Just Watched: Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned

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This fantasy movie is super interesting. I doubted it in the beginning. I wasn’t sure how could Koreans make fantasy movies brilliantly. Yes, I was biased and worried if I would just wasting my time. But I didn’t. The movie was in fact brilliantly made and brilliantly acted! The stories were wonderful! And the best part, the child actress, Shin Eun Soo, did a superbly job next to Kang Dong Won!

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Just Watched: Luck-Key

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I went back and forth with myself whether I should watch this movie or not. After watching Your Name, I don’t think I could handle another body swap movie again… especially when I just finished watching Your Name for the second time (on the same flight). Also, I reminded myself that if I stick to this movie until the end, it will be my victory to finally finish Lee Joon’s acting work for the first time since he left MBLAQ and turned actor professionally! Yes, it left a deep scar in me when he and Thunder decided not to renew their contract. I get the reasons behind it but I was too hurt to look into Joon’s work.

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Just Watched: Proof of Innocence

d4vWkyZ1_dce714_fThis movie has been on my to-watch list and thank goodness it’s available on my flight. I feel sad watching it because of Kim Young Ae. Her recent passing news due to cancer devastated the Korean industry. She was truly a dedicated actress and even worked to the end of her life. What an admirable actress. May she rest in peace.

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Just Watched: Erased, Seondal & Never Said Goodbye

Yeap, I’m on movie marathon again. Seriously, if not for Bel, I wouldn’t be watching these many movies. I have another movie to watch but currently, my son and I are too absorbed into Indiana Jones series. It will come later… But for now, here are my quick thoughts on the movie I just saw this week.

Erased

w3rprqm1_68a104_fErased feels like a time-traveled movie. This 2-hour show tells a story of Satoru, a manga artist by day with a part-time job as a pizza delivery guy. Satoru has this magnificent ability that I wish I have. He’s able to see what is going to happen and turn back the clock to prevent the incident from happening. Literally. Within seconds. But one day, he came home and found his mom was stabbed. He went back 18 years back to figure out who the killer that kills children in which one of the victims, Kayo, was his friend. When he thought he saved Kayo, he realized Kayo remains dead in the present life. He then went back again to figure out what happened. Would his second attempt of saving Kayo eventually saved his mom? This thriller movie is not suspenseful enough but brilliantly acted by Fujiwara Tatsuya, to my opinion. The children scenes were the best part of all. I wish I have the time to read the manga because I am sure not all of the stories get adapted to the movie. I’m a bit hesitant to recommend this drama, to be honest.

Seondal

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I can’t believe what I saw. This movie was hilarious from start to finish! Kudos to the person who wrote the novel that sparks the making of Seondal. I truly enjoyed it! My son and I laughed so hard this morning. This movie is about Seondal – Kim Seon Dal, that is. He cheated life once. With his good looks and partnered with few friends, he became the infamous swindler in the country. He’s able to steal many things and disguise himself as a eunuch, a king, a monk and even as a woman! Trust me, Seung Ho was beautiful as a woman! One day, he and his team decided to steal tobacco from a powerful and notorious merchant, Sung Dae Ryeon. This gets dirtier when on top of that, Chinese is involved in this corrupted trade. Seondal is no hero but being caught in between Dae Ryeon and the Chinese, he indirectly saved his country. The movie was predictable yet enjoyable. I highly recommend this movie!

Never Said Goodbye

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Lee Joon Gi in a Chinese movie? Sign me up! And he sounds good in Chinese! I could understand what he said, and not just mumbling the words. Never Said Goodbye was never on my radar until Bel put it up for me to watch. I did not know that Joon Gi would do Chinese movie. Since he’s currently famous as Scarface in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, I don’t mind watching him in a different setting. And truly, Never Said Goodbye is different. Unlike the first two movies I saw, this love story is somewhat confusing. I’m not a fan of a flashback-style movie. The movie is about a Korean exchange student played by Joon Gi, who fell in love with Xiao You, a Shanghainese. The story started with how deeply in love they are but then something happened that prompted them to break up. It was his decision to do so and she could not understand why and her life went spiraling down since he left. And then the movie started to tell us the story of how they met, his life before her, her life before him, and also answered to why he wanted this breakup. It’s hard for me to recommend it since I’m not a fan of back-and-forth plots. Another odd thing is in the beginning, Joon Gi was speaking in Chinese. Later on, he speaks in Korean and the actress in Chinese. It reminds me of Love Me If You Dare. That’s a no-no for me… *sigh*

