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Breaking Korean News: A young Korean actress (Jang Jin Young/장진영) passes away at 35 years old

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Another one of the young and beautiful passes away at a very young age. More pics of this South Korean actress and former model follow. Continue reading

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This summer’s sleeper (in Korea)

국가대표

국가대표

The summer’s been littered with box office hits here in South Korea like Haeundae and Transformers (from the states).  GI Joe starring Lee Byung-hun as well is up there in the charts with Harry Potter making it’s usual splash on the cinema front.  However, a movie that’s been creeping up a bit and I’m thinking is going to be this summer’s sleeper, if not 2009’s is “Gukga daepyo” (국가대표) or in English, it’s been translated as ” State Representative” (literal translation), “Take Off”, which describes a bit about what the guy does in the movie or “National Team” being what he’s doing it all for.

국가대표 is based on a real story and one of ski jumpers in the movie named 강칠구 is a real national team ski jumper.  Interestingly enough, Mr. 강 received the bronze medal from K-95, one of the international ski jump games held in German on the 15th of August (this past Saturday).

**What’s a sleeper?  Answer’s up next… Continue reading

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I love this movie…

A_Moment_to_Remember_PosterI shared “A Moment to Remember” with a past coworker recently.  I remembered how much it made me tear up.

This morning, I woke up a bit early and it’s hard to get things done before 10a here in Korea.  So, I decided to rewatch it.  I’ve seen it a few times now, but it still lets me tear up quite easily.  The last clips in this Youtube playlist really make you want to grab some tissues.

It’s funny how direct translation of a title into English can be though.  The Korean title in English means, “In my head, there’s an eraser.”  The leads in the movie are both appealing characters.  You literally fall in love with both of them.  One quote in the movie I think is amazing to hear is “You’re a great husband.”  The male star really does epitomize what a husband should do in such a situation.   Continue reading

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Who wants to be a millionaire – Indian style…

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Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Tried to watch this movie a month plus ago, but after being reminded by IMDB‘s MOVIEmeter Top 10 list (#6 on the list recently), I was finally able to get a hold of Slumdog Millionaire & dedicate a good 2 hours to watch it.  Lately, I’ve been watching movies while distracted by other things I’m working online or the stock market.  However, I was really able to focus on this one which does help improve my appreciation for whatever flick I end up watching. Continue reading

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“Without hope, life is not worth living…”

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Picture of Milk bottles

Picture of Milk bottles

Watched “Milk” tonight starring Sean Penn.  Not a bad story about the true life of Harvey Milk.  Towards the end of the movie, Milk says “”without hope, life is not worth living…”  He had just turned 40 and said stuff to his partner that he hadn’t done much in his life he was proud of.  Kind of reminded me of how I feel some days.  I guess I shouldn’t feel that way entirely, but I have to admit some days I do wonder how much I’ve accomplished.  I wish I could have done more.  Continue reading

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Simply one of the better told stories through a movie (possible repost)

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Periodically, I come back to this movie titled “Il Mare” (which according to the movie translates into “Sea”) to get a sense of good story telling and simply a good movie.  The scenes, the amount dedicated to each scene, the soundtrack, the acting all make it a very strong flick.  I don’t know if I’ll ever be lucky enough to retell another story like this, but I envision myself to have achieved one of my my life’s ultimate goals to have potentially done this through a book or a movie.  We’ll see… Continue reading

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Reviews & thoughts of the PIFF films I saw

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Well, this year was a bit disappointing for a number of reasons at PIFF:

1) Some random gal from Hong Kong emailed me prior to the festival starting and asked me to buy her tickets.  After a bit of initial concern that I would never get paid, I decided to take a chance and buy her 4 tickets and make several trips to the bank on her behalf.  She communicated a bit via email (albeit inconsistently) which made it appear she would come, but then ended up cancelling last minute before I could get a refund on the tickets.  I ended up out of the money for the tickets.  She had the gall to ask about tickets for next year in the same delinquent email.  Continue reading

