Crush and Blush, Spy
Blood and Ties (Accomplices)
Written and directed by Guk Dong-Suk (Closer to Heaven, Voice of a Murderer, You Are My Sunshine)
Cast includes: Son Ye Jin as Jeong Da Eun, Kim Kap Su as Jeong Soon Man, Kim Kwang Gyu as Detective Kang and Im Hyung Joon as Shim Joon Young
Running Time: 95 min
Da Eun is set to become a newspaper reporter. She lives with her father Soon Man. Although her father does menial work, Da Eun is proud of him.
One day, Da Eun goes to the movie with her boyfriend and friend. The movie is based on a real life unsolved kidnapping and murder crime. The only clue to the killer’s identity is the ransom phone call he made to the parents which they play at the end of the film. When Da Eun hears the voice she becomes frozen. The man’s voice sounds eerily like her father.
This movie was like the continuation of Voice of a Murderer. I remember watching that and thinking “How could nobody recognize that voice?” Well, this movie did a decent job of showing just what could happen if a person years later did. I thought the acting was good and the length of the movie kept it from being boring. It was definitely a movie that you feel sympathy for the murdered boy’s family and family members of these criminals because you really get to see the harsh reality. I can’t fault the story at all but if you want to keep the sympathy more with the victims, how about featuring police who do real police work? I think it is kind of pathetic when you watch innocent people being brutalized in the name of justice. Now, Da Eun was still at the state where she didn’t know what to accept as the truth and I understand with the press for time and the brutality of the crime, why is it you wait for the statute of limitations to expire to get all “Gun Ho” on a case; why not do police work all of the time? This portrayal usually gets to me and I get pretty vocal about it.
MDL Rating: 7
Directed by Kim Hyun-Seok (Cyrano Agency) and a writing team consisting of Yoo Young-A (No Breathing, My Pavarotti, As One, Always), Kim Kyu-Won (Mr Wacky, Runway Cop, Love in Magic), and Lee Seung-Hwan.
Cast includes: Jung Jae Young as Woo Seok, Choi Daniel as Lee Gun, and Kim Ok Bin as
Running Time: 99 min
In the not-so distant future, researchers at a deep-sea laboratory have finally invented a time machine. Head researcher Woo-seok is promised funding from a mega-corporation if he completes a test flight. He and Young-eun carry out the mission and travel to 11 A.M. the next day, only to find the base on the verge of collapse. All the researchers are gone and someone is out to kill them.
Strange but at the same time, a delight to watch. At first I thought it was going to be similar to TimeCop with Jean Claude Van Damme; however, as I watched more and more of the movie, I saw this was more of a thriller to see who did what. I kind of liked the premise of the movie. You, the viewer, really have to pay attention to detail. The movie was straight-forward in which the moral of the story is “The more you know, the more detrimental that knowledge is”. I know, this makes no sense unless you watch the movie. For those romantics out there, this is not a romance. No stand-outs in the acting department. I guess for us Choi Daniel fans, it is just good to see him on the screen. This is definitely one of those movies that you have to watch right up to the last moment.
MDL Rating: 7 (because it made me watch right up to the last minute)
Crush and Blush
Written and directed by Lee Kyoung-Mi along with Park Chan-Wook, and Park Eun-Kyo (Thirst, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, and I’m a Cyborg)
Cast includes: Gong Hyo Jin as Yang Meo Sook, Seo Woo as Seo Jong Hee, Hwang Woo Seul Hye as Lee Yu Ri and Lee Jong Hyuk as Mr. Seo
Running Time: 101 min
29 year-old Me-sook is the most unpopular teacher at school. She used to be a Russian language teacher at a high school, but was relegated to a middle school to teach English which she can’t even understand. She also has a chronic blushing problem. She is in love with another married teacher, Mr Seo, and believes that he feels the same but is just to shy to show his feelings.
So when she finds out that he’s having an affair with an attractive Russian teacher who took her place in high school, Me-sook decides to take action by forming an alliance with Mr. Seo’s daughter, Jong-hee, the most unpopular student at school.
At first I thought that this is a really weird movie. Poor Me-sook and her delusion that Mr. Seo was in love with her was funny but at the same time, very, very weird. However, once her and his daughter, Jong-hee joined forces and were working together, it really got hilarious! You won’t believe some of the things that they were doing to the poor, unsuspecting Ms Lee! From sending her text messages from Mr Seo to sending her instant messages straight from the Kama Sutra in the hopes of turning her away with sexually explicit messages. Well, that turned into nightly text sex messages (yes, this movie is not for the youngsters). The ending wasn’t the best but then the movie was weird from the beginning. But one thing for sure: Gong Hyo Jin towers over Seo Woo! I didn’t realize how tall she was until I watched this movie. For those who like Korean comedies, you might like this better than me. Otherwise, for me, it was just fair.
MDL Rating: 6
The Spy Undercover Operation (2013)
Directed by Yi Seung-Jun and written by Park Soo-Jin (Dancing Queen, Quick) and Yoon Je-Gyun (Sector 7, Haeundae, and Harmony)
Cast Includes:Sol Kyung Gu as Chul-Soo, Henney Daniel as Ryan, Moon So Ri as Young-Hee, Ko Chang Seok as Head of a department Jin, Ra Mi Ran as Yogurt delivery woman, and Jung In Ki as spy group boss Yum
Running Time: 121 min
A secret agent, who hides his true identity from his wife, works on a case that affects entire country of South Korea. Chul-Soo is the secret agent who hides his occupation from others, including his flight attendant wife Young-Hee. One day, Chul-Soo tells his wife that he will go to Busan, South Korea for business, but actually travels to Bangkok, Thailand to carry out a national operation. While in Bangkok, Chul-Soo spots his wife Young-Hee, who is supposed to be in South Korea, with a good looking man named Ryan. Chul-Soo hands his hands full with his mission, but also following his wife.
Well, this was a nice surprise! I went into this movie with low expectations and ended up watching what turned out to be a rather decent movie. With the reminiscence of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s True Lies in the back of my mind, this movie started off with a bang/pop! Chul-Soo, on his first mission of the movie to catch the infamous Ryan (resident hottie, Daniel Henney) and failing as our super double agent Ryan gets away effectively blowing up the whole building! I don’t know why I expected a really dumb and stupid movie, especially when Sol Kyung Gu stars in it. What was I thinking? Maybe it was that even though I find Daniel Henney to a very gorgeous man, when it comes to his overseas acting, it usually leaves a lot to be desired. Okay, the man must have been taking lessons because he was really pretty good as the bad ass spy! When he was indiscriminating shooting people left and right, he made me a believer that he can fit right in to action movies easily. And can I say, this is the first time to hear him speak some pretty decent Korean? I kid you not! Some scenes he actually spoke, un-halting Korean!! Maybe he does read my tweets!!
For a movie just over 2 hours to keep me watching and to be immersed into the story, I have to give it a MDL Rating :8.5! Wow! Miracles never cease! A Daniel Henney project that I really liked!!