Posted in movies

I Can Speak (2017)

Profile:
Movie: I Can Speak (아이 캔 스피크)
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Runtime: 119 min.
Distributor: Lotte Entertainment, Little Big Pictures

Main Cast
Na Moon Hee – Na Ok Boon
Lee Je Hoon – Park Min Jae

Review
It was friday night, I didn’t feel like watching a drama so I was looking for a light hearted comedy movie and saw this in VIU. I had zero idea what the story would be but I clicked play. I was expecting to laugh a lot, but instead I was crying a lot (esp in the second half).

I thought this movie was just about a fussy old lady and an orphan civil servant becoming like family, but it was more than that. The first half was fun as we get to know both characters and I loved the scenes where Min Jae taught Ok Boon how to speak in English in fun ways, like playing chinese checkers or going to the bar to talk to foreigners. I also admired Ok Boon for being able to pick up English quite easily.

The second half turned serious as we get to the real reason why Ok Boon wanted to learn English. I’m not going to reveal the reason in case some people don’t want to be spoiled but the reason was heartbreaking. I was weeping especially when it was time for Ok Boon to speak in front of everyone. And I loved that Min Jae was there with her and now considered her as family.

I liked the ending – before the neighbors taught she was a busybody, but now after understanding her, she was now considered as the friendly neighborhood grandma.

Rating: 8.5/10

Posted in movies

Space Sweepers (승리호) – Movie Review

Hi Everyone! I am moving things a little bit to review this recent movie that was released on Netflix. The story takes place in the year 2092 wherein Earth has become too polluted that people are now migrating over to Mars. The crew of the spaceship named “Victory” (승리) will be entangled in a conflict between Earth and Mars.

The crew of Spaceship Victory (승리)

Key Characters

Tae-Ho (Portrayed by Song Joong-ki) – The pilot of Spaceship Victory and was a former commander of the Space Guard. Before he joined the crew of Spaceship Victory, he adopted a child named Oh Jiyul and became a father figure to the little. girl. After a tragic event wherein Soonyi was caught on an explosion in space, Tae-ho uses all his resources in order to find her hoping that she survived after the tragic incident. At the conclusion of the story we found out that Soonyi didn’t survived the explosion.

Tae-Ho (Portrayed by Song Joong-Ki)

Captain Jang (Portrayed by Kim Tae-Ri) – The leader of the crew. As a student she developed 4D AR lenses in addition to lightweight laser blasters and EMP mines. She deserted the colony at a young age to form a pirate organization after becoming immersed in anti-UTS ideology. She previously attempted to kill CEO James Sullivan at the expense of her previous team.

Captain Jang (Portrayed by Kim Tae-Ri)

Tiger Park (Portrayed by Jin Sun-Kyu) – A wanted person on Earth as he led a drug cartel thus he fled the planed to avoid being captured. He is the crew member who is really fond of Dorothy/Kang Kot-nim)

Tiger park (Portrayed by Jin Sun-Kyu)

Bubs (voiced by Yu Hae-Jin; portrayed by Kim Hyang-Gi) – The Mechanical crew of Spaceship Victory. Probably the crew member that has the most amount of cash on hand due to him winning wagers. During the events of the film his mechanical body got heavily damaged at the final battle wherein he received a human-like body (surprisingly a female).

Bubs (Voiced by Yu Hae-Jin)

Dorothy/Kang Kot-Nim (Portrayed by Park Ye-Rin) – originally perceived as a weapon of mass destruction that when the crew of Spaceship Victory discovered her hiding on their cargo area, the crew originally tried to sell them off for a good amount of money. It turns out that she is the daughter of Kang Hyun-Woo. It was explained that she suffered a rare diseases and was on the verge of dying. Her father injected a serum that is loaded with nanobots which in turn had a positive effect for Kot-Nim as she was able to walk again. Not only that, she is able to control the nanobots and was able to revive a dead plant. She was also used in making Mars liveable thus he is the target of CEO James Sullivan.

Kang Kot-Nim (Portrayed by Park Ye-Rin)

James Sullivan (Portrayed by Richard Armitage) – The CEO of UTS and an enhanced individual. His veins shows up everytime he is angry. His intention was to kill Kot-Nim however since she is protected by her nanobots, the only way to kill her is by using a Hydrogen Bomb wherein she will be destroyed on a molecular level. He was killed by the Hydrogen Bomb after the crew set him up thinking that Kot-Nim was with them while travelling far away to prevent the destruction of Earth.

