Category: SE ASIAN FILMS
South Korean Film 2019
“Yoo Yeol’s Music Album” (South Korean Film)
- Genre: Romance; Star-crossed lovers
- Release Date: August 2019
- Origin: South Korean
This film looks good. The story is good and the cast is good as well.
Apparently, the romance of the Mi Soo and Hyun Woo started in 1994 and because of this and that their getting together was thwarted.
This is apparently a musical drama so I am guessing that music/songs will play a vital role in telling their story. LOL
South Korean Film 2012
Love 911 (South Korean Movie Review & Summary)
- Genre: Romance, Rescue, Fire-Fighting, Medical
- Release Date: 2012
- Origin: South Korea
- Film: 120 minutes
- Go Soo – Kang-il
- Han Hyo-joo – Mi-soo
- Ma Dong-seok – Fire station captain
- Kim Sung-oh – Yong-soo, firefighter
- Juni – Hyun-kyung, firefighter
- Jin Seo-yeon – Ha-yoon
- Oh Soo-min – Ji-young, Kang-il’s dead wife
- Lee Do-ah – psychiatrist
- Jo Min-ki – Chief Doctor
- Yang Dong-geun – Detective Bang Je-soo
- Jung Jin-young – policeman
- Jo Kyoung-hoon – patient’s husband
- Kim Seo-kyung – Young-mo
I should not really like this movie because the character of the female lead is not the best and the male lead had just lost his beloved wife not five minutes into the start of the film. 🙁
But kudos to Han Hyo Joo and Go Soo, they were able to make the characters been seen in a more sympathetic sort of way.
Mi Soo was an ambitious but rather overworked doctor. She was on duty when a patient with a thuggish looking husband turned up in the hospital. The woman had been suffering from incessant headaches.
After a cursory examination of the patient and looking at her record history, Mi Soo decided that the woman was not suffering from any serious illness but assumed that she was being beaten up by her thuggish husband based on the bruises the woman got.
Ha Yoon, another consulting doctor and best friend of Mi Soo was overruled from wanting to report the beating to the police or perhaps the bruises might even be a side-effect of medication.
Despite the husband’s insistence that they took a closer look at his wife, Mi Soo was adamant that a headache pill was all that was needed and sent the patient away.
Kang Il was a firefighter who was still grieving for his dead wife. His lose made him a bit of a daredevil.
The firefighters came across a husband who was absolutely frantic as his wife had collapsed on the street.
This husband and wife were, of course, the people who had just been to the hospital and had seen Mi Soo.
The patient was brought to the hospital. It was later revealed that the wife had a brain aneurysm and it could have been operated if she was diagnosed properly, instead the wife was now in a coma.
The husband went mental and wanted to do Mi Soo harm but Kang Il who escorted the couple to the hospital prevented that man who was going berserk. Unfortunately for Kang Il, the bullish man gave him a bloodied nose.
The husband lodged a complaint against Mi Soo.
Mi Soo was warned by the chief doctor that her case may have a dire repercussion to her career as a doctor especially if the patient ended up dead.
Mi Soo was suspended pending an investigation. Hayoon was also suspended.
Mi Soo consulted a lawyer and was told that she had to get something against the husband of her patient. Mi Soo was advised to get the firefighter with the bloodied nose to sue the patient’s husband.
And this ensues Mi Soo’s pursuit of Kang Il.
Her aggressive pursuit of Kang Il ended in Mi Soo being taken to the police, which was a blessing in disguise for her because she was given community service and her choice was to volunteer at the fire brigade.
Mi Soo was really pretty but tend to faint a lot, which brought out the caring side to Kang Il.
Before long they had become lovers.
Mi Soo then confessed to Kang Il that she needed his help regarding her case.
Kang Il told her to apologise to the husband but Mi Soo said that if she apologised she would impair her case.
Kang Il was a very upright person and was disappointed with Mi Soo. They ended up breaking up.
She tried to make up with Kang Il but he was still not receptive with her plea.
Mi Soo, in the end, apologised to the patient’s husband, whose wife had been declared brain dead.
After another fainting spell, Mi Soo had an MRI scan and found a benign tumour in her brain which operable.
