Heartless City/Cruel City-Now I now know who he is!!

Yoon Hyeon-min, chic and rough in “Heartless City”

Yoon Hyeon-Min as Soo

Yes ladies (and gents), he has a name!!

Former baseball player turned actor Yoon Hyeon-min is in the spotlight.

Yoon Hyeon-min takes on the role of Kim Hyeon-soo, the right hand man to Jeong Si-hyeon (Jeong Kyeong-ho) in the JTBC drama “Heartless City“.  Unlike a drug dealer, Yoon puts on a dandy look and the care-free character blends in well with him even making him look sexy (understatement!).

Yoon Hyeon-min is a former baseball player turned actor. He was active in Han Hwa and Doosan for most of his early 20s and decided to act. He’s been working on his base with theater and starred in “Finding Mr. Destiny” and “Bachelor’s Vegetable Store“.

Original Source:  etoday.co.kr and  HanCinema

Drama News: Ji Jin-hee in a Korean version of "Desperate Housewives"??

Ji Jin-hee returns in the Korean version of “Desperate Housewives” called Kind Words

Ji Jin Hee

Actor Ji Jin-hee is attempting at his first man of affair role. Ji Jin-hee is revising the offer for a role in the new SBS drama “Kind Words”. Known as the Korean version of “Desperate Housewives”, this drama is about housewives who are in difficult situations because of dangerous love and flingy husbands. It is produced by Choi Yeong-hoon from SBS drama “OB and GY” and written by “Can We Get Married?“.

The production is done by HB Entertainment which Ji Jin-hee is a part of. Ji Jin-hee takes on the role of Yoo Jae-hak, a good looking man who owns a medium company and seems to live a complete life but roams around after meeting a woman. He takes on the role of a flingy man with a family. Meanwhile, Ji Jin-hee appeared in the cable channel tvN drama “Love Manipulation: Cyrano” and surprised the viewers. “Kind Words” will be broadcasted after “Jang Ok-jeong” in September.

Original Source: enews24.interest.me and  HanCinema

Liebster Blog Award 2013-What is it??

Award Acceptance

 APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!! Thank you, thank you! My twitter friend and fellow blogger, kakashi (@mydunn123) has recommended me for what’s called the Liebster Blog Award. You say, what is that? Hell, I never heard of it until two days ago. You say, where’s the money and the teenie-tiny statute? I say, who cares! I’m just happy that someone is reading my little blog that I just started one short month ago!!

So, the rules for receiving this award as told to me by kakashi (after your nomination) are:

  • Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Place YOUR nominations for the Liebster Award! Nominate five (or more) other bloggers that have less than 200 followers. Make sure to notify them via comment/email, etc.
  • Make up a set of questions for those nominated bloggers to answer.
  • Display the Liebster award badge on your blog!

As kakashi stated to make up my own questions and tweet my all-time favorite KDrama, instead I will do it here and maybe answer a few of kfangirl questions. I kind of like those too!

List 11 random facts about yourself.
Deerfield River, MA 2011
Arkansas River, CO 2009

 1. I LOVE rafting!! It is such a thrill! I watched a movie with Morgan Freeman a few years ago called The Bucket List. From that day forward, I was determined to write down 50-100 things that I wanted to do before I died. One of my dreams was to raft down the river in the Grand Canyon, Arizona. No, I still have not done that. These have been my practice runs since 2007 (also rafted Great Falls, Virginia and The New River, W. Virginia multiple times). I don’t have pictures for every trip I’ve taken but let’s just say my youngest daughter has been rafting since 11 years old (she’s 22 now) and man it has been a BLAST!

Along the coast of Washington State in Grays Harbor
Ocean Shores, Washington

2. Its my dream to retire and live my last days along the coast of Washington! I’ve visited the area twice now and I’m convinced, this is where I belong. Away from city traffic, congestion, pollution and people. As this is a place where people spend their summers, there is not a lot of people the rest of the year. Just the way I want it.

3. I HATE Virginia!! If you follow me on twitter, I’ve been complaining constantly about the cicada invasion in my area of Stafford, Virginia! They are loud from 4:30am until 4:00pm! They are nasty looking and they are in abundance!!

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

4. I love my job! Working on a University campus has been wonderful; however, I despise the daily commute! Yes, the commute is so bad, I am constantly sitting in traffic tweeting about how much I hate driving every day!