 

Just Watched: Time Renegade

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Oh my God, if you haven’t seen it, please watch the movie! Time Renegade gives me Signal vibe! But, because it is a movie, everything went fly so fast!!! I mean, it is done already?? You really can’t take your eyes away! It was so suspense that for the first time, I really wanted to bite my nails! And I got short nails! This thriller movie is definitely worth watching. The future is changed because of the past. As I’m typing this, my tears are still rolling down my cheeks. I didn’t expect the show to be not extremely good, but so touchy! I was afraid that the movie has a cliffhanger ending. From the way I see it, I couldn’t see a happy ending at all. But nope, the movie turned around brilliantly and the ending was simply beautiful.

This is another brilliant Korean movies I saw this year! It was directed brilliantly! Imagine if the movie handed to a less-skilled director, it won’t be this good. Prop to the PD! He was able to use superb techniques and applied to both 1983 and 2015 scenes. In addition, great execution by Lee Jin Wook, Im Su Jeong and Jo Jung Suk.  Again, I can’t get enough of saying how good Time Renegade is. This movie is worth watching a hundred time!!!

Just Watched: The Himalayas & Orange

Yeap, I was able to squeeze a couple more movies during my flight! I was on a roll! So here are my reviews:

The Himalayas

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This movie really touches me to the core. I cried a lot! The men bonded over their mutual interest! To hike the Himalaya! This is a courage citizen stories of a different kind. The goal is one! To get on that peak! And another peak. And another! But I loved it. Based on true story, The Himalayas is definitely a movie you need to prepare your heart. This is a hearty movie that everyone should watch it!

Orange

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I was contemplating whether I should watch Orange. But I did and quite liked it. My only beef with this movie? It was a bit too long. Too many fillers, I really couldn’t stand sitting for too long. But overall, it was a great movie concept. Naho and Hiroto are both married. They decided to write letters to their younger selves to save their depressed friend, Kakeru. Basically, their letters are meant to change the world. But I didn’t get the ending. They were able to save Kakeru but what happened to their future? Naho and Kakeru dated prior. Did their lives change too? The acting was great. The emotional part was extremely strong especially by Kento as Kakeru. I’m always drawn to his movies and this is another great one!

Just Watched: Our Times, Nobunaga Concerto and Mood of the Day

I traveled through time zones (from Washington DC, USA, to Colombo, Sri Lanka) and saw three movies that took place in three different times as well. Time is an essence in these movies. Here are my quick opinions on them!

Our Times

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Recommended by kfangurl (click here for her review), this is a Taiwanese movie that was aired last year. I was so looking forward to it but never had the opportunity to watch it. Finally, the moment has arrived and I’m glad I waited. Our Times is so precious! What a memorable movie! It was set in the 80s. Watching it is like you’re reminiscing your 80s life even though I was only a child back then. What I love this movie was the stunning performance by the lead. The music was awesomesauce! This movie is a story of Truly aka Lin Zhen Xin and her life told in under 2 hours and 14 minutes long. Her life was changed after she received a chain letter! You just have to watch it now! *laughs* Wait, did I mention I saw the movie three times? Yeap, the quality of this movie speaks volume! It was THAT fabulous!

Nobunaga Concerto: The Movie

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Yeap, the movie! I loved Nobunaga Concerto, the drama so much! The movie? This is another movie I saw three times! Excellent movie to be honest. The story continues from where the drama left off. We again follow the life of Saburo transported through times and met his doppelganger Lord Nobunaga. Saburo stepped in for Lord Nobunaga place and ruled with compassion. The real Lord Nobunaga who is now known as Lord Oda eventually got jealous and he was then driven by Tahara’s vengeance to put Saburo on the chopping block or sacrifice his life. This movie is a must watch! It is quite funny and entertaining! The background music was so awesome. Once again, Shun Oguri shines! He’s truly a star!

Mood of the Day

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This movie reminds me of One Fine Day! It all happens on the day they met. The universe was telling them that they are meant for each other. But surely, she is attached and in on the cross line between moving forward with her fiance or take a leap of faith. And Soo Jung answer was ahead of her. She met handsome Jae Hyun on the train and her life was immediately stirred by him. He is such a flirty man from the start. She didn’t know how to react. But by the end of the day, she was convinced that there was something more with Jae Hyun than she was bargaining for. Compares to the first two movies I saw, Mood of the Day is quite refreshing since it took place in today’s world. I like it but not enough to watch it again. Bel fell asleep watching it! Eeeep!