“The Best Hit” of Your Life is Yet To Come

 
So there goes my favorite feel good drama this year.  The Best Hit has made my weekends zippy recently that I wish it was converted to a family drama that I would definitely love.
 
 
The Best Hit is like meeting your drunk treasured friend who would blab about insane ideas, and you would stay by his side listening patiently to all those crazy things.  My favorite outtake from this drama is how we won’t be having a time traveling chance like Hyun Jae to settle the mistakes we have done in our lives.  So we can avoid choosing the wrong thing or take the long route of fixing what has been broken.
 
Here is my FULL REVIEW of THE BEST HIT.
 
 
 
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KDrama Classic Spotlight: Happy Together (2000)

CAST

* Lee Byung Hun as Suh Tae-poong
* Song Seung Hun as Suh Ji-suk
* Kim Ha Neul as Jin Soo-ha
* Jo Min Soo as Suh Chan-joo
* Jun Ji Hyun as Suh Yoon-joo
* Kang Sung Yun as Suh Moon-joo
* Han Go Eun as Chae Rim
* Cha Tae Hyun as Ha Sin-yeop
* Jo Jae Hyun as Jo Pil-doo

SYNOPSIS

Suh Tae-poong, (Lee Byung Hun), is a baseball player, who lost his sisters and brother. Tae-poong searches his whole life for his three sisters and brother. When he finally finds his oldest sister and brother, he was not recognized because he wasn’t their real family. When Ji-suk’s mom and Tae-poong’s dad got married, Tae-poong wasn’t the product of the marriage, he was the product of the before marriage. The story goes on to have everyone find each other and realize that “family will always be family”

 

This drama starred top Korean actors in their early years.  It will make you realize how the depth of their acting abilities propelled the promising careers they have right now in kdramaland.

A family-oriented drama that will make you appreciate your family even more. It will delve in your emotions and will surely make you cry.

I’m not really into a weep fest type of drama because I’m a cry baby but I can’t help but finish it because I was rooting for the happiness of all the characters. 

The moving and heart-tugging story will tire out the emotional veins in your body so considered you have been notified.  This is a classic melo drama that will still mock the modern melos today due to its unrestrained and affecting delivery of the narrative through the actors heartfelt renditions.

Four Times the Fun (Producers 2015 KDrama Musings)


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Time for my quick musings on the highly-anticipated korean drama of 2015 with powerhouse cast who helped surged high ratings even if mostly variety show regulars and loyal hallyu fans are really the drawer of numbers of it.

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The mixture of the inside production world of variety shows and the characters’ stories were nicely blended but it was the diversity and chemistry of the characters pierced my kdramaaddict heart.

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Dorky Baek Seung Chan knew he has brains but opted to use it to follow the first woman who made his heart throb to work  at the variety show department of a broadcasting network.  Unfortunately for him the noona his heart beats for likes another senior PD (production director) Ra Joon Mo who is besties with Tak Ye Jin who accidentally caused a minor bump on Seung Chan’s father’s car.

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The accident caused them to get closer as partial payments of the damage happened requiring them to meet up regularly with Ye Jin using her seniority to make Seung Chan ran errands for him.  Unlucky Seung Chan landed to the dying 2Days1Night team which needed reincarnation to improve the ratings.

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Known for being hot tempered Ye Jin spearheads the Music Bank team where she got an unpleasant encounter with a famous primadona singer, Cindy, but for the show to go on they acquiesce on the proper clothing or so Ye Jin thought, and the show went on with Cindy defying Ye Jin’s wish.

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Baek Sung Chan chanced upon Cindy on a rainy day and let her borrow the company’s umbrella but reminded her to return it to the lobby under his employee name.  Pressured from her busy schedule Cindy’s Sauron’s eyes mostly direct at her oppa  manager who has to take the top star tantrums thrown to him by Cindy almost everytime.
Time is ticking for 2Days1night staff to come up with a let’s-do-this-or-we-will-be-axed plan.  With Seung Chan’s analytical research he scored “lovers themed” format which Joon Mo initially booed but was agreed upon by the higher directors. 

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To proceed with the show’s survival plan they have to notify the current members that the season will end.  The bad news delivery was almost successful but Seung Chan who was tasked to notify the most senior actress wasn’t able to extend the news thus earning a huge disappointment to the veteran actress who felt disrespected.

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After an ugly closing party 2D1N team moved on to hurdling the completion of the new cast.  When the regular team members ran out of ideas they asked Seung Chan, and he cluelessly suggested Cindy to the teams -whats-wrong-with-this-kid faces but they let him go with his plan.

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Seung Chan went to visit Cindy and raised their proposal on how joining a variety show is beneficial for  her because her connection with the viewers will be solidified as she will be seen in images closer to typical people.  While in the middle of luring Cindy, the witch CEO of the talent agency burst in and refused strongly.  Seung Chan’s unfazed attitude towards witch CEO had Cindy saw Seung Chan at a different light and when Joon Mo marched to haul his newbie after learning he went to Cindy’s company and adding icy replies to witch CEO, Cindy has made up her mind that she will join the tv show.

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And yes she did.  Seung Chan piqued Cindy’s interest without him realizing it.  While the pop idol grew fond of him, Seung Chan was also falling in love with Ye Jin who was in a complicated emotion with Joon Mo.