Lee Jun Ki

                                                                    Kang Dong Won

5. I truly am a total fangirl for these two! I’ve seen everything they have made! EVERYTHING! The good and the mediocre!

6. I’m the only one in my family who watches dramas! Whether it be Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Argentinean, Filipino, or Spanish! Of course, everyone thinks I’m crazy too! Why? Because I turned off cable and subscribed to a premium internet provider, just so I can stream Dramafever, viki, crunchroll, Netflix, Hulu and occasionally, DramaCrazy

7. I’ve been a member of twitter since 2009 but did not start tweeting until 2012! Thanks KDramas!

8. If I can’t get assigned there, I’m desperately trying to get on a temporary assignment to George Mason University’s future SongDo, S. Korean Global University Campus opening in 2014! Dreams do come true!

9. I watch all kinds of dramas! But I prefer crime, historical, medical and revenge melodramas. I really watch the romances last.

10. I don’t like to cook but I don’t mind cleaning the kitchen after YOU cook. I trained my daughters from the age of 12 to cook and then I let them take over. The only time I cook is holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s it!

11. Shhh.. On some days! Don’t tell my daughter

Answer the Question that kakashi Asked

What are my all-time-favorite KDrama?
I have to answer this by genre. I really cannot say I have just “one” favorite. The minute I narrow down to one, another pops in my head to remind me why I liked that one so much and then I have to watch it again. So here is my answer, by genre, in pictures:

49 Days-Fantasy
Queen InHyun’s Man-Romance
Time Between Dog and Wolf-Action
Shut Up Flower Boy Band-Musical
The Princess’s Man-Historical
Golden Time-Medical
TEN-Crime
Bad Couple-Comedy
Gloria-Melodrama
King 2Hearts-Political
Vampire Prosecutor-Vampire/Supernatural
What’s Up-School

Answer the Question that missienelly Asked

UPDATE #2: I’m triply (is that a word?) honored with my third nomination from missienelly. Again, many thanks for the nod. Here’s my answers to your questions.

1. What is your favorite sageuk drama? And why?

 The Princess’s Man remains, to this date, my number one, favorite sageuk of all times. Sure, I have seen a lot of sagueks but it remains the only drama that of this genre that I have watched, repeatedly. I loved the love story, the acting and the action. Park Shi Hoo did a tremendous job and this role made me a fan. I loved this drama so much that it took weeks for me to watch anything else. I literally stopped watching dramas for about 3 weeks. It took Padam Padam and Fermentation Family to bring me back.
2. Did anyone complain that you’re watching too much drama? Who did? And how did you justify it to them?
Sure, my daughter did for awhile but she pretty much gave up. The good thing is she watches stuff excessively (Hell’s Kitchen, Snapped! Bad Girls) so she knows better to complain about me anymore. Plus, we have, what I like to call “quality viewing time” where we watch Once Upon A Time, True Blood, Game of Thrones, and the occasional Movie day on the weekends.

Answer the Question that Michele Asked

UPDATE #1: Thanks for the second nomination, Michele! Well appreciated. Here are the answers to your questions.

1.  If a K-star (drama or pop) were to climb through your window to spend the evening with you, who would it be and why?

Easy, easy! Who else but Lee Jun Ki!! I would love spending one day with him just to talk about his career and why he chose it. I would like to be his friend and confidante in the future and my hopes would be for him to branch out to the US more. There are a lot of potential fans here, waiting to meet him and love him as much as we do!!


2. If you could switch places with any female lead character, who would it be and in which drama?

I would have to go with Choi Hee Jin in the drama Queen In Hyun’s Man. Just to be able to experience such a great romance would be wonderful. I’m too old to be interested in such things but to live a day as Choi Hee Jin with my own Kim Boong Do? Man, I could die happy!

Do Nominate

I’m new to blogging and rabidly reading blogs! I come across new blogs, thanks to all of my twitter friends. I’ve met (through twitter) a lot of people worldwide and I love their opinions, whether I agree or not. But, for someone who watches a lot of dramas of all kinds, it’s nice to be able to talk with others watching the same dramas and reading their thoughts. So here are my nominations:

Michele: http://kshotofhot.wordpress.com/–Because we both love Rain and we loved him before we knew he could sing!
Sweetandtastytv: http://sweetandtastytv.com/–Love her articles, especially the food ones! Next time I’m in LA, I know where to go!
OrionsRamblings: http://orion21.blogspot.com/–Even if we disagree, there is one thing that we will always agree on: Our love for Kang Dong Won!
Nelly: http://missienelly.wordpress.com/–We really do watch a lot of the same things. So we tend to share a lot of tweets weekly!!
Cherry: http://cherrybcordial.com/–Met on Facebook when I joined the KDrama Chat, now we follow each other on twitter!
Stephanie: http://crazyforkdrama.blogspot.com–Also met on Facbook when I joined the KDrama Chat. We both share a love for the drama, Gloria!

