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The Terror, Live (2013)

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Movie: The Terror Live (더 테러 라이브)
World Premiere: July 26, 2013 (PiFan)
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Runtime: 97 min.
Genre: Suspense-Thriller / Media
Distributor: Lotte Entertainment
Country: South Korea

Cast:
Ha Jung Woo – Yoon Yonghwa
Lee Kyung Young – Cha Dae Eun
Jeon Hye Jin – Park Jung Min
Kim So Jin – Lee Ji Soo

Review:
A gripping thriller from start to finish!! I was so tense, i didnt know how this would end. 🥺

A guy called up Yoon Yeonghwa’s radio program threatening to bomb the Mapo Bridge and he did! Instead of reporting to police, Yeonghwa instead tried to talk to the caller for an exclusive coverage. Will they be able to find the caller before he kills more people?

The whole movie takes place in Yeonghwa’s radio show. Ha Jung Woo is always amazing 🥰

Of course there are a lot of unbelievable events like how the terrorist was able to plant so many bombs everywhere, and even the twist of who it was, was.. not so surprising, but more on disbelief on my side. There also wasnt enough background about the terrorist to feel sympathy for him or understand how he planned everything. The voice was so familiar that i was surprised when the real culprit was shown. Turns out #KimDaeMyung was the voice actor!!

It also makes you think if you were Yeonghwa, what would you have done? How can you resolve the terror while minimizing the damage? I still think the terrorist was wrong but i can understand why he did it. And the last thing that Yoon Yeong Hwa did 🤯

Rating: 9/10

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The Call (2020)

Movie: The Call (콜)
Release Date: November 27, 2020
Runtime: 114 min.
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Main Cast:
Park Shin Hye – Kim So Yeon
Jun Jong Seo – Oh Young Suk
Kim Sung Ryung – So yeon’s mom
Park Ho San – So Yeon’s dad
Lee El – Young suk’s mom

Review:
Scary!! The movie is about a girl who is able to communicate to a girl who used to live in the same house using an old wireless phone. Just when she thought she saved her from being killed by her stepmom, turns out she unleashed a monster.

I was loving the movie until that gas explosion scene and the story went downhill very very fast.

I’d blame this with the main protagonist who I thought was dumb. Everything that happened to her happened because she made too many stupid decisions.

And the while parallel universe logic was too simple and unbelievable. Everything changes in the future but its only physical. She never gets the memories from the past and that knowledge to help her win against the girl.

And that final twist at the end was too much. I almost didn’t see it because I thought the movie was over and wasn’t paying attention. I’d say they should have scrapped it.

Rating: 7.5/10


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Kingdom (2019)

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Drama: Kingdom (킹덤)
Network: Netflix
Episodes: 6
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

Plot – While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

Cast
Ju Ji Hoon – Lee Chang
Bae Doo Na – Seobi
Ryu Seung Ryong – Cho Hak Joo
Kim Hye Jun – Queen
Kim Sang Ho – Moo Young
Kim Sung Kyu – Young Shin
Heo Jun Ho – An Hyeon

Review
Whoa! Didn’t expect this show to be as intense and riveting! My family and i started watching episode 1 around 7.30pm and finished the entire season around 12mn! I felt like this was a combination of World War Z, Walking Dead, Train to Busan and even Titanic (lol!).

Favorite character – Lee Chang. If he survives or finds a cure for the zombies, he will make a great King. each episode we see him growing up, becoming more mature, learning to sympathize with common people and becoming a good strategist.

Favorite Villain – i think i will go with the Queen. *spoilers ahead* That she can pretend and lie to her father just means she is also desperate for power and her own life. First time to see this actress. She looks so cute and young but she did a great job as the Queen.

Favorite sidekick – Moo Young. Please don’t die. Lee Chang needs you. *spoilers ahead* What if his son becomes the king?!? That damn scheming queen!

Best actor/actresses – All the extras playing the zombies!! Wahh! that back breaking moves and extra cardio from all the running they’ve been doing must be so exhausting.

Funniest scene – in the prison where a guy was locked in a wooden board with another guy who became a zombie. Poor guy couldn’t even sleep trying to protect himself from his “neighbor”.

I need season two. NOW.

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Terius Behind Me eps. 28-32 (Final)

This show is finally over! I am happy that they were able to close out all the loose ends but also sad that I won’t be seeing So Ji Sub for the next months until he chooses another project.

My thoughts on the last few episodes. Warning: Lots of spoilers.

First is Yong Tae. Finally we see him act bravely and help the NIS catch the Voice. I didn’t expect Yong Tae to get shot in plain view. I thought he would have a more dramatic death – maybe while protecting Bon. Oh, wait never mind. Turns out he is not dead. he survived and he opened a Handsome Man Café (or something like that). The last conversation between Bon and Yong Tae was touching. Bon got him a new name — Wang Minam, and is supposed to be Wang Jeong Nam’s brother. awwww.. and Minam fits so well since it means “handsome”. I hope the two still keep in touch now and then. I like that Yong Tae learned his lesson. He paid his dues by helping NIS but now he must live a plain and simple life. and sometimes simple is better.

So we were right, the bad guys are Director Shim and the voice. Captain Kwon and Bon had a good conversation and decided to band together when they find out about Director Shim. Did not expect Shim to be the one who shot Bon when he was in Poland!! Argh! What a jerk! To think  he shot and left his staff to die!!! Such betrayal. and not just to Bon, both Jiyeon as well. Good thing Jiyeon finally became smart and doubted the Director before she can hand the meaty documents. But I was shocked when she was ran over by the van!!! and more shocked to find it’s that counterterrorist guy who helped during the school bomb scare! Director shim must be a real psycho (or sociopath) to feel so indifferent about killing people he has known for years. all for CornerStone. like what the heck!

even to the end we didn’t really get any good explanation about CornerStone and the Voice – what their motives were that drove them to do all of this nonsense killings. This is one of the weaker parts of the drama. All throughout the story we just heard of CornerStone this and that but I never felt like it was real, because how big is this “company” that it can do all those things. and for 1 person “The Voice” to call all the shots. I don’t know who  else is part of the CornerStone organization – so far we know the Voice, the head of NIS and the counterterrorist guy. who else? is there anyone from the government involved? and it wasn’t even a big scandal/national news when they got caught.

