There is no party like a B.A.P tour party! What a way to pop the proverbial KPop concert cherry! That’s right! I said it! This was my first EVER KPop concert and I can tell you after the blast I had, this will NOT be my last! I had such a great time with Nelly, Jaeswoon, and Van! What better way to start out the evening but at Momofuku’s in D.C. Though the food was tasty, it truly is a bite-size meal. Luckily I was too excited to care! Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal but now it was time to walk the few blocks over to Warner Theater. Continue reading
So, as you can see there is no Movie Monday post. Why you ask? Because I’m still recovering from my first and (mostly likely) last fan meet! No, it wasn’t because I had a bad time, I had a wonderful time. No, it wasn’t because it isn’t memorable, it was. No, it’s not because we stood in line, in the rain for 5 1/2 hours BEFORE we were even close enough to get in the building. The major problem is when you’re not of teenage age and you have to be in a venue with standing room only with aggressive and quite rude U.S teenagers, patience and politeness simply don’t exist. Continue reading
What a weekend! What a drama! Want to read more on what had to be the hardest drama in a long time to watch that literally eclipsed the Chinese 2011 drama Sealed with a Kiss and the Chinese 2013 mini-drama Le Jun Kai easily!!??
|1% of Anything|
|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!!
|Our Happy Time (Maundy Thursday)|
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?
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!
|w/Kim Han Neul|
|w/Jo Han Sun and Lee Chung Ah|
|w/Ha Ji Won|
|w/Song Kang Ho|
Gore and Blood fest!
My Review: What 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|
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.
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)
Rating: R nudity, language, violence; you name it, it’s got it!
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).
The nice, little final twist at the end? Loved it! From start to finish, a very, enjoyable movie.