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Feeling her top talent is already raising a rebellion, Cindy’s agency head retaliated and has slowly reducing her top idol perks and eventually ruining her reputation.  But with the help of Joon Mo and Ye Jin who retrieved an old off site interview, they were able to defend the fabricated attempt to ruin Cindy’s  career.

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Ye Jin and Joon Mo also confronted their feelings towards each other and sealed the binding love they mistook as friendship.

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Seung Chan failed another chance at love but he gained valuable friendship that will last for a lifetime.

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For people expecting Kim Soo Hyun being captured in romantic moments, you won’t expect it in this drama so be prepared.  Nevertheless I think for legit kdrama followers you will get what you bargain for in this drama.

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It’s how we root for Alice in Wonderland and love seeking Disney princesses all at the same time.  “Producers” came up in a very interesting format incorporating the variety show world in a drama attack.  To achieve that you have to even out the laughter you get from the variety show and the valuable content you should give to the audience.

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And I immensely enjoyed the lessons focused in every episode which were derived from the variety program production world.  It gave meaningful life lessons and pointed out the challenges and limitations of human nature.

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When joined together the four main leads were a delightful watch, even so in their personal struggles.

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Seung Chan is a reminder of any person who was trying to find his niche in the corporate scene regardless if the motivation is absurd, like in his case to follow his first love.  He is a reminder of the extent on how much we can persevere and how trying a shot on everything is better than being coward to take a chance on it.

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Ye Jin is a reminder of how even a person with the coldest exterior has a warm spot hidden in her.  Of a person who would be patiently waiting for the love she yearned for than waste her time to nonsense. 

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Joon Mo is a reflection of those times when we built our character through standing firm with our principles and defying the norms for change to happen.

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Cindy represented each one of us in our highest peak, when we hit a slump, and when we bounce back from it.

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As I religiously watch 2D1N, I easily grasped the intentions and love the executions all throughout.  True, I might have wished for more love screentime but it superbly fed me stories that I have been on at some point of my life.

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The engrossing 12 episodes will leave you lessons that basic self-help books have already vaguely discussed.  A breather from rom-com and melodramas, Producers will strip any work related stress you are having if you give it a chance.

-jediprincess♡♡♡

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variety land, spring dramas and birthday-girl abby

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Someone asked me if I do watch Korean variety shows too… I have only seen 4, so I am pretty much new and I’m intending to catch up because I laugh a lot when I’m watching those humor-filled shows.  I used to pay live comedy shows but really a eureka moment for me when I discovered the fun in variety land.

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I like 1 night 2 days because I am more drawn to humor in unscripted narration setting and I like that they go to nice nature trips.  I am chasing Running Man these days, I also like it but not reaching yet my fondness towards Dad, Where are We Going? which is really a delightful program to watch.  Barefoot Friends is a newbie, and so far they have some good episodes but battling consistency is really evident.

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I am done with Spring Dramas, and I am also surprised that among Jang Ok Jung, Gu Family Book, Mandate of Heaven, Nine Times Travel and When A Man Loves A Woman, the last I mentioned was my best pick.  I liked Ok Jung and Nine but the bertie botts every kind of love drama was really a comfortable watch for me.  

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I have included God of Workplace along with Yawang, Iris 2, and Incarnation of Money for my scheduled November kdrama bucket moment and I am really hoping I get to finish some of them before my dead line.  I dropped All About Romance, Ad Genius and The Virus for my 2013 drama watch list for good, and yes no regrets.  I am half-way through Horse Healer, Cruel Palace and 100 years of Inheritance… loong series is really a feat to conquer.

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I was hit by omg-I-will-become-30 as soon as July hit the calendar, and what I did to cheer me up was to listen to my favorite classical music pieces whenever emotional strain hit me, very traditional, and yes, it worked.  There are a lot to ponder whenever someone’s birthday approaches and a lot more when he will finally say goodbye to sweet 20’s.  And I really felt that, HARD and LINGERING.  Anyway, I am all good now, looking forward to my birthday vacation with my work buddies, munching summer dramas, and pushing hard to follow my reading assignments.  ^_^

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The sometimes-consistent-sometimes-inconsistent-path of Jeonwoochi

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<insert mixed mission impossible and Harry Potter theme>

 

I have to create a time line to connect the pieces, the characters, the trips to memory lane, the events and the conflicts evolving to the magical world of Jeonwoochi… and yes Hello Harry Potter, meet your long lost Korean brother. •wink
 
It started off beat for me but my part-witch-and-even-now-still-Gyeonwoo-lovestruck-self stayed loyal and while it groped its way to my curiosity, it finally hit the right nerve, and I stayed firm and loyal happily sending him off on the finale episodes. It was a scenario where patience is required to finish the drama to realize its potential and worth.

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Jeonwoochi relied on its profound characters to cover the loose ends and frustrating subplots of the story.  But it was also where I saw a very stubborn cast as a whole and a hero who albeit his magical prowess and sort of brainy-self was sometimes confused on his strategies to defeat the opposing warlocks.

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 Jeonwoochi narrated a Taoist wizard who hunted down his former fellow sorcerer friend, Gang Rim, after he destroyed their Taoist wizard community and runaway with the woman they both loved.  He has the Naruto cloning ability which comes in handy when he went to Joseon to track his frenemy.