On the side, I want to comment on the Voice’s housekeeper. The scene between her and Bon was funny. hilarious. sexy. I would probably do the same  thing if Bon came over wanting to repair my internet lol.

As for Jiyeon and Do Woo, I’m glad Jiyeon is fine after the nasty accident. and it really takes a life changing event for people to realize who are the most important people. I know Do Woo seemed like he had a crush on Jiyeon and I never minded Do Woo because I thought he was younger than Jiyeon. Good job of him changing his hair color – was it intentional to signify his maturity? But after the accident like Ji Yeon, I saw him in a new light. He really does care for Jiyeon and he seems like a nice guy. And Jiyeon deserves to be with someone who can take care of her, because Bon is just way beyond her reach. I’m not saying Jiyeon is not good enough for Bon, but that Bon only sees her as a friend and colleague and she matches better with Do Woo.

I will miss the KIS neighbors!! The scene where they gathered together before Bon leaves for his new assignment was poignant. And funny that the fortuneteller’s fortune actually came true! haha! Sangryul begging for a nose to nose with Bon was half creepy half hysterical! and I will never forget the neighborhood moms getting all fired up whenever they see Bon walking towards the bus stop. Kudos to the team who thought of using TLC’s “Creep” as the background music. Bon is surely not a creep but the intro fits so well.

I will also miss the kids!! Bon is like the sweetest “dad”. I’m sure there will be more precious moments when Bon visits them in-between assignments.

Bon and Aerin. I’m actually not so sure about the ending. On one hand, I think Aerin really makes a good spy. She is observant, quick thinking and brave. Most of the time, I think she is way better than Jiyeon. But she has 2 young kids and she has no babysitter. I don’t think it’s the smartest job for her to take right now. Who will take care of her kids when she goes on assignments? Will the neighborhood moms help her or will she keep them in Jeju with the grandparents? And what if she dies? The kids will become orphans!! The romance between Bon and Aerin? I still think they are just “good friends” who went through a lot together. They share a close bond and have deep respect for each other, but I don’t think it’s love. Not yet anyways. They do make a great partnership. Them working together for Aerin’s first assignment is a splendid idea. Maybe a sequel?? they can call it “Terius Beside Me”. LOL. Sorry for the awful title.

Overall, I loved the show! it has a mix of everything – comedy, action, mystery, friendship, family. It perfectly showcased how versatile So Ji Sub is – he can do action, drama and comedy without missing a single beat. I have never watched any of the 3’s dramas so it was nice seeing new faces. I heard the show ended in the top spot of the ratings during its entire run! Hats off to the team who worked so hard. Looking forward to the next So Ji Sub project! (Please come back soon after you have a good rest this winter break!)

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Terius Behind Me eps. 23-27

Of course Kim Bon survives the car bomb (as if there was any fear of him dying). I was curious to see how he was able to escape and I was a bit disappointed that someone just handed him a key to his handcuffs and he just upped and left the van. Seriously, the van stopped right in the middle of the road, with no other cars and the other car following closely behind. Yet they didn’t notice him and the guards open the door and run to the side. *rolls eyes* but it’s okay. He’s alive. Now makes you wonder, as Bon later on said, “who wants him dead and who wants him alive.” The most logical reasoning is it’s the lady Chief who wants him alive – so who’s the real bad guy? there are no other characters left so I’m guessing it’s the Director. and it turns out the Voice is quite a powerful guy in the government!

I like the short separation between Kim Bon and his friends – it felt like we entered the 3rd and last chapter – the slow burn before we reach the climax. It was nice to see Aerin temporarily move to Jeju Island to stay with her parents. It must have been a welcome change from the all the stress and “deaths” in the city. Bon showing up suddenly in Jeju was a great surprise and his funny ajumma clothes were funnier! How can he make ugly ajumma clothes so sexy is beyond me. and I really love his deadpan humor.

Oh and his loud snoring was hilarious!! I can imagine his charismatic image just got shattered because of this night. it makes him look human though, not just super agent and babysitter extraordinaire.

The reunion of Bon and Jiyeon and Do Woo was sweet – you can really see how deep their friendship is. and this also means the operation if back on. This time, they really need to catch the bad guys. How many lives does Bon have left?

Another nice scene is Bon’s dinner with the KIS neighbors. After all these years of being alone, Bon must feel very touched to find real friends outside of NIS. Real people who like him just as he is. Who missed him and gave welcomed him back to the neighborhood.

while KIS and NIS never got a chance to work together directly, I love that KIS is just so dang useful, sometimes even more than NIS. Jiyeon needed someone to go into the Voice’s house as a housekeeper so they can have intel on the house layout and steal the documents they need as evidence. She asks the help of Aerin, who agreed, because she finally found out the truth about her husband and wants to seek retribution. KIS to the rescue as Eunha was able to secure a job invite through her father in law, and helped train Aerin to pass the interview. the Head housekeeper is meticulous, to never comment about her looks, needs someone with a great sense of taste, and has a weakness for handsome guys. Aerin passed the interview and now the team has a shot in finding the documents! I just hope Aerin does not get caught!!

Last 2 1/2 episodes left – there are still so many unanswered questions and I hope they don’t rush the episodes!