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16Jan/080

The Worst Guy Ever (2007)

The Worst Guy Ever

A.K.A.: The Worst Man of My Life
Korean Title: 내 생애 최악의 남자 (Naesaengae Choeagui Namja)
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Starring: Yeom Jeong-Ah, Tak Jae-Hoon, Sin Seong-Rok, Yoon Ji-Min
Screenwriter: Kim Soo-Ah
Director: Son Hyun-Hee
MPAA: PG-13

Synopsis
Ju-eyon and Seong-tae have been best friends ever since they first met each other 10 years ago. But in one night their 10 year friendship comes crashing to the ground after they sleep together. The comfort and security of marriage is a siren call, and the two decide to forego their ideals to spend their first day as man and wife. However, their perfect lover soon appears right in front of them: A sexy editor appears to seduce Seong-tae and an advertising director appears to tempt Ju-yeon. With a single smile they turn the newlyweds’ dream into a nightmare. Even after only a few days, they soon find themselves faced with the worst choice of their lives as they struggle to reach happiness.
Source: Korean Film

Rating: C (Fine)
Rewatch Factor: Low
Comment: I decided to watch this movie after seeing a couple of the movie posters and reading the synopsis because it looks interesting annd funny, not to mention that it has the dashing Sin Seong-rok in it. The first 15 minutes into the movie was certainly promising. However, the movie just stopped there and never did move out of the would-be-great stage and into the great stage. The plot reminds me of the drama "9 End 2 Outs", about two best friends who even though are in love with each other did not want to admit that they are. In this case, the story would be better develop as a drama than a movie because a movie is simply too short amount of a time to detail out the deep relationship between the best friends and really gets the viewers emotionally involve. There are some things in this drama that didn't sit well with me e.g. the advertising director who is madly in love with Ju-yeon enough to try to break up her marriage, yet willing to easily let her go at the end. There are certainly some humorous scenes in this movie, but then again, some of those scenes I have seen before. All in all, this is just a mediocre romantic comedy flick--you won't gain much by watching it and you will not miss much if you don't watch it.

14Sep/070

Hello! Miss (2007)

Hello! Miss

A.K.A.: Hello! Baby or Hello! My Lady
Korean Title: 헬로 애기씨
Vietnamese Title: Hello Tieu Thu
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Starring: Lee Da Hae, Lee Ji Hoon, Ha Suk Jin, Yoon Mi So
Screenwriter: Park Young Sook
Director: Lee Min Hong
Episodes: 16
MPAA: PG

Synopsis
This drama is adapted from the novel, "Kimchi Mandu".

Lee Soo Ha, 38th granddaughter of the Jae Ahn Lee clan and owner of the clan manor Hwa Ahn Dang, is trying to save the place from going bankrupt. Hwang Dong Gyu, oldest grandson of the president of TOP Group, is trying to buy Hwa Ahn Dang because his grandfather, who was once a servant at the manor, cannot rest in peace unless he spends his last days in Hwa Ahn Dang's master suite. Hwang Chan Min, Dong Gyu's playboy cousin, is his rival in business and love. Enter Seo Hwa Ran, a model who has a secret history with and a secret plan for Hwa Ahn Dang (and Chan Min), and Lee Joon Yong, Soo Ha's brother and Chan Min's friend who can't forget a girl from Hwa Ahn Dang he knew when he was a kid...
Source: DramaWiki

Rating: C+ (Satisfactory)
Rewatch Factor: Low
Comment: If you plan to watch this drama because you think it will be on the same par as "My Girl" then I must warn you to not get your hopes up. While "Hello! Miss" shares some similarities with "My Girl", as a whole it doesn't measure up. Lee Da Hae is one of my favorite Korean actresses and I believe she is one of the talented actresses in Korea. However, her actings in this drama appears mediocre. "Hello! Miss" has an interesting storyline and the potential to be a great drama, but from the middle to the end of the drama the storyline never seem to develop any further beyond the surface. A lot of things seem rushed in this drama, and there was a lacking of chemistry between the two main characters (perhaps due to the fact that there were little romantic scenes between the two). Nevertheless, I did enjoyed watching this drama and the happy ending at the end partly make up some of the annoyances I felt at the middle of the drama. Overall, I think I would enjoy this drama more if I haven't seen "My Girl" first.

