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Siwore (Il Mare)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I have quite a few movies that I caught up on...

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[b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/millions/"]Millions[/url] - [/b]It took Nixon to go to China... or in this case, it takes a former heroin-chic, zombie-blasting director like Danny Boyle to make a perfect children's movie. It's full of wonder, energy, and just the right amount of naughtiness to make young boys really go bonkers. I really enjoyed this movie and I hope that more people (young and old) get to go see. However, I would recommend possibly waiting until DVD so that you can watch it with subtitles and understand behind the Scottish?/Northern English brogue.

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[b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gunner_palace/"]Gunner Palace[/url] [/b]-- an interesting and entertaining documentary following an infantry unit over the course of a year deployed in Iraq. Unfortunately, I don't think that it reveals anything that your average semi-aware person wouldn't already know. It's a bit repetitive as well, but brings out some interesting personalities nonetheless.

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[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sin_city/"][b]Sin City[/b][/url] -- Yes, it's supposed to be stilted, misogynistic, ultraviolent... as long as you can get past that and enjoy the ultra film noir homage and the awesome visuals, then you're home-free. This is a movie that will only gain popularity over the coming years.

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[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1119089-mare/"][b]Il Mare[/b][/url] -- Rented from Netflix, this Korean movie oddly enough only came with Mandarin or Cantonese soundtrack (I guess because it's distributed by Tai Seng). It has some fantastic cinematography and production design, and a really killer 'Frequency'-like concept. A man and a woman separated by four years by occupying the same house develop a close friendship when they discover that they're able to send mail to each other across the passage of time. They explore the concept pretty well, but I would have appreciated a bit more depth to tie the concept to the character arcs. Nonetheless, the two lead actors (esp. our favorite sassy girl, Ji-Hyun) shine. It's a beautiful, slow-paced, soppy romance, but good for a date flick. Incidentally, it's going to be [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mare/"]remade[/url] ... with Keanu and Sandra Bullock...

Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida (Windstruck)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Ahh... adding more Asian movies manually into our movies database... another benefit of working at Rotten Tomatoes...

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Yes, another movie with Daniel Wu ... and Gillian from Twins (sounds like a perfect movie for you, Pat). Dan is listed as a cameo, but, in fact, has quite a considerable part in the movie as a loser sweet-talker who takes naked pictures of his many girlfriends...

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Two of these girlfriends meet and, as they work together to unfold more secrets, they find that they become unlikely friends in a strange situation... But then there's a twist...

Hong Tao... an actress who I'm unfamiliar, plays an independent-minded Mainlander working as a waitress in a karoake bar and the current girlfriend.
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Gillian is the ex-girlfriend who starts out as a meek school teacher when she's dumped...
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Actually, there's about one or two twists too many, but it's still a fun movie with some pretty good performances all around. I also really like the camerawork in this movie -- it's a smaller Hong Kong production, but has a very polished look despite the overuse of shaky cam.

Thanks to Annie for lending me the DVD!

And I watched [i]Windstruck[/i]... the new Korean movie starring everyone's favorite SAAASSY and cute Korean actress, Jun Ji-hyun...
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[left]Etchy already did a review of this movie [b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?journalid=81599&entryid=189195&view=public"]here[/url][/b] and I pretty much agree with what he says. I actually enjoy "sassy" Ji-hyun which seems to be grating for Etchy ... She's seriously funny when she gets the "You wanna die?" expression in [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_sassy_girl/"][i]My Sassy Girl[/i][/url]and in this movie. In fact, I would have enjoyed seeing a bit more of her craziness because the movie too quickly transitions into your typical super-soppy Korean melodrama.

The first 20 minutes of this movie are FANTASTIC ... funny funny stuff that really sets the right path for the movie. It starts out with the protagonist, Myungwoo, trying to chase down a mugger but inadvertantly getting dragged off to jail by Kyung-Jin (Ji-hyun's character), an overly zealous and aggressive street cop.

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This meet-cute (aka standard romantic-comedy plot point) is followed by your typical relationship-building... and then turns into soppy soppy melodrama with your standard musical montages over peppy music... Blah!

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Let me just say that I didn't think that Ji-Hyun looked all that great in [i]My Sassy Girl[/i], but she does look GREAT in a cop uniform...

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[i][size=1]Hooray to our women in uniform...

[/size][/i] [left]I was severely frustrated and disappointed by the end of the movie ... it started off so well and then turned laughably bad by the end.

In any case, this movie is doing gangbusters business all across Asia right now so maybe movie audiences know something that I don't...
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Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (My Sassy Girl)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is a movie about a drunk, violent Korean girl who manages to fall in love with a sissy boy. Oh yeah, there's alot of vomiting, too.

No really, it's a light romantic comedy with some great comedic bits, a penchance for a bit too much voiceover and exposition, and a nicely wrapped up (if predictable) ending. "The Girl" reminds me of more than one ex-girlfriend (the sassy, slap-happy part -- not the drunk, vomitous part). Then again, the male lead is so amazingly prissy at the beginning half of the movie that I could understand why a girl would want to slap him so prodigiously.

Sure, the formula is pretty predictable (see [i]Girl Next Door[/i], [i]Almost Famous[/i], [i]Breakfast at Tiffany's[/i], [i]Chasing Amy[/i]), but it still works.

Still need to watch [i]Taxi 2[/i] and [i]Sex is Zero[/i]. Thanks Mark!

Saekjeuk shigong (Sex Is Zero)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

One benefit of working at Rotten Tomatoes is that I can actually go ahead and create entries in our database for movies that I want to rate but which Muze doesn't already provide. Hey Raffi! If you send me enough good Asian movies, I can fill out the DB.

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In any case, [i]Sex is Zero[/i] is the following:

[list][*]1/2 [i]American Pie[/i] twenty-something sex-comedy, 'cept Korean[*]1/2 [i]Bring It On[/i], 'cept competitve aerobics instead of cheerleading[*]Lots of nudity and masturbation scenes[*]A touching, melodramatic abortion story in the middle[*]And yet, somehow, really really funny...[/list]I don't think I can provide quite [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?journalid=81599&entryid=31421&view=public"]as good a review as Raffi can.[/url] Plus, he's got spicy pictures. And the [url="mms://vod.hani.co.kr/cine21/multi/trailer/s-t/sexyzero_pre.asf"]trailer[/url].