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Bitzen Bites

April 22nd, 2007 (03:16 pm)

current mood: tired - this is surprising?

Some notes from the past few days:

Okay, it's official: Voice of a Murderer (Geu nom moksori, 2007) is likely the most depressing, heartbreaking movie I've seen in the past couple of decades. It's about an upper middle / upper class Korean family, whose father is a well-loved newscaster, and what happens when their son is kidnapped and the kidnapper makes demands.

Now, I don't cry. I didn't cry at my grandmother's funeral (although I wasn't happy at all). I cried maybe 45 seconds when my cat died. I can really count on the fingers of one hand the times I cried in the past 20 years. But this made the tears start coming out.

And probably the worst / saddest thing is that it's based on a real-life incident.

So it's well-done (although with a few blemishes) and well-acted, but god if you're having a bad day, don't go see it.


And I finally saw my first Korean TV Drama, My Girl (2005). It's a 16-episode tv show, with Lee Jun-Ki from King and the Clown as the second male lead. (I mainly got it because I wanted to see if he could really act. And okay, it was on sale.)

I watched the first episode last Tuesday night. Then I watched the next two episodes Wednesday night, because I knew I wouldn't be around on Thursday. Friday night I planned to reward finishing my taxes (okay, I'm late) with an episode - and ended up watching the remaining 13 in a 14-hour marathon that ended early the next afternoon. (Still paying for that one, too.)

It was cute - the premise is that Gong-chan, the heir of a wealthy hotel family, hires Yu-rin, a young con woman (well, I'd say she was more inventive than anything else), to impersonate the granddaughter that his grandfather had refused years before. One of his aunts had married a Japanese man and the grandfather had disowned her. They'd had a daughter, Gong-chan's cousin, and the aunt and husband had been killed in an earthquake twenty years earlier. The beloved grandfather is very, very ill, and regrets turning his daughter away, and Gong-chan wants him to die at peace, so thus he engages Yu-rin. Of course, the grandfather recovers because his granddaughter is back, and they're stuck in the deception, and then they start falling for each other...

There's some really funny comedic moments, and some melodrama (I swear, in one episode it seemed like everyone except for the grandfather was suffering a broken heart), and quite a few well-handed plot threads. It's like a US soap opera, but not - the production values are quite a bit higher, and the actors actually do quite well for themselves. There are references to Catherine Deneuve, The X-Files, and James Bond. The one thing I'd say is that there's a bit of repetition in spots if you're watching it all in one go (it was meant to be seen in weekly installments), but it was entertaining all the same. And the answer is yes, Lee Jun-ki can really act (at least so far).

You see that this is going to turn into an obsession, don't you? Someone help me before I get another TV drama.


And I saw Sam-Ryong the Mute (1964) on Thursday, too, which was good but deserves its own writeup.


I do watch things other than Korean films, you know. That's just most of what I've seen lately. %^D