14Sep/071

Witch Yoo Hee (2007)

Witch Yoo Hee

A.K.A.: Witch Amusement or A Witch in Love
Korean Title: 마녀유희
Vietnamese Title: Ma Nu Yoo Hee
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Starring: Han Ga In, Jae Hee, Jun Hye Bin, Kim Jeong Hoon, Dennis Oh
Screenwriter: Kim Won Jin and Kim Min Jun
Director: Jun Ki Sang
Episodes: 16
MPAA: PG

Synopsis
As the director of her father's advertising company, Ma Yoo Hee (Han Ga In) is known as a witch for her ruthless, no nonsense character. After a string of failed attempts to hire a housekeeper, she (literally) runs into Chae Moo Ryong (Jae Hee), ex-medical student turned aspiring chef. As a way to work off his debt for crashing into her car, he agrees to become her housekeeper and personal love affairs coach for one month. Gladly, he gives her a makeover that attracts both her old friend Johnny Kruger (Dennis Oh) and her first love Joon Ha (Kim Jeong Hoon). Despite having a girlfriend, Sung Mi (Jun Hye Bin), Moo Ryong eventually finds himself falling for Yoo Hee.
Source: DramaWiki

Rating: C (Fine)
Rewatch Factor: Low
Comment: With an eye-candy cast this drama seems to be "a hit" at first glance, but it is just another typical Korean romantic comedy drama--nothing more and nothing less. Perhaps, due to my high expectation of "Witch Yoo Hee" from the start that leaves the drama nowhere else to go but down. I do love seeing Han Ga In takes on an untypical role as a less than lovable main character. And I admit (shamefully) that one of the reasons that I was interested in this drama from the beginning because I was hoping to catch a scene of Dennis Oh, shirtless. Despite me being highly enthusiastic in the beginning, this drama doesn't let me end the drama with the same energy. Granted, the drama was quite enjoyable while I was watching it, but there's nothing new to the drama. Everything is very typical and at time superficial. In short, if you're looking for a quick and dirty romance drama with a storyline that never seem to go anywhere below the surface then this is your drama, otherwise check out other dramas like "Dal Ja's Spring" or "Coffee Prince".

8Mar/070

Sukitomo (2006)

Sukitomo

Japanese Title: スキトモ
Genre: Drama, Friendship, Slash
Starring: Saitou Takumi, Aiba Hiroki, Komatsu Airi
MPAA: PG-13

Synopsis
The young and earnest Tomokazu (Saitou Takumi) is in his third year of university and a member of the boxing team. He has a close friendship with freshman Yoshiki (Aiba Hiroki), whom he sees as a little brother. Little does he know, however, Yoshiki's feelings for him run a lot deeper. To add to the confusion, Tomokazu's stepsister Misao (Komatsu Airi) also secretly likes him and becomes jealous of his relationship with Yoshiki. What will Tomokazu do when he finds out their true feelings?

Rating: C- (Average)
Rewatch Factor: Low
Comment: When will there ever be a BL movie that's actually good like The King and the Clown, Gohatto, or Big Bang Love, Juvenile A? Not likely, at least not in this movie. Sukitomo is what I would call an average movie. Besides a few touches and a hug, there's really nothing going on between the two main male leads. I'm not saying that there needs to be full-blown sex for it to be BL (heck, if I wanted sex I would watch porn, which I don't), but it's all about the presentation. The story is just average and typical. The pace is average. Everything just seems average, and I find it boring. I'm not a great fan of boy-boy-girl love triangles, because it's always the girl that's the annoying one since she is the third wheel. And I hate annoying girls. Well, I only like this movie because it has a happy ending. Nobody died (fortunately), but there wasn't much else. Honestly, I enjoyed it, giggled through it, drooled over it because Aiba Hiroki is so adorable, but there really wasn't much else to this movie. There isn't any substance or depth. If people just wanted to watch a movie to kill time, they can watch this movie. No brain cells will be harmed while watching this movie. I expected a bit more out of this movie (why is Tomokazu so dense?!), but it was just average. No matter how cute Aiba is or how hot Saitou is, that isn't going to make this a good movie.

24Dec/060

That Summer’s Typhoon (2005)

That Summer Typhoon

A.K.A.: Typhoon of Last Summer
Korean Title: 그 여름의 태풍(Geu Yeoreumei Taepoong)
Vietnamese Title: Bao To Mua He
Genre: Drama, Slice-of-Life
Starring: Jeong Da-Bin, Han Ye Seul, Lee Jae-Hwang, Jung Chan
Screenwriter: Choi Sung Shil
Directors: Lee Kwan Hee and Hwang Hyuk
Episodes: 30
MPAA: PG

