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The day of the earth stood still May 12, 2009

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In the original movie, a flying saucer orbits Earth, and lands in Washington, DC, on the Mall. Klaatu (Michael Rennie) steps out and is shot by a jumpy soldier. Gort (Lock Martin), an indestructible robot steps out of the spacecraft and proceeds to melt all the weapons, including tanks. Later, the Earth comes to realize that Gort has used very little of his power to make this happen.

While lying on the ground, Klaatu orders Gort to stop, and is then taken by the military to a hospital from which he later escapes in order to learn more about this planet called Earth and its human inhabitants. He meets Helen Benson (Patricia Neal) and her son Billy (Billy Gray); takes Klaatu on a tour of Washington, DC; and finally stops in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Klaatu reads the words uttered by Lincoln many years ago and realizes that there might be hope for Earth.

When they begin to suspect the alien man, he reveals himself, along with the news that Gort is a member of a race of super-robot enforcers invented to keep the peace of the galaxy and will destroy the Earth if provoked. Klaatu is pursued and shot and killed by the military. Before Klaatu dies, he tells Helen to go to Gort, and say the words “Klaatu barada nikto.” If she does not, Klaatu tells her Gort will destroy the Earth. Helen makes her way to the ship and finds Gort. As the robot moves towards her, she repeats the phrase over and over. The robot picks her up and takes her into the ship. It then retrieves Klaatu’s body and, through their alien science, resurrects Klaatu.

The 2008 remake about an alien and his indestructible robot will star Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, Jennifer Connelly as Helen Benson, Jaden Smith as Jacob, and Kathy Bates. Gort has not been cast at this time and will most likely be created using SFX.

The remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still will supposedly remain true to the original movie. However, there is a chance the remake will more likely remain true to the short story upon which the 1951 movie is based. In either case, the alien weaponry seems to have been upgraded. In addition to a city going dark, and a very brief look at the new Gort, the film trailer shows a cloud of black smoke, capable of rapid movement and disintegrating matter on contact.

In the 1951 movie, Gort is described as one of a race of robots created by the planets to maintain peace throughout the galaxy. If the 2008 remake follows “Farewell to the Master,” the short story by Harry Bates upon which the 1951 movie is based will be used for the ending, which will not be revealed here.

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My rating: 7.5

Aein, The Lover (The Intimate) April 30, 2009

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Sung Hyun Ah (The Scarlet Letter, Cello) her lover has never taken a dangerous risk in her life. She has been for seven years and is going to get married next month. One day she meets a handsome stranger, who asked her to spend one day with him. It might be a mistake to accept his proposal, but over the next day she will experience a level of excitement and intimacy, she has never experienced before, and this could change her life all of sudden.

The nature of liking someone vs. being truly committed in love with another person is explored in this film.

“Aein” in a way reminded me of “Great Expectations” with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, where Paltrow’s character kept playing mind games with Hawke’s character’s emotions, making him think “Does she love me…does she not…why does she keep going back and forth and in-and-out of my life, playing mind games, toying with my emotions, and keep torchering my soul?”

The woman in this film does the same thing to the man who is infatuated with her. The man genuinely wants to love the woman, but every time he attempts to get emotionally closer to her and get more comfortable with her, she puts up a wall, and keeps withdrawing from him. Plus, she keeps playing mind games with him. As for the moments of romantic interlude, the sex scenes are great, and have the right level of erotic charge to keep its viewers interested, as the viewers keep wondering what will ultimately happen between these 2 people.

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This is not your typical love story, and for those of you who have had your hearts broken, stepped on, and trampled upon, this film will resonate with you and generate a feeling of empathy.

But, the bottomline is that this film definitely answers that eternal question of whether or not Korean women (in general) tend to marry men for money/security over that of true love.

Also Known As:
Lover (International: English title)
The Intimate (Singapore: English title)
Cast: Dong-hyuk Jo, Ye-ryeong Kim, Hyeon-a Seong
Genre: Romance
Runtime: 98 min

Source: asianvideoblog

My Rating: 7

Samaritan Girl aka Samaria April 27, 2009

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Plot

Yeo-jin and Jae-yeong are two teenage girls who are trying to earn money for a trip to Europe. To reach this end, Jae-yeong is prostituting herself while Yeo-jin acts as her pimp, setting her up with the clients and staying on guard for the police. Things take a turn for the worse when Yeo-jin gets distracted from her duty and the police raid the motel where Jae-yeong is meeting with a client. To avoid getting caught, Jae-yeong jumps out of a window, fatally injuring herself.