My Single Question
Why do you blog? And how often?  (I admit to being a lazy blogger!)

Who’s Excited with me?!! Lee Jun Ki’s New Drama, Two Weeks Coming in August, 2013

New Drama for Lee Jun Ki

Two Weeks

Cast: 
Lee Joon-Gi  as Jang Tae-San 
Kim So-Yeon as Prosecutor Park Jae-Kyung 
Park Ha-Sun as Seo In-Hye 
Song Jae-Rim as the killer
Network: MBC (which guarantees it will be on Hulu and most likely DramaFever)
Will be shown: Wednesdays & Thursdays 21:55; replacing The Queen’s Classroom

Plot:
A man (played by Lee Jun-Ki) lives his life meaninglessly. He is falsely accused of murder. The man learns that he has a young daughter stricken with leukemia. For the next two weeks, he struggles to save his daughter.

Why am I excited? BECAUSE IT’S LEE JUN KI!! I’ve admitted to everyone that he is my number one drama love (Kang Dong Won for movies)! I remember last year when it was announced that he was going to do Arang and the Magistrate with Shin Min A, I was thrilled! So imagine my reaction when almost a year later, they announce his return to what I feel is his best and strongest performances in the action/drama genre. After watching A Time Between Dog and Wolf; action is what he does best! Kim So-Yeon, even though I did not care for The Great Seer, I did like her performance in Prosecutor Princess, so I’m looking forward to watching their relationship develop. Park Ha-Sun and Song Jae-Rim, I know the least about them. Even though I started Ad Genius Lee Tae-Baek, I know nothing about Ha-Sun; unfortunately, everything Jae-Rim has been in, I’ve never finished but I won’t hold that against him. As far as the relationships between the characters, stay tuned. As soon as more information is released, I’ll definitely let you know.

August? Hurry up and come!!


Things that Make You Go Hmmm Moment-I Summon You, Gold! Complicated Family Relationships!!

I Summon You, Gold!
Some Seriously Complicated Relationships
by Korean Standards

**SPOILERS Galore if you are not watching**

See What I’m Watching for more information on this drama
Let’s get one thing straight, I absolutely LOVE this drama!! But as I was sitting here watching episodes 13 and 14, I had this epiphany of realization: Man, these are some seriously complicated relationships! I started thinking back to all of the dramas that I’ve watched. From time to time, you encounter some relationships that make you think (Gloria, still the worse father ever or A Hundred Year Inheritance with the mother-in-law from HELL) but I think I’ve met my match with I Summon You, Gold! 
Normally, you watch a drama and there is one family you wonder about but this has got to be the first time that I’m questioning ALL of the family dynamics.  Let’s start with the least offenders: Jung Family. We have Grandpa Jung and his wife, Kim Pil-Nyeo. She wants to divorce her husband simply to make her eldest daughter-in-law and her mother suffer. Yes, I’m not kidding!! This woman puts the b in bitch! I absolutely love the actress playing the mother-in-law so to see her in this role is a treat! And I thoroughly hate her!!

She is driving Shim-Du’s mother, Choi Gwang-Soon out of the house because these two cannot exist in the same space (like the movie Time-Cop) and poor Shim-Du is minutes away from a complete mental breakdown! Not only does she have to contend with her mother-in-law but to add insult to injury, her sister-in-law, Haeng-Ja wants to dump the father-in-law, Papa Jung, on her lap too! Damn, that woman is selfish!

Plus, we cannot forget the son, Mong-Kyu. What’s the deal with him? He sees how much his mother is suffering and dealing with the family issues but he is way, way too selfish! Damn, go to work! What’s wrong with taking a job your father helps you get? Work there for awhile and then look for something else. Someone is going to have to explain this to me! I don’t get what the problem is.

