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.
I have been waiting for this drama or rather movie for a long time, I think, since early this year when I heard what the story would be about.
I thought it was so cute.
It was about a boy who is very misunderstood meets a girl who was so timid, she would say yes when she means no.
Anyway, the first few parts of this film have been subbed in English by rjgman56 (Thank you) and enjoyed watching them.
The film started with Onise engaged in a fight. A lone wolf or rather fox as he is a redhead against a gang of youths.
He lay down all bruised and battered by the wayside when a school girl dropped a little carton of milk on his unsuspecting hand.
A year later, it was the first day of high school, Nao Kogure was shyly thinking what school be like when she noticed a red-headed boy kicking and fighting with few boys. The red-head was, of course, Onise who lost his footing and accidentally push Kogure into the ground and fell on top of her.
Marmalade Boy (Japanese Tv Movie) Review & Summary
Marmalade Boy poster
Genre: Romance, School, Family, Relationship
Release Date: 2018
Origin: Japan and based on a manga, Marmalade Boy, written by Wataru Yoshizumi
Ryo Yoshizawa as Yuu Matsuura
Hinako Sakurai as Miki Koishikawa
Miho Nakayama as Chiyako (Yuu’s mother)
Rei Dan as Rumi (Miki’s mother)
Shosuke Tanihara as Yoji Matsuura
Michitaka Tsutsui as Jin Koishikawa
I have to be honest, at first, I had that WTH feeling about this live action manga.
Well, the story is just too near what is not morally right in my opinion. LOL
Anyway, young Miki was surprised by her parents when they announced that they are divorcing, all in a very amicable way, and that directly after the divorce they will remarry and exchange partners with another couple. Ecckkkk How wrong is that?!!!
Yep, apparently, Miki’s parents holidayed in Hawaii and before the holiday was over they decided to say goodbye to their relationship. They met a couple who they deemed to be more suited to them than with each other.
What happened then was that they tried to convince Miki to put up with the new situation. She then found out that the other couple has a son, who was the same age as her. He was Yuu, who happens to be intelligent and gorgeous.
Miki complained and told them that she was not happy about the changing partners and all and asked them what would happen to her.
She was quickly assured that nothing really much would change because she will still live with both her father and mother because the new couplings had decided to all live together under one roof. They will be a family of six. Ecckkk A commune!
One thing Miki’s mother warned her about was not to fall in love with Yuu as it would complicate matters!
What do you know? Mike fell in love with Yuu and it was mutual. Yuu seduced her with his handsomeness, caring and a stolen kiss a la Sleeping Beauty. He was the marmalade boy, sweet externally but there is some bitterness in the inside.
They are now living like a loved-up couple but it did not last long as there was a bit of an issue on Yuu’s parentage.
He thought his father was someone else. He got to the bottom of his suspected father, who denied that he was his dad. What he said though was that Chiyako has a young lover in college.
So he was back at square one, until one day, he was rooting for something in their storeroom when he came across his baby picture album. Amongst the pages of the album was some photos of his parents when younger along with Miki’s mum and dad.
He added two and two together and came up with Miki’s dad being his real father and that would make Miki his close blood relative. Yuk! Ecckkk Incest.
Yuu was inconsolable but made a decision to get away immediately, away from Miki and away from his family.
He went to Tokyo to pursue architecture.
The few years that passed cannot make Miki forget Yuu so she decided to find him in Tokyo and have some closure.
They had an emotional get-together and Yuu had to confess why he left her and that he loves her still but they can never be together as they are siblings.
Miki begged that they should have that holiday they had planned together before and spend some happy days together and then she will give up on him.
Away they went on their mini holiday, behaving like the lovebirds of a few years back.
When it came to going back to their separate hotel rooms for the night, they were rather reluctant to part but they had to.
However, at the last moment, Miki went to hug Yuu and offer to sleep with him. Yuu was at the end of his tether but persevered not to go beyond the boundary. But they just literally slept together in the same bed.
Miki woke up alone in the bed and found Yuu staring blankly by the window. He then told Miki that he made up his mind. They had to be together forever, live together. They might not be able to have children and will be both feeling self-guilt for the rest of their lives but he was willing if she was.
Miki did not think twice, she was all for it.
They raced to their house to confront the parents. Yuu blamed the parents of how the situation turned out to be. They had such a dysfunctional home-life situation, where they were not consulted but rather ignored.
