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A Korean Scarface?

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A British guy said this about a movie I saw (or resaw) recently:

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Bittersweet Life Cover

“This was possibly the greatest film I have ever seen. It was superb on so many different levels. The script, the fighting, the special effects all mould the perfect film. Within the first ten minutes i knew this film was going to keep me on the edge of my seat. I have never been so excited by action scenes before and never laughed with so much shock at the extent of brutal fighting. It is a genre of its own as it has none of that Hollywood business where the bad guys always fail and the main character is invincible and although love is a factor it is not overplayed. This film is electrifying to say the very least. It has more fist action than all the ROCKYs put together, more blood than Goodfellas and is as exciting if not more than a Tarantino film.” Continue reading

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Not WANTED anymore: quality summer action flick

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Wanted starring Angelie Jolie

Wanted starring Angelie Jolie

I’ve been meaning to write about my thoughts about the summer Angelie Jolie/Morgan Freeman starring flick Wanted for some time now. Simply put, I enjoyed it. I haven’t seen a good action flick with a plot that you couldn’t expect 100%. While some things were predictable, the story still entertains even the cynical of movie goers. It was worth the watch.

If you need one line though to describe how the movie played out, I’d say it was: Matrix meet Mission Impossible meet Office Space & you get the movie Wanted.

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Film festivals galore (in Korea)

korean film festivals

korean film festivals

From Puchon to Jeonju.  From Seoul down to Busan, you’ll have plenty of flicks to keep you busy and hopefully entertained this summer. Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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The Karate Kid Redux: Never Back Down 2008

Never Back Down the Movie

…or should we say Karate Kid V?

Right before I grab a meal at home, I check out some of the local video sites to see if there’s a good flick on.  I usually look for a recent movie like a 2007 or 2008 production film…not as much into the classics.  So, I click on the first movie with a reference to 2008 and it’s this movie called “Never Back Down.”  I have no idea what it’s about, but after enjoying the 110 minute movie, I can only think of one thing: “The Karate Kid” for the year 2008. Continue reading

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In Korean Cinema: it’s “Busan vs. Seoul for film crown”

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Two Korean cities compete for productions

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Original: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117980539.html?categoryId=2894&cs=1

By DARCY PAQUET

SEOUL — Many Westerners may only have heard of one city in South Korea: the bustling metropolis Seoul, home to 11 million people (19 million, including the suburbs of Gyeonggi Province). But those with an interest in Korea’s robust film industry are likely to be familiar with the nation’s second city, Busan, a seaside port that is home to 5 million and which hosts Asia’s premier film festival. Seoul may be the undisputed financial, cultural and political center of the country, but nonetheless every year a high percentage of Korean films — including such classics as “Oldboy” — are shot in Busan. Continue reading

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The Kingdom instigates the emotions and pulls the heart strings

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“The Kingdom” belongs in a group of movies I like to call the “stir up the emotions” and literally make you want to go out and fight for something type of flicks…just finished watching it. Other movies in this group include “Erin Brockovich,” “Good Will Hunting,” or the “Rainmaker” at least for me. Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 DVDs (2007)

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#1. Ford at Fox A beautiful box of 24 John Ford films provides a full, fresh view of the classic American director. Even casual movie fans of a certain age will be familiar with the official classics — Young Mr. Lincoln, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, My Darling Clementine — but there are other gems (the assassination drama The Prisoner of Shark Island, the Will Rogers Steamboat Round the Bend, the Shirley Temple Wee Willie Winkie) that look gorgeous in new restorations. Another treat: an illuminating documentary, Becoming John Ford, on the director’s relationship with Fox mogul Darryl Zanuck. Continue reading

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Another of Time’s Top 10 Movies Lists (by Critic Richard Schickel for 2007)

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#1. Michael ClaytonThe title figure, wonderfully played by George Clooney, is the chief fixer for a white shoe law firm — the go-to guy when its powerful clients’ divorces or tax returns get messy. This time he’s dealing with the meltdown of the firm’s chief litigator, determined to cross over from the dark side (a vast American corporation, one of whose products is killing its users) to the light (class action plaintiffs). It’s a morally alert, persuasively realistic and increasingly suspenseful melodrama, impeccably acted and handsomely staged by Tony Gilroy. Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Movies (by Critic Richard Corliss in 2007)

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#1. No Country for Old Men The good guy (Josh Brolin) steals $2 million in drug money. The implacably, mesmerizingly, astonishingly bad guy (Javier Bardem) tries to get it back. And a West Texas sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) tracks their discursive trails. Adapting Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Joel and Ethan Coen have fashioned a nearly mainstream action movie that is dry, funny, beautifully acted, thrillingly cinematic. After two decades of being brilliant on the movie margins, the Coens are ready for their closeup, and maybe their Oscar. Continue reading

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My coworker is a filmmaker…check out some of his work:

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Thanks for sharing Kellen.

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Never thought I’d ever cry for a cow…

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A couple coworkers/friends of mine and I went to see this movie called “Sheek-gek” (in hangul 식객) which I can’t find the translation into English. In Naver’s dictionary, it says it means “a dependent;a hanger-onpl. hangers-on》;a parasite I don’t know what this has to do with the flick since it was a battle between two chefs over who would prevail as the best culinary artist. The bad guy of course lost in the end & it had your typical plot where the good guy was disgraced at the beginning, fought the entire movie to prevail in the end. Continue reading

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