As soon as I found out that this film was available to see and it had been subbed in English, I just can’t wait. I had to watch it pronto and I had! 🙂
I’d looked forward to this film, I think, as early as late last year when I saw a very brief trailer.
It starts two of Korea’s best actors. Lee Byung-hun and Gong Hye-jin.
Anyway, I am an old romantic. As I watched the film I thought it would be about the husband turning into a bit of psycho as he finds out his wife is having it off with her Downunder neighbour. 🙂 A cliche but I do love a bit of gut-wrenching scenes. 🙂
I wanted them to meet and have a good emotional, heartbreaking confrontation. Instead it meandered from scene to scene.
The husband just continued tailing people connected to his wife and young son.
At the back of my mind I was still hoping for the big confrontation.
There was a scene, where the wife and the guy next-door were engaging in a bit of hanky-panky. Lee Byung-hun’s character stood immobile just outside the door. I was so irritated. I wanted him to knock and disturb his wife’s dalliance with the beefy neighbour, but no such thing.
Instead there was a surprise, which I am not going to tell as it might spoil your appetite to see a good film.
Anyway Lee Byung-hun plays Kang Jae-hoon, who was a fund asset manager. Unfortunately his company declared themselves bankrupt after buying bad loans. He lost his clients, his family and also himself tonnes of money. He then had to take responsibilities to his clients.
Kudos to him, he did feel bad for his clients. So bad that he was on anti-depression drugs.
One night while taking his medication, which he washed down with a large glass of neat whiskey (or was it brandy?) he decided to book himself an e-ticket to Australia.
There he went to see his wife and son. His wife is Soo-jin played by Gong Hyo-jin.
He sent his wife and son to Australia for education. He believed in the necessity of learning the English language.
Anyway in Australia, he found that his wife and son were happy. Soo-jin has taken the violin again and went as far as to audition for the Sydney Opera House. He felt that he lost them and he was a redundant family member.
It was a very sad ending and if you have not taken stock of everything, you will be surprised with the sad ending.
Lee Byung-hun once again gave a very powerful performance which is ably supported by Gong Hyo-jin
After the sad passing of David Bowie, we mourn too fast and say farewell Alan Rickman.
He was one of my favourite actors, truly!
He was born 69 years ago in Acton, North London not far from where I live.
I remember in 1982, first seeing him brilliantly playing the slippery unctious almost creepy Reverend Obadiah Slope in the excellent BBC drama series Barchester Chronicles, based on the novels of Anthony Trollope. Even then he was a standout.
Such role type would follow Alan Rickman throughout his long and varied career.
He appeared in many TV programes, theatre plays and movies. He was a theatre director as well as a consummate actor.
You could see in his eyes that he had a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ (not take seriously), some of his roles although he always gave a brilliant performance.
In movies as a co star, he often out-acted the lead actors/movie stars.
Sometimes underated and indeed he should have been the lead in many more movies.
Rickman was deliciously over the top, sardonically as the Sheriff of Nottingham to Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
This was followed by playing another baddie, Hans Gruber winning the battle of wit and acting with Bruce Willis in Die Hard with a Vengeance.
The movie that for me showed Rickman was a brilliant actor and playing a non baddie role. was in the excellent humourous and moving 1990 movie Truly, Madly Deeply.
Alan plays the ‘ghost’ of a recently deceased husband who returns to his desperately grieving wife to try and lessen her grief by showing what he was really like.
To younger generations, he was famous by reverting to type but playing the ultimately heroic character sneering Severus Snape in the immensely successful and popular Harry Potter movies.
For me, he would have made a superb Dr Who, He had all the attributes, eccentricity of Snape, humour (as he showed in the funny sci fi comedy Galaxy Quest) and commanding voice of reason essential to the good Doctor.
Added to that, Alan Rickman could also have been a flamboyant USS Enterprise starship captain in Star Trek 🙂
Alan Rickman had a wonderfully mefluous baritone voice and could supebly deliver & convey dry humour, sarcasic and sardonic undertones to his lines with a twinkle in his eyes.
As noted, he had a marvellous range of expressions. Sneers, dry humour & poignancy would play across his face.
English & British acting has lost one of it’s crown jewels.
One of our Star Trek Commemorative Plates of the man or should I say Spock himself
Being an avid Science Fiction (sci fi) fan, I have read many novels seen moves and TV and radios series of the genre.
