Yaksha Ruthless Operations (2022)

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Movie: Yaksha: Ruthless Operations (야차)
Release Date: April 8, 2022
Genre: Spy / Action
Distributor: Netflix

Main Cast
Sol Kyung Gu – Yaksha/Ji Kang In
Park Hae Soo – Han Ji Eun
Hiroyuki Takeuchi – Yoshinobu Ozawa
Yang Dong Geun – Chief Hong
Lee El – Hui Won
Song Jae Rim – Jae Kyu
Jin Young – Jong Dae
Lee Soo Kyung – Moon Ju Yeong
Kim Jong Man – Ryeon Hui

Review:
“Justice has to be preserved by any means necessary.”

This movie is about a prosecutor being sent to Shenyang to investigate the Korean team but he ends up in the middle of a war between Sokor, Nokor and Japanese spies.

Sol Kyung Gu is so cool in this movie while Haesu’s straight laced character started off as clueless (how many times was he fooled throughout the movie?). But he later learns and joins hands with Yaksha to defeat the enemy. The story was confusing because we didnt exactly know what was happening but it all makes sense later on.

The betrayals were predictable, same with using chemical factory as the final scene so they can blow up the factory 😆. But still enjoyed watching.

Rating: 8/10

A Taxi Driver (2017)

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Movie: A Taxi Driver (택시 운전사)
Release Date: August 2, 2017
Runtime: 137 min.
Distributor: Showbox
Country: South Korea

Main Cast
Song Kang Ho – Kim Man Seob
Thomas Kretschmann – Peter
Yu Hae Jin – Hwang Tae Sul
Ryu Jun Yeol – Ku Jae Shik
Park Hyuk Kwon – Reporter Choi
Choi Gwi Hwa – Undercover Military Guy

Review
This movie is based on real events that happened during the Gwangju Uprising (if you watched Youth Of May you’ll understand this). A German reporter and a taxi driver from Seoul was able to sneak into Gwangju, film what is really happening on the ground (vs being reported on news and tv) and broadcast it to the whole world.

I loved the transformation of the taxi driver from just in it for the money to helping the residents from the cruel shooting. The shooting scenes were horrifying, the residents and fellow taxi drivers were courageous. The taxi car chase scenes were exaggerated but was good climax. Too bad the real reporter and taxi driver never met again after this event as I read the taxi driver died 4 years later.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

Collectors (2020)

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Movie: Collectors (도굴)
Release Date: November 4, 2020
Runtime: 114 min.
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Country: South Korea

Main Cast
Lee Je Hoon – Kang Dong Gu
Shin Hye Sun – Curator Yoon
Jo Woo Jin – Doctor Johns
Lim Won Hee – Sabdari

Review:
The movie is about a grave robber trying to attempt a big heist in the middle of Seoul.

I liked the first part but the second part dragged a bit. Mostly because there were too many characters to follow. There were also more action in the first part. The comedy also fell flat sometimes. I like the twist at the end where they showed how they successfully pulled off the heist.

Rating: 8/10