Romantic comedies are not my favorite genre, to say the least. Occasionally, however, I do find films I enjoy, with "What A Man Wants' being the most recent sample. Furthermore, the concept of the romance between a director of adult films and a former child actress seemed rather interesting, with the fact that the script is based on the director's personal experiences adding even more to the whole idea. Let us see how the film fared though...More
Il-hyeon (played by Ryu Jun-yeol) is a numbers nerd who already looks the part. Through voiceover and montage, we then see Il-hyeon's dorkiness even more thoroughly- he's an ambitious junior stockbroker who wants to make lots of money because he thinks bigger numbers are better than smaller numbers. Il-hyeon then predictably gets suckered into an obvious scam where in the short-term anyway his numbers do awesome...More
In the promising opening to "The King of the Border" Yoo-jin (played by Kim Sae-byuk) get off an airplane in Poland and then proceeds to ignore people. There's a lot of great dark travel comedy here. A person like Yoo-jin, when she goes to another country, does so because she specifically does not want to talk to people from her own country anymore. The escalating sequences that follow are amazing, as we see Yoo-jin forced to become more blunt about how she wants to be left alone...More
For his feature debut, Lee Chang-dong's assistant Park Jung-bum decided to direct, write and star in a film that was inspired Jeon Seung-cheol, a North Korean refugee he met while attending Yonsei University; Jeon was diagnosed with stomach cancer and died in 2008, less than 6 years after he defected to South Korea. His effort paid off with "Journals of Musan" netting 17 awards from major film festivals around the world...More
For all the movie's dark, essentially melodramatic marketing, "A History of Jealousy" initially plays out as a mostly cute romance. Soo-min (played by Nam Gyu-ri) and Won-ho (played by Oh Ji-ho) meet again after a long time at a social event with three of their other friends. So of course, happy memories flow forth about how they first met ten years ago in happier times. Back then they had more mundane problems, like trying to evade police brutality...More
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