After Jae-yeong’s death, Yeo-jin blames herself and to ease her own conscience, sets to return all of the money they earned to the clients while sleeping with them herself. Eventually Yeo-jin’s father, a policeman, is devastated when he discovers what she is doing. He starts following her discreetly and confronts her clients with escalatingly violent results. On the last time, he ends up brutally killing a client.

For the rest of its duration, the movie follows the father and daughter on a short trip to the countryside, where they both sense something is wrong with the other, but are unable to confront each other directly. In the end, the law catches up with the father, who hopes to have done enough to prepare Yeo-jin for her life without him.

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Reception

As with many other films by Kim Ki-duk, Samaritan Girl was not a box office success in its home country, but was better received overseas. In the film’s first large scale showing it won the Silver Bear, the second place award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2004. After this, it became a sought after film for other international film festivals.

Main cast

* Kwak Ji-min – Yeo-jin
* Lee Eol – Yeong-ki (Yeo-jin’s father)
* Han Yeo-reum – Jae-yeong (as Seo Min-jeong)

Review:

Acclaimed Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk filmed Samaritan Girl in between the two films that would bring him international acclaim, Spring Summer Fall Winter…and Spring and 3-Iron, although this is not really a lesser film in terms of provocative and fascinating subject matter. Although the story is a simple one, the themes run very deep, marrying the occupation of prostitution with religious healing, with sex as a means for bringing happiness to those who partake, as evidenced by the perpetual smile on the young girl’s face for making her men feel joy, if only for a few minutes. Beneath this, it is also a tale of love between two girls, one that feels a higher calling and another that sees the euphemistic blessings as a sin, and also what took her love away. She seeks to reverse the pattern as a way of paying back and washing away the shamefulness of everything that has taken place. The final player in this three-part act is the father that can’t come to terms with his virginal daughter’s innocence given so freely away to men undeserving of such a thing. Although he doesn’t understand Yeo-jin’s motivations, he is also following in her footsteps, doing his own part to see that her deeds are atoned for, only his methods of operation include righteous retribution.

Samaritan Girl isn’t an easy film to understand fully, although I suppose one could watch it as a straight narrative, but that’s probably only seeing half of the full story. Motifs abound, especially of stones and of concrete, and how these can bring life and death in varying ways — a burial marker, a murder weapon, a way to ward off the unwanted, something hard to fall on, a way to get stuck, a way to free oneself, and a way to come into womanhood. At the same time that one may not come away understanding the symbolic significance of things in the film, so too is Samaritan Girl not an easy film to like outright. It deals with subject matter we don’t like to see or know exists in this world, and the way events play out, we grow increasingly sure that there can be no road back to happiness once the domino effect of these disturbing events chain react.

Samaritan Girl is a film that some will not quite feel the impact of until after seeing it, as the images and events of the film settles uneasily in one’s mind in a way that can only be resolved through contemplation and understanding. In the end, it’s about guilt, shame, and forgiveness. Shame for a girl, shame for a family, and as a growing epidemic, a shame for a country. Ultimately, it puts a face on the smiling young girls as sympathetic, putting the blame for this problem on the men that seek to use them, because they do not see how adversely the prostitution effects the lives of these children and their friends and families while in he confines of a hotel room for a few minutes. As Kim may have intentionally set forth in his morality tale, if the men who willingly pay for child prostitutes can see the full picture, as Samaritan Girl painstakingly portrays in its own metaphoric fashion, perhaps the tide can finally be turned on a problem that is currently running rampant in his native country of Korea, and indeed, throughout Asia and the world.

