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2009: Lost Memories Reviews

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½ November 6, 2013
Petit film d'action sur le thème de l'uchronie. Pas mal, mais rien de nouveau sous le soleil.
December 28, 2012
Actually looks kind of interesting. The kids will undoubtably love it. We'll rent it and give it a try.
May 17, 2012
Speculative fiction on culturally-touchy subjects offer compelling storytelling opportunities, but also present its own set of formidable challenges. Those familiar with Korea's bitter history with the Japanese can imagine the arm-twisting involved in producing a big-budget Korean movie that depicts Japan triumphant after World War 2 and ruler of the Korean peninsula.

1909 looms large in the minds of many Koreans as the year in which nationalist Ahn Chung-Gun assassinated Japanese prefect Ito Hirobumi at a train station. Ito's death set in motion the Korean Nationalist movement, which, in combination with Japan's WW2 defeat, paved the way for Korean independence in 1945.

In the timeline of 2009: Lost Memories, Ahn was killed before he could carry out his lethal mission, and Japan won World War II as an ally of the United States. Consequently, Chosun folded into the Nipponese empire, and Seoul became Japan's third-largest city.

The story begins in a Nihon-ified Korea: Japanese-language street signs and billboard advertisements blanket the familiar Seoul skyline, with pockets of Korean culture existing only in the slums and outskirts of a Japan-dominated Chosun. We are introduced to a police investigation of a Korean terrorist group Hureisenjin, who claims history was hijacked by the Japanese in 1909 ... and that for 100 years Koreans were living in a false timeline, twisted to serve Japanese interests at the expense of Korea's 'real' history. With no visible evidence to support such a radical claim, Hureisenjin members are dismissed as delusional cranks and hunted by Seoul's JBI (Japan Bureau of Investigation).

A powerful scene between the two leads (Japanese and Korean JBI detectives played by Toru Nakamura and Jang Dong-Gun) beautifully captured the essence of the film's theme on the conflict between of national identity, and personal loyalty:

Jang: I don't get it. Why are the Hureisenjin fighting so hard?

Nakamura: Obsessed with the past, I guess. Chosun disappeared and was reborn as a part of united Japan. They're in denial about reality. That's the problem.

If I had Korean blood, I would understand how you feel. But let's be realisitic. You and I are Japanese. You don't need to get emotional about something like that.

(offering a gentle smile in an effort reassure his friend, he then says ...)

For what it's worth, I've never thought of you as a 'Korean.'

Jang's pained expression in reaction to Nakamura's well-intentioned comment was a moving precursor of things to come; JBI's investigation of the Hureisenjin leads them to the mysterious Inoue Foundation, and uncover a century-long conspiracy that would drive two lifelong friends to become enemies in a bitter fight for Chosun's future.

As befitting a film with blockbuster ambitions, 2009: Lost Memories has its share of high-flying gun battles, but its best achievement was in the intricate dialogue and its considerable effort in developing a character who would ultimately become the villain of the story; the audience can empathize with the motivations of the Japanese conspirators who saw changing Korean history in 1909 as the only means to save its own citizens from the devastation of WW2 ... even while we root for the hero's desperate mission to undo them. Throughout, Nakamura and Jang (who learned the 70% of the film's Japanese lines phonetically) play their roles with exquisite sensitivity and intensity.

While the themes of divided honor, conflicted loyalty and tragic friendship are standard fare in Asian cinema, the superb execution, along with the daring premise (imagine the number of doors slammed in the faces of the filmmakers in their efforts to secure financing for a movie that depicts Japan as the ruler of Korea) sets 2009: Lost Memories in a league of its own.
½ April 14, 2012
Cool action flick that tampers the history of Korea & Japan!
December 17, 2011
Japan and Korea secretly fight a war over history and which version of reality should survive... Interesting. A bit predictable though.
½ May 15, 2011
the trailer made this film a 5! but it really was only a 3.5
½ April 1, 2011
Between a 4/10 and 5/10. Three problems: (1) The amped-up Dickian scenario features too many frame-filling fireballs. (2) There's a shallowness to the central relationship. (3) The movie seems to get cold feet. It chickens out and doesn't play fair.
November 14, 2010
long ass movie but makes ya think,what if it really could happen
½ October 5, 2010
An interesting premise. Clearly I'm not the target audience, and you have to respect what the movie sets out to achieve, but I never felt truly engaged with the action or the story. Maybe it tried to be too many things. I just felt bored mostly...which I didn't expect from a movie that touts itself as a sci-fi/action/thriller. All those genres, and it still took me more than a day to watch the whole thing.
August 27, 2010
2009: LOST MEMORIES (2002)
August 8, 2010
For a sci-fi time traveling action pic, there's very little actual time travel here, and the action is pretty mediocre. It has some cool stylish moments, and the premise is great, but the film never reaches the John Woo level of an action film or the Back the the Future level of a time travel film.
June 21, 2010
A bounding and entertaining Sci-Fi Thriller with the innovative Idea of Alternative Timeline in which Japan rule over Corea
½ May 22, 2010
Alternate timeline yarn about a world where Japan allied with the US in WWII, and the bombs were dropped on German cities instead.

