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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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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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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