Category: Film Review

No Mercy (2019 South Korean Movie)

South Korean Film

No Mercy (2019 South Korean Movie)

No Mercy film poster

  • Genre: Revenge, Mature, Violence, Strong Female, School Bullying, Action
  • Date Released: 1 January 2019
  • Origin: South Korea

Cast

  • Lee Si-Young as Park In-Ae
  • Park Se-Wan as Park Eun Hye
  • Lee Joon-Hyuk as Han Jung Woo
  • Choi Jin-Ho as Park Young Choon
  • Lee Hyeong Cheol as Ha Sang Man
  • Kim Won Hae as CEO Jung

 

This film was released in the cinema just over a month ago and I have to say it is a very watchable movie.  A rollercoaster of action and violence.

I have to commend the lead girl, Lee Si Young for the action scenes.  Apparently, she did all the stunts herself, no CGI.  Lee Si Young was an amateur boxer in real life and used to receive awards for her prowess.  It is rather empowering for women especially that Lee Si Young looks so delicate and dainty.

Anyway, the story started with Park In Ae coming out of jail after incarceration of one and a half year for being violent beyond her duty as a professional bodyguard.

She got home to a welcoming sister, Eun Hye, who is a bit simple.  Her sister begged that she does not go to school anymore but In Ae insisted that she must for her own good.

When she woke up in the morning, her sister has gone to school and left her a beautiful wrap-around red dress with matching shoes with killer heels.  The sister said that she had saved all her allowance to buy her sister presents.  In Ae was very touched.

What she does not know was that her sister is a victim of school bullying. Three girls in her class dragged her out after school and took her to a karaoke bar.

They then meet up with boys, who used Eun Hye as a bait to rob perverted men.  They would allow Eun Hye to enter a hotel room with the sexual predator and then instructed Eun Hye to go to the bathroom and text them the room number and they will come to rescue her.

The boss then beat up their victim and robbed of money.  They did this several times more until their last victim was more violent.  He was Ha Sang Man, who left his number saying that they can get the girl back once they paid the ransom.

Now the unstoppable action begins.

 

 

 

 

 

My Girlfriend is an Agent (South Korean Movie)

Film

My Girlfriend is an Agent (South Korean Movie)

  • Genre: Romance, Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Espionage
  • Date Released: April 2009
  • Origin: South Korea

Cast:

  • Kim Ha-neul as Ahn Soo-jin
  • Kang Ji-hwan as Lee Jae-joon
  • Jang Young-nam as Team Leader Hong
  • Ryu Seung-ryong as Won-seok

 

Synopsis:

Soo Jin and Jae Joon are passionately in love but their line of work keeps getting in the way.

They have absolutely no idea that both of them are secret agents working in different branches of NIS.

It came to the point that Soo Jin’s agency gathered information that Jae Joon was a Russian spy whilst on the other hand Jae Joon’s agency suspect that Soo Jin is working for the Russian.

What they don’t know was that bought their agencies are working on the same mission, to stop the Russian taking possession of a biological warfare of mass destruction from a corrupt South Korea scientist.

But in the meantime, Soo Jin had to find out everything Jae Joon know and vice versa.

This film is full of action and just so slapstick funny in many scenes especially provided by Kang Ji Hwan who plays the bumbling, inexperience Jae Joon against a kicking killing machine Soo Jin.

Love it.

 

Avengers: Infinity War Review

Film

Avengers: Infinity War Review

Avengers: Infinity War poster

  • Genre: Fantasy, Marvel Comics, Superhero, End of Days
  • Date Released: 23 April 2018
  • Based on The Avengers by Stan Lee

Cast:

  • Robert Downey, Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Stephen Strange
  • Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine
  • Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider Man
  • Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther
  • Paul Bettany as Vision
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki
  • Idris Alba as Heimdall
  • Peter Dinklage as Eitri
  • Benedict Wong as Wong
  • Pom Klementieff as Mantis
  • Karen Gillan as Nebula
  • Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
  • Zoe Saldana as Gamora
  • Vin Diesel as Groot
  • Bradley Cooper as Rocket
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
  • Benicio del Tora as The Collector
  • Josh Brolin as Thanos
  • Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord

 

The story, in brief,  is that the protagonist named Thanos committed genocide on his home planet named Titan. His planet used to be a beautiful, vibrant, idyllic place for its advanced sentient beings. However, as the population grew exponentially, Titan’s resources started to dimish unable to support them anymore.  With some drastic measure, Thanos culled his ‘people’ to allow those remaining to survive.