Yuu said that he knew Miki was his sister but they will live together as a couple no matter what.
So everyone was confused and the real story about the parents was finally revealed.
Back in their university days, they were all friends and even after graduating. Chiyako and Jin were a couple and While Rumi was going out with Yoji.
Chiyako was pregnant with Jin’s baby but he was being transferred to London. Chiyako then was consoled by gentle Yoji. This created a chasm and misunderstanding in the relationship of the four friends.
Thinking that Yoji had left Rumi for Chiyako and that Chiyako was not interested anymore, Jin persuaded Rumi to go to London with him instead.
Chiyako lost her baby but still Jin married her and a year later, Yuu was born.
In summary, Yuu and Mike were not siblings. Yey.
So everything is sorted and they are free to love and beget as many children as they want.
I highly recommend this film as a lazy weekend treat.
It is enjoyable and fast paced. There plenty of comic scenes and the girls are beautiful with different personalities, which you can choose your favourite from. I have to say, I love the character of Ga-bi, she is feisty and does not carry much baggage, so she is just a gorgeous fighting machine.
Jin Ok, Hong Dan and Ga Bi are three beautiful women who all work as bounty hunters for Mu Myeong.
They take on jobs of hunting the most wanted and always get their men. The three women have their individual expertise.
Jin Ok is a sharpshooter and excellent with the yoyo as a weapon. She is also a bit of an inventor and an engineer.
Hong Dan is a married lady but she is more comfortable throwing shuriken (Chinese stars) than doing household chores, which she leaves to her husband.
Ga-Bi is the youngest of the group. She is upfront; what you see is what you get. Her forte is in archery and explosives.
Their biggest mission was to retrieve a stauroscope before it lands into the hand of the Chinese.
While completing the mission, Jin Ok learned that her father was alive and the person, who had supposedly killed him was her childhood love, Sa Hyeon. Though Sa Hyeon tried to kill/hurt her several times, in the end he saved her life and her father’s but died in doing so.
They did accomplish their mission and the grateful King rewarded them handsomely.
Really good film, never a boring moment. Though I am not sure how Jin Ok survived after her father was ‘killed’ and her protector, Sa Hyeon, was taken by the evil Kim Ja Hun.
I just watched this film and found it really interesting with lovely jazz music. This film is a live-action film of a manga.
The three main actors, Komatsu, Chinen and Nakagawa gave a charismatic performance.
The story is being told by Kaoru Nishimi, who is now a doctor.
It all began in 1966. He just transferred to a new school. During the first day, a classmate was tasked to show him around and it was Ritsu. He found her very pretty the first time he saw her but he started feeling claustrophobic and he needed a breath of fresh air.
He climbed into the rooftop but notice some hindrance to the entrance. It was the prone body of Sentaro.
Kaoru was entranced at the handsome, rather battered face of Sentaro, a half-caste – half American, half Japanese boy with blond hair and very fair skin.
The first moment they met, they have clicked and became friends.
Sentaro took him to a music store, who Kaoru was excited to know was owned by Ritsu’s father.
The father had told them that they have someone special waiting in the studio below. Sentaro was really excited as it was Jun, his idol, a student at Tokyo University who is proficient with the trumpet playing jazz music.
Jun on the trumpet and Sentaro playing the drums, started to have a session. Kaoru couldn’t help himself and started to play the piano as well.
The music bonded them all together including the sweet Ritsu.
After a church service, the three friends found themselves at the beach, where they saw a girl being harassed by boys.
Sentaro had just to rescue the girl as that is how he was.
When he saw the girl up close, he fell madly in love. For days he was almost senseless in wonder.
They again met the girl in a club, where Kaoru noticed that she seemed familiar with Jun.
Anyway, Sentaro started being friendly with the girl, which Kaoru observed was making Ritsu rather upset. She likes Sentaro herself even back from they were children.
One day while they were meeting for another session in the music room, Sentaro brought with him the girl, Yuri, which made everyone uneasy. Ritsu couldn’t take it and run off, followed closely by Kaoru.
He found her crying. He kissed her as he just couldn’t help himself. Ritsu was so surprised she pushed him away and run off.
Poor Kaoru was also being made to feel unwanted at his current lodging with his auntie and family, who tells him to think about what he wants to do in university as they will be paying for his course as well as his lodging in Tokyo and would be a pretty penny.
