Top 10 Movies Watched for 2014

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2014 was a decent year for movie watching! I actually watched quite a few this year. From Action and Suspense to Romance and Historical. I pretty much watched 1-2 of every genre out there. I am including the ratings (my interpretation), just for those with families who watch movies together. Here is my top 10 watched movies for 2014 in pictures (in no particular order):

KUNDO : Age of the Rampant

The year is 1859, feudal Joseon is plagued with numerous natural disasters, poor harvest, poverty. hunger and death. But the rich nobles are only concerned with their own wealth and continue to exploit and persecute the poor. In this dark period, KUNDO, a righteous group of thieves, was a single shred of hope for the poor, an entity which can be the subject of fear to unjust nobles.
Kundo Cast
Country: South Korea
Genre: Action, Historical
Release Date: Jul 23, 2014
Duration: 2 hr. 15 min.
Rating: R for violence
Review in one sentence: AWESOME!!


Sang-Hyun, who lost his wife, lives with his daughter Soo-Jin. One day, Soo-Jin is raped and murdered. Frustrated by the lack of progress in his daughter’s case, Sang-Hyun learns the identity of the two men who killed his daughter and the address of one of those two men. Sang-Hyun then goes to the home of that man and kills him. The father is now a fugitive.
Broken Cast
Country: South Korea
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: Apr 10, 2014
Duration: 2 hr. 2 min.
Rating: R for violence
Review in one sentence: Better not bring your kids!

Genome Hazard

A man struggles to reconcile what appears to be his own dual identity. After seeing his wife’s corpse in his home and then receiving a call from her, he discovers he can’t trust his own memories. He believes himself to be an ordinary Japanese salaryman named Taketo Ishigami, but soon learns that in reality he is a Korean man named Oh Jin-woo who had been involved in the development of a new pharmaceutical drug and is now being pursued by a group of mysterious men.
Genome Hazard Cast
Country: Japan
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: Jan 24, 2014
Duration: 2 hr
Rating: PG-13 for some violence
Review in one sentence: It’s all about Nishijima Hidetoshi!!

Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)

The story is set in Asia in 2020 when West and East cultures are mixed in confusion. A young girl Genpou Shiori is a descendant of the the Phantomhive noble family. Shiori runs a large enterprise, Funtom Company, and she disguises herself in male attire, naming herself “Kiyoharu”. The family only allows males to be the head of the family, and they have also been tasked with the duty to solve difficult cases that happen in the underbelly of society by order of the queen. In order to get revenge, she gave up her life as a woman and made a contract with the demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, in which Sebastian protects Shiori until she completes her revenge in exchange for devouring her soul.
Black Butler Cast
Country: Japan
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Manga, Mystery
Release Date: Jan 18, 2014
Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
Rating: PG-13, for some violence
Review in one sentence: Made me watch an anime myself for the first time!

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

The “Kyoto Version” took place several months after Kenshin joins the Kamiya Dojo. Shishio Makoto plans to conquer Japan by destroying the Meiji Government, starting with Kyoto. Feeling that his friends may be attacked, Kenshin goes to meet Shishio alone in order to defeat him. However, many of his friends, including a young Oniwabanshū named Makimachi Misao, decide to help him in his fight.
Kyoto Inferno Cast
Country: Japan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Manga, Martial Arts, Thriller
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014
Duration: 2 hr. 19 min.
Rating: PG-13, for some violence
Review in one sentence: A movie better than the first?

A Hard Day

Detective Gun Soo is involved in a car accident which he attempts to cover up. He then falls into an unexpected situation with the only witness Chang Min threatening him. Chang Min hides his true purpose and identity from Gun Soo.
Country: South Korea
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Release Date: May 29, 2014
Duration: 2 hr
Rating: PG-13, for some violence
Review in one sentence: You never see it coming!

Dakishimetai: Shinjitsu no Monogatari
I Just Wanna Hug You

Tsukasa got into a severe car accident when she was a high school student. She still suffers from the aftereffects of that accident, with memory impairment and needing to use a wheelchair. Nevertheless, she tries to live life to the fullest. Tsukasa then falls in love with taxi driver Masaki, who likes playing basketball. Even though they have various difficulties, they try to make a happy family together, but they encounter another serious situation.
Dakishimetai Cast
Country: Japan
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: Feb 1, 2014
Duration: 2 hr 3 min.
Rating: PG
Review in one sentence: Cute, cuter, cutest!!

Miss Granny

Oh Mal Soon is a 74-year-old lady who loves to cuss, and showing off her son is her only ray of light. One day she finds out her family is sending her to her home. She takes a walk in the night and finds herself attracted to the light of “Youth Photo Studio”. She gets made up for the first time in her life and takes a portrait of herself. On the way out, she is shocked at the way she looks; pearly white skin like Audrey Hepburn and slim body. She has mysteriously transformed form an old granny and became a twenty-year-old pretty young lady.
Miss Granny Cast
Country: South Korea
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Music
Release Date: Jan 22, 2014
Duration: 2 hr 4 min.
Rating: PG
Review in one sentence: What’s not to love about Shim Eun Kyeong?

Brotherhood of Blades

The story is centered around 3 secret agents in the Ming dynasty, who work to solve the mystery around the Xiu Chun sword. One of their fellow guardsmen goes bad. His former companions must now forget their bond and apprehend him. But are they being lured into a larger conspiracy against their emperor?
Brotherhood Cast
Country: China
Genre: Adventure, Historical, Investigation
Release Date: Aug 7, 2014
Duration: 1 hr 51 min.
Rating: PG-13, for some violence
Review in one sentence: This was surprisingly better than I expected.

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom

Based on the classic martial arts novel by Liang Yusheng, it evolves around a pair of star-crossed lovers — a devilish outlaw, The White-Haired Witch and the righteous Taoist leader, Zhuo Yihang and their love that could change the fate of the nation.
White Haired Witch Cast
Country: China
Genre: Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Supernatural
Release Date: Apr 25, 2014
Duration: 1 hr 51 min.
Rating: PG-13, for some violence
Review in one sentence: An enjoyable fantasy and martial arts movie.

Yes, 2014 was a great year for movies and already there are 2015 movies that I am anticipating to watch (Gangnam Blues, The Con Artists) as well as 2014 movies that I still haven’t watched yet (Tazza, The Admiral). So as we entered the new year, I hope you have a prosperous one and here’s looking forward to talk about more movies with you in the months to come!

Happy New Year from NewKDramaAddict (No, I’m Not Changing My Name!!)

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