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My 2nd PIFF (Pusan International Film Festival) in Busan (2008)

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This year, I thought I would try to make up for last year’s mistake in not buying tickets in advance.  So, I did as much homework as I could with the Pusan International Film Festival guide available for free at Pusan Banks throughout the city before the tickets went on sale online & in the banks on the 24th of September (Opening/Closing Day went on sale on the 22nd). Continue reading

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Maundy Thursdays – A film about forgiving in Korea

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Dong Won Kang stars with Na-yeong Lee as the female lead in this Korean 2006 film titled Urideul-ui haengbok-han shigan in Korean about forgiving.  Na yeong Lee’s character has a secret that is revealed late in the movie that makes her hate her mom & life.  This pain and hatred helps her relate with Kang Dong Won’s (the surnames are usually first in Korea) character who is painfully struggling with a crime he was accused of committing.  I’ve seen some good Korean flicks lately … so this doesn’t rank up there as the best, but worth a watch.

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A Korea Movie you’ll DEFINITELY remember

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I have an eraser in my head

I have an eraser in my head

Get ready to gush out a cloud full of tears…this 2004 Korean Romance Film titled “Nae meorisokui jiwoogae” or directly translated into English “I have an eraser in my head” is one of the better sad love stories you’ll see.  The International title though is “A Moment to Remember.”  I’ve seen some tear jerkers from Korea, but this one definitely didn’t help my tear ducts stay full.  The first of  26 segments follows.

If you’d like to watch the rest, click on more. Continue reading

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Sunflower: (aka Haebaragi) a typical Korean movie

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Sunflower

Sunflower

This Korean movie stirs the emotions for most of the movie up through until the end.  It makes you really hate the villains and you can’t wait for the main character to pummel them in the end.  Two negatives: no English subtitles for the International viewers and I wish the revenge lasted a little longer.  😉

For the entire movie, you can watch it via this playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=77C93ED8D65C9F91

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A simply & silly title, but not a bad Korean flick

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Daisy - the Movie

Daisy - the Movie

Starring two of the bigger names in the Korean entertainment industry, Ji-hyun Jun & Woo-sung Jung, this flick titled “Daisy” is described by IMDB as “a story about the inevitable showdown between a detective and a killer who fall in love with the same woman.”  What I think this movie really has going for it is the soundtrack…which makes it even more emotional.

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A funny Korean flick starring pretty Chinese star Qi Shu

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This was a funny movie I saw recently. I’ve been in a movie watching mode. Not a bad flick…especially after watching a horrible one last night in the theatres.

The movie stars a very pretty Chinese actress Qi Shu.  It’s called “Jopog Manura 3” in Korean.  It was produced in 2006.  Here’s some more details from IMDB: “When Aryong, the daughter of a triad boss from Hong Kong is accused of killing the boss of a competing triad, she is goes into hiding in Korea. Upon arriving, she is guided by a nimble but loyal Gi-chul and his motley crew, who are assigned to protect her until her return.”

If you’d like to watch the whole thing with a tad bit of transition problems towards the end, click on this link for the playlist on Youtube.

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One of the sadder & better Korean romance movies I’ve seen…

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Il Mare - 시월애

Il Mare - 시월애

I guess it was so good, they turned it into a Hollywood production in the states.  It’s called “Il Mare” I guess translated from the Korean “Shi-wor-eh” (시월애).  A remake of it with Keanu Reaves and Sandra Bullock was called the “Lake House”, but it was definitely much worse.

If you’d like to see the entire movie part after part, just click here for a playlist on Youtube which plays it to the end.

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A great Korean Romance Flick: The Classic

This may compete with some of the better produced films internationally in terms of the story & production of a romance film.  It’s called “The Classic.”

If you would like to watch the entire movie, just click here for a playlist which plays it part after part.

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