Profile: Drama Special: Kingdom: Ashin of the North (킹덤: 아신전) Network: Netflix Episodes: 1 Release Date: July 23, 2021 Country: South Korea
Main Cast: Jun Ji Hyun / Kim Shi Ah – Ashin Park Byung Eun – Min Chi Rok
Review: Perfect prequel/side story that gives a background about Ashin and how the resurrection plant and the zombies started in Joseon.
After watching Kingdom S2, I was hoping that Ashin will be the person who can help Chang and Seobi solve the plague. But turns out it all started with her story. (Dont want to spoil for those who havent watched it yet.)
The special episode took time to build the narrative as the adult Ashin only comes out almost halfway through the story (and the scene was fantastically shot). As always, my Queen Jun Ji Hyun slayed the role. Even when Ashin barely spoke any lines, you can feel the pain and anguish (and lifelessness) in her eyes and her actions.
When the zombie scene starts, I felt both horrified that “omg, that’s where it all started” and triumphant “yes, go Ashin burn those lying scumbags”. Ashin is the definition of “You dont freaking mess with my tribe.” 😡
I was slightly disappointed with Min Chi Rok. He was one of my fave sidekicks of Lee Chang and want him to stay alive. But he was terrible here. I know he did it for the sake of peace but I think Ashin will not let him live once they meet again 😭 my only complaint is Min Chi Rok didnt age in this movie. He looks the same when Ashin grew up.
That final twist at the end was shocking🤯 but it also made my eyebrows raised thinking how Ashin managed to do it alone. 🤔
I’m excited for yet dreading when Chang meets Ashin in Season 3. Chang needs to find a way to sate Ashin’s hunger for vengeance while keeping his people alive. Maybe they can find a compromise, but I think Ashin will die once she gets her revenge (and I want her to have it just dont kill all the other innocent people).
Movie: Crazy Romance (가장 보통의 연애) Release Date: October 2, 2019 Runtime: 109 min. Genre: Romantic-Comedy / Drama / Office Production Company: Zip Cinema Distributor: Next Entertainment World Country: South Korea
Review: Gong Hyo Jin is the queen of romcom! 😊 I love how natural she always looks and even though she is not the conventional beauties like Song Hye Kyo or Jun Ji Hyun, she has a magnetic presence on screen. I also like Kim Rae Won when he’s doing romance or romcoms. Supposedly the literal translation of this movie is “The Most Ordinary Romance” and I think it is more appropriate than “Crazy”.
There’s nothing crazy about the movie, just 2 adults who came out of failed relationships, had misunderstandings and gradually (or grudgingly) fell in love. I like it because it felt real.
The only thing I didnt like was there were too many drunk scenes that I was also confused like them if what they were saying were sincere or it was the liquor talking. But i think from the very start they already noticed each other, and felt the same pull, that’s why even heartbroken they couldnt stay away.
Profile: Movie: Sweet & Sour (새콤달콤) Release Date: June 4, 2021 Runtime: 102 min. Distributor: Netflix
Plot This movie depicts the struggles of couples in a long distance relationship.
Main Cast Chae Soo Bin – Jung Da Eun Jang Ki Yong – Jang Hyeok Krystal Jung – Han Bo Yeong
Review: I think a lot of people didn’t like this movie because of the last 10 mins when they showed the twist. I actually liked it. Even though I was expecting a happy ending for the couple, I was also fine with how the movie ended. Sweet and Sour indeed. I thought it was very realistic.
The couple started sweet (as in any relationship) but when Hyeok was transferred to Seoul, trouble started. I think both of them tried their best to maintain their relationship but they were both tired, overworked, pressured and lonely. They started blaming and resenting each other rather than talk about it or make time when they’re together. Da Eun was lonely and met a guy who was nice and would do anything for her. Hyeok met a girl who was beside him and understand his work. I also felt like Da Eun was the first who started to cheat. When she accused Hyeok of having an affair with Bo Yeong, that’s when Hyeok did it.
In the airport scene, I thought Da Eun would not push through with the trip and run after Hyeok, but it didn’t happen. But, I think it wasn’t a bad choice. What I didn’t like is how Hyeok, after realizing he loves Da Eun after all and came running to the airport, found out she was already with another guy, and instead of fighting for her, he went back to Bo Yeong and tried to propose to her as a second choice. But Bo Yeong is also leaving and he ends up alone. Oh well, he made his choice and must suffer with the consequences.
I don’t know if months later, will Da Eun still be with Lee Jang Hyeok? Will Hyeok date another girl? Or will they both end up with each other again? We will never know.
Profile Movie: Seobok (서복) Release Date: April 15, 2021 Runtime: 114 min. Genre: Drama / Category:Sci-Fi filmsSci-Fi Distributor: CJ Entertainment Language: Korean Country: South Korea
Main Cast: Gong Yoo – Min Ki Hun Park Bo Gum – Seobok Jo Woo Jin – Ahn Ik Hyun Park Byung Eun – Shin Hak Sun Jang Young Nam – Lim Se Eun
Review: For all the hype that this movie got leading to its release, I was disappointed that this movie did not live up to the hype. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not terrible, but it could have been more, esp with Gong Yoo and Park Bo Gum as the leads — they did deliver stellar acting, but not enough to ignore for the lackluster writing.
See my instagram post below for my main thoughts on this movie: