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Movie Review: Gangster High (2006) Korean Film

Title:

Gangster High

Director:

Ki-hyeong Park

Genre:

Drama, Violence

Cast:

Jang Hie-Jin

Kyeong-ho Jeong

Jo Jin-Ung

Kim Hye-Seong

Ye-ryeong Kim

Haeng-seok Lee

Lee Tae-Seong

Sypnosis:

Sang-ho is an ordinary high school student. His dream is to enter the military academy under the influence of his father who is an army colonel. As entering high school, he became friends with Jae-gu, Chang-bae, Kyung-chul, Hong-kyu and Sang-sik. They grouped a soccer team called `Tiger`, building up friendship by playing soccer. Sang-ho and his friends ran into group of fight with seniors, these incidents made everybody in school to misunderstand them as they were serious group of gangster. When Sang-ho gets becomes close with a girl whose boyfriend is a boss of another school`s gangster group, things are going worse.

[credits/photo/info from: http://asianmediawiki.com/Gangster_High%5D

Review:

This movie is a really good one. Nice camera angle and motion picture. Their instrumental soundtrack are great. They insert instrumental soundclips during fights. HAHA. Very unique . Blood effect is really awesome and so many fighting scenes. Woooh! But it’s not that gory, just enough blood.

I like Jea-gu’s letter to Sang-ho before he died. HAHA. “Sang-ho. It’s damn weird writing a letter to you since I see you everyday. I never wrote to a chick and I never thought I’d write a letter to you. I have something to tell you, something I couldn’t tell you in person. So I’m writing to you. Well, it’s nothing speacial. Oh, one more thing, as for Jong Suk Han. Let’s drop it. Damn. What’s good if we fight that asshole. Later, I’ll just take a few hits from him. I can take it. About our club, Tiger. Let’s not do it. Soccer’s good, friendship is good. But, I feel like I’m dragging you in, I feel like we’re only fighting. You know, simply because we don’t make a club doesn’t mean our friendship must end, right? Don’t let others know about this letter. It’s embarrassing. Well then, I’ll see you at school.” But they didn’t see each other again. Jea-gu died after being hit by a car when they were about to run away from their fight. So sad. D:

It’s so ironic coz Chang-bae is afraid of his mom. HAHA. They’re good at fighting but he’s still afraid of his mom. I guess all of us, despite what our characters are, we still do cherish those who cares for us. The story ended with Sang-ho remenicsing about their past, playing soccer.

Although Gangster High deals with high school gangs, its depiction of violence is no less fierce than any Jopokyeonghwa, Korean gangster films. However, the film never romanticizes violence. Sang-ho is not romantic at all, and he turns into a cruel fighter when violent actions are unavoidable.

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Movie Review: Homerun (2008) Chinese Film

Title:

Home Run

Director:

Fang Gangliang(方刚亮)

Genre:

Drama

Starring:

Chapman To(杜汶泽)

Bingbing Fan(范冰冰)

Yanwen Zou(邹砚文)

Xiaojie Yin(尹晓洁)

Xuan Yin(尹媗)

Synopsis:

A child’s quest to return to home on his own takes center stage on the reality television program. With declining ratings and investor pressures, Li, the producer and host of the program, also faces difficulty in locating the next show’s talent. In the rush of things, a thought pops inside her head and she knows exactly who can take on as her next star.

She locates and brings five-year-old Lu to the set, and sends him off to find his way home alone. The cocky and resourceful boy calls his divorced father to overcome numerous hurdles, and in the process finds new and unexpected routes in a treacherous but often hilarious journey, tracked discreetly by a television crew. Lu has always wanted to find the mother whom he doesn’t know. The young boy’s determination to find his mother touches the heart of the entire nation, including that of his estranged mother, who happens to be the TV show hostess.

[credits/photo/sypnosis: http://moviereviewsquare.blogspot.com/2009/04/home-run-2008.html%5D

Review:

I just watched this movie last night. It’s been on my watch list since this year started, I think I saw it’s trailer on December but I havent managed to really watch it. I watch Asian movies on Chinese star, unfortunatley I don’t understand Mandarin so I don’t know the airtime. 😀 But I’m glad there are subtiltes during the showing. HEHE.

Here’s my opinion about the movie, I was a bit shocked when I realized that the movie’s release was 2008. I thought it was an old movie due to thier motion picture. Anyway, about the story, I really like it. As you have read on the sypnosis, the movie was about a TV show that has decreasing ratings. When she brought her own child on the set (The child don’t know that she was his mother since she kept on confusing the child, she would deny and accept it repeatedly.), due to the child cocky and resourceful attitude, the show’s rating increased.

The story didn’t stop there. The hostess feelings for her child was showing, but she had kept herself from feeling too attached due to her career. But her studio mates noticed it and had used it against her. They shown to the public her private affairs thus revealing that she really own the child. As the story progress the child begun to look for her mother, which as what his father told him, she was at the highest point of the city.

Here comes the ironic part. His parents met when his mother visited his father, which was a dentist, to ask him to remove her canines coz the fans don’t like them, she was already a famous idol during those days. But his father refused saying those canines suit her and it looks cute. But she still removed them asking another dentist. 6 years later, she was now a famous hostess.

