Reviews written by numinair
Bungee Jumping of Their Own (DVD) (Korea Version)1 people found this review helpful
October 31, 2006 Byung Hun-Mad About the Girl?
Of all the Eun Joo Lee movies she as been in, definitely, for me, "Lover's Concerto" will be the best film she has ever been in - I love it beyond its credits and kudos! (Sadly, I wished she could have made more marvellous films, considering her premature death). Bungee Jumping, is a very sweet and touching movie many will like, and at heart leaves a good positive message...but its certainly a strange oddity of a film that may leave some people puzzled by its message concerning the relationship of the two main characters. The film's brave, yeah, but if I loved a girl once upon a time and later found myself in the circumstances Byung Hun faced at the end, I would find that one Mighty Hiccup (arf) in Heaven's Scheme of Things, for sure. I realise its the soul we should love more in another, but 'seeing' that love again as a visual constant, is to compliment that person. But, maybe it has to be something opposite of that person to be considered to be a truth of a love. The ending, too, may have been befitting, but certainly not ideal.
Still, Bungee has a really wonderful charm to it and I certainly like this film a lot, Eun Joo is as lovely as ever, too, (where, though, was that scene where she looks at her reflection in the spoon with one eye closed...which was cute in a film still I saw of her, but didn't see her close her one eye in the actual film) and Byung Hun plays a very likable character throughout (apart from when he's going nuts trying hard to grasp how Eun's character was not quite expected by her 'return'). If you want a more unusual, slightly radical, romantic film (and I watched "Rules of Dating" the night before this....another leftfield approach to romantic drama!) go for this, but like "Rules of Dating", this isn't going to be the usual romance drama couples generally appreciate eating their chocolates too.
My Girl (English Subtitled)(SBS TV Series)3 people found this review helpful
October 23, 2006 A highly blessed My Girl!
Just finished watching My Girl the weekend and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The full cast are blessed with magic angel dust doing this and both Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae are......(trying to find new word here).....smashing! Look forward to seeing Da Hae (all in fact!) in other shows, films etc.
I read recently Si Yeon Park hoped that her character Seo-Hyun would be thought of as a real baddie by viewers, concerned that she had played her role well. Actually, I thought her character was played just right considering Seo-Hyun was really a decent girl, just appreciatively despairing at Gong Chan's alternative emotions for Yoo Rin. Looking forward to seeing her in "The Fox Family".
Can't help thinking though that maybe Gong Chan and Jung-Woong playing tennis a lot were, (subconsciously?) considering Seo Hyun? Well, ya never know, playing tennis was the way they generally tried to get Yoo Rin out of their system, temporally (permanently would be impossible!)...and these two guys might have (temporally, remember) considered an alternative outcome with all the stress Yoo Rin could give them. Tennis, Seo Hyun....maybe its me! (The writer's humour, maybe?)
I'll shut up! Its a great series and I couldn't agree more that it is highly recommended to watch. Thought that there were some minor loose ends though at the finish (no spoilers, but...secretary...brother...you guys who watched this know what I mean?) With this edition's present price I think it would also be a wise choice now. Go on, buy this at a cheap cost, you will be blessed...and what with Christmas not too far away, you could give it to your girl (or guy) as a present...maybe included with a snowball shaker.
Dasepo Naughty Girls (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Korean Version)(5)Our Price: US$20.99List: US$27.99Save: US$7.00 (25%)2 people found this review helpful
October 16, 2006 FANtastic Service Dasepo Style
This film is a challenging fantasy comedy satire surrounding the lives of school students in a free for all school based on a Korean manhwa (or manga) comic with a visually surreal style and is a very highly entertaining movie. Its high octane comedy features a mix of Japanese Anime, Korean high school jinks, 1960's psychedelica with an added dash of Lemony Snickets (a one eyed Cyclops is one of the kids!). It has great pace, style and a very funny script that should entertaine many people to come. Its a brave film, too, and will be viewed as another expression concerning the tough Korean education system (like the "Yeogo Gwedam" or "Once Upon a Time in High School") but with comedy satire instead of horror or politic. Dasepo Girl is also a musical of sorts, there being a number of character singing songs throughout, but not enough, I think, to suggest its a complete comedy musical. There is a good catchy opening theme (featuring some dancing psychedelic 60's girls) that gets you straight into the surreal mood of this pretty crazy film.
The main character played by young actress Ok-Bin Kim (Voice Letter) plays her part wonderfully as the povety stricken girl and she seems to have added yet another good movie to her resume. In the dance scene she certainly knows how to shake her thang! All the cast shine really well, too, and help give the film its zestfull atmosphere.
Although the DVD cover suggests promiscuous shenanigans of free sex, don't expect an high octane comedy like "Sex is Zero", but more of a film with subtle titilation and suggestive overtones played with farcical comedy scenes as it main ingredients. Its a tame pantomime type of sex comedy than a full on sex comedy! (So you won't necessarily have to hide the DVD under the bed when you get it!). Its rather mild considering its subject matter and although it seems to tackle the manhwa's controversial sub issues successfully, it deliveries them with comedy and irony in a lively style that won me over! Its a really fun film to watch and the cast and crew must have really enjoyed the whole jazz of the experience in making it. One scene with Ok-Bin's character and a male school girl cross dresser will be the talk of this movie, methinks, and its this highlight plus many other funny scenes that will recommend it in future.
Well, who is this film for? Considering all the comedy and the slapstick anime type visuals and it being based on a Korean manhwa, certainly for anime fans and fans of the comic, certainly those who like "Sex Is Zero", "See You After School" and "Conduct Zero", but maybe also for those who have had a romance go wrong (or watched too many saad moovies) as this funny, creatively zestful (certainally bonkers) film will change your spirits. Go on, give it a try....you know you want to! And what ever happens, I'm sure you will at least be whistling/singing (screaming) that catchy tune afterwards. Enjoy!
Apartment (DVD) (Korea Version)1 people found this review helpful
September 18, 2006 An APT Production!
Although it could be easy to think of APT as another "Ring and the Clone" type of film in its style, (well, somebody had to use that pun!) first and foremost I will say that this is a very worthy ghost movie and certainly recommended to fans of Ahn Byung Ki and Asian horror movie fans in general. Not the expected gem I was hoping for, but, if you liked ABK's other films, certainly get this one. "Phone" for me is still the best of his directed movies, and APT does have top drawer acting, pacing, lighting, style and excellent art production values and overall is a very well made film.
There will be some talk about Grudge type sounds used in this film, but in this case I thought they were used in a clever meaningful way. Not merely used to create a scare. I think Ahn Byung Ki must have decided to play tounge in cheek with the Ring/Grudge style anyway with APT, as one character proves within the film (you will have to see it to find out!).
Sadly, though, the film is a bit too predicatable in its final outcome (probably more so than "Cello"?) and the ending was a bit too blunt for me - if the script had more depth matching the excellent film making, acting etc., it would have made APT and excellent movie. I hope that Ahn Byung Ki ghost film number five exceeds this one, but this film did prove positive with me in certainly looking forward to another of his creativley styled ghost films! I certainly enjoyed this ghostly romp!