And now to the worse offenders; the Park Family.  This family puts the d in dysfunctional! I’ve seen my share of mistresses (or second wives) shown in dramas, but this is first time dealing with not one but two! Even though I dislike them both because of what they did to Hyun-soo’s mother, I actually have some sympathy for Min Young-Ae (Hyuntae’s mother). Not only is she basically not allowed to interact with her son (even though he does), she now is banned from having a relationship with her own daughter-in-law, Mong-Hyun by the resident ‘wife’, Deok-Hee.

Poor Mong-Hyun has to sneak around and lie to see her mother-in-law! Deok-Hee has already told her not to see her or talk to her. It makes no sense to me whatsoever. I applauded Mong-Hyun when she wanted to start a relationship with her but she truly is between a rock and a hard place right now. And we know she will constantly be put in this bad situation because Deok-Hee obviously rules everybody, including her common-law husband, Park Soon-Sang; a useless man who thinks nothing about pitting one son against the other!

Let’s spend some time with Mong-Hee and Hyun-Soo. Why is this relationship difficult? Well, it’s obvious to us viewers that Mong-Hee and Yoona (Hyun-soo’s ex-wife) are related. So, the question that comes to my mind is how is this going to be resolved? 

Damn, in the drama, A Thousand Kisses, they made such a big thing about cousins marrying sisters and mother being mother-in-law to their own daughter, how in the HELL are they going to resolve one sister having a relationship with another sister’s ex-husband? Here in the USA, it’s probably not as big of a deal but time and time again, I’ve noticed that these relationships are frowned upon in the Korean culture. So I am really curious how the writers are going to get around this. This will be interesting.

 

Now let’s spend some time with our favorite couple, Mong Hyun and Hyuntae. I still shake my head sometime wondering why she married a man who admits to being in love (or is he) with another woman for 5 years! 

The scenes when Young-Ae (Hyuntae’s mother) and Mong-Hyun confronted Hyuntae’s girlfriend were priceless. I wanted to jump into the screen and pull her hair too along with Young-Ae. She did all mothers proud at that moment and it was then that I started to like her a little bit more! The things that girl said to them was unforgivable! She was lucky it was not me because she sure wouldn’t have walked out on her own two feet!

I still cannot wrap my head around this relationship between Mong-Hyun and Hyuntae; however, starting with episode 13, I see there is some hope! Hyuntae is slowly being affected by Mong-Hyun. After months of sleeping like siblings in the same bed, now he wants to sleep on the floor? Yes, Mong Hyun, I’d smile too as he is obviously seeing you in a new light!

Hyuntae’s little speech during their ‘date’ at the lake was telling! He said he does not like complications! So now Mong-Hyun is a complication? There is hope for this relationship and I hope to see more change next week!

So what are your thought? Are you watching? If not, you SHOULD!





 
  

My Weekend with Kang Dong Won!

My Weekend with My Number One: Kang Dong Won


Yes, I admit it. I have a HUGE crush on Kang Dong Won. I even know when it started. I watched the drama, 1% of Anything and it was by chance. I had just finished watching Sorry I Love You last year and I really needed to peak my spirits after being thoroughly depressed by that drama. I happened across this and watched it in 2 days! I thought it was quirky and such a cute story as the two main characters developed feelings for each other. I also highly recommend it. 
Then what happens? Jules, one of my tweet buddies, writes an article called The Thursday Three and asks the question: which are your top 3 comfort kdramas? Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was this drama. So, what began as a weekend of Revenge dramas and movies, turned into a weekend with my sweetie, Kang Dong Won. 
1% of Anything
 So I began to re-watching 1% of Anything.  The first 10 episodes were done and done.
Voice of a Murderer

I interrupted my re-watch and watched a movie called Voice of a Murderer. Like other reviewers will say, this is a movie never to be seen twice! As this is a true story, you go in knowing that and the events that lead up to little Sang Woo’s (the boy in the movie) kidnapping, it makes ask yourself the question: What would you do? Would you allow your child to stay so long outside? Would you never check on your child who is at the playground right outside your window

This movie definitely brings out the questions AND the tears. The ending when Sang Woo’s Dad, played by Sol Kyung Gu is on the air; never will I need to see those emotions as well as the pain and sorrow emitted by both parents throughout the movie again.  

 Even though Kang Dong Won only played the voice of the murderer, believe me when I say, you will never forget him. What was really frightening was at the end, they played the actual voice recordings of the murderer and his tone and resonant was definitely recreated by Kang Dong Won This is definitely not a movie that would attract everyone to see. But I must say it was a GREAT movie!!

