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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Films

Somewhere Only We Know (2015)

You yi ge di fang zhi you wo men zhi dao (original title)

Director: Jinglei Xu
Writers: Shuo Wang, Yun Wang
Stars: Kris Wu, Likun Wang,

A girl travels to Prague for a study leave and to move on, and there he meets a guy who’d help her find traces of her grandmother’s past when she lived in Prague.

★★★☆☆

This movie, even though I find it a bit boring because I’ve seen movies with a similar plot so it’s quite predictable, is still good in its own right. If you like going to film festivals, this is the type of film that usually make the cut to independent film festivals. The storyline has an indie/non-mainstream feel. Good casting, great styling, a lot of quotable quotes.

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Receiving a bracelet from a stranger while walking in the street, saying, “This is for love. But it doesn’t break easily. When you meet your true love, it will naturally break.” And the bracelet actually breaking moments before the happy ending, just after the guy confesses his love to the girl and asks her to stay. You’d think it wouldn’t get any more cliche or cheesier, but then a cover of Richard Marx’ “Right Here Waiting” plays while this scene unravels. I lost it. Thought I was watching a Star Cinema movie.

Films

Sweet Sixteen (2016)

Xia You Qiao Mu (original title)

Director: Jin-gyu Cho
Stars: Kris Wu, Geng Han, Shan Lu

Xia Mu is a troubled child whose salvation comes in the form of Shu Yawang. When something terrible happens to her, he seeks revenge. Nothing is the same in their lives after that.

★★★☆☆

Sweet Sixteen, despite its title which gives off a teeny romance vibe, actually has a heavy storyline. (Although after seeing Do Kyungsoo’s “Unforgettable“, I don’t know if anything’s ever sadder.)

The movie, although the story is also quite typical, has a well-laid out plot, and the acting is muy bien. Now this is a movie where Kris is really good. Villain-y (and suplado) roles suit him well.

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I just love this.
Films

Never Gone (2016)

Zhi qingchun 2: Yuánlái ni hái zài zhèli (original title)

Director: Zhou Tuo Ru
Writers: Yi Wu Xin, Tuo Ru Zhou
Stars: Kris Wu, Yifei Liu

A wealthy young man pursues a young woman of modest means, but circumstances often separate them as the years pass.

★★✮☆☆

Yes, you guessed it right. I only saw this for Kris Wu. While this movie is quite pleasing to the eyes, it failed in many ways. For the plot, a quick browse on the storyline would already give you an idea that it is one of those coming-of-age stories about how the school’s prince charming falls in love with someone who’s waaaaay out of his league. But you’d still give it a chance because perhaps, it could show you something new. However, it didn’t. And somehow, it ended up not being at par with the other movies/dramas that have the same theme/plot.

The makers of the film failed to show a lot of contexts. Somehow, things just keep happening, scene by scene they go, and the viewers are left with questions such as “how did it happen?” “Why?” “Why is s/he like that anyway?” because the answers can’t be deciphered even by closely looking at the characters’ actions.

Don’t worry, Kris, we also don’t get why the girl keeps rejecting you.

This is based on a novel, so perhaps they shot too many scenes but in the end, failed to condense them into a full 1.30 hours movie without sacrificing important details.

For the ending, I’m quite fine with the original ending. It was like the makers were going for an indie-ish feel. The alternate ending (you can search it on Youtube) is the one that makes people quite satisfied, however, it is also the one that makes the story cliche.

Any redeeming quality? Yes, great visuals. The cinematography was very good. China looks really pretty in this movie. I wonder why I always had a very bad image of this country in my mind. Perhaps from all these news about cities in China being heavily polluted. But in this movie, both the city and the countryside looked really cozy. There are a lot of scenes shot in a very creative manner.

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Both leads are gorgeous. Like me, a lot of female fans probably only saw this because of Kris. Kris is still not doing something right in his acting, however, the female lead was good. Also, good soundtrack.

Man, I just love this confrontation scene, where they ended up tossing all the money and showering in it. Although Cheng Zheng (Kris) looked immature in here.
Films

Sana Maulit Muli (1995)

Director: Olivia M. Lamasan
Writers: Jose Javier Reyes, Olivia M. Lamasan
Stars: Aga Muhlach, Lea Salonga

Agnes and Jerry’s relationship becomes distant when Agnes migrates to America.

★★★✮☆

One of Filipino suckers for romantic drama favorites. This is one of those movies that no matter how many times you’ve already seen it, when it plays on the cable, you just gotta stop what you’re doing and re-watch it. It is that good.

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

Ganito Kami Noon… Paano Kayo Ngayon? (1976)

Director: Eddie Romero
Writers: Eddie Romero, Roy Iglesias
Stars: Christopher De Leon, Gloria Diaz, Eddie Garcia

Set at the turn of the 20th century during the Filipino revolution against the Spaniards and, later, the American colonizers, it follows a naive peasant through his leap of faith to become a member of an imagined community.

★★★✮☆

This is so good. A must-see for all Filipinos.