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Gang-rim almost killed Jeonwoochi if not for the last remaining help Jeonwoochi got from a surviving Wizard of the temple.  Gang-rim served his uncle-evil-wizard who harbored hatred to the Wizards of Yuldo.

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They resumed the battles and adventures in Joseon era and both parties worked their way to protect and outsmart one another.  Jeonwoochi looked like he was Hercules on to a series of task to avenge his Wizard clan, to save the girl he loved and to protect the people of Joseon. 

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He has to first undo the poisonous spell controlling Mu-Yeon to progress in his plans to obliterate Gang-rim and his Lord-Sith-Evil-Uncle.  As the grand-daughter of HongGilDong, Mu-yeon possessed strong magical powers and she also held the knowledge of the location of the silver mine Evil-uncle needed to proceed with his dark plans to devastate Joseon.  With the help of a book Jeonwoochi acquired he was able to take out the evil mojo bridling Mu-yeon but Mu-yeon convinced him that she has to pretend she’s still with the baddies to help him win over them.  Saddened by the thought of the people she killed when she was in her villain self, when the time came that the Evil-duo can be defeated, she used her powers to destroy the cave and trapped her with the fiends. 

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Years later Jeonwoochi went to his news-reporter front while rendering justice to yangbans and officials that were misbehaving in Joseon.  He crossed path again with Mu-yeon who has lost her Taoist skills.  They reunited and cut to the Uncle-nephew-warlocks who were able to survive the mountain accident.

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The conflict on the second half of the story involved the King and the Queen and the Left Minister.  While the Left Minister rampaged on his connivance with Uncle Evil to spite the young weak king, Jeonwoochi and Mu-yeon backed up the King and Queen. 

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They were able to trap Gang-rim with Taoist runes. Mu-yeon begged him to leave the dark side, but he shoved her off and left to go back to his camp.  Mu-yeon threw a dagger at Uncle Evil, and in his dying breath revealed to him that he was his son and that he was meaning to destroy Joseon because he wanted him to get his rightful place to a country he really belonged.  Sparked up with his birth secret and his Uncle-real-life-father’s death, he set forth to blame the world.

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First he kidnapped Mu-yeon and sent a note to jeonwoochi to choose who he will be protecting, the reunion of King and Queen or the love of his life.  Jeonwoochi walked the Queen towards the waiting King while arrows were pointing to tied Mu-yeon.  Gang-rim pulled the arrow towards the happy Royal couple and with his enchantment turned the single arrow to multiple ones as Jeonwoochi plunged to cover the Queen’s body.  Mu-yeon on the other hand closed her eyes as the arrow was approaching her and opened her eyes to see Jeonwoochi. 

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It turned out that Jeonwoochi’s servant volunteered for him to feign Jeonwoochi’s stature to walk the Queen.  Gang-nim and Jeonwoochi engaged to a final showdown where of course the goodness prevailed.

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As what I’ve mentioned earlier, you have to be really patient as it was an adventure that was really not that engrossing. If truth be told, it was really Cha Tae Hyun’s Jeonwoochi portrayal that saved the day.  I almost sent a howler to Mu-yeon to make her understand that there are really people who can’t be given a chance to change when she let Gang-rim out of the talisman cage.  For me her performance was flat. 

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Jeonwoochi might have failed to live through its “consistency” mantra but it was still a good watch.  This drama has half-convinced me to give a fair rating because of the humor surge and main actor’s performance.  Other than that the screenplay, directing and even the visual effects were just mediocrely done.

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If you need a neutralizer to the 2013 romance drama spree, trust Jeonwoochi to provide you a breather.  Bewitching and fun, this drama won’t brag much but will make you smile. -jediprincess ^_^

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The Grand Heist (2012) Korean Movie Recap

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I’ve been having a peg on heist movies these days, and in the past weeks Cha Tae Hyun oppa has been sweetly haunting me because of my following of Jeon Woo Chi and 1Night2days.  I’m sort of resuming my long recap for Kmovies, I know I have been neglecting kmovies lately so I’m really meaning to finish my pendings.  WordPress friends, I present you… THE GRAND HEIST.

CAST

Cha Tae Hyun  Oh Ji Ho  Min Hyo Rin  Lee Chae Young   Song Jong Ho

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Lazy bummer Lee Doek Mu has been living with Mr. Yang while tending a book store in Joseon era.  He is a son of the Right Minister through a concubine that’s why he can’t hold a government position eventhough he has a brilliant mind.

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He has been loving a woman secretly and in his pursuit to know her he followed her one day when she was rushing to where local ice were being distributed and pleaded with the head royal guard, Baek Dong Soo, who was also her brother to give some ice for the children she was taking care of.  But Dong-soo refused to provide ice freebies so Soo Ryun left sadly.

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Wanting to be her knight in shining armor, Doek-Mu donned multiple mask and in a gaksital way stole a block of ice, but Dong-soo followed him and they engaged in an ice chase where Doek-mu eventually earned some wood whips from the palace guards. 

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Later on Dong-soo visited the orphanage where her sister works and brought some ice, and he got surprised to learn that someone left some ice already for them.

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Dong-soo deduced that it was Doek-mu who was then being treated by Mr. Yang through the help of a book about torture that he got from Netherlands, a place he so wanted to go.

