I Saw the Devil – K movie 2010

10 12 2012

I Saw the Devil was a violent thrill ride.  I_Saw_The_Devil_previewA serious revenge film not for the faint of heart and not recommended for a younger audience.  This movie is what I expected Chaser to be.  I loved Chaser, but it was – not sure this is the right word, but slow.  I Saw the Devil is like a roller coaster.  It makes that slow, pit of your stomach climb and then speeds through to the end.  Relentless and seriously sick, one scene in particular will keep me from watching this ever again, but Lee Byung Hun, of Iris, was amazing and Choi Min Sik, legend of films like OldBoy and Lady Vengence, was so authentic, he would scare me to meet in person.  I was going to add a trailer, but I think they all give too much away, so if you decide to watch it, do it without any trailers first.





Bad Guy – Kdrama 2010

10 12 2012

Oh Bad Guy, I love you so much… I need to preface this entry by stating, I just finished QSD and then immediately moved on to Bad Guy…. why… for those of you who already watched QSD I’m sure it will be no surprise, that I wanted a little more Kim Nam Gil.  Kim Nam Gil, Oh how I love thee, let me count the ways….. far, far too many.

So this is a revenge series and wow…. I love revenge!!  The set up was brilliant, I could hardly wait to get to the next episode.  But then it happened…. KNG was called up for his military service and yes, he left mid series to serve.  So they cut the series short and hobbled together an ending.  How can they finish a series without the lead actor?  The truth is they really couldn’t.  So I strongly recommend you watch this, especially if you are a revenge fan, but the ending was horrible and basically you will always wonder what it could’ve been…

For those Kim Nam Gil fans, omg… I love his many different hair styles in this this series, so ridiculous.  He just got out of his service and it slated to make a movie.  I am waiting with baited breath.





Flower Boy Ramen Shop – 2011

17 11 2012

This was a better show than I thought it would be, I expected it to be middle of the road and nothing special.  But I think it was quite good.  Lots of pop and snappy dialogue made it a very fun series.  Jung Il Woo was a standout.  One of my favorite aspects was the dialogue at times very smart and truthful.  Lee Ki Woo was awesome as well, but once I found out he was half Japanese(just on the show) I knew he’d never get the girl.  Ha – that just doesn’t happen in Kdramas – ever…   His shirtless scenes were ridiculous and if you r a fan you should look up his military service pics …. wow.

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Secret Garden 2011 plus Big Bang Parody

23 05 2012

Oh Secret Garden where do I begin?  So good, so mediocre, so disappointing…

The series starts out with Ha Ji Won being allsorts of cool bad ass.  Love her and was glad to see her, since the last thing I saw her in was Something Happed in Bali which I happened to love, so that is a good start.  Hyun Bin, oh gosh, of Sam Soon fame and my first k-actor crush!  How could I not love you… and he started out very funny.  A little too much makeup for my liking and believe me I love makeup on a guy, but Binny is so cute I don’t think he needs the extra buffing the makeup gives him.  Anyway…

We get our first look at Lee Phillip, what can I say I am a sucker for long hair. Sometimes he looked amazing and other times, not so much, but either way, I am excited to see him in future and hopefully not translating scripts for Koreans in English – keke.

One of my favorite things in the whole series is when Joo Won starts imagining Ra Im with him, so cute!!!

I know this isn’t my best conversation about a series and to be honest, I watched it like 6 months ago, but I did like it, I just didn’t love it and I remember feeling super disappointed with the chemistry between the leads.  Ra Im had more chemistry with his cousin, who I beyond totally loved.

This series just held on to my #10 (although I think has fallen off the top 10 since…)spot on my Best of Kdrama list found here… https://kormerica.wordpress.com/best-of-lists/

The bottom line was that though there was so much right about this series… I just didn’t fall in love with the main characters.  I didn’t have any strong desire to actually see them get together, so I didn’t fall in love with this series.  ;-(   I really hate to say it, but I still would recommend this because the depth of characters and the overall good time was right on.

 





City Hunter – 2011

23 05 2012

 

This was a really different drama than I expected.  I either thought it would be very action/super hero type or typical k-drama, but for me it was neither.  It had a solid storyline and I loved the action/fight scenes – particularly the ones with Lee Min Ho and his gorgeous legs.  But this series just wasn’t totally committed to being an action series.  I enjoyed the romantic elements with him and Park Min Young (from SungKyunKwan Scandal) though I think they lacked the sizzling chemistry of my favorite dramas, they were certainly cute and at times they were better than others.  Their relationship didn’t really move me though, not completely.  I actually cried harder over the prosecutor and his ex-wife, which is really saying something because I didn’t like him at all in the beginning. 

I also thought the city hunter disguise was a little bit easy, like seriously you can’t all tell that it is him?  Sorta like Superman with his glasses on… really?  But despite minor things I could pick on and overall sizzle, it was an extremely interesting story and had lots of elements to keep me interested and was just solid for the most part.  Overall I would give this a high rating of 9 out of 10! 





Summer Scent – 2003

17 03 2012

This is the only drama I have seen in the Yoon Suk Ho’s four seasons dramas and I think I should have started with a different season….

What was good?
Well I love Son Ye Jin, especially in the more recent “Personal Taste” but she was a bit flat in this series.
I also really liked Ryu Jin who played the fiance’ and his sister played by Han Ji Hye.

Overall the story was too slow. It started out very promising, but just crawled in places and the direction was not good. Basically the characters looked stupid, why couldn’t they figure out who the donor was and really it didn’t seem compelling as a reason for several episodes to be hinged on. Seriously, the audience is smarter and needs more tension than that. It would have worked for one maybe two episodes, but seriously that was the big issue for like 10 episodes. ugh! I hate thinking about it now.

What was really bad!!!

Song Seung Hun… sorry fans of this cute actor… but I thought he was terrible. I hated his hair, he should never be filmed running and he just didn’t turn me on. Seriously – even in 2003 sleeveless shirts on a professional architect. Really, sleeveless shirts period. Gross.

The story was not believable and silly at best, really boring and dumb most of the time. The fact that the management team for a resort was made up of the boss, his sister, the architect and the florist. This stupid writing made me want to scream. They could have made her an interior designer with a love for flowers or an art director with a flower shop on the side, but really florists don’t play a major role in a renovation.

I didn’t think that they had real chemistry. I just didn’t buy that they were in love. I’m not sure who is to blame for this, the actors, the writers or the director. It was all bad.

Anyway, I won’t really go further, but just to say, if you haven’t seen this skip it, if you liked it or have other comments, please leave them to discuss the series, but this certainly doesn’t leave me wanting for spring, fall or winter…





Warrior’s way 2010 – American film starring Jang Dong Gun

4 12 2011

An American Korean hybrid film. Basically bombed at the box office and got terrible reviews, but I went into this film not knowing any of that and thoroughly enjoyed myself.   I seriously can’t believe audiences weren’t thrilled with this film.  Fun story, moved at a good pace and had lots of interesting actors.  It co-starred Kate Bosworth, who I love … especially her two different colored eyes.  The effects were awesome and though I’ve never seen Jang Dong Gun before, what is not to love.  Beyond sexy… could his hair look any better…

Whateva… Three big thumbs up, loved it.  Can’t wait to lust over Jang Dong Gun’s hair in the future.

 

Here’s a trailer of my very favorite scene in the movie… again could JDG’s hair look better…, please leave a comment if you agree or disagree. Thanks!








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