Films

Cart (2014)

Ka-teu (original title)

Director: Ji-young Boo
Writer: Kyung-chan Kim (screenplay) (as Kyung-Chan Kim)
Stars: Jung-ah Yum, Jung-hee Moon, Yeong-ae Kim

The employees of a big box discount retailer band together when the contract workers are summarily laid off.

★★★☆☆

I was just looking for a sad movie to cry on. But somehow, this wasn’t enough. Bitin.

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Films

Be Positive (2016)

Director: Lee Byung-heon
Writer: Lee Byung-heon
Stars: Do Kyung-soo, Chae Seo-jin, Lee David

Hwan-dong is a film major who is preparing for his graduation project as a movie director. His script wins a grand prize, but he faces difficulty after difficulty while trying to finalize the film. To solve one of his problems, he asks his ex-girlfriend Hye-jung, a popular actress, to play the main role in his production in which she agreed.

★★★✮☆

It is very refreshing to see Kyungsoo give life to a different character again. The boy shapeshifts to whatever character he needs to play.

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Series

Reply 1988 (2015-2016)

Eungdapara 1988

Director: Shin Won-ho
Writer: Lee Woo-jung
Stars: Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Ryu Jun-yeol, Lee Dong-hwi

Set in the year 1988, the drama revolves around five friends and their families living in the same neighborhood of Ssangmun-dong, Dobong District, Northern Seoul.

★★★✮☆

I started watching this earlier this year, but ended up stopping after 1 and a half episode because the truth is it bored me. I wanted to see it because the descriptions of the drama I read from the internet piqued my interest. It says there the drama shows the beginning of K-pop, thus I was sold. I was also curious why it gained a high rating during its airing, and I got that answer from the first episode alone. The drama probably brought a great deal of nostalgia among its viewers for its pop culture and its juxtaposition on real events. I swear I have learned so much about Korean culture and their ways after seeing this, much more than the over 10 romantic comedies I’ve seen in the past months.

Centralling on five friends living in the same neighborhood and growing knowing everything about each other, it will probably take you back to your own childhood as well, and the struggles of going to school, and growing up altogether.

Great plot, well-curated characters, superb acting, just the right mixture of drama and comedy, and a lot of life lessons.

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Films

Glory Day (2016)

Director: Choi Jeong-Yeol
Writer: Choi Jeong-Yeol
stars: Ji Soo, Suho, Ryoo Joon-Yeol, Kim Hee-Chan

Yong-Bi, Sang-Woo, Ji-Gong, and Doo-Man are four 20-year-old friends. They take a trip to Pohang for one night and 2 days for Sang-Woo who is about to enlist in the military. At night, they drink on the beach and watch the night view of the sea. At that time, the friends see a woman being beaten by a man. They run to save her.

★★★☆☆

Good plot, although a little bit predictable, and good acting as well.

Films

Like for Likes (2016)

Original title: Joa-haejo

Director: Park Hyun-jin
Writer: Park Hyun-jin, Yoo Young-a
Stars: Lee Mi-yeon, Choi Ji-woo, Kim Joo-hyeok, Yoo Ah-in, Kang Ha-neul, Esom

A notoriously shrewish TV drama writer and a Korean wave star who fight like cats and dogs every time they meet; a spinster flight attendant landlady and a nosy chef tenant who build a sense of camaraderie; a genius relationship-virgin composer who harbors a secret admiration for a scatterbrained producer. As they cash-land into each others’ lives, will there be love?

★★✮☆☆

This movie tackles different issues ordinary people face in their daily lives, but because they live in a fictional movie setting, in the end everything falls into place and all characters get their happy ending.

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Films

Cyrano Agency (2010)

Si-ra-no; Yeon-ae-jo-jak-do (original title)

Director: Kim Hyun-seok
Stars: Eom Tae Woong, Park Shin Hye, Choi Daniel, Park Chul Min

The successful Cyrano Agency, composed of theater actors and staff, helps people to find a love life by staging ideal romantic set-ups, until they are hired to help Sang-yong.

★★★☆☆   Enjoyable

It was my first time hearing about this plot, yet I find it really creative. This Korean take on this 1800s play is cute.

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Series

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (2017)

Him-ssen Yeo-ja Do Bong-soon (original title)

Do Bong-soon is a woman born with superhuman strength that comes from the long line of women possessing it. When Ahn Min Hyuk, the CEO of a gaming company, witnesses her strength, he hires her as his personal bodyguard.

★★★☆☆   Enjoyable

A series which is more of a comedy than romance. There are lots of funny scenes til the end.

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