Alas, I returned to 1% of Anything, I could not stay away and went on to watch the next 16 episodes (yes, this drama is 26 episodes) to again finish it in 2 days.
Our Happy Time (Maundy Thursday)
 Next, I watched Our Happy Time.  Yes, definitely a watch one time movie for me! This told a story! It told a story of what can go wrong in life and when you get those single moments of hope in life at the end. This wasn’t really about redemption but more about recognizing that there is forgiveness. Kang Dong Won as Yun-Soo was flawless. 

He portrayed Yun-Soo as starting out, a angry and hurt young man facing death to a man who finally knew what love was again. Lee Na Young as Yun-Jung was marvelous! Simply marvelous! Here was a woman who had attempted suicide 3 times! But when you find out the reason later in the movie, it helps you to understand this tortured soul. 

These two were so mentally tortured, they truly were able to heal each other. As Yun-Soo says at the end, to Sister Monica (played by my favorite actress, Yoon Yeo Jeong), you sent me an angel. Warning, this is not a movie for everyone but if you are a Kang Dong Won fan, this is a MUST-SEE.

One last thing, telling a prisoner that is about to face death that they have a visitor, not sure what to think about that. Maybe, it’s the Korean system’s way to let them know what it feels like to suffer an unexpected death. What do you think?

M

Last movie was M. I’ve been looking for this for a long time. This movie was a cinematographer’s dream! The use of lighting during a lot of the scenes was amazing. 

From sunlight, to moonlight; every single type of lighting was used. There was one scene in a bar where, at first you see nothing but darkness and you hear Min Woo (Kang Dong Won) narrating in the background but then suddenly, his image fades into the screen as if the sun is slowly shining on him in the darkness. The Director and Camera Men were very, very clever. I have to admit, this movie is very film noir. I kept getting the Sin City vibes as I watched. There was a scene where Min Woo lifts his head to the camera and the scene so reminded me of this scene with Elijah Wood:

And let’s not forget the use of mirrors and shadows. I think any student of film MUST see this film! Not only will they appreciate it but they will definitely recognize the genius of the cinematographer! Again, this film is very, very artsy! But one thing it shows you, is the amazing acting ability of Kang Dong Won! If nothing else, Kang Dong Won in glasses is a sight to see!

Other Kang Dong Won Movies you MUST-SEE:
(and if you ever find Camelia, let me know!!)
w/Kim Han Neul
 



He plays simply an adorable guy!





w/Jo Han Sun and Lee Chung Ah

He plays a High School student.







w/Ha Ji Won



He plays a mysterious assassin called ‘Sad Eye’ (They sizzle together!!)








Jeonwoochi : The Taoist Wizard

He plays a Taoist wizard!

 

 

 

w/Song Kang Ho

Secret Reunion

He plays a ex-North Korean spy!

 

 

 

Psychic/Haunters 

He plays a REALLY sadistic character!

 






May 2013 Edition: Future Movie Releases I’d Like to See


 May Edition of Movies I’d Like to See


As most of you know, I write movie reviews for KoreanDramaReviews website called Movie Mondays. Even though most of these will never be reviewed there (I try real hard to respect the younger audience there), here are some future movie releases I will be looking forward to. 

MISAENG

Synopsis:A mobile omnibus short film based on Yoon Tae-ho’s original “Misaeng”. The Web toon protagonist has spent his whole life focused on baduk, the Korean word for the game Go, and never went to college. After getting a job at a trading company, he struggles to be recognized among his highly educated colleagues.


Running Time: TBD
Release date in South Korea : 5/2013
Cast:
Si Wan as Jang Geu-rae
Changmin as Jang Baek-gi
Kim-Bo-ra as Ahn Yeong-I
Baro as Yeong-chan
Jo Hee-bong as Deputy Oh

Im Hyeon-sik as Mi-Ji’s security

Loved Si Wan in Equator Man! I also like movies from web toons! I’ve seen a couple of them even though I’ve never actually seen the web toons; the stories are usually very interesting. Here’s the trailer: Misaeng

Images from the Upcoming Movie:








KILLER TOON

Synopsis: A series of murders resembling Ji-yoon’s horror webcomic drawings occur and Detective Ki-Chul unravels the rerrifying truth of the comics himself.


