Midnight Runners now (not) on Dramafever :(

Edited 10/17/2018

Feast your eyes, ladies! I thought this was very entertaining, and I’m never gonna complain about any time spent with Park Seo-joon 🙂 Oh yeah, and Kang Haneul ain’t bad either.


 

Various News Items!

New Dramas/Movies Of Interest

My Netflix alerts just let me know that Prison Playbook is going to be available on the 24th. That’s the one about a baseball player who’s convicted of some sort of crime (fraud?) and sent to prison where he meets Jung Kyung-ho and life (bromance?) happens. I keep seeing some good things about it on my social media feeds, and I really like Jung Kyung-ho and have since I first saw him in I’m Sorry I Loved You.

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Queen of Mystery 2 is a thing and it’s coming soon! (February) I’m not sure if it will be before or after the Olympics, but I can’t wait. The promo pics for it look just as adorable as the original ones.

I had a chance to go see Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds last week (because I love Ha Jung-woo) and was not disappointed! I particularly enjoyed the mixture of relationship development and mythology building as they created the roles of the guardians. Plus, just about every character actor working in Korea today is in it. AND there is a “part 2” coming later this year which will feature the others who they couldn’t squeeze into the first part! It’s still playing in select theaters, but maybe not much beyond this week.

There is also a new Japanese movie opening this weekend (details and show locations here) starring the yummy Oguri Shun — Gintama. “Based on the best-selling action comedy manga by Hideaki Sorachi, GINTAMA takes place in an alternate Edo-period Japan, where an Alien race has taken control, forcing Samurai to lay down their swords. Once feared as the “White Demon,” former samurai Gintoki Sakata now works as an everyday handyman – until a master swordsman tasks Gintoki and his friends with finding the cursed sword Benizakura to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Packed with the sword- swinging sci-fi action and offbeat humor that have made the manga a classic.”

Music and Other Stuff

I know I’m not the only one who loves Park Hyo-shin here, so I know my fellow fans will want to pick up his new single Sound of Winter. I love his voice… so mellow!

I found out about it because I’ve been spending (far too much) time watching a YouTube channel called “Classical Musicians React to Kpop”. It is the perfect way to validate my/your addiction to Kpop; a group of youngsters at a music academy/college in Canada (Eastman) watch MVs and react to what they see and hear. It’s fun listening to them analyze things like the beat, the shift between major and minor, tonic scales, etc. Oh, and have their minds exploded by the productions! I’m pleased to see that one of my favorite acts is one of theirs: AKMU, or Akdong Musician.

#along-with-the-gods-the-two-worlds, #classical-musicians-react-to-kpop, #gintama, #ha-jung-woo, #jung-kyung-ho, #oguri-shun, #park-hae-soo, #park-hyo-shin, #prison-playbook, #queen-of-mystery-2

Movie day: Swindlers

I spent the afternoon with Hyun Bin and company watching an average-ish caper-type flick. His primary costar is Yoo Ji-tae, who’s aging well too. This makes my second Yoo Ji-tae movie in a row, having watched the bowling pic Split as part of the local Asian Film Festival in Chicago! One reviewer said that he felt like they’d swindled him out of 90 minutes, but it wasn’t that bad — except for this one horrible sequence where the camera 360˚s continuously around YJT for No. Good. Reason. There could be worse ways to spend your time than taking in those dimples.

#hyun-bin, #yoo-ji-tae, #swindlers

I think I need to adjust my Top 10

Someone is going to get bumped. I’m not sure who it will be, but Park Seo-joon is taking his spot. There is just something so manly and pure (yet inspiring somewhat impure thoughts) about him.

I just indulged myself in a little daytime movie going to see him with some other guy* (yeah, I think there was another guy) in the buddy junior cops in training movie Midnight Runners.

It’s all Park Seo-joon-swoon time for me – though the movie was very entertaining.

Oh yeah, that other guy* was Kang Ha-neul, who I know has many fans, but you know where my eyes were any time he was onscreen. And I’m not the least bit apologetic. 😉

#kang-ha-neul, #midnight-runners, #park-seo-joon

Battleship Island – Impressions

Last night I went to the local premiere (and for free!) of the movie Battleship Island. I went in knowing the story, having skimmed a review or two, and with moderate hopes for it (because sometimes reviewers don’t see things the way I do). Without giving anything away, I will say that the reviewers pretty much have it right.

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I wanted to like it, really I did. What’s not to like with a cast made up of So Jisub, Song Joong-ki, Hwang Jung-min? They all end up on Hashima Island, where the “evil Japanese” have conscripted them to work as forced laborers in harrowing conditions, mining coal to fuel (haha) the desperate war effort at the end of WWII.

Here’s a short snippet from the LA Times review:

It’s 1945 and the end of the war is in sight, though that’s scant consolation for the prisoners, a handful of whom are individuated here via broad brushstrokes and shrewd movie-star casting. The dreamy-eyed So Ji-sub plays Choi Chil-sung, a once-suave Seoul gangster who tries to fight his way into a position of power, while Lee Jung-hyun is the beautiful, much-abused Mal-nyeon, a character whose main purpose is to gloss over the uniquely horrific plight of Korean “comfort women.” Elsewhere on the island, Park Mu-young (Song Joong-ki) is a U.S.-trained spy sent to Hashima Island to smuggle out the respected Korean resistance leader Yoon Hak-chul (Lee Kyoung-young).

My biggest issues with the movie are these: this kind of movie is formulaic (and jingoistic) so when you are introduced to characters you can sit there and point them out, one-by-one, “dead, survivor, dead, dead…” (by the end of the movie), but an even bigger issue I had was that there was just about zero time for real character development – it was all painted in broad brush strokes – more caricatures than characters. And you could say that the biggest crime of all is that most of the time the handsome face of So Jisub (and he’s very handsome here) is either grimy with coal dust or grimy and bloody from fighting.

I wouldn’t say that it’s a waste of time, but it’s not exactly an uplifting or fun outing. If you’re into WWII movies or the Korean/Japanese conflicts, this will be your cup of tea; if you want to enjoy So Jisub and Song Joong-ki being heroic, you might be left wanting more.

#battleship-island, #hwang-jung-min, #movie, #so-jisub, #song-joong-ki

Saw My Annoying Brother a couple of days ago

And of course Jo Jung-Suk never disappoints – he does an awesome job. His character is a real jerk at the beginning of the movie but that didn’t fool me one bit – there was no doubt that circumstances would lead to change. He had a really lovely rapport with his “younger brother” and it screams through the screen that they felt very comfortable with each other.

#d-o, #jo-jung-suk, #ko-doo-young, #my-annoying-brother

Takuya? That you?

As seen on Twitter: Takashi Miike’s “Blade of the Immortal” will be presented Out Of Competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, at 22:30 on May 18th.

Expectation of hot Takuya:

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Reality:

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Who <em>is</em> that guy?!

I’ve always thought that Takuya doesn’t always look as attractive in regular photos as he does on film, but this is ridiculously unflattering.

#kimura-takuya