Then he had another idea.  Why not apply depopulation by half to the entire universe.  This became Thanos’ mission – to go universal.

In order to impose his will on all the dominions of existence, he had to collect the six Infinity Stones.  He travelled far and wide across space, forcefully locating each stone and killing its guardian and taking each stone in turn.

This film is rather long, just under three hours,  but because of its fast-paced action-packed adventure and an enormous cast of top well-known actors appearing, some in cameo roles, the film went quickly. The story included the heros from Marvel comics The Avengers, Guardians of the Galax & The Black Panther aided by the new to movie characters Dr Strange and a rebooted Spiderman.

I have to say that this film should be seen more than once.  Preferably first in the cinema for big screen view and then on television.  There are so many goings-on that you might miss some of it if you blink.

There are so many beloved Marvel characters that you would not want to sideline.  I have to admit the part where Nick Fury appeared just completely slipped under my radar.

It was a very good story and the CGI is excellent.  I particularly love the panoramic cinematography of the vast African plain.

The ending though is rather surreal and sad as many of the major superheroes had vanished into dust.  I heard there is going to be another movie to continue the story.   I wonder how they are going to write the ‘gone’ characters in?

Loki is dead.  But we need Loki back!  Favourite Spider Man is also gone as well as Dr Strange.

Well, perhaps a clue to how these heroes may be resurrected is that one of the Stones Thanos captured is the Time Stone, which can manipulate time back & forward as Thanos demonstrated. The much-anticipated sequel of the movie is currently planned for 2019/2020.

 

Lost In Space (Netflix Tv Series Reboot)

Lost in Space Reboot 2018, Netflix

Genre:  Sci Fi, Family in Peril in Space

Released Date: 18 April 2018 in the UK

Cast:

  • Toby Stephens as John Robinson
  • Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson
  • Ignacio Serricchio as Don West
  • Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson
  • Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson
  •  Maxwell Jenkins as Will Robinson
  • Parker Posey as Dr Smith

 

Lost In Space (Netflix TV Series Reboot)

I am happy to see this classic TV sci fi series Lost in Space return for a deserved 21st century reboot.

I remember rushing home from secondary (high) school to watch the original series (seasons), running for 83 episodes  from 1965 to 1968.  The first series was made in black & white as colour TV was two years away. The second series introduced colour. Along with ‘Voyage to the bottom of the sea’ and ‘Dr Who’ (1963 to present)  & ‘Star Trek’ (1965 to present , were and still are my favourites  as with my friends.

Lost in Space is based on the classic 1812 novel  ‘Swiss family Robinson’, about a family ship wrecked and castaway in the East indies. The Robinson family learn  how to survive and become self reliant.

1965-1968 Family, Don West with Dr. Smith & Robot            The 1998 Movie cast

The 1965 modern sci-fi reiteration sees a family of would be forerunners of planet colonisers along with the co pilot Major West and an unwelcome stowaway, enemy agent, Dr. Zachary Smith. Smith was sent aboard to sabotage the Jupiter 2 space craft. He succeeds but gets trapped as the spacecraft is lost in space. Smith brilliantly played by Jonathon Harris  continually tries to thwart the family. In later episodes Smith becomes toned down & more comic. His bantering with the robot assistant (who becomes regarded as part of the family) is popular.  The Robot’s frequent utterances of “Danger, Danger, Danger Will Robinson!”  Smith gets into all sorts of escapades with aliens etc., dragging the family with him.  My male school friends & I liked Penny Robinson as she was our age.

The 1998 movie generally keeps the same characters & roles, but is  darker than the 1960s innocent TV show. Gary Oldman is excellent as Dr. Smith. technical evolution of SFX (special effects) and CGI (computer graphic imaging) add to the story.

Now the 2018 series approaches and the show’s trailer shows what looks like brilliant SFX and CGI  now de rigeur for a successful screen sci fi  creation. This time some tinkering with the characters. A mixed race daughter, a reformed rogue finding a family he never had character which replaces that of upright major Don West. Dr. Smith is now portrayed by a woman, which will be interesting as we see how the characters develop.  The popular human constructed family robot is replaced by a  mysterious  alien robot found on planet they land on.

2018 Space Family Robinson

The New Dr. Smith

 “Danger, Will Robinson!”  Alien robot – friend or foe?