Running Time: 104min 
Release date in South Korea: 6/2013

Cast
Lee Si Yeong as Ji-yoon
Uhm Ki Joon as Lee Gi-cheol
Kil Hyon-woo as Yeong-soo
Oh Kwang-rok as Rebel leader Oh

Lee Si Yeong combined with Uhm Ki Joon are enough to attract my attention!! I love both of these actors. I suspect there were be some serious thrilling moments and I will have to have my pillow handy (I know, amazing how I watch these type of movies)! Here is the trailer: Killer Toon

Images from Upcoming Movie:


  

COLD EYES


Synopsis: HA Yoon-ju becomes the newest member to a unit within the Korean Police Forces Special Crime Department that specializes in surveillance activities on high profile criminals. She teams up with HWANG Sang-Jun, the veteran leader of the unit, and tries to track down James who is the cold-hearted leader of an armed criminal organization.  

Running Time: TBD
Release date in South Korea : 7/2013

Cast
Sol Kyung-Gu as Chief detective Hwang (surveillance team)  
Jung Woo-Sung as James (leader of criminal group) 
Han Hyo-Joo as Rookie detective Ha Yoon-Joo (surveillance team) 
Jin Kyung as Director Lee (surveillance team)
Lee Joon-Ho as Detective Squirrel (Daramjwi-surveillance team) 

Jung Woo-Sung as a bad guy is enough for me to want to watch! Watching him in Daisy as a hitman was very memorable and let’s not forget Padam Padam! I expect the same from this. Han Hyo-Joo, I liked in both Brilliant Legacy as well as the movie, Always. Here is the trailer: Cold Eyes

Images from Upcoming Movie:




 

FATAL
Synopsis: Sung-gong has always been a target for school bullies. One day, the bullies drag him to the home of a fellow high school girl named Jang-mi where they take turns raping her and forcing Sung-gong to do the same against his wish. Ten years later, Sunggong encounters Jang-mi again at a church, and thereafter he pursues his life seeking her forgiveness without confessing that he was one of offenders. But, when he realizes that Jang-mi is still traumatized, he seeks out the bullies again.

Running Time: 103min 
Release date in South KoreaNo realease date yet

Cast: (more information to come)
Nam Yeon-Woo
Yang Jo-A
Hong Jung-Ho
Kang Ki-Dong
Kim Hee-Sung

Not a lot of information available on this right now but the plot sounds really interesting. It also falls into the thriller genre, one of my favorites!

NO BREATH
Synopsis: Also known as a swimming term for holding one’s breath underwater, this movie is about two very different, restless youths who join a swimming competition for love and friendship which is, in fact, a rite of passage to growing up. (still in development)

Running Time: TBD
Release date in South Korea: 2nd half, 2013

Cast:
Lee Jong Suk as Woo-Sang
Seo In-Guk as Won-Il
Kwon Yoo-Ri as Jeong-Eung
Shin Min-Chul as Jeong-Dong

With a cast of Seo In-Guk and Lee Jong Sun, that is enough for me to want to watch. I loved In-Guk in Can We Get Married? and Reply 1997. Jong Suk, I have only seen him in School 2013 (which I never finished) but still looking forward to seeing him in this. I especially like Sports themed movies.

THE SUSPECT

Synopsis: Dong-chul was the best special field agent in North Korea, but he’s abandoned by his government during a mission. While on the run, he looks for his wife and child, who were sold as slaves to China, only to discover their corpses. He soon finds out that his colleague was behind the killing and defects to the South in search of his nemesis. Working as a temp driver at night and as a personal driver for Chairman PARK who is attacked and killed by an assassin. He is now on the run again, accused of the chairman’s murder.

Running Time: TBD

Release date in South Korea: 12/2013
Cast
Gong Yoo as Ji Dong-Cheol
Park Hee-soon as Min Se-hoon
Jo Seong Ha as Kim Seok ho
Yoo Da-In as Choi Kyeong hee

Who can pass up a movie with Gong Yoo? I expect this to be filled with a lot of action and suspense as his character tries to clear his name and find the real killer of the chairman as well as find the killer responsible for his family’s death. 

MONSTER

Synopsis: An intense drama of killing after killing in various groups of people. A fierce battle ensues; for each individual, it’s kill or be killed. (still in development)

Running Time: TBD

Release date in South Korea: 2nd half 2013
Cast:
Lee Min Ki as Tae-Soo
Kim Ho eun-I as Bok-Soon
Ahn Seo-hyeon

Lee Min Ki as a killer? My excitement level for this movie sky-rocketed!! He is such a great actor and this is definitely a movie I will not be passing up. I am not really familiar with the rest of the cast but will be looking forward to seeing this (hopefully) next year! Look forward to the review here!!