Source: Wikipedia, qwipster

My Rating: 7.5

Humming April 24, 2009

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Directed : Park Dae Young(박대영)
Cast : Lee Cheon-hee(이천희)
Han Ji-hye(한지혜)

Genre : Drama/Romance/Fantasy
Running Time : 96min 35mm
Opening Date : Mar 13, 2008

Synopsis

Jun-seo is tired of the relationship he is in with Mi-yeon. But one day she is in an accident and falls into a coma. Then, unbelievably Mi-yeon visits him the next day just like any other ordinary day. He starts searching for other traces of Mi-yeon and realizes how much he loved her. Will he discover the love he has never realized, which has always existed close by him?

Extended Cast

Lee Min-ki (이민기)
Lee Hwi-hyang (이휘향)
Lee Jeong-heon (이정헌)
Chae Yun-seo (채윤서)
Kim Hae In (김해인)

My Rating: 7

Source: http://www.koreanmovie.com

My Girl and I April 24, 2009

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My Girl and I is a 2005 South Korean film directed by Jeon Yun-su. It is a remake of the Japanese film Socrates in Love.

Main Characters

* Song Hye Kyo as Su-eun
* Cha Tae-hyun as Kim Su Ho

Synopsis
Song Hye Kyo’s debut movie “My Girl and I” is a heartwarming story about true love and happiness. The film starts in modern day Korea where we see Kim Su Ho (Cha Tae-hyun) return to his hometown after ten years to attend a reunion with his high school friends. He sadly strolls as he hears a female voice in his head calling out his name.

The next scene shows us Su Ho’s three friends celebrating and talking about Su Ho. They doubt that he’ll attend their reunion because he apparently hasn’t gotten over some girl. It is said that on that day of their reunion, it is the death anniversary of a girl named Su-eun. To everyone’s surprise, Su Ho enters and warmly greets his friends.

After celebrating, the four friends go to a lighthouse where Su Ho’s friend shouts, “Bae Su-eun, my friend’s brain is small but is filled with endless thoughts of you. Please let my friend go.” Su Ho becomes emotional and starts to cry.

The next scene is a flashback wherein a younger Su Ho is rescued from drowning by a pretty girl. Her beeper got lost in the process of rescuing him but she just walked away. Su Ho then wakes up and thinks that his friends had saved him from drowning.

The next scene leads us to a music class. Su Ho and his classmates were asked to sing in chorus. He sang normally just like the other students but was distracted when his classmate, Bae Su-eun started staring at him. Su Ho suddenly became conscious and curious at the same time. After all, Su-eun is the prettiest girl in their high school, so why should she show interest in the ordinary-looking Su Ho? Su-eun notices the expression on Su Ho’s face and quickly looks away. Su Ho’s classmate and friend sits in front of him, sighs and says “What will I do? I have to concentrate on my studies.” He told Su Ho that Su-eun always stares at him in class. Su Ho just shrugged for he thought that Su-eun may actually be interested in him but was not.

After class, Su Ho and Su-eun pass by each other in the hallway. They were about to walk past each other when they got into each other’s way. They repeatedly tried several methods so that they could easily pass but it often resulted in Su Ho blocking Su-eun’s way and vice versa. Finally, Su Ho held Su-eun’s shoulders and passed by the small space to Su-eun’s right. Su Ho was about to walk away when Su-eun called him. She asked him to buy her a croquette (bread stuffed with vegetables or meat) which naturally surprised Su Ho. He knew that if he and Su-eun ate together, other people might think that they’re going out and it would be hard for both of them but especially for him because Su-eun had many suitors from all over the school. But in the end, Su Ho still bought two croquettes and when the other students noticed, they immediately assumed that the two were dating.

Word spread fast and soon the captain of the Judo club who had his eyes set on Su-eun sought Su Ho. He threatened to beat Su Ho but Su Ho immediately said that he wasn’t seeing Su-eun. By chance, Su-eun passed by and when the captain asked if she was seeing Su Ho, she quickly replied that they are indeed going out. The captain got really mad and threw Su Ho down the floor. Su Ho’s friends arrived to rescue him and immediately they escaped.

Su Ho and Su-eun stayed by the boardwalk where a lighthouse stood. The two spoke for a while wherein Su-eun hinted to Su Ho that she saved him but he was really really slow minded and he couldn’t comprehend what she was trying to say. Su-eun asked him to get her a beeper for she lost hers because of him. Su Ho didn’t understand and she got irritated and called him a dummy. Later, they watched the sun set together.

