Drinking Solo (2016)

Honsoolnamnyeo (original title)

Director: Choi Kyu-shik, Jung Hyung-gun
Writers: Myung Soo-hyun, Baek Seon-woo, Choi Bo-rim
Stars: Ha Seok-jin, Park Ha-sun

This drama is about the slice-of-life and daily activities around the teachers, students, staffs of a private institution that prepares for civil service exam around the area of Seoul’s Noryangjin. The characters like to drink alone after work for their own reasons. The story also depicts the romance between Jin Jung-suk and Park Ha-na. Jin Jung Suk is a good looking and professional star lecturer. Meanwhile, Park Ha-na is a rookie lecturer who struggles to survive in the private institute world.

★★★☆☆

There are several things that made me appreciate this series. Although, it feels like lacks something. Perhaps the element of drama.

I like the fact that the plot is quite simple. No complicated storylines. They just worked on a one major situation where the entire story revolves. And I also like the fact that the story doesn’t run for a long time, I mean, some of the episodes only revolved within a day.

I also like the fact that they are always drinking, and eating. They actually go out for drinks every.single.day. after work. And even on weekends. They even drink, at home, alone, after coming from a drinking session. Whoa. That was like my life few years back. :p

The features on food and drinks are glorious! One of these days I’d probably be blasting Blackpink, too, on my phone while eating Korean food or something. Can’t find a clip of that on Youtube. So here’s Key belting a ballad instead.

And of course, something we all can relate to.

Finding Dory (2016)

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Writers: Andrew Stanton (original story by), Andrew Stanton (screenplay)
Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill

The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

★★★✮☆ 

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

Director: Jon M. Chu
Writer: Ed Solomon
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan

The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

★★★☆☆

Magic tricks never fail to amaze me. This one has several scenes that are worth replaying. However, I enjoyed the first movie more.

So I Married an Anti-Fan (2016)

Director: Kim Jae-young
Screenplay: Kim Jae-young
Stars: Park Chanyeol, Yuan Shanshan, Seo Ju-hyun, Jiang Chao

About a female reporter who falls in love with a male celebrity after previously hating him and becoming an anti-fan, the polar opposite of a fan.

★★☆☆☆

First things first, they did not get married. At least in the movie; it wasn’t shown. So the title is misleading. I only watched this out of curiosity. I just wanted to see how Chanyeol acts. These days, I’m into mushy, cheesy Korean dramas that usually have happy endings so I figured this might just be another one of those. Indeed it is. However, this one has a lousy storyline. Parang whatever na lang isaksak natin sa pelikula para mabuo lang yung 1 hour 30 minutes ganyan. It actually started pretty well, it just wasn’t sustained. And the scenes leading toward the ending, I can’t even. Sige na, pwede na yan, tapusin na natin ito. Only if you have plenty of time to spare, maybe you’d consider this. Unless you are a fan of Chanyeol. Ang gwapo niya dyan, as in sa lahat ng eksena and fresh. Although, very newbie ang activing skills niya dito.

chanyeol

May streetdrinking din sa China (kung dun man yan kinunan)

Nag-enjoy lang ako nung una kasi yung copy na nakuha ko has 3 different subtitles–Mandarin, English, French.

Salut d’Amour (2015)

Jang-su Sahng-hoe (original title)

Director: Kang Je-gyu
Stars: Park Geun-hyung, Youn Yuh-jung

Sung-chil is a grumpy 70-year-old man who lives alone and works part-time at the local supermarket. Jang-soo, owner of the supermarket and president of the city’s redevelopment project, has been trying in vain to get Sung-chil’s signature (he’s the last hold-out and the only reason for the project’s delay), but Sung-chil stubbornly refuses any change to his lifestyle. Then he meets his new neighbor Geum-nim, a feisty yet friendly elderly lady who runs the flower shop next door. Despite his age, Sung-chil is inexperienced and clumsy at romance so the entire town cheers him on and helps him court her. But Geum-nim’s daughter Min-jung disapproves of the relationship.

★★★✮☆ 

The film already caught me few seconds into the opening, which features a South Korea countryside.

At first I thought it’s one of those sappy melodramas set in the 80s or something. Little did I know that I was in for a wonderful surprise.

The plots isn’t that unique. I even referred to it as the Korean version of The Notebook, but Salut D’Amour has its own unique appeal and style. A lot of thought must have been given to this film as evident in the way the story was presented, and how visuals were utilized to make it even better. It makes you feel good and entertained at first, before it makes you curious, and crave for answers.

Add some unique flavoring c/o your Korean veteran actors. (I say veteran because I’ve seen some of the actors and actresses in other Korean dramas.) The characters were tailored in a way that you’ll love every single one of them.

That’s Chanyeol’s, though he’s just a minor character. (If you’re a fan of EXO.)

It’s one of those films that will make you laugh and cry, and think about life. CHAROT. Basta maganda siya.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

Kaguyahime no monogatari (original title)

Based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

Director: Isao Takahata

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

★★★✮☆

Magical plot told in great visuals.

Cheese in the Trap (2016)

Director: Lee Yoon-jung
Writer: Kim Nam-hee, Go Sun-hee
Stars: Park Hae-jin, Kim Go-eun, Seo Kang-joon

The drama focuses on the life and relationships of a group of university students, particularly the difficult relationship between Hong Seol and her senior Yoo Jung.

★★★✮☆

They’ve given much thought for this series, at least before the final episode (which kind of lacking or something). Overall, the series gives off an indie vibes–from the shots to the soundtrack. This series if reminiscent of the 90s coming-of-age serieses I used to watched. Very different from the Korean romantic-comedies/fantasies I’ve seen recently. This series wanted to show “real” life. Though I find it too dramatic to be real. Like, how come all those people who seem to all have mental issues come from a single department and whose lives are all entangled somehow. But anyway, I do agree on the realistic portrayal of school issues.

If you want a breather from the cheesy Kdramas, this one is for you. It’s very sensible, acting was great, and the soundtracks are pretty cool, too.