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At that time ICE was a very prized commodity that they even pay homage to the winter god to continue the frost supply.  The left minister led the local official villains engaged into a whine about the King after the winter offering, and his eyes darted to the Right Minister reminding special ice rangers to protect the ice. 

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When Dong-soo got into the wrong side of the Left Minister, he was framed and got stripped off of his position, after an avalanche was striked while they were harvesting ice blocks.  He barely escaped but his team drowned beneath the sea of ice.

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Meanwhile Mr. Yang just came back from his travel exploits and was bragging about the western life style and the women which made Doek-mu interested as Mr. Yang described in detail how the western women were so pretty, blond and big-breasted.  *pffft boys!

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Dong-soo handled the securing of ice storage and distribution but Left Minister’s nephew illegally did ice mining and forcing slaves to work with them.  Dong-soo learned about the forced labor and wondered who the official was behind it.

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On cue, the official trying to go against the King’s law about ice order met with his baddie minions and discussed how the Right Minister, Lee Sung-ho was controlling the price of ice making life hard for the noble men.  His nephew also reported about special ice guard Dong-soo blocking the ice forced labor.

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The son of the Left Minister proposed a plan to his father about their current worries and off they go to execute their evil plans.

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As the upcoming storm was brewing, Doek-mu listened to drunk Mr. Yang explaining to him the meaning of “OK” (this duo chemistry really cracked me up).

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Little did these two know that they will be framed through possession of an illegal book copy for the part 2 evil plan of the Left Minister and his cronies.

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So Dong-soo, Doek-mu and Mr. Yang were imprisoned. Doek-mu’s father visited him in the prison.  He told his father honestly that they never have that book.  Unbeknownst to him he was in the middle of a minister feud. 

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The Right Minister was left no choice but to step down of his position to save his son’s life as Mr. Yang wasn’t able to bear the torture and died leaving the last words that he didn’t get to see the Netherlands. 

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Doek-mu gathered his remains in the morning when they were release.  He saw his father being carried away by the royal guards.  Realizing the cost of his freedom he grieved deeply at the lost of his father and his teacher-bestfriend.

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He went to Mr. Yang’s house while the meanies were celebrating their victory.  He woke up and saw a glimmer of light across the room and found a box where he saw letters from his father to his teacher-friend.
After tears, he vowed at his master’s tomb that he will get to the bottom of what forcedly happen to them.
 

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So in four seasons Doek-mu burried himself to studying in preparation of his vengeance scheme.  To put into his action his plans, he has to enlist Dong-soo who was exiled because of the demise of his fellow special ice guards.  He joined him in his abs work-out by the sea and inquired about the ice distribution work around. 

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He explained how ice has been a staple need that’s why it needed to be privatized.  Doek-mu quipped how the process affected the noble people who wanted to monopolize the business and hinted how upon his discharged from his position, the nephew of Left Minister Cho Myung-joo proposed a plan to venture into ice mining and got an exclusive right to unearthing ice by pinning on the ice accident that was headed by Dong-soo. 

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He further explained how the son of Left Minister controlled the pricing of ice conjugating the ideas that Left Minister’s family and allies have been in command of the ice dealings in the country and has been causing troubles to the common people who can’t afford the price of the frost commodity. 

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So then Doek-mu went to disclose his intentions of joining force to cut the root of the problem, Cho Myung-soo, their common enemy who was the mastermind of the ploys to have both of them be jailed through plotting evidence against them.  Furious of learning the truth about his unfair dismissal, Doek-mu Doek-mu appeased him of his brilliant payback idea but their conversation was distracted by Dong-soo’s sister who was also Doek-mu’s crush.

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He was so delighted to see Soo Ryun and started calling Dong-soo brother-in-law.  Dong-soo annoyed of his guest shoved him away as Doek-mu was left no choice but to oblige.  He made him promised to see him after a month to hear out his plans, and against his will, he walked away.

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After a month, while Doek-mu dreamily muttered intimate maiden moment in his mischievous half-awake self, he groped for water and choked on it when he saw the brother of the maiden he was thinking about staring at his vengeance blueprint.

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He agreed to the proposed connivance on three conditions:  that no innocent people will get hurt, that there will be no stealing of country’s money involved and the last one was that he will call the shots.  Doek-mu happily agreed to his conditions and was surprised how he understood his plan so easily.  So then they set to their herculean task and their first stop was to meet their money man.

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They laid out their plans to the money man who will be sheltering the ice that they will raid from Cho family’s storage. Moneyman was adamant to go with the idea thinking it was impossible to move that amount of ice to his ice storage.  But Doek-mu talked him through it convincing him that they were assembling a great team for the heist.

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They hired a deaf explosive specialist who caused ruckus while Left Minister was talking earning him a forced resignation from his job.  They will also be joined by a con artist expert in camouflaging himself. 

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To move the items, a cargo transport specialist will do the trick and a famous tomb raider who took China by storm will make all the ice disappear. 

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The moneymaker finally agreed to finance their mission and hide the ice blocks and they sealed the agreement with an OK. *chuckles (i love the humor of this film).

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Then they got to the meet and greet event to spark up their thieving quest.  They were joined by last minute female members Seol-hwa and Nani to strong disagreements of the participants, but when the girls ran down each of the member’s identities and mischief-makings, the ladies took their roles as informants.