An interesting enough premise as a backstory, if such is to your tatse, but the delivery felt like a low grade action movie in the end.

The friendship between the two main characters is handled well enough, and there are a few scenes of mindless action that are entertaining enough (the initial museum raid is perhaps the best), but not enough to make it something to recommend.

Hajile is down on my list for this one. You have failed.

heh heh
½ May 22, 2010
:fresh:

Habiendo leído la crítica del Doctor X, el personal ya tendrá una idea de qué va la cosa.

Aprobemos la película, porque es de lo más educativa, para empezar.

Más de dos horas sugiriendo que la culpa de todo la tienen los japoneses. En un futuro 2009, donde Corea es Japón, y donde no veo yo que haya diferencias notables entre ese país japonés del futuro, y la Corea del presente. Neones, una fiesta de puta madre (por cierto, ¿se dice algo de qué
iba la fiesta?). y la calle llena de neones, de gente paseando, hablando japonés. Pero qué quieren los coreanos, joder! Se supone que salieron vencedores en el 45. Pero, claro, los yankis y rusos les metieron en el jaleo de las dos Coreas, tuvieron que dividirse en dos, y todavía no saben cómo reunirse. Pero bueno! Y qué culpa tienen los japoneses?
La moda en Europa es separarse. Sigan la moda, señores!

Una película que salvando este tipo de juegos vecinales, se queda en un capítulo de Stargate, con más cámaras, más ruido, una música horrorosa, (que hoy en día, suena a musical cruce entre alegoría gay y telediario de algún país del Este de Europa), y ni siquiera la "buena" de la película está buena. La que está muy rica es la mujer japonesa del malo, a la que maltratan los coreanos, mostrándole como sumisa, zoqueta, ama de casa, siempre con kimono, y bandejas de té. Pero ¿no se han enterado en Corea de que el kimono lo llevan en Japón sólo las viejas que van al kabuki los viernes a las tres de la tarde a casi 40 grados, o las señoritas de 15 años que quieren lucir palmito? ¿No se han enterado de que las japonesas solo amagan doblar la espalda hacia delante cuando se van a probar algo de ropa nueva? Y el poli malo también lleva kimono, con una redomada pinta de payaso. Y los jefes de la JBI, son tan astutos, tan listos y tan demoniacos, que tienen en sus fuerzas policiales a un sucio coreano, cuyo padre era un traidor a la patria japonesa. ¿Qué mas quieren? A eso le llamo yo igualdad de oportunidades.

El poli bueno, al principio de la película es capaz de cargarse a decenas de coreanos sin mover una pestaña. Pero luego, de repente, comiendo sushi se acuerda de que el kimuchi es coreano, y hace mucho que no lo come, y se le revuelve el cerebro. Apasionante!

Las escenas que combinan el o-hanabi con los tiroteos en las catacumbas del bar de Pusan no se qué quieren decir. ¿Son asesinatos los o-hanabis, acaso? ¿Es un elemento de una nueva ola de romanticismo coreano?

Lo peor de la película es el intento que tiene de poner por debajo ciertas costumbres japonesas, haciéndolas de menos. No me gusta el detalle. Los europeos somos sensibles a estas cosas.
El victimismo de los coreanos en esta película es un poco penoso.

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Cambiamos de perspectiva. Siempre se les echa la culpa a los yankis, pero no estaría detrás de la guerra de Corea toda la extrema derecha japonesa? No podía ser de otra manera. El terrorismo coreano lucha contra el Estado japonés, para hacer una Corea libre e independiente. Estoy con ellos. Ese toque de guerrilleros guevarianos, ese chavalillo con el pelo largo y la cara sucia, que saca las fotos de su papi en pleno apogeo de ametralladora, y el héroe que lo salva una vez, y ese intercambio de miradas entre el terrorista y el poli traidor, ay!