He was so stressed that he went to Sentaro’s house. He heard the happy commotion inside the house and a smiling Sentaro answered the door.
Karoru remarked that he envies Sentaro’s life. He wishes he has somewhere to really belong to as well.
Sentaro took him aside and told him that his life is far from perfect. He then recounted that he was ‘born’ in the Catholic church or at least his birth mother left him in the church steps when he was a baby.
He was later adopted by a childless couple but before long they had their own children and more or less does not have time for him.
He was also bullied by other children because he was different with his light coloured hair and half American features. He did not know where he belongs.
Meanwhile Jun was packing his things when Yuri appeared. She said that she was ready to go anywhere with him.
At that moment, Sentaro was on his way to Jun’s house. He couldn’t believe it when he found Jun and Yuri all packed and going away together.
He was absolutely gutted. He took out his frustration by fighting his schoolmates.
Kaoru stopped him. He was asked by Sentaro if he knew about Jun and Yuri. Kaoru was forced to admit to it. Sentaro was now also upset with Kaoru for betraying their friendship.
The friendship was now fragmented.
Kaoru was playing cans in wires telephone with a girl in the neighbourhood. The girl asked for advice about a boy who was always nasty to her and made her cry.
He said that he also made a girl he loves cry. And then the voice at the other end was Ritsu. She said that she was just surprised that is all. It was her first kiss. So they made up, friends again.
A singing concert at school mend their three friends fractured friendship.
They decided to take part in a church concert. Sentaro and Ritsu are both religious and all excited about the event. They decided to fetch Kaoru in their motorbike.
Ritsu confessed to Sentaro that her heart goes faster when she is with Kaoru… and then their motorbike was crashing into a car.
Ritsu was in a coma and Kaoru found Sentaro battered in a pew inside the church. Sentaro was asking God why was he born? Why does he bring misfortune to the people he knew. He said that he should be taken rather than Ritsu.
Finally Kaoru was able to convince Sentaro to return to the hospital where Ritsu has woken up. She said that she dreamt that she was with Sentaro who told her to get out of the dark.
When Kaoru went out to get Sentaro, he was no longer there but left his rosary by the door.
10 years later -1976?
Kaoru is a doctor in Tokyo. One day two familiar faces came to see him. Jun and a pregnant Yuri. Yuri showed him a photo of a wedding of a friend.
Kaoru travelled back to the village and found that Ritsu is now a teacher. He showed her the photo. Now we see the photo. Sentaro is now a priest.
Both Kaoru and Ritsu agreed to find Sentaro.
They found him easy enough because he was playing the piano for the children at the church.
He looks happy and at peace. He asked Kaoru and Ritsu if they were there to get married.
It feels like all the years that had passed had vanished.
Genre: Hotel Management, Job, Family, Relationship, Romance
Release Date: 2016
Dennis Oh as Nie Xuan
Jing Tang as XiaoXiao
This is a pretty straight-forward film with a very simplistic ending for everyone.
Once upon a time in the life of XiaoXiao, back when she was little, she had a pet cat who was really a genie/fairy.
The cat announced to young XiaoXiao that he was leaving and as a goodbye gift, he would grant a wish she makes.
XiaoXiao easily said that she wanted to have more time and doesn’t want to sleep. She wants to study and have some play-time afterwards and do other things as well. For this young girl, there is not much time during the day!
The cat asked her if she wishes it forever. The girl readily confirmed that it was.
From then own, the girl grew up insomniac, which affected her life, love life and job prospects. She can’t keep the latter two.
As a result, she concentrated on acquiring more qualifications than what she needed.
She was in between love and work when she finally found the perfect job. Become a hotel tester/reviewer.
She was very good at the job, she had all the time at night to review hotels. She became known as Queen Untouchable amongst her peers.
A TASS group of luxury hotels was owned by Nie family, and there was currently a battle of supremacy between brothers to inherit the hotel chain.
The eldest was Nie Xuan, who was cold and exacting; he was made that way by his domineering father, who sets him tasks, made him follow every rule strictly.
It was a different story for his other son, who was indulged and adored. The younger son was therefore very affectionate towards his father but totally conniving and spoilt. He wanted to manage the hotel himself, though he lacks commitment and diligence.
