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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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Samjin Company English Class (2020)

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Movie: Samjin Company English Class (삼진그룹 영어토익반)
Release Date: October 21, 2020
Runtime: 110 min.
Country: South Korea

Plot:
The ladies working in Samjin Company are good at their jobs and are taking English classes together to get promoted in the company. One day, during a routine site check, Ja Young discovers something about the company and she and her friends uses their brains and connections to uncover the truth, despite the opposition.

Main Cast:
E Som – Jung Yoona
Ko Asung – Lee Ja Young
Park Hyesu – Sim Boram

Review:
Korean movies always look deceiving. One look at the poster I thought this was a funny movie about women trying to learn English in the 90s but it’s so much more than that.

They all work in a company where women are mostly doing menial jobs for the male employees like secretary, office manager. One day on a routine check, Dorothy discovers toxic wastewater being dumped in the rivers and causing an entire village to get sick. This would remind you a little bit of Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockavitch movie but not so serious.

The story shows a lot of women power and friendship. The ladies English class work together to uncover the truth despite the odds. I also love some of the men trying to support the ladies in their goal. This must have been hard during this period when women were facing a lot of discrimination at the office.

The movie is set in the 90s so i loved the fashion, the hair, the music and these kept the show from being boring. The ending of who the bad guy is predictable but this was still a fun movie.

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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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