Pues nada, para pasar el rato. Demasiado largo. Le sobra media hora por lo menos a la película.
Y la apruebo por su toque de ciencia ficción, que no se puede desvelar aquí. Si no, la mandaría a galeras, porque apesta a acción yanki.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
May 22, 2010
[font=Century Gothic]"2009 Lost Memories" takes place in an alternate near future where Japan never relinquished control of Korea in 1945(in fact, in this alternate reality, Japan was allied with the United States in World War II which does not make any sense unless they fought the Soviet Union and Germany. Even then...). The divergent event is an assassination of Ito Hirobumi, the former Resident-General of Korea, on a train platform in Manchuria in 1909. In the true reality, the assassination succeeded; in the alternate reality of the movie, the assassination was prevented.(Thanks to Wikipedia for the info.) [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"2009 Lost Memories" is a stylish action movie with science fiction overtones that has good ideas at its heart and some thoughts concerning identity but merrily goes off the deep end towards the finish. The start is not that great either.(I don't mind a gunfight at the beginning of a movie but I do have to know what is at stake.) Also, it is very slow through some parts and has some definite issues with logic. Unlike "Code 46", the film does not do a very good job of portraying a near future society. [/font]
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May 22, 2010
[b]Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story[/b] - I love Family Guy. This was written as three episodes, and unfortunately, it plays like it. I was hoping for more of a off the cuff movie.

[b]Robots[/b] - This was surprisingly enjoyable. I loved the animation whenever the robots were traversing the city.

[b]Clerks Uncensored[/b] - Here's the six or seven episodes of the animated Clerks that didn't survive at ABC. I think given a fair chance, this show would have been successful. Unfortunately, they were shut down. C'mon! Six episodes is barely enough for any show to find its footing!

[b]Gladiator[/b] - Rewatched this again...man, this movie always ends up moving me.

[b]2009: Lost Memories[/b] - I liked it, I just wish they would have gotten to the sci-fi part quicker, and eased up on the slow motion. Other than that, this was an interesting flick.
½ May 22, 2010
Que hubiera pasado si Japon se hubiera aliado con estados unidos en la segunda guerra mundial y las bombas atomicas hubieran caido en Berlin? Pues que en estos momentos Corea y Manchuria serian territorio japones y estarian comiendo natto para cenar y disfrutando de los hana-bi en verano...

De esta forma en la parte inicial de la peli tratan de cabrear un poco al publico coreano (ya me los imagino en el cine poniendose intensos) diciendo que los juegos olimpicos de seoul se hicieron en nagoya y que el mundial de futbol fue solamente en japon y aparece la cara de un jugador coreano euforico por meter un gol (supongo que fue el que nos elimino.....hehe) pero la camiseta que lleva es la japonesa! ay! malooooos! como es meteis al publico en el bolsillo en 5 minutos...

La pelicula parte de esta premisa y nos situa en el Seoul de 2009 cuando un grupo de terroristas coreanos pretenden reclamar la independencia de Corea...

Bueno, durante la pelicula hay que hacer algunas concesiones porque se mezclan algunos elementos bastante surreales pero de todas formas la pelicula no defrauda y garantiza momentos de accion de calidad....eso si, esta vez la musica ralla un poco...

La pelicula forma bien los dos protagonsitas principales para que, como buena pelicula asiatica, pasen de ser amigos inseparables a enemigos con destinos opuestos...

La pelicula es coreana y se nota por la pretension de formar un sentimiento de pais...En los ultimos anyos las peliculas coreanas suelen hablar sobre la identidad coreana, los puntos en comun entre corea del norte y corea del sur y las relaciones entre corea, china o japon...

Lastima que en ocasiones traten temas o situaciones que sean desconocidas para los que no seamos coreanos...

LO MEJOR : la escena inicial.

LO PEOR : Hay que aceptar pulpo como animal de companyia para que la pelicula se sostenga!

P.D Hay detalles graciosos para demostrar la absoluta integracion de Seoul como una ciudad mas japonesa como las maquinas automaticas de refrescos de pocari sweat, los letreros de las calles como si fueran las de osaka (hommachi....), la comida japonesa y como detalle aun mas currado la existencia de la JBI (es decir la Japanese Bureau Investigation! hehe....estos coreanos son la leche!)
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