Then on the child’s quest to go to the highest place, he met a woman his father was hitting on. She was a flight attendant and just like his mother, she got a cute canine. She helped the boy go to the highest place in China, the Oriental Pearl Tower.

His parents, now reconciled decided to admit to their son that his real mother was the hostess. But I can’t believe his mother, she just used the opportunity to make her even more famous. Anyway, on her way to the tower she found her son and admitted that she was his mother. But the boy didn’t agree since she had told him a couple of times that she was not really his mother. He pushed her away and told her, “You’re not my mother coz my dad told me that she has a canine just like mine.” Hmmmm. That was ironic neh? It really struck my heart. I’m sure she regreted what she had done.

The story ended with the boy looking at the sky where the plane was. He remembered the woman that helped him get to that tower. He was thinking that she was his mother since she was at the highest place of the city. Ironic isn’t it? I feel sorry for his real mother.

Overall, I like the movie. It was kinda weird for me but it’s ok. Also I’ve read an article;

Fan Bingbing’s Home Run was the worst-performing movie in recent years with a big-name star. Ouch. But now that she’s a bomb at the box office she’s being compared to Vicky Zhao Wei and I think she’s actually getting a bit more sympathy than she usually does, so not a total loss. Besides…it can’t be all her fault. Chapman To was in it to. Plus the story was just whack.

[From: http://cfensi.dramaddicts.com/forum/blog.php/2008/11/16/mini-chinese-entertainment-updates/#more-1759%5D

That didn’t cross my mind at all. HEHE. But that’s that.

Movie Review: Jenny, Juno (2004) Korean Film

Tittle:
Jenny, Juno

Directed by:

Kim Ho-joon
Genre:
Romance

Starring:
Park Min-ji
Kim Hye-sung
Im Dong-jin
Kim Ja-ok
Seo Min-jung
Kang Nam-gil
Lee Eung-kyung
Choi Min-joo


Plot:
The plot centers around the relationship of a 15-year-old couple, Jenny (Park Min-ji) and Juno (Kim Hye-sung), who meet in school. When Jenny discovers that she is pregnant, she and Juno decide against having an abortion, opting for parenthood instead. They try to conceal the pregnancy from their families for as long as possible, but the truth is revealed eventually, and their parents do not approve.

Review:
It seemed that I had really enjoyed this film. I first watched the American adaptation of this film, which they claim that the story was originally theirs, “Juno”. That was nicely done too, but nothing compared to the Korean version. Comparing the two, in the Korean version, the plot was more lighthearted and sweet, while in the American version, it’s more on a dramatic and slice of life genre. Summing up, both films are really suitable  for teenagers especially now that premarital sex is common.

I liked how they showed the pure love between Jenny and Juno. Haha. To tell you the truth, some of the scenes gave me pleasant chills and a heart warming feeling. High school love was given perspective on this film and I’m sure teenagers, specially girls, would love this. Some may find it inappropriate since the main plot of the story was about teenage pregnancy but rest assured, I’m sure that this film teaches us a very good lesson. Try watching this, it’s a major recommend. 😀
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Movie Review: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) English Film

S L U M D O G    M I L L I O N A I R E

Sypnosis:

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British film directed by Danny Boyle, screenplay written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. Set and filmed in India, the film tells the story of Jamal Malik, a young man from the dharavi slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and exceeds people’s expectations, thereby arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials.

Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, the most for any film of 2008, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won seven BAFTA Awards (including Best Film), five Critics’ Choice Awards, and four Golden Globes. Slumdog Millionaire has been criticised concerning language use, its portrayals of Indians, and the welfare of its child actors.

[copyright: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slumdog_Millionaire%5D

Review:
“You don’t have to be a genius to be a millionaire.”

Surely you wouldn’t believe this phrase right? But no, in Slumdog Millionaire, Jamal Malik, a former street child from the Juhu slums and with no proper education at all, answered every single question on the variety show “Who wants to be a Millionaire?”. Exceeding people’s expectations from an uneducated man, suspicions aroused that he already know the answers therefore he cheated. But that’s what they thought. He kept on telling them that it’s just luck that he got the answers right, since every question has something to do with his past.

And that’s the cheecky part, due to his past, he managed to answer all the questions without fail. I really like how the writer and director showed a very meaningful lesson. It doesn’t mean that because you are educated, you can get what you always wanted. Some things are meant for those who really need it.

The film shows many intriguing aspects. Starting from the way they show the poor aspects of India. Though it didn’t really turn me off. It’s pretty normal I guess. Every country have one so I don’t really criticize the film because of that. It also does have unique camera angles, surely it does deserve to win the Best Motion Picture on 2008.

As for the story, it has two plots. First the police asks Jamal how he came to know the answer to a question, and Jamal replies by recounting incidents in his life, told in flashbacks. In the other, the flashbacks tell the story of Jamal, who grew up to be a low-paid tea-vendor, his brother, Salim, who grew up to become a gangster, and Latika, who grew up to become a kept woman. It is also a love story between Jamal and Latika.

Well, over all, I really love it. It shows how life can be so tough as hell but can be as pleasing as heaven. We have our ups and downs but we should just keep on living. ‘Coz after all, that’s what life is about.

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