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Then they went to the business and discuss the biggest score of their lives.  Doek-mu and Dong-soo alternately explained their cards and path.  The king’s grandson will be celebrating a grand birthday ergo it will require plenty of ice because it’s midsummer. 

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They will be stealing the ice from Cho family and the ice dealers.  Because Lord Cho will be in charge of the event they will demand for an exchange of money amounting to his total fortune.  He will be forced to give in the amount less his son will be exiled and if he demanded to meet them, the book of his illegal dealings will be drawn, and will make him lost everything.

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To go through the plan, they have to steal the book from Lord Cho’s house and dig a tunnel to the storage.  The mounds from the dugged soil will appear like mountain tombs

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Con-man will get the book of the evil dealings.  Dong-soo pledged his and Doek-mu’s money to them to the latter’s protest, but then he agreed after seeing the smiling faces of the gang.

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So then the new-found-band-of-thieves went to their plan, and first up they searched for a hideout and the place where they will dig the tunnel.

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The Operation Shawshank Redemption will carry on until the night before the celebration and to hide their ploy, the dirt load will be converted to burial mounds after a supposed plague that hit an area near Seokbinggo, Nani will share urban legend to the children about the plague and burial site.

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Seol-hwa would keep an eye on Lord Cho’s movements as explosive expert would of course silent dynamites that are so hard to get the right mixture.

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Clueless about his upcoming downfall, Lord Cho marvelled at his cronnies bribes to him and then suddenly switched to his vileness when the defense minister failed to find something that would cause trouble to Yi San, a strong contender to be the next King.

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Conman used Lord Cho’s concubine to infiltrate his household. Evil Cho commanded his son to raise the cost of the ice and handed him the book of their evildoings… and then we see conman dressed as a slave done with his eavesdropping of the location of the book they needed.  

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While Left Minister fumed at his useless-non-thinking minions, the thieves watched explosive expert dry run of the soundless bomb, but of course you cant count on a hard of hearing person to create the bomb they were requesting so they ended up covered with smoke after the explosion dry run. 

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They continued with their excavation but they needed the blueprint to know exactly where the tunnel would lead.  Doek-mu realized fast the best person to infiltrate the palace and encouragingly tapped Dong-soo’s shoulder to do the deed.

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But on Dong-soo’s break-in night he encountered an assassin so his ex-protect-the-palace instinct kicked in and chased after the swift rogue but lost him. 

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At the head quarters conman was enticing the boys with his steamy encounter with Lord Cho’s concubine but while the boys were almost reaching the excitement, deaf explosive expert complained on how he’s not proceeding with the story.  *chuckles

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Dong-soo arrived at the hide out in a gloomy face and told the gang about the assassin who was intending to kill Yi San.  Then Dong-soo sensed a disturbance in the force and they quickly attended to the eavesdropper who happened to be a little boy.

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Nami did the mini inquisition but the little boy made an excuse that he was curious about the plague and was investigating about it. Yey! mini-sherlock.  10pts for gryffindor for your story and cheek.

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The next day on the minister’s meeting there was an outburst on the attempted assassination to Yi San, but Lord Cho firmly shoved it as a propesterous idea.  Tomb-raider happily entered the hide out and demanded Dong-soo of the blueprint. 

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The young boy they decided to just hostage suggested that they can use of old King Sado’s journals which were settled at a place where spartan monks were inhabiting. 

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The roulette spotted mighty Dong-soo to lead the invasion.  Clearly outnumbered Dong-soo and Doek-mi relied on their feet as they ran away from the chasing monks.  They finally got the blueprint so Professor Dong-soo proceeded with Seobinggo 101 crash course.

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He lectured the eight conjoined rooms of the ice storage but Doek-mu noticed a faint 9th room on the the plan, the boy hostage pointed out that the country’s architecture was very particar to #9, so the team has to make sure about their accidental discovery.

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Seol-hwa and Dong-soo visited the person who can tell them about Room #9.  The all-knowing-bald-musician can only communicate with music so as Seol-hwa played the gayageum to impart their intentions, Doek-mu has to bear the all-knowing’s-daughter’s not so sweet kisses and fondling.  *pooroppa  As the height of the music conversation go on, and so was the lady’s excitement over Doek-mu, until he surrendered and they ended up thrown inside a well, but they scraped an information about Prince So-hyeon. 

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Doek-mu conversed with Moneyman, and he explained how he was exiled in China for 8 years.  Doek-mu narrated how his assets were confiscated by the King except for his gold.  Now a eunuch accompanied the deposed Prince, and when the Prince died along with the gold, the Chinese eunuch also vanished.  Prince Sado (Yi San’s father) borrowed some money from a merchant and returned it before he died. 

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And the merchant who was also Moneyman received the Chinese gold which could probably that of Prince Prince So-hyeon.  Doek-mu called a meeting and he convened what the 9th room probably hid – GOLD. 

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So the gang got all excited except for kill-joy Dong-soo, Doek-mu agreed with including the gold as he claimed it was not the country’s asset.

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Dong-soo battled with his ex-royal-guard instinct, and decided to leave the group.  Short with one man, Deafy got an idea with the explosives and signed up the boy captive to be his assistant-cum-protegee. 