On the day she was going to be operated, she heard over the radio that Kang Il had been involved in an accident. He was buried in rubbles and it was not looking good.
The firefighters were in tears about the faith of their comrade.
Mi Soo got out of Hayoon’s car while stuck on traffic and started running towards where Kang Il where he had an accident.
Kang Il was miraculously dug up still breathing. He was in an ambulance with his colleagues, Yong Soo and Hyun Kyung (are firefighters also act as paramedics in South Korea?). They were crying on Kang Il’s battered body but he suddenly sat up having had a dream of Mi Soo teasing him.
He then realised that he was over grieving for his wife (who died 1hour 40 minutes ago, LOL) and he need to be with Mi Soo.
So with superhuman strength, he got out of the ambulance, which was stuck in traffic, and started running towards the hospital to be with Mi Soo.
At the hospital, he was told that Mi Soo had resigned.
He ran out again and there he saw a running Mi Soo.
They met up and had a romantic kiss a la officer and a gentleman. He was half carrying/hugging her upright on his chest and they shared a most romantic kiss.
Jobless, Mi Soo became a full-time loud snoring fire-fighter working alongside Kang Il.
South Korean Film 2019
Innocent Witness (South Korean Film Review & Summary)
- Genre: Crime, Legal, Friendship, Thriller
- Release Date: February 2019
- Origin: South Korea
- Film: 2hrs 15 Min
- Jung Woo-sung as Soon-ho
- Kim Hyang-gi as Ji-woo
- Lee Kyu-hyung as Hee-joong
- Yum Hye-ran as Mi-ran
- Jang Young-nam as Hyun-jung
- Jung Won-joong as Byung-woo
- Kim Jong-soo as Man-ho
- Kim Seung-yoon as Shin-hye
I love the story. It has some heavy moments and lighter moments.
It was well cast with Kim Hyang-gi playing as Ji Woo was just adorable. Jung Woo Sung gave a good performance as well but less likely believable that he was single and no one had caught him before, after all he’s gorgeous, tall and a lawyer.
Anyway, Soon-Woo was a lawyer in a middle size law firm. He is 40 years old who looks after an ailing father with Parkinson’s.
His father was desperate for him to get married. He constantly presents his son with a photo of a woman for his son to go on a blind date in view of marriage. His father said that the woman was older than his son but that was ok after all his wife, Soon Woo’s mother was also older than his father. He then asked his son that perhaps he was not into women but he liked guys. He then said that he would not mind if Soon Woo brought home a bloke, as long as they can be happy together.
His father remembered Soon Woo’s college friend.
Soon Woo said that she was already divorced.
The father said that was good but again asked if she has a child?
Soon Woo said that the woman has a daughter who was already in middle school.
Suddenly his father said that ready-made children were a no-no and Soon Woo would be better off getting a dog.
Actually, the reason that Soon Woo gave for his failure to get married was that he was up to his neck in death despite being a lawyer.
Apparently, his father was too generous that he acted as a guarantor to his friend’s huge loan and now it was left to Soon Woo to pay off the debts.
Soon Woo felt that it was unfair to marry or be in a relationship with anyway when he was saddled with a debt.
One day his big boss came to him with a controversial case that they would have to take on as a pro bono basis to make them and the firm relevant again as it was in a doldrum.
The case was about a housekeeper, who was blamed for the death of her elderly employer. The only witness was a girl who suffers from autism savant.
The crime happened at 5am. Ji Woo heard some loud noises and had a look out of her window.
She saw the woman attacking a man who had a plastic bag over his head.
I am not going to completely reveal what happened as it would ruin the fun and excitement but suffice to say that it was very interesting how it turned out.
Japanese Manga Live Action 2018
Nisekoi: False Love (Japanese Manga Live-Action Review & Summary)
- Genre: Romance, Fake Love, Youth, School, Romeo & Juliet; Young Love
- Date Released: 2018
- Origin: Japan; Adapted from a Manga by Naoshi Komi
- Film: 1 hour 52 minutes
- Kento Nakajima as Raku Ichijo
- Ayami Nakajo as Chitoge Kirisaki
- Natsumi Ikema as Kosaki Onodera
- Haruka Shimazake as Marika Tachibana
- Daigo as Chitoge’s Bodyguard
- Kaede Aono as Chitoge’s second Bodyguard
I just finished watching this live action film and I can say that it is one of the better mangas. It is enjoyable, with a beautiful and fun cast.