I prefer to read, watch or listen to sci fi that has potential to become science fact and indeed has happened!
One such TV series is Star Trek. I grew up in the 1960s and there was not much sci fi on TV. I listened with my parents to some sci fi plays such as the classic ‘Quatermass’ on BBC radio every Sunday evening. When ‘Dr Who’ came along on BBC TV in 1963 (now the longest running continuous sci fi tv series in the world). I was so happy and despite the black & white viewing and sometimes wobbly stage sets and minimal primitive special effects (sfx), the excellent actors and stories ultimately enchanted millions of viewers.
With the advent of colour viewing TV in the mid 1960s, more sci fi Tv series were produced, many from the USA.
One such was, of course, ‘Star Trek’. Created by Gene Rodenberry, it introduced the crew & their weekly adventures in a faster-than-light travelling space ship called the ‘USS Enterprise’. There were British sailing ships called HMS Enterprise AKA ‘Enterprize’) in the 1700s and one in 1800s.
In the pilot episode (1964) of Star Trek, one of the crew was referred to as a ‘Vulcanian’ a humanoid from from the Planet Vulcan orbiting the star 40 Eridani, which is a real star about 16 light years from earth. Vulcan could be reached in a few days with the ‘warp’, anti mattered powered engines of the Constitution class star ships such as the Enterprise.
The ‘Vulcanian’ science officer was called ‘Mr Spock’, as apparently his Vulcan name was unpronounceable to humans!
From the beginning actor Leonard Nimoy was chosen to play Spock.
The Vulcan race looked human except for pointed ears, arched eyebrows, distinctive hairstyles, a slight green skin pallor due to green blood.
Vulcans were stronger and faster than humans, due to the higher gravity, less oxygen rich atmosphere and heat on Vulcan. Vulcans were extremely long lived too – up to 300 years. They exercise extreme control over their emotions as taught by a venerated philosopher named Surak. as early in their history Vulcans were prone to violence.
To make the character more interesting Mr Spock was also half human, with his father being the renowned, Vulcan statesman and ambassador, Sarek (well played originally by actor Mark Leonard). His human mother is Amanda Grayson ( played by Jane Wyatt in the original series).
This early Mr Spock looked rather severe and shouted a lot!
Spock Pilot Star Trek 1964
After the pilot show, Gene Rodenberry was not satisfied and made big cast changes for the series proper in 1966. A new captain of the Enterprise was brought in ( William Shatner as Capt Kirk), A new ships doctor, actor Deforest Kelly as Dr (Bones) McCoy.
Leonard and his distinctive appearance as Spock now generically known as a Vulcan as opposed to Vulcanian, was retained and he became the science officer and second in command to Kirk.
Spock’s appearance was softened, as was his voice and manner, becoming calmer and most logical as befits a Vulcan.
Spock’s ‘bantering’ and put downs with Dr McCoy with Kirk often acting as referee were brilliant. However, the trio’s underlying loyalty and friendship to each other shone through as the series progressed; His Vulcan catchphrase and hand gesture became legendary too!
Off course, all of the main Enterprise crew became legendary in TV, sci fi & the motion picture history.
Leonard Nimoy was also known to me as I enjoyed the early ‘Mission Impossible’ TV shows. He played ‘Paris’, a master of disguise brought in to the later ‘Impossible Mission Force’ 1969-1971. Mission Impossible was made at the same studios (Desilu) as the classic Star Trek series and so Leonard could swap pointy ears for various disguises!
Leonard was also a guest villain in one of my favourite detective series ‘Columbo’. Spock’s logic was no match for Columbo’s detective ability & own brand logic 🙂
Mr Spock appeared in the various Star Trek sequels and movies including the excellent 2009 reboot of the franchise under J.J. Abrams.
In the reboot, Zachary Quinto’s likeness as the young Spock although in a different time line captures that essence of Nimoy.
Spock and then other characters live on in the Star Trek novels I enjoy reading.
Leonard Nimoy crafted and evolved Spock into one of the most popular, recognisable & iconic characters in entertainment.
Where ever you are now in that ‘undiscovered country‘ Leonard, “Live Long And Prosper…”
The main original crew of the Enterprise
Spock in his second Century A young Spock (Zachary Quinto)