Films

L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties (2016)

Director: Jingming Guo
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Kris Wu, Cheney Chen

An orphan becomes the disciple of a powerful sorcerer and is drawn into a larger conflict among the world’s magical elite.

★★✮☆☆

Honestly, I didn’t get what was happening in the movie until I’ve seen 3/4 of it, when the characters were verbally explaining what’s happening. I just enjoyed the visuals.

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Films

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017)

Journey to the West: Demon Chapter (original title)

Director: Hark Tsui
Writers: Stephen Chow, Si-Cheun Lee (screenwriter)
Stars: Kris Wu, Kenny Lin, Chen Yao

A monk and his three disciples continue on their journey to battle demons.

★★✮☆☆

You’re right. I only saw this because of Kris Wu. It was a several hours flight, and the inflight TV has it so I said why not try it. And also because last time, when I was wiki-ing the top grossing Chinese movies, I remember seeing this one, or perhaps the other movie. But I thought, if it had a sequel, then there must be something in it.

Truth is, I saw this once while on a bus. And that time I felt dizzy from the scent inside the bus and this weird movie playing wasn’t helping at all. But since I’ve opened my mind to weird Chinese movies, and also because it has Kris Wu in it, so I wanted to give a try. For an inflight entertainment, it wasn’t so bad. Only Kris’ acting was.

Films

The Mermaid (2016)

Mei ren yu (original title)

Director: Stephen Chow (as Xingchi Zhou)
Writers: Hing-Ka Chan, Stephen Chow
Stars: Chao Deng, Show Lo, Yuqi Zhang

Shan, a mermaid, is sent to assassinate Xuan, a developer who threatens the ecosystem of her race, but ends up falling in love with him instead.

★★★✮☆

When I saw clip from this movie on Facebook, I thought it was really weird. I said why do Chinese like making reaaaaalllly weird films. A couple of my colleagues actually said it’s good. And because I’ve been bored out of my wits due to unemployment, I gave this movie a try, and IT WAS HILARIOUS! At least for over an hour or, it’ll make you forget your problem. It is weird, but I enjoyed its humor. I can’t tell if months of non-contact (haha) with people made me shallow, but even after seeing this movie, from time to time, I’d rewatch some of my favorite parts. I strongly recommend this movie.

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Films

A Werewolf Boy (2012)

Neuk-dae-so-nyeon (original title)

Director: Sung-hee Jo
Writer: Sung-hee Jo
Stars: Joong-ki Song, Bo-yeong Park

Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her.

★★★✮☆

Excellent acting by the lead characters, most especially by Song Joong-Ki who only uttered few words all throughout the film.

Films

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.

Series

Oh My Ghost (2015)

Director: Yoo Je-won
Writer: Yang Hee-seung, Yang Seo-yoon
Stars: Park Bo-young, Jo Jung-suk, Lim Ju-hwan, Kim Seul-gie

Na Bong-Sun works as an assistant chef. Because of her timid personality and low self-esteem, she doesn’t have any friends. Since she was a child, she has been able to ghosts because of her shaman grandmother. One day, she becomes possessed by seductress ghost Shin Soon-Ae.

Kang Sun-Woo is a star chef. Na Bong-Sun has a secret crush on him. He is good looking and confident as a chef. Even though he is popular with women, he has yet to get over his ex-girlfriend. He begins to notice Na Bong-Sun after her sudden change.

 

Oh My Ghost is more of a drama than comedy. However, I had fun watching it because of the cooking. I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook good so watching features about food is always a go for me. Aside from that, I enjoyed watching this one because it renders a “realistic” feel. Yeah, it’s a fantasy, but how the characters were portrayed and how the scenes (the employees go drinking every night after work, they constantly badmouth their boss but they don’t leave work, etc). Somehow, I was able to relate to them.

There are also a lot of funny quips.

 

 

 

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Series

W (2016)

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W – du gaeui segye (original title)

Director: Jung Dae-yoon
Writer: Soong Jae-jung
Stars: Lee Jong-suk, Han Hyo-joo

Cardiothoracic surgeon Oh Yeon-joo’s father mysteriously went missing while writing the last chapter of his webtoon “W”. Yeon-joo goes to his office and is shocked to see a scene of the dying Kang Cheol, the main character of W, on her father’s computer. While reading a note left behind by her father, a hand from the monitor pulled her in and she finds herself on the rooftop of a building next to a bleeding man. She manages to save him and realizes that the person she saved was Kang Cheol. Yeon-joo later discovers that she can only leave the webtoon based on Kang Cheol’s change in feelings. When that happens, the words ‘to be continued’ will appear and she will teleport back to the real world.

★★★✮☆

This series is enjoyable on so many levels. The geek and mushy in me loved it. The premise was intriguing enough (though my main reason for seeing it is actually Lee Jong-suk oppa haha). The effects used were fancy. I was watching their BTS and indeed, they invested a lot in the filming. (Dito ko lang na-feel na gusto kong mag-work for prod. Ang gara!)

The story has a right mix of drama, action, fantasy, and romance, which makes every episode interesting. The plot is out of this world, probably out of t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶l̶d̶ two worlds, hehe. There were a lot of funny and cute scenes. Both leads have a great chemistry. This is probably the one that has the most kissing scenes of all the Korean dramas I’ve seen so far. There were 5 or 6 I think. There were a lot of amazing shots/cinematography–those timelapses, the paused space-time, etc. I also loved the scenes in comic/drawing format. It definitely rendered a unique flavor for this series.

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Also, ang gwapo ni Jong suk, at ang pretty ni Hyo joo.

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Also, I love love love So Hee’s style, and Yeon Joo’s as well.

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