Raku is a second generation Shueigumi Yakuza. He was rather frustrating his father because Raku is a pacifist. He is studious and doesn’t want to get involved in any trouble or the ‘business’.
Raku is quite happily dreaming of the day when he will meet again his childhood ‘fiancee’ who he promised marriage when they get older. As a token, they each had a memento of their promised future union.
Raku has the locket and the girl of his dreams had the key that would unlock the locket.
He was just about to go to school when his father told him to come home straight after class.
He was just able to get into the gate before the school guards locked them.
He was still congratulating himself with his luck and agility when out of nowhere a blonde blue-eyed girl came jumping over the gate and knocked into Raku.
He was so annoyed and more so when he noticed that he was missing his locket.
And then an angelic face came into his vision, handing him his locket. It was Onodera, his secret crush.
At the class, their homeroom teacher announced that they had a transfer student from America and to give her a warm welcome.
It was the blonde, blue-eyed girl called Chitoge.
Raku and Chitoge had hate at first sight kinda thing, as Raku was still smarting from being accidentally kicked by Chitoge.
As Raku had promised his dad, he got home early.
His father was pleased to see him and quickly told him that their yakuza gang is facing a very trying time at the moment and the last thing they needed was a vendetta fight with a rival gang.
So his father and the leader of a rival gang, Beehive Gang, who does not want to start a war as well had concocted a plan of having Raku and the Beehive gang leader’s daughter to have a fake love and fake relationship.
And when Raku saw the daughter, he was so shocked but not as shocked and annoyed as Chitoge.
Just that day she called Raku a white thin beansprout while he called her a giant gorilla.
But in the end, the children understood their parents’ predicament and allowed themselves to be persuaded as fake lovers.
Early the next day, Chitoge was at Raku’s house for their whole day date.
To start with they were just tolerating each other because they did not have a choice as they were stalked by members of both their yakuza families.
Chitoge’s bodyguard was particularly ferocious as he had a bit of a crush on Chitoge, who he calls the princess. He continuedly tested Raku if he was good enough for the princess.
When they went back to school, someone had already told their school of Raku and Chitoge’s love relationship. They were congratulated warmly with banners and confetti.
But Raku saw Onodero’s rather sad sweet little face.
As if Onodero was not enough! There was another transfer student, who was the daughter of the police chief.
It looked like Raku was a bit of a heartthrob because the new girl, Tachibana, wanted him as well.
Three girls and Raku.
But Raku, despite the initial hate with Chitoge was actually watching over her. He told her how to make friends with the other girl. Chitoge was the opposite of Raku, she like pugilism and tolerate the violent behaviour of the Yakuza gang.
It was the school festival and their class had to make a presentation.
Onodero suggested staging Romeo and Juliet, secretly hoping to become Juliet to Raku’s Romeo.
Raku was unanimous as Romeo and Chitoge was put forward as Juliet.
During the rehearsal, Chitoge noticed that Raku liked Onodero. The feeling was mutual.
Chitoge made some issue of not wanting to play Juliet anymore and recommended that Onodero replaced her.
On the day of their performance, they were having a quick dress rehearsal when Onodero had an accident, hurting her legs.
A limping Juliet would not do so their teacher suggested immediately that Chitoge take back the part.
The play started very well, loved by students, and both members of the Yakuza factions. But as the play progresses, they started to adlib with their own dialogues.
Instead of confusing the audience, they loved it even more. They can’t get enough of Romeo & Juliet.
During the dying scene, Juliet drank her poison, Seeing that Juliet was dead, Romeo was going to drink his vial of poison as well but Chitoge got up and grab the poison.
She then told Romeo/Ruka to forget about her, marry someone else,have a long and happy life. She then drank the poison and died.
Ruka was given a chance to improvise but he really felt the scene and looking at the beautiful, virginal Chitoge lifeless, he took a knife and stabbed himself.
The audience was very moved. The Yakuza were crying.
He then got a message to meet at the rooftop. He was so happy thinking that it would be Chitoge but when he got there, it was Onodero who was waiting for him.
