I was not expecting my flight to Sao Paulo to have amazing selections of Asian movies. I scrolled the list from A to Z over and over again. It was difficult to pick the perfect zzz movie because everything looks interesting. I finally decided on Because I Love You because the trailer was the funniest of the rest. Besides, Kim Yoo Jung is in it! I love this girl so much.
We have been hearing about this movie for a while. Each time we started it, something came up. But finally, today my son and I were able to sit through the entire movie. But this show uses foul lingo which I continuously reminding my kiddo to not use it since I don’t use it. *coughs* Bel knows I only use it in private *giggles*. Anywho, this movie is available on Netflix if you are interested in watching. Ahn Seo Hyun plays Mija and she was wonderful as the lead.
When I first saw the trailer, I knew I must watch this movie no matter what. I fell in love right away with Son Ye Jin’s portrayal as Princess Dok Hye. Her stunning beauty and her elegant and poised character struck me immediately. The trailer got me into tears. And when I finally saw the movie, my heart and soul were moved by it. Wait, I was also angry! Angry at how the Japanese treated the Princess and angry at how the citizens were treated.
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!
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.
This 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.
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 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.
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
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*