My only regret is that they did not keep the original classic shape I like for the Jupiter 2 spacecraft. I am looking forward to the series.

Jupiter 2 Spacecraft

Original 1960s version

Movie version

Netflix 2018 series version

Favourite School-Theme Dramas & Films(Orient)


Having just watched A Love So Beautiful, I am still suffering from withdrawal symptoms. I have watch the said drama, almost non-stop for a period of almost three weeks. Over and over.  I watched it first without subtitles and then with. I just couldn’t get enough of it. But it is coming to an end.

I dare say I might rewatch the whole thing over again because it has become my favourite.

There are many school-theme drama on offer from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and China which are really good.

Below is my list, which is a work in progress and not in any order.

Favourite School-Theme Dramas & Films (Orient)

 

77 Heartbreaks – Film Review

 

Film

  • Genre: Love Story, Drama, Break-up
  • Date Released: 2017

Cast:

  • Charlene Choi as Eva Lui
  • Pak-Ho Chao as Adam Leung

 

77 Heartbreaks – Film Review

I watched this film late last night and I quite enjoyed it.  It was very interesting concept, pity the script was not well composed. But there is a very good germ of idea in there.  🙂

The story would have been more believable and would have appealed more to lovers and those who had broken up if the writer did not try to make the story a makjang or a series of circumstances.

The story is about a woman and a man who have been together for the last 10 years.  Over time, the woman started to feel as if she was being taken for granted by her boyfriend.  She was not his priority anymore.

And just to elaborate on this, they were supposed to be going out for a movie, which the girl had bought tickets a couple of weeks previously.  She was waiting for the man, who said that he was in the middle of traffic but really he was in a wine bar.

As she can’t wait any longer, the girl wandered off into a shop, where she saw beautiful colourful notebooks, which has 77 written on the cover.  She got talking to the owner of the shop and apparently the notebook is some sort of diary.  To diarise transgression of a love one 🙂 ( I think, I was so tired I can’t cope with the subtitles).  Apparently 77 is the magic number or the maximum you can forgive faults of those you are in a relationship with.

Eva, the leading lady, bought a pink one and the first entry to her diary was the non-show of her boyfriend, Adam, to their movie date.

Before long, Eva had her 77 instances why she was falling out of love with Adam.  He was self-centred, immature, in with the ladies and lacks common sense.

Who would buy a white chesterfield sofa, so huge there was nowhere really to put it?  Yes Adam.

Who in their right mind would confess that they had quit their job while in the middle of foreplay?!!!  Adam!

He was a lawyer but quit his job to become a mentor in kick-boxing.  Oh Adam! 🙁

Who would go on a holiday without finding out how to get to the destination?  Adam.

Who would give a ring box without the ring but a pink paper folded in small heart shape, saying she has his heart.  Adam! 🙁

Who would go drinking and come home, half dead and sick.  Adam!

Who would comfort you when you have a family emergency, like when your father died?  Not Adam!

After so many of these unlovable moments, Eva had had enough and packed her bags.

Before Eva’s scent can fully evaporate out of their flat, Adam brought home another girl and even promised to marry her.

The film is rather one sided.  Adam had so many faults but Eva is far from perfect girlfriend as well. The script did not show this.   Instead Eva is made into a caricature of a hard done by girlfriend.  I supposed the script was concentrating on getting the 77 heartbreaks 🙂 🙂 🙂

Anyway, Adam got hold of the diary and realised why Eve left him.  He was curious to know what was on the 77th?!!!  He told the current girl he was living with that he still loves Eva.

During a wedding party of Eva’s friend, Adam sabotaged the wedding presentation to proclaim that he wanted Eva back.  It was strange that the married couple did not scream and shout when their wedding day was hijacked?!!!

Anyway Eva had a change of heart when Adam said that Eva did not give up on Adam immediately because she knew that without her Adam is lost.  Yeah Adam and Eve!!!

Awww

Next scene, Adam and Eve went back to their flat.  While in the bathroom, Eve found a pink contact lenses case.  She then knew that Adam had had another girl staying in their flat.

She left again and this time for good.

By the way the 77th reason was that Adam did not use protection with her, so she got pregnant.  Adam said that if she gets pregnant, there is no problem, as he will marry her.  Seeing that he was so immature and untrustworthy, Eve had an abortion without telling Adam.  She is a bit of hypocrite, how can she have an abortion without telling Adam.

I think the film is quite good, if only the script was written better.  In any case, it is worth a watch!