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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Proof of Innocent is a typical Korean crime movie. It is a simple drama with one goal in mind: to prove that the prisoner that reached out to this lawyer is innocent. Choi Pil Jae is an ex-detective turned lawyer. He was approached by Soon Tae and claimed his innocent. He begged him to work on his case because he was wrongfully accused of murdering a prominent company’s daughter in law. Soon Tae’s case was twisted by Manager Park, Pil Jae’s once rival partner. Pissed by this, Pil Jae decided to investigate the case and bring justice to Soon Tae.

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The movie was alright. I did enjoy it as much simply because it was a straightforward storyline. I liked Kim Myung Min’s casual act in this movie. He certainly carried his egoistic character, Choi Pil Jae, very well. Kim Sang Ho really carried out a great father character. His loving care for his daughter showed in the first few minutes of the movie. Sun Dong Il’s character was too short for me to enjoy. I wished he had more screen time. Same goes with Young Ae’s character. For a two-hour show, I would recommend it if you are up for a partial comedy-crime show.

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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!

 

 

Just Watched: A Man and A Woman

2016012000787_1This is rare. I woke up this morning and thought I must watch A Man and A Woman before Bel removes it from Plex. Of course, I was battling with myself, too. I’m not a fan of watching Korean movies. But remembering that Gong Yoo and Jeon Do Yeon are in it, I thought I should give it a try. And guess what? It was worth my time. One hour and 55 minutes worth of my time. I didn’t give up my sleep for nothing! The movie was excellent! I blushed, giggled, shocked, and cried. Yes, A Man and A Woman is worth your time, too!

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Just Watched: Northern Line Limit, The Throne and The Classified File

You know I’m on work travel when all you see on today’s post are movies! Yeap, I was forced to watch them in order to stay awake on my flight. I kind of glad I did because the movies were wonderful. I even shed my precious tears!!!! So here are my quick two cents on the movies:

Northern Line Limit

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Bel had asked me to watch this movie before. I should have listened to her sooner. It’s a military movie! Anything military genre like, I’m in! (don’t remind me of DotS, okay?) Plus, Kim Moo Yeol and Jin Goo are in it. Based on true story, this movie was about the navy clash between the North and South Korea. Obviously, it was told from the South Korean side. The story mainly focused on the lives of the South Korean soldiers and how they fought against the sneaky North Korean. I cried at the end of the movie. It’s a war movie so death was inevitable but I loved how the movie portrayed the courage and high-spirited soldiers. They were so young and naive. Battle of Yeonpyeong was their first true battle and left a deep scar not only to them, but to the country. Overall, I enjoyed it. It was just a steady pace in the beginning but it picked up towards the end. If you love anything military-like movie, you would want to watch it. I wished I saw it with someone… I had so many questions. Well, I have summoned my husband and good friend to watch it so we can discuss the NK tactics *wink*.

The Throne

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This movie can be a little bit frustrating. The back and forth flashback annoyed me in the beginning and I was able to feel comfortable with it 30 minutes into it. The Throne was great. The King was painful to watch and so did the Crown Prince. The King expected a lot from the Crown Prince to take the thrown. But he was disappointed that his son was more into arts than governing the country. The Crown Prince blamed the King for not giving him the fatherly love he deserved. Basically, the movie lingers around father and son relationship. The Crown Prince was mad that his father did not celebrate his mom’s 60th birthday and threatened to kill him. The King charged his son for treason and asked him take his life. Well, the Crown Prince did not but he ended up dead anyway. The King killed his own son. How? You just have to watch it. This is a really good movie of how a son tried so hard to please his father and a father showed too much of his disappointment of his son to members of the palace. The struggle was hard to watch but I really thought it was acted well by Song Kang Ho and Yoo Ah In. Bravo! *claps*

The Classified File

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I hesitated to watch this movie. The synopsis was not interesting at all. I mean a fortune teller and a detective joint forces to find a missing girl? First of all, how could they possibly solve a kidnapping case? I did not start this movie until my last leg of flight. *giggle* I was running out of movie to watch! But, by the end of this movie, I was beating myself for not starting it sooner! Another true story that you must not miss! The detective really did not believe the fortune teller (I didn’t either) but by the end of this movie, he was impressed by how much the fortune teller’s reading and speculation has helped him with the case. They solved the missing case and worked together few years later again to solve another missing case with the same girl! This movie also showed that the police force in SK is truly corrupt. Well, as if we don’t know already, right? Anyway, this movie left me in tears. What is up with me and crying on the plane? *shakes head* You have to watch this movie. The detective and fortune teller were brilliant. They remain true friends until today. It’s a good hearty movie and seeing how dedicated they were to their work and families were truly admiring and rewarding. It gives a great sense that as long as you do your part, you will soon be recognized.