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He ordered him to fetch urine and cooked it in a big fire.  *eeeeew gross.period.
It became a powdery substance and after Deafy and Chatty boy went Einstein, they produced “dragon fire”.  They tested the firefly-inspired bomb and boom!  It was soundless. 

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The group sat on a campfire as they watch the flame roasting the chicken. Nami mentioned how they were almost done and would have been nice if Dong-soo would come back.  Deafy wondered where he went so Chatty boy has to remind him he left.  All eyes darted at Doek-mu to try to win back Mighty Doek-mu who was then at Lord Cho’s house and has just thrown a knife to announce his presence.  Evil Lord warmly greeted him.

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Dong-soo delivered a why-are-you-so-greedy? litany, but the villain Lord just shrugged about him being so overly patriotic and ordered his men to drag him out.  He wildly chased after him but was halted when Lord Cho’s son, shot him.  He almost got a second gunshot serving but transporter man and Dong-soo came rushing to rescue him.

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They engaged in a feud about principles as Dong-soo blurted how he wanted to avenge his friends who died in the ice mine but he was coveting the country’s gold.  Doek-mu argued that after they get the ice and they don’t include the gold, it will be of great use for Lord Cho. 

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Stubborn Dong-soo won’t budge and left Doek-mu moping with the lighted orb.
Doek-mu visited his father.  He felt so bad seeing how his father is having a hard life but the old Right Minister re-assured him that he will get by. 

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Conman was still out of luck in locating the book as Cave raider meticulously survey the tunnel they created and was pounding the wall but the prodigal member came back to warn him not to push it anymore. 

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They located the safe location to move the ice.  The reunited team sat on a table as Seol-hwa prepared some iced sweets, but of course Dong-soo’s bowl was extra special.

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Then Moneyman entered the hideout, and it was funny how Deafy thought it was Conman under disguise.

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He delivered the news that the old King passed away.  Lord Cho was in grumpy mood as the retard puppet prince he was wanting to get to the throne worried that Yi San will soon be enthroned.

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So mastermind Doek-mu gathered the crew for a last minute change of plans.  They will instead heave the ice and gold the night before the enthronement ceremony.  Since it’s impossible to load the amount of blocks in 4days, Doek-mu explained that they will leave something for the celebration and will use the water canal to bridge it to the ferry where the rest of the ice blocks were waiting.

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The hoistering, shoveling and water way plans looked feasible.  The ice will not be wasted because it will be thrown to the people watching the fireworks, and the explosives will push the ice to move. And with the ice shower, they will take that opportunity to seize the gold from the secret room.  Move over big bang theory geeks. *giggles

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But then there’s one problem, tunnel raider doesn’t know how to swim so he cannot sever the water vein to trigger the movement of the ice.  So they needed a pro-diver who can stay long under water, and trust Doek-mu to think fast, and they all admiringly gaze at Soo-ryun to Dong-soo’s annoyance, making her the last member of the group.

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Doek-mu won’t waste the chance to hit on Soo-ryun so on her practice drill, he gave her the light orb to her amazement.  And as she muttered how pretty and precious the orb, he was also thinking the same thing as he stared at her.

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The gang were hefting ice when Lord Cho’s son entered the room, he refused sending ice for the celebration and pushed his guards away to take a nap. 

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Tunnel-raider who has been releasing gas all throughout the movie, can’t pick a perfect timing and released another one.  The evil son heard it but dismissed the thought and resumed his lazying around.

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2 days until the ceremony the men are flexing their muscles to hit the water vein as Conman was going crazy on finding the Lord Cho’s book of evildoings.  While his blood bled on his nose he hit jackpot and found what he was looking for.

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The crew were so tired playing archaelogists and worried that they might not beat the deadline, but legendary tomb raider boasted that they were in good hands.

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They were joined by Soo-ryun in her aeon-flux suit courtesy of future sis    in law Seol-hwa… and to complete the cast, smiling Conman appeared holding the evil evidence.

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6 hours before the operation though, a complication arouse when Conman’s borrowed Lord Cho’s concubine spilled his snooping around the Master’s quarter and revealed to Lord Cho’s son the hideout of our thieves.   *hellhathnofurywhenyouleftawomanwantingmore

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Evil son eavesdropped about the secret gold, and upon hearing the treasure, evil son got so engrossed.

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An hour before midnight, Evil Lord presided over a meeting to cause ruckus for the election of the new King, evil son rushed to his side and whispered what he found out.

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Soo-ryun stretched in preparation for her water adventure.  Tunnel-raider asked Dong-soo to go to the secret room, and when the clock striked 12, Soo-ryun unleashed the water vein trigger as Doek-mu released the bombs.

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They almost didn’t survive it, but you know power of love always complement a feel good movie.  Tunnel-raider madly hearing the rushing water pressure used his bare hands as he panic on a possible drowning idea for him, and as the water and ice let out to the ferry and so was he.  *lol

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Doek-mu, Dong-soo and Soo-ryun went to Room 9 and walked to the treasure.  Doek-mu opened the treasure chest and while they looked at the fortune, the evil father and sin and their assassin wielded a sword to them and was held captive. 