He instigated that a hotel reviewer visits their flagship hotel, which is managed competently by Nie Xuan, who was expecting that FORBES would include them to the list of best luxury hotels in the world. A bad review would mean disqualification, which the younger brother was hoping and this would make their father hand the position of CEO to him in a plate.
The reviewer was XiaoXiao, who quickly found herself having so much in common with Nie Xuan, for a starter as both insomniacs. They also both love their jobs and the hotel business.
Hotel Guide from a professional hotel tester:
A bellhop should notice a guest arrival within 3 seconds and give a welcoming smile.
In the reception area, no matter how busy they are they should give a warm eye contact with new visitors.
You should be able to haggle for a discount or some other deals. (I have never thought of this especially in 5* hotels LOL)
Testing the automatic curtain management.
The hot water must reach the temperature within 15 seconds.
The height of the switches must be 1 metre.
Not a single hair must be on the carpet.
The security peephole must be 1.2 metres high.
The toilet must be 45 cm high
In the restaurant, you should be noticed within 3 seconds
The final test was how efficient the hotel cleaners. You can be as messy as you like and expect that everything would be tidied after you. (I would like to see that)
There are also side stories like a pop star/singer-songwriter called Lucas, who was so taciturn as his composing mojo had left him.
There was also a couple who have not had proper relationships for ages. When the husband tried it with the wife, she laughed at him dismissively. This made him call a young girlfriend to book herself into the same hotel as well.
When he got to her room, she breaks up with him because she finally realised that he was just too old for her.
The girl then tried to leave the hotel, only to run to her father, who was currently a fugitive from his debtors.
Nie Xuan was a victim of his brother’s sabotage.
Nie Xuan was told that the younger brother is now set to inherit from their father. Nie Xuan had had enough and quit. XiaoXiao was there and she showed him that there is more to life than working all the time. She encourages him to relax.
Within a couple of days, his father was calling him back to return and will give him another chance. He did some reorganisation and fired YangYa, his dad’s PA who was helping his younger brother to sabotage his work.
Toward the end of the film, he led XiaoXiao to a beautifully decorated room with guests wishing them a good engagement celebration.
The next day Nie Xuan found the red shoes with the ring he gave to XiaoXiao in her vacated hotel room.
XiaoXiao then shown doing her job once again in another luxurious hotel somewhere in the world.
When she opened the paper, there was a photo of a pair of red shoes and she gave an enigmatic smile.
This film is loosely based on a manga. Loosely I say because having read the summary of the manga version online, it seems some of the character’s schoolmates have their own superpower, which is not really tackled in the film.
Anyway, the film revolved around a young highschooler named Ichigo Kurosaki. From an early age, he can see ghosts and sort of help them.
This special power is known by his father, Isshin, who is super handsome and fit, and by his two young sisters, Karin and Yuzu. They live in Karakura Town.
After another day of saving another soul, he was in his bedroom when he noticed a girl in Shogun outfit. They were both surprised to see each other.
The girl was a grim reaper and before they can properly introduce themselves to each other, they heard a great commotion downstairs.
A hollow has snatched Yuzu.
They followed the hollow, which is a gargantuan ape-like creature with super vigour and agility. They are of course invisible to those without sixth sense.
It took all Rukia’s, ( the soul reaper) skill and power to fight and yet she can’t completely vanquish the hollow.
The injured Rukia told Ichigo that she needs him to help her by making him a substitute reaper, otherwise the hollow will devour both of their souls.
Though he was reluctant, Ichigo allowed the blade of Zanpakuto to pierce him in the middle of his chest. Rukia’s every ounce of power flowed into him.
Apparently, Ichigo is really special because he has a high spiritual pressure, which made the new Zanpakuto almost double in size.
Ichigo metamorphoses into a gorgeous samurai warrior in the style of manga. 🙂 He has orange hair and brown eyes.
Before long, the hollow was defeated by this new gorgeous fighting machine.
Ichigo woke up the next day confused as everything seems to be normal and yet not quite right. Yuzu, his young sister, cannot remember being kidnapped by the hollow.
He was still contemplating what had happened when he was in school. A cute girl, Orihime has a crush on him and he might have liked her too but he was distracted by a new student, who was none other than Rukia.
Rukia, having lost all her power to Ichigo has to stay by his side and assume a human body.
Rukia explained to him that there are two kinds of souls. The first one is the whole or normal ones, the human called ghosts. The second type is the hollows. The hollows are soul eater, they especially like feeding on souls of those who died with a grudge to bear.