She asked him if he had completely forgotten her? She then showed him the key she had all these years.
Ruka was amazed.
Onodero confessed to him that she likes him and had been waiting for him. She gave him her key necklace and he used it to open his locket.
Inside were a couple of rings made from tiny beads.
Ruka gave one of the rings to Onodero.
Onodero asked him if he remembered what he promised her all those years ago?
Ruka said “Yes’ but he cannot fulfil the promise anymore because…
Before he could explain further, Onodero said she understood.
Ruka then raced to the airport as he heard that Chitoge was going back to New York for good.
There was a traffic but Tachibana who learned that Ruka was racing to the airport sent some police to clear a pathway for Ruka.
Chitogo’s private plane was already taxing away when Ruka got to the runway.
Luckily Chitoge saw him and stopped the plane.
They did have a lovey-dovey where Ruka said that it was not fake love, He was always been in love with her.
Awww . Cute ending.
Chinese Film 2019
My Best Summer (Chinese Movie Review & Summary)
- Genre: Romance, Youth, School, Friendship
- Date Released: 6 June 2019
- Origin: China; Film version of Television drama called With You
- Film: 1hr 50 min
- Haha He as Geng Geng
- Chen Feiyu as Yu Huai
- Kara Hui as Yui Ying Hong
- Zhou Chu Chu as Bei Ta
- Fang Wen Qiang as Zhang Ping
- Gao Wen Feng as Zhang Peng
This is a cute movie. Haha He is adorable as Geng Geng and of course, Chen Feiyu was very fanciable, a real baby oppa, a bae.
This is a film version of the excellent drama, With You starring Liu Haoran and Seven Tan.
Geng Geng had just started high school and the first day she met a very tall boy whose name Yu Huai was printed next to her name in the school billboard.
Before they had a chance to speak to one another, Geng Geng was dragged by her new high school friends.
In the classroom, they met their new homeroom teacher who was very liberal. He said that everyone can choose their own sitting arrangement and are free to sit with their friend.
Geng Geng’s two new friend went to sit with cut guys.
Then a voice from the back called out that he wanted to seat with Geng Geng.
Geng Geng was surprised but agreed. The boy was Yu Huai.
Yu Huai was known by everyone to be brilliant especially in Physics, gorgeous and athletic as well and very tall. He was the complete package.
Yu Huai teases Geng Geng all the time but it was obvious that he had a crush on her.
It was not smooth sailing though as during a parent/teacher meeting, she met Yu Huai’s mother who had taken a particular dislike towards Geng Geng because she was not as brilliant as her son and for sure holding Yu Huai back.
Geng Geng got very upset and so was her mother who was attending the Parent Teacher. She did not take kindly to Yu Huai’s mother looking down on them.
Later on Yu Huai explained to Geng Geng that his mother was too ambitious for him being a single parent. He then related that in his previous school, he sat next to a girl who was being bullied.
Unfortunately, during an exam, his ranking went slightly below and his mother blamed it on the bad influence of the girl. The girl then was asked to move seats.
Geng Geng’s mother and father had advised her to take up journalism in college because it was an easier course rather that of science.
Geng Geng had other ideas. She had promised Yu Huai that they are going to be deskmates forever so she studied and studied to be able to take up science as what Yu Huai would be taking.
But during graduation, Yu HUai was a no-show.
She heard later that he went to study in America.
Seven years later, everyone was now gainfully employed.
The former classmates attended a class reunion. Geng Geng heard that Yu Huai was now back in the country and likely to attend the reunion.
But he was absent. The friends where enjoying being together when a figure entered. It was Yu Huai.
Geng Geng was happy but somehow Yu Huai was rather remote, still friendly but rather mysterious
The former classmates met up again and were talking about the absent Yu Huai.
One of the boys can’t keep the truth to himself anymore.
He said that Yu Huai did not go to America, in fact he did not go to university because he had to look after his mother who became ill.
Yu Huai was living a sorry life.
Geng Geng texted Yu Huai to meet up on their meeting place.
Geng Geng was worried that he will not turn up but he eventually did.
Geng Geng told him that she had to tell him that she liked him in high school and she still likes him now.
He called her stupid but not in a horrible way but more endearing…
The went for a hug…