CEO James Sullivan (Portrayed by Richard Armitage)

Thoughts/Feedback

The concept of people moving to a different planet or to a space colony is not new as this story concept was seen on the majority of Gundam Series. Even though the movie did not provide a back story on how Earth went into a such sorry state, the movie provided us with the best cinematography that I have seen so far. I hope this pushes all Korean Producers to keep this trend on the highest level. Would there be a sequel? I don’t think so, I think it is good that the story ends there rather than having a sequel that will be faced with a lot of criticism because of the massive success of the original movie (Train to Busan: Peninsula).

Rating

4/5 Stars

Posted in movies

What Happened to Mr. Cha? (2021)

Profile
Movie: What Happened to Mr. Cha? (차인표)
Release Date: January 1, 2021

Review
I was looking forward to this movie ever since I saw this in the coming soon list in Netflix. The movie started well, with Mr Cha as a fictionalized version of himself, has been actor still trying to be relevant but doesn’t know he is no longer popular like he used to. He has an inflated ego and it was both funny and sad.

I had no idea where the story would go, until Mr Cha was buried under the school. The scene where he was in the shower when the school collapse was hilarious!! The next day, he realized he was stuck underneath the rubble and the construction guys and owner arrived to inspect the damage. At first it was fun to see him stuck and trying hard not to be discovered. But I didn’t realize that the majority of the movie will be spent in this same scene. I thought it went on for too long that it wasn’t funny anymore. The construction guy was not funny. The agent was not funny. The owner driving madly was mildy amusing. Every line, every scene was falling flat to me.

Mr. Cha was so clueless and his arguments with his manager were starting to become annoying that near the end of the movie, I just want Mr. Cha to stay buried there because he was really dumb. I don’t know why and how I was able to keep watching the movie. I was curious how they will resolve this whole mess. I thought he will have this big revelation about himself — when his wife called to say “just be himself”, all the scenes of him putting his fingers to his temple and trying to think, and that weird sequence of him like he’s in space (I don’t know how to describe it). But, sadly there was no big revelation. Even when he got rescued, it wasn’t dramatic or funny. He just took off the dirty panty that he was wearing and no one blinked.

The aftermath of his rescue was also anti-climactic. He never changed his attitude, he was still dumb and clueless, the cameo of Ryu Seung Ryong and Ji Seung Hyun wasn’t mildly funny. What happened to Mr. Cha? I would say, “Nothing happened to Mr. Cha”. Pity since I really like Cha In Pyo!

Rating: 6/10

Posted in movies

Exit (2019)

Main Cast:
Jo Jung Suk – Young Nam
Im Yoona – Eui Joo

Review:
I love disaster movies! This one has a blend of comedy which usually happens when Jo Jung Suk is on screen.

A disgruntled scientist released a toxic gas near the building where Yongnam’s family is having a birthday party and where Yoona works as the manager. Yongnam courageously uses his rockclimbing skills get his family to the rooftop and be saved by rescue ops. But due to limit, Yongnam and Eiju were left behind. And so the majority of the movie is just watching them run, climb, run, climb until they get rescued!

There’s not much story but the action scenes were nailbiting, (although i know they wont fall and die) and entertaining! I felt like I was just watching a couple do parkour and wall climbing for 2 hours! haha!

Rating: 8/10

Posted in movies

Extreme Job (2019)

EXTREME-JOB_POSTER (2)

Profile
Movie: Extreme Job (극한직업)
Release Date: January 23, 2019
Runtime: 111 min.
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Plot
A police undercover mission takes a delicious turn when the chicken restaurant they are using as a stakeout becomes popular because of their chicken!
Main Cast
Ryu Seung Ryong – Squad Chief Go
Lee Honey – Detective Jang
Jin Seon Kyu – Det. Ma
Lee Dong Hwi – Det. Young Ho
Gong Myung – Det. Jae Hoon
Shin Ha Kyun – Lee Moo Bae
Oh Jung Se – Ted Chang
Review
Yay another Ryu Seung Ryong movie that is fun to watch! He has been a consistent box office hit year after year! I love that this movie mixed action/cop genre with a little comedy. It was too funny seeing these detectives become so busy running a fried chicken store. I actually wished that they continued the fried chicken store. I mean, Chief Go used his money to buy the place. So it just makes sense for him to continue it. He can put the wife in charge and share some of the profits to Det. Ma who invented the recipe.
All through out the show, it seemed like the team were losers but turns out they were so good at fighting! Laughed at the “zombie” monicker of Chief Go and the full fight scene with Shin Ha Kyun on the boat!
This movie is available in Netflix so try to watch this movie during the weekend! Be prepared to get hungry at seeing all the fried chicken though! Yummy!