Synopsis
Two half sisters compete in this story. Kang Su-Min (Jeong Da-Bin) and Han Eun-Bi (Han Ye Seul) both share the same father, but have different mothers. Both strive to become actresses. Eun-bi rises in the entertainment industry only because of her mother, who is a famous actress. However, Su-min has to give it her all to get to the top.
James Han (Lee Jae Hwang) is a Korean American working in the entertainment industry who finds himself drawn to Su-min...
Source: DramaWiki

Rating: C (Fine)
Rewatch Factor: Very Low
Comment: This drama takes an interesting look behind the scene of the Korean film industry. The drama has a promising beginning, but it flopped somewhere near the middle and the end. The most enjoyable aspect about this drama is that it has a carefree feel to it. There are minimal annoyances and evil-doings in this drama. However, what ruins this drama for me is the last twist near the end, which leaves the drama less than desirable. Watch it to learn something about the Korean film industry, but don't get your hopes up for any romanctic ending because you will be deeply disappointed.

23Dec/060

Boys Love (2006)

Boys Love

Japanese Title: ボーイズラブ (Boisu Robu)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Homosexual
Starring: Kotani Yoshikazu, Saitou Takumi, Matsumoto Hiroya, Taniguchi Masashi
Screenwriters: Rentarou Terauchi, Karoruko, and Saki Senoo
Director: Rentarou Terauchi
MPAA: PG-13

Synopsis
Just doing his job, magazine editor Akira Mamiya (Yoshikazu Kotani) interviews high school model Noeru Kisaragi (Takumi Saito). Despite Noeru's bad attitude, an enchanting picture of the ocean he draws leads Mamiya to invite him out for dinner afterwards. They connect at the restaurant, but while in the bathroom there Noeru solicits Mamiya sexually. The next morning, Noeru's office calls the magazine office where Mamiya works. "Your editor was rude. Have him come and apologize." When Mamiya goes to Noeru's house to deliver the apology, he sees Noeru with a dirty-looking man. Mamiya is shocked to discover at that moment that his interest in Noeru goes beyond article research--he truly wants to know more about him.
Source: Wikipedia

Rating: C- (Average)
Rewatch Factor: Low
Comment: I had great hopes for this movie before watching and it really disappointed me with its cliche storyline and abrupt ending. The acting in this movie is mediocre because I didn't really see any scene in the movie in which the acting really impressed me. The plot of the movie itself is very cliche. Two guys who meet and fall in love, but the best friend of one guy comes in between them. So, the plot isn't anything mind boggling. I watched this movie without English subtitles and I still understood exactly what was going on with the movie by just understanding a few dialogues. Maybe, if I had understood the entire dialogue, my opinion would change if the dialogue itself is complex. But from what I can see, the dialogue is also simple. I do like the ending but I feel that it was too abrupt and a bit unrealistic how it ended. It just makes me wonder if the company ran out of money near the end and just made that ending. The movie is rather tragic and sad but it couldn't make me cry in buckets even though I cry easily. If anyone is looking for a homosexual romance movie, I suggest that you skip this movie. If you don't mind watching cliche movies, then go right ahead. This is one movie that just disappointed me hands down. I doubt I will watch it again. I might if English subtitles were available, but the chance of that happening is slim.

23Dec/063

Hello, God (2006)

Hello, God

A.K.A.: Hello, Mr. God; How Are You, God; Hello! Mr. God
Korean Title: 안녕하세요 하느님 (Annyounghaseyo Haneunim!)
Vietnamese Title: Xin Chao Thuong De
Genre: Drama, Romance
Starring: Yoo Geon, Kim Ok-Bin, Lee Jong-Hyuk
Screenwriter: Kang Eun Kyung
Director: Ji Young Soo
Episodes: 16
MPAA: PG

Synopsis
The story is about a bright and innocent 27 years old guy (Yoo Gun) with an IQ of 65, who is neglected by society because of his problems, but fights hard to overcome them. Seo Eun-Hye (Kim Ok Bin), a a fumbling swindler is a woman who thinks love is nothing more than sadness and difficulties piling up one after another... until our "Forrest Gump" shows up and turns her life upside down.
Source: DramaWiki

Rating: C+ (Satisfactory)
Rewatch Factor: Low
Comment: For his debut drama, Yoo Geon gave an outstanding performance as a lovable young man who is mentally challenged. His transformation into a handsome genius is also convincing. One of my complains about this drama is that it drags in the middle, and the chemistry between Yoo Geon and Kim Ok-Bin doesn't develop fully until toward the end. The other complain being the lack of originality in the plot, it reminds me too much of the famous movie "Rain Man". Nevertheless, this is an interesting drama that deserved some recognition.