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They were dragged to the tunnel to meet the after-life.  Dong-soo escaped his ropes and the trio tried to run away.  Doek-mu sent signal to begin the cave blowing but Deafy sensed some faulty connection.  He encouraged chatty boy to carry on his legacy and went inside to manually trigger the bomb.

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The heisters met outside to face the sad truth that Deafy sacrificed himself.
And then they got captured again by Evil Lord’s right wing man, luckily Tunnel raider just got back from a trip with the ice and waters, Dong-soo freed himself from the rope and on cue Tunnel-raider threw his weapon, and Warrior Baek Dong-soo tackled the assassin and the rest went berserk fighting the enemies. 

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They were leading the surge but the family’s slaves went to the rescue, and just as they were all cornered, Deafy came back from the ruins and threw an ultimate bomb that wiped out the baddies. 

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But Evil Cho right and snatched Soo-ryun and to rescue his lady love, Doek-mu counted on his memory about the principles of pistol using. 

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In slow motion and I really laughed at this scene, Doek-mu poised himself to target the enemy and finally end his vile existence.

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The adorable thieves happily reunited but forgot Moneyman behind.  *chuckles

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Yi San got enthroned and the evil gang got tortured.

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And we all wonder what happened to our thieves?  12 hours before they execute their plan, they already saw the treasures but they were moved at Prince Sado’s letter to his son, Yi San. 

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They decided not to take their share and helped build a better country with no system class and kindness in each of the citizen’s heart.

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But of course they won’t end up empty handed, Conman’s lover to compensate for her mistake stole Lord Cho’s fortune for them to share with one another. *victorious

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Then we see an epilogue of Doek-mu and Dong-soo as the former revealed how he planted the letter on the treasure and left it to fate whether the rest of the thieves would be moved to let go of their treasure share.  Eventually they did. 

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The foursome couple set to their journey to Amsterdam as chatty boy grew up geeky Song Joong Ki. 

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And that WordPress friends is the story of 11 quirky thieves who defied ice, gold and politics.  -jediprincess

COMMENTS:

Set in the era with so many technological limitations, The Grand Heist will mock at those heist films you have already seen.  Overflowing with humor and showcasing a smooth sailing story, this movie will leave a smile on your face after watching it.

Modern heist films normally brag about the tricks and the smarts they utilized to get their score, this production is no different but it was made even so much better.  It’s not a precious diamond or a pricey antiquated work of art in spotlight to be pinched but ICE.  Why ICE?  Because at that time it was a very indispensable commodity.  How a band of thieves execute their premeditated plan to procure a tantamount ice stock and transport it to another storage is for you to watch (or read on my blog).  *wink

This fusion period movie was well mixed and well done.  I promise you cuteness and humor.  I promised you it’s gonna be worth your time.

KLM101: crash course to the Best Korean Romance Movies

And that’s me being overly assumptive but I’m pretty sure these are initiating Korean romance movies you have to see first, but consider you’re forewarned because these love flicks might erase the existing favorites you have right now …

In response to one of my blog friend’s request of making the best 24 Korean love movies  and because I’m in a sleeping contest with Harper Lee’s book  I’m pausing now to pick the Best Korean Romance Movies my eyes have ever laid on.

This will be hard considering love is subjective and love has different faces, but I’ll select the movies based on their peculiar storyline, evolving characters and knockout directing and overall make.

So Aunt Aphrodite, in no particular order here it goes… please accept my love offering.

P.S  If your favorites are not on the list, charge it to personal preference or I might have not seen it yet.  ^_^

♥ My Sassy girl (2001)THE GIRL WHO LEARNED TO LOVE AGAIN AND THE BOY WHO WILL DO EVERYTHING FOR LOVE.

Gyeon-woo would make your current BF right now in danger because most likely you will entertain that “I wish my BF can be a little like Gyeon-woo kind of thought”.

The initiating movie for first time watcher on the Korean movie land. This was released in 2001 and was based by a blog post written by Kim Hyo Sik. Director Kwak Jae Yong helmed the production.

If you haven’t watched this movie, then you haven’t watched a really good romance movie.  Needless to say, this is one of my favorite love films. Captivating, vibrant and worth watching… 

A perfect date movie that will leave you laughing and loving at the same time.

This is love tale of losing love, coping on the loss, helping yourself with whatever you can have to find love again.  Most girls undoubtedly can totally understand how the girl might have felt because of how emotional girls can be when dealing with heartaches. 

And I think most of us girls, can relate to the pain she was bearing all through out the movie. It’s hard to get over and start a new when your heart gets broken regardless of the reason why.  All of us want “Gyun-woo”, a not so perfect man but will be there for us no matter what.

A girl who has some past love issues was saved by a cheerful young man when she almost got caught by a train.  Fate played with them and the boy slowly became fond of her and decided that he would heal whatever that pain she has.  If I can marry someone like Gyeon-woo, I’ll be damn happy.

MY SASSY GIRL MOVIE RECAP

♥ Il Mare (2000) – THE PENPALS TURNED LOVERS BECAUSE OF A TIME TRAVELLING MAIL BOX.

Hollywood made a remake of this movie (The Lake house) but still I prefer how Koreans did it. A man and a woman engaged in a romance as they exchanged love letters and leaving it inside a mail box.  Time element executed perfectly. Addictive love story… Deeply touching and moving

IL Mare literally screamed soft and moving love story of time-crossed lovers.  It’s very simple, and yet well narrated that even my attention problem was won over by it.

