣 after seeing the 2 couples together.

Rating: 8/10

A Year-End Medley (2021)

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Movie: Happy New Year (해피 뉴 이어)
Release Date: December 29, 2021
Distributor: CJ Entertainment, TVING
Country: South Korea

Main Cast:
Han Ji-Min – So-Jin
Lee Dong-Wook – Yong-Jin
Kang Ha-Neul – Jae-Yong
Lim Yoon-A – Soo-Yeon
Won Jin-A – Yi-Young
Seo Kang-Joon – Yi-Kang
Lee Kwang-Soo – Sang-Hoon
Kim Young-Kwang – Seung-Hyo
Ko Sung-Hee – Young-Joo
Lee Jin-Wook – Jin-Ho
Lee Hye-Young – Catharine
Jung Jin-Young – Sang-Kyu
Lee Kyu-Hyung – fortune-teller
Jo Joon-Young – swimmer
Won Ji-An – figure skater

Review:
Released at the end of the year with a star studded cast, this movie mostly revolves around the people working in a hotel and the events leading to the new year.

I love that there are a variety of stories that are connected to each other.

  1. A girl with a one sided love for her college band mate/best friend – reminded me that when one door closes, another one opens
  2. The friendship between a star and his manager – reminded me to be grateful for the support of my family, friends and colleagues
  3. A romance between the hotelier and the housekeeping staff – reminded me that love has no boundaries
  4. High school students falling in love – reminded me that you sometimes have to take risks
  5. Former lovers reunite – reminded me that it’s never too late to start a new life, romance, career
  6. A guy who wants to end his life on the last day of the year – reminded me that life is precious and we should cherish our time on earth

I liked 1,2 and 6 story line the most.

The movie is quite long, almost 2.5 hours but needed to squeeze in all the stories. We dont get a background of who they are since there’s no time, it looks like we are just getting a glimpse of their lives a week before the new year.

Perfect to watch during the new year or if you just want a simple and light movie.

Rating: 8.5/10