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.

 

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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Films

Unforgettable (2016)

Soonjung (original title)/Pure Love (literal title)

Director: Lee Eun-Hee
Writer: Han Chang-Hoon, Lee Eun-Hee
Stars: Kyung-soo Do, Kim So-Hyun

On a live music radio show, a letter arrives from the 23 years in the past. Through the letter, the first love and friendships of five friends are revealed.

★★★✮☆   Super Good

Masakit sa puso. Sobra. I was an emotional wreck after watching this film. I cried so hard I couldn’t fathom why. I’ve seen much sadder movies, but this one just hit something. Maybe because I was able to somehow relate to the story and the characters, and what they have to go through. The plot and the characters are well-woven, it is so good.

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Films

Penny Pinchers (2011)

Ti-kkeul-mo-a ro-maen-seu (original title)

Director & Writer: Kim Jung Hwan
Stars: Han Ye-seul Han, Song Joong-ki Song

Ji-woong is a loser who can’t find a job so he lies to his mom for money, but his mom abruptly cuts him off one day, and he becomes homeless. But that same day, salvation arrives in the form of Hong-sil who’s extremely stingy. Her hobby is visiting the bank to make savings deposits, and her specialty is selling empty glass bottles and old newspapers for cash. One day, her savings plans are brought to a screeching halt when she learns she needs a separate bank account under someone else’s name to reach her goal of 20 million dollars. That’s when Ji-woong comes into the picture.

★★★✮☆

This is a gem. I immensely enjoyed this movie because of the fact that I can relate to what the characters are going through. The female lead plays a character closest to my own situation.

And Joong-ki is extra-adorable here.

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