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Seobok (2021)

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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:

Rating: 7.5/10

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Pandora (2016)

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Movie: Pandora (판도라)
Release Date: December 7, 2016
Runtime: 136 min.
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Country: South Korea

Plot:
A nuclear power plant is on a verge of a meltdown after an earthquake shook the small town.

Main Cast
Kim Nam Gil – Jae Hyeok
Kim Joo Hyun – Yeon Joo
Jung Jin Young – Pyung Sub
Kim Dae Myung – Kil Sub
Kim Myung Min – SK President

Review:
I loved Kim Nam Gil as the reluctant hero. His character always wanted to work somewhere else to make more money, he hates the town and yet at the last minute he was the one who saved the town. His monologue at the last part made me ugly cry 😭😭.I also loved the other nuclear plant workers, firemen etc who were willing to risk their lives to save their families.

The movie focused on the slow build up of the nuclear meltdown, so it was so tenseful, because i don’t know if it will explode any minute. It also showed the slow response of the government in these types of situations. I think on one hand, the government tried their best to respond, given the urgency, but it’s also difficult to immediately point fingers at the government. They’re in Seoul, the disaster happened so far away. You can’t expect them to have all the answers. If only they can just magically teleport to the town and teleport everyone away from it, but it’s impossible. So I would understand why at times like these, the local government and the townspeople are expected to be responsible to handle this situation. it’s probably also a very good lesson not to build nuclear power plant near a town, and have a solid emergency response plan that everyone knows about.

Rating: 8.5/10

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I Can Speak (2017)

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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

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The Accidental Detective (2015)

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Movie: The Accidental Detective (탐정: 더 비기닝)
Release Date: September 24, 2015
Runtime: 120 min.
Genre: Comedy / Crime / Private Detective
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Country: South Korea

Plot
Dae-Man is a private citizen who loves going to the police station to listen in on his friend and detective Joon So and Detective No talk about their cases and also giving his comments. he is a member of the online profiling club and loves trying to solve cases. One day, Joon So gets arrested for murder and Dae Man forces Detective No to team up and help prove Joon So’s innocence.

Review
I miss Kwon Sang Woo!! he used to be one of my fave actors way back when i was in my early 20s. what has happened to him? he seldoms has movies and dramas lately. I think comedy and action is really his forte. and i miss his cute lisp!

I dont really like Dae-man, if i were his wife i would also get angry at him every single day. However i can understand him – he doesn’t want to be a comic book rental owner. he wanted to be a police but failed because of his knees. he loves profiling and is good at it but he is too annoying. Detective has not even arrested him for obstructing or anything. I didn’t read the review or the story at all so I was racking my brains trying to solve the murders based on the clues that they have. My guess was actually the newbie detective. haha. the whole thing about the “murder exchange” was interesting concept but the way Dae Man explained it was too fast, i was trying to grasp how the whole thing worked. I understood Lee Yuma and Detective Ma, but who was that Han Tae Woong guy? (he looks so much like the arrogant detective i thought it was him) I kinda figures out Yong gyu in the end when i finally connected the dots.

I think between Dae Man and Detective No, it felt like it was Daeman was the brains and mouth and Detective No was following Dae man. but they made a good team. Both hilarious and the comedic timing was spot on! and when they decided to create the PI company together – yay! finally Dae Man will finally earn money while doing what he loves most! Looking forward to the sequel!

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The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018)

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Movie: The Princess and the Matchmaker (궁합)
Release Date: February 28, 2018
Runtime: 110 min.
Genre: Period / Romantic-Comedy
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Country: South Korea

Plot
Princess Songhwa (Shim Eun-Kyung) refuses her fate of marrying someone who matches her marital harmony. There are 4 men on her future husband list with different fate signs. Refusing her fate, she decides to leave the palace and find her husband by herself.

Seo Do-Yoon (Lee Seung-Gi) is a person who interprets marital harmony signs. He is very skilled at his craft and, consequently, selected as the one to read the marital harmony signs between Princess Songhwa and the 4 men on her husband list.

Cast
Lee Seung Gi – Seo Do Yoon
Shim Eun Kyung – Princess Songhwa
Yeon Woo Jin – Yoon Shi Kyung
Kang Min Hyuk – Kang Whi
Choi Woo Sik – Nam Chi Ho

Review
I watched it after i found that that Lee Seung Gi is coming to Manila for a fanmeeting. I’m not a big fan of LSG but i find that i always end up watching his dramas/movies/shows. On the other hand, I only know Shim Eun Kyung because of Miss Granny and i actually feel like her character and mannerisms are similar to Miss Granny. I guess it’s the actress’ style where she speaks loud or make witty retorts. (kind of like how Park Bo Young annoys me with her tiny cute voice)

I liked the first half the the movie when Princess was trying to meet the 4 husbands to be. They were hilarious and the love/hate between the princess and Seo Do yoon was funny. You just know they will end up together. But then the second half of the movie got dark and too rushed. Yeon Woo Jin is handsome but he is really good at being and looking evil. The movie didn’t really explain why the consort or Shi Kyung were colluding (are they lovers? i wasn’t sure what their relationship was).

But i did like the ending and how they were able to find a good way to resolve the story that makes sense during that period and still have the princess and a normal guy together. i think this is Lee Seung Gi’s first movie after he got out of the army and he wasn’t that cute here (he didn’t wear makeup and his face looked dark and rough). and this kind of helped me make up my mind that i’m not going to LSG’s fan meeting (boohoo!) I realized i’m not really a fan and i may not have a good time watching. (but if i get free tix i will go haha or if my friend who is a big LSG fan will go, i might accompany her to watch).