Su Ho then walked Su-eun home and she wrote her beeper number on a piece of fruit for she was afraid that her parents and especially her strict and “scary” father would find out. Although her beeper was lost, she could still receive and leave messages on its system. That night, Su-eun and Su Ho confessed their feelings for each other.

The next day, Su Ho was called out of class because his grandfather supposedly collapsed. He quickly went to his grandfather’s home and found him alive and looked normal. Turns out, he just faked a stroke so that he could share the story of his first love to Su Ho. Again, by chance, Su-eun arrived bringing Su Ho’s bag. Although reluctant at first, Su Ho’s grandfather shared his story to a complete stranger.

When he was young, Su Ho’s grandfather joined the army and was assigned to a different region in Korea. He was separated from his first love, Soon-Im. He left her a necklace to remember him by.

Years passed and soon he became an undertaker. Once, he was asked to prepare a funeral and as it turned out, the dead man was Soon-Im’s husband. They couldn’t even say a word to each other and soon he married another woman, Su Ho’s grandmother.

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Su Ho then realizes that he loves Su-eun and he wishes for her to be his destiny so that they wouldn’t suffer the same fate as his grandfather. Using a payphone, Su Ho left a message on Su-eun’s beeper. In it he said that he wished she could be his destiny, completely unaware that she was behind him until she replied, “Me too.”

From that day on, Su Ho and Su-eun officially became a couple.

Su Ho’s friends proposed an outing–an overnight stay in Fog Island. As Su Ho and Su-eun arrived together at the pier, he finds out that his friends tricked him so that he and Su-eun would have some time alone. He made up lies to cover up but she was smart and knew that it was only the two of them alone. At first, Su-eun seemed mad but then she herself bought two tickets to Fog Island.

At the island their love deepened even more. One night, they had their first kiss.

Things were going so well until one day, Su-eun fainted and her body started to weaken. Su Ho rushed her to the hospital and tried to live his life normally.

He visited her everyday. What he thought was just simple anemia turned out to be leukemia. Su Eun was going to die even if the doctors try to operate on her. Her one last wish was to go back to Fog Island, where their love bloomed.

Another woman also had a last wish before she died–Soon-Im. She wished to be reunited with her first love, Su Ho’s grandfather. He even prepared her funeral and was reunited with his first love, the woman he had loved for 50 years.

One day, when Su Ho visited the hospital, Su-eun expressed her last wish and before she could say anything else, he brought out two ferry tickets for Fog Island. On the day of their departure, a typhoon struck and all trips were cancelled. Su Ho desperately tried to convince the authorities to let them travel but to no avail.

As he was arguing with the management, Su-eun felt even weaker and she knew it was already her time. She said her last words and wished for Su Ho in her mind. As he was apologizing to her about the storm, she collapsed into Su Ho and died.

Ten years later, Su Ho returned to Fog Island and found Su-eun’s bag in the lost and found section. Inside the bag was her diary which she updated everyday. There was one entry that was written during their trip to Fog Island. It seems Su-Eun had planted seeds in the hill during their visit and promised herself that when those seeds became flowers, she’ll come back with Su Ho to that island, year after year, after year. The hill covered with flowers will be her gift to him.

Su Ho quickly went to the hill and was overjoyed to see it covered with purple flowers. He felt Bae Su-eun’s presence around him as memories of his first and true love filled his heart.

Quotes
Su-eun (in the car on the way to the pier):”My birthday…It’s a week before yours. Since I was born first, I waited alone in a world without you. In the future, I’ll wait for you a long, long time. Take your time. Stall all you like.”

Su-ho:”As long as I’ve been living, there’s never been a day without you. And there never will be.”

Bong Wey Neu: “For me first love is an unforgettable – as Su-ho’s grandfather couldn’t forget his first love while he had married with Su-ho’s grandmother, so I couldn’t forget my first love with some one…..!”

Su-Ho:”I’ve decided. Every time I laugh, cry, and live, it’ll be for you.”

Su-eun: You’ll lie sleeping through the long summer days, the long winter nights. In a hundred years, I will lie next to you. Please wait in peace until that day.