Rukia told Ichigo that she needed to train him to defeat the hollows. now that he is a soul agent.
She then told him that there are two main duties fo a soul reaper. First is to guide the soul of the newly dead to the soul society to undergo a ritual called a burial. The second duty is to destroy every hollow with the Zanpahuto. (sword)
What Rukia did not tell Ichigo was that aside from hollows, a small band of remaining Quincy is after the soul reapers. The Quincy are humans, who have the ability to detect the whereabouts of hollows but more some reason, their tribes were annihilated by the soul reapers. Probably because the Quincy has the power to manipulate the soul energy of both the Reaper and Hallows.
There was a boy in his class, Uryu, who happens to be a Quincy. He knows that Ichigo is now a reaper because he can feel his strong spiritual pressure and he also knows that Rukia is a soul reaper.
Rukia is warned by Kisuke, an ex-grim reaper, that she is being hunted by her brother Byakuya and Renji.
Rukia knows that this is likely to happen as she has lost her power to a human. This means as per Soul reaper code her extermination and Ichigo is just a matter of time.
She made a deal with her brother, telling him that she can defeat the hollow they have been hunting for the last 54 years, the Grand Fisher. And Ichigo can vanquish the hollow.
Byakuya and Renzi gave them some time to do their mission.
Rukia trained Ichigo extensively in martial arts.
Then came the death anniversary of Ichigo’s mother.
His family went to the cemetery but on the way, his two sisters got waylaid by a little girl, the same little girl who killed his mother.
When Rukia and Ichigo got to them, the hollow, the Grand Fisher, had the sisters in his clutches.
Rukia turned Ichigo into a fighting machine. It is sort of edifying to note that the hurricanes and tornados may be the work of the invisible hollows! Hmmm
Anyway, they chased the Grand Fisher everywhere in the town and created chaos everywhere including in the coffee shop where Ichigo’s schoolmates were gathering. Chad, who has super strength like the Haulk was tasked by Ichigo to look after their schoolmates. Uryu was also there.
After a prolonged battle between Ichigo and Grand Fisher and with a little help from Uryu, the hollow was finally defeated.
A budding bromance between Ichigo and Uryu was cut short by Renzi. He stabbed Uryu, then started fighting Ichigo.
It was a real test for ichigo but he managed to injure Renzi pretty badly in the end. But then Byakuya was also after him and his sister, who refuses to harm Ichigo.
Ichigo was no match for Byakuya. Several times he was left prone to the ground and yet he would get up again and again until Rukia cannot take it anymore and pretended that she holds Ichigo in contempt.
Byakuya then stopped his assault on Ichigo because his sister had managed to retrieved her power back from Ichigo and she went with her brother and Renzi.
Ichigo was left thinking that once again, his life was saved by another.
He woke up at home after a very long sleep as if everything that happened was just another figment of his imagination.
He went to school and everyone was accounted for except for Rukia but Uryu was there.
I really enjoyed this film. It has a good story and the action is hyped and fast. I totally recommend this film which can be seen on Netflix!
The actors are gorgeous. Sota is super handsome and Hana has that seriousness about her that is rather affecting.
The story is about a race against time to get a serial abductor, whose next victim is the blind Lu Xioaxing. With the help of a young witness they must outwit and get away from the assailant.
I totally recommend this film, it has enough thrill, it has beautiful cast, the script is tight.
I have to admit though that Lu Han rather stole the film, he was so radiant. I also have to mention Cong Cong. I really shed a few tears when he died. That was such a sad scene.
You might wonder who Cong Cong was as he is not mentioned in the cast list. Well, Cong Cong was a guide dog, was a good and faithful companion to Xiaoxing (Yang Mi).
She’s blind after an accident involving her and her brother.
Three years ago, Xiaoxing was an up and coming rookie policewoman, who left her post unattended to go running off to her brother, who had been regularly banking off college to concentrate on his music, which by all account, he was getting rather successful with his band of followers.
Xiaoxing frogmarched her brother into the car and tied him up as he was unruly.
No matter how much he begged Xiaosing was having none of it.
Her frustrated brother started interfering with the accelerator until Xiaoxing lost control and bumped into a lorry.
Xiaoxing got thrown out of the car while her brother was left in the car which was about to fall a few metres down below.