As soon as I get more information, I will pass that on! So excited about this season of movies!


 

Azumi-Japanese Bloodfest. ENJOY!

Azumi Series

Gore and Blood fest!


Azumi
Stars:
Ueto Aya as Azumi
Odagiri Joe as Bijomaru Mogami
Ryo as Osowareru Haha-Oya
Narimiya Hiroki as Ukiha
Oguri Shun  as Nachi
Ishigaki Yuma as Nagara


Plot: Azumi begins the film as the only girl among 10 warriors who have been trained from childhood by Jiji, a gray-bearded samurai. One day, Jiji tells them they must pass a final test before they embark on the mission they have prepared for all these years. He pairs them up and only five survivors pass, including Azumi. Led by Jiji, this small band descends from the mountain that is the only world they know. Their mission, we learn, is to stop a nefarious plot to unseat the current shogun. They are out to prevent a civil war of the kind that devastated their own families before Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasy wrested power from his rivals at the battle of Sekigahara in 1600 and imposed peace.


My ReviewWhat a blood fest! From the beginning to the end! It was nice to recognize a few actors here and there from their earlier years. This is not for the light at heart. There is a lot of killing. A LOT! The choreography of the fight scenes was amazing! The crazy white robed assassin will long be remembered as the craziest villain I’ve seen in awhile! Again, this is strictly for the fans of the martial arts and period movies.

Azumi 2: Death or Love

Stars:

Ueto Aya as Azumi

Ishigaki Yuma as Nagara
Kuriyama Chiaki as KozueOguri Shun as Ginkaku/Nachi
Plot: Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, a person who shows a remarking resemblance with former friend Nachi.


My Review: As long as you suspend disbelief on some of the action; especially the ending, it is a very good; brutal action movie. As usual the stunts and fighting sequences were definitely fun to watch. From beginning to end, the action was there. But beware, if you seen the first, this is a little bit more gruesome than the last. It is definitely a martial arts fan’s dream! If you are looking for anything other than action, you may want to skip this.



Movie Review-The Scent (2012)


The Scent

Stars:
Park Hee Soon as Kang Sun Woo
Park Si Yeon as Soo Jin
Joo Sang Wook as Detective Han Gil Ro
Kim Jeung Tae as Detective Seo
Lee Han Wie as Chief Detective Sa
Lee Kwang Soo as Gi Poong (Sun Woo’s assistant)

Genre: Murder/Suspense/Comedy
Rating: R nudity, language, violence; you name it, it’s got it!

Popcorn Ratings


Movie Synopsis: A detective Seon-woo, who moonlights as a private investigator, has a beautiful new client Soo-Jin. The woman asks the detective to take photos of her husband in the midst of having an affair with another woman. When the detective goes to take pictures he discovers that the woman’s husband is already dead. Now the detective becomes a suspect. The detective is chased by another detective Gil-ro. He must now set out for the real killer. Written by Stanislav S, Sochi, Russia


So What’s Good About It: This movie had a little bit of everything: sex, violence, murder, suspense, and believe it or not: comedy. 

This was my first Park Hee Soon experience and I must say it was a good one. The story starts out one way and before you know it, its flipped to a who-done-it or how did they do it movie! Park Si Yeon as the sexy wife? No words! 

And my sweetie, Joo Sang Wook was more of a supporting cast but I enjoyed his character throughly. He was tough and oh-so straitlaced compared to our Sun Woo (Park Hee Soon’s character).

How can I not mention Gi Poong! Not only is he Sun Woo’s side-kicks but his antics and scenes are basically funny, funny, funny! I loved his quirky character!

The nice, little final twist at the end? Loved it!  From start to finish, a very, enjoyable movie. 


Una Amor, Una Venganza (Love and Revenge MonteCristo): My first Telenovela

One Love, One Revenge MonteCristo

Story Plot: The story begins in 1995 as Santiago Díaz Herrera is hurt while fencing with his best friend Marco Lombardo. Marco wants to bring Santiago back to Buenos Aires but his father, Alberto, commands him to leave Santiago in a Moroccan jail, and Santiago is declared dead. Eleven years pass, and in 2006 Santiago returns to Buenos Aires seeking revenge on the Lombardos for their crimes to himself, his father and other people who have stood in their way over the decades.
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