Series

Fight for My Way (2017)

Ssam, Maiwei (original title)

Stars: Park Seo-joon, Kim Ji-won

Ko Dong Man, a high school Taekwondo champion who is now pursuing a career in the UFC, and Choi Ae Ra, a dynamic girl whose desire is to become a famous announcer, have been best friends since childhood. Now, they have to confront the change in their feelings towards each other as well as overcome difficulties to make their dreams come true.

★★✮☆☆

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Series

Falling for Challenge (2015)

Directors: Lee Ki-pyo, Kim Hyung-jin, Park Ji-an
Writers: Seo Dong-sung, Im Suk-jin
Stars: Kim Min-seok, Kim So-eun, Jang Hui-ryoung, Jang Yoo-sang

Na Do-jeon is a timid but bright boy who works part-time as a Pierrot clown because he genuinely loves making people laugh. Ban Ha-na is a girl dreaming of starting her own food truck. The two incidentally run into each other and start a relationship. This is the story of their singlehanded fight to prevent the closure of the ‘One Plus’ hobby club where they fell in love.

★★★☆☆

You guys, Kim Min-seok can act.

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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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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.