It’s a nice watch on a lazy afternoon in the arms of someone you love. 

Love they say is magic and I say a sort of magical mail box which made a man and a woman fell in love regardless if they were living at different times was more than fireworks and raining rose petals.

IL MARE MOVIE RECAP

♥ Daisy (2006) – THE SECRET LOVER YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE

I like how Jun Ji Hyun reinvents herself as an actress, that’s why I love all her films.  Set in Netherlands, Ji Hyun played the role of a street painter that will become the love interest of a secret service agent and a professional hitman… Thrilling, lingering, and romantic elements were put in splendidly

This was narrated gorgeously in a three-way view point, there’s not a single kiss scene, but for some reasons it’s overflowing with love.  It was like the feeling when Pacey gave Joey a whole wall for her to paint.  If I’ll have a stalker like Park Yi, I’m sure I’ll fall for him.

Most movies that I’ve seen with time flashbacks were really good, but in Daisy it was extra special. 

It is unconditional secret one sided love at its best, and the shoot out scene where Park Yi reads Hye-young’s lips is one of my favorite scenes ever. 

And although the ever after was not achieved, this is one love story that really made me happy.  It was a love full of wonderful memories even before it started.

DAISY MOVIE RECAP

♥ Daddy Long Legs (2005) – THE MAN WHO LOVED A GIRL EVEN IN HIS FADING LIFE AND MEMORY

Ha Ji Won played a role of a radio scriptwriter who was always dreaming of meeting the guy who helped her pay her tuition in college. She accidentally bumped into emails that tells about a girl’s long time admiration over a guy. She finally had a chance to meet her daddy-long-legs and there she learned that it was his younger brother who asked him to do all the things for her. She also learned that it was her daddy-long -legs who wrote those emails, however he switched his gender when he was writing the emails. Daddy-long-legs lost all his memories including that of the girl’s because he was dying and he asked his brother to make the girl happy once he lost his memory. You’ll never get tired of watching it. Amazingly sweet and mesmerizing.

Daddy Long Legs is one of the sweetest movies I’ve seen so far.  It is laid back and serene.  The tricky identity switch can either fascinate you or pull a “make no sense” plot in your eyes.  In my case I like how it was laid. 

This feels like that “one summer walk” with your crush that you dearly keep in your heart. 

Eventhough the ending is sad, it is worth your afternoon break.

DADDY LONG LEGS MOVIE RECAP


♥ My Little Bride (2004) – THE LOVE THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE AND IT TOOK A WHILE FOR THEM TO REALIZE

An ordinary high school girl who worries about grades and has a crush on her school’s baseball team ace was forced to marry a guy out of her grandfather’s wish. Her being young and the hidden marriage made this movie so charming. Dandy, cheerful, playful… will let you remember that feel you have on the first person you ever had a crush on.

My Little Bride is a sweet tale of young love.  It reminds us that sometimes we may become blinded or too pre-occupied to notice a “love” that has been there all along.

We should not mistake thrills over true love.  This is a charmingly cute cradle snatching love story full of vibrancy and true love.

I don’t have a childhood sweetheart, books perhaps, but isn’t it amazing to be sharing the rest of your life with someone who has been there with you and who stayed without you demanding it.

MY LITTLE BRIDE MOVIE RECAP

♥ The Classic (2003) – THE SWEET LOVE AND  ROMANCE THAT WAS FULFILLED AT ANOTHER LIFETIME

Very nice, enthralling, amazingly unsurpassed romance… I can’t find words to dislike this movie, so just watch it. This is a love story that you will tell your grandchildren rather than “Romeo and Juliet”. 

A young woman accidentally bumped on her mother’s love story and she got deeply engaged with it.  The parallelism was well portrayed and there was just so much love in the air.

When I first saw this movie, I was deeply moved I named all my pet dog…  Sang-min.  *giggles  Until now, my pet is named Sang-min.  It was a time-transcending love at it’s best.  This made me love Director Kwak Jae-young much more.

“CHANCE is a GIFT for those who TRY”


THE CLASSIC MOVIE RECAP

My Wife got Married (2008) – THE HUSBAND AND WIFE IN AN UNCONVENTIONAL COMMITMENT AND HEARTFELT LOVE

I was really amused at this movie. Son Ye Jin was a player who hates marriage until she met a guy who showed her that it’s possible to enjoy being committed. Then she kinda like the idea of marriage so she asked her husband if she can marry another guy and there goes a kind of marriage you won’t think would happen in real life… So playful and mischievously flirty.

Marriage is kind of an exhausting topic for me as all my friends have been praying for me to tie the knot and that’s maybe the reason why I can’t because the love angels are annoyed with the buckets of requests.  But this movie was one of a kind, it’s a kind of set up I would want wen I decide to be with someone forever, well not the unfaithfulness perse but the light and comfortable feel of being married.

Sexy but in place.  Buoyant and Bouncy.

♥ A Millionaires First Love (2006) – THE RICH REBEL WHO LOVED A GIRL AND MADE ME CRY

Hyun Bin was a millionaire’s heir but in order for him to have his fortune, his dead granny forced him to finish High School in the suburb. There he discovered the past