Su-uen: As your grandfather said..”only the body dies, not the mind…”

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My rating: 7,5

A Millionaire’s First Love April 22, 2009

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A Millionaire’s First Love (백만장자의 첫사랑 – Baekmanjangja-ui cheot-sarang) is a Korean romance film released in 2006. It stars Hyun Bin and Lee Yeon Hee (이연희). The movie was directed by Kim Tae-gyun and produced by Lee Joo-Ick.

Kang Jae-kyung (Hyun Bin) is your typical spoilt rich kid; he’s arrogant, drives sporty cars, attends the big clubs, rides through school corridors on his motorcycle and – wait, that’s not typical at all is it? As his 18th birthday approaches he’s set to inherit his grandfather’s fortune, but that comes with a price. Jae-kyung is going to have to earn his fortune. His grandfather lays down an ultimatum; Jae-kyung is required to transfer to a new school in Gangwondo and graduate. Until then all access to his penthouse, cottage and credit cards is denied. Should he fail to graduate or drop out then he loses everything. With little choice he heads out to the countryside and a small town in which daily life is far removed from what he’s used to.

Shortly after settling into his new home he meets 19 year-old Choi Eun-whan (Lee Yeon-hee), who just happened to run into him back in Seoul. They don’t exactly hit it off; he’s far too stubborn and cool for school, while she sees hope for him and sets out to make him see it for himself. As they eventually draw closer, thanks to a set of coincidences and school projects they learn more about one another, but soon a shattering revelation will change these people forever, or something.

Cast

* Hyun Bin starred as Kang Jae-Kyung,
* Lee Yeon Hee starred as Choi Eun-Whan

My Rating:
Story 7, Acting 8, Directing 7

My Comment: some part in this film need more details … anyway I really like yoon-hee lee acting here ❤ …

Hello Schoolgirl April 21, 2009

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Hello Schoolgirl (Hangul: 순정만화  Sunjeong Manhwa) literally “Romantic Manhwa”) is a 2008 South Korean film. Adapted from a popular webcomic by Kang Full, it is the second film directed by Ryu Jeong-ha and stars Yoo Ji-tae, Lee Yeon-hee, Kang-in, and Chae Jung-an.

Plot

Kwon Yeon-woo is a thirty year old low-level civil servant who works in a district office; quite innocent for his age, he has been on numerous blind dates in an unsuccessful bid to find a wife. After moving into a new place, be begins to encounter a high school girl, Soo-yeong, on his way to work every morning, and she begins to develop feelings for him. Meanwhile, Kang Sook has just started working at the district office straight out of high school, and falls head over heels for older woman Kwon Ha-kyeong.

Cast

* Yoo Ji-tae … Kwon Yeon-woo
* Lee Yeon-hee … Soo-yeong
* Kang-in … Kang Sook
* Chae Jung-an … Kwon Ha-kyeong
* Choi Soo-young … Jeong Da-jeong

Production

Hello Schoolgirl is the second feature film directed by Ryu Jeong-ha, following his 2004 debut Springtime. The film is adapted from the first webcomic by Kang Full, which was serialised on Daum and attracted a record breaking 60 million page views and 500,000 comments from visitors.[3] As with the comic, the story of the film revolves around two unconventional romances with a noticeable age disparity, though other details of the original serial were changed, such as setting the story in the summer as opposed to winter. The script took two years to complete, and filming commenced on 1 April 2008.

Release

Hello Schoolgirl was released in South Korea on 27 November 2008,[6] and topped the box office on its opening weekend with 309,065 admissions.[7] As of 21 December, the film had received a total of 740,379 admissions.[6]

Critical response

Joon Soh of The Korea Times praised the film for retaining the essence of the comic despite deviations from the original story, saying, “Ryu succeeds in capturing the tenderness of the online comic, which slowly comes to the surface as the relationships unfold. There is a rich, layered quality to the film, where each little decision or gesture leads to further meanings and possibilities”; however, it was also noted that, “there are times when the movie aims too much for the conventionally beautiful, sacrificing the awkward, self-deprecating humor that drives much of Kangfull’s works.

Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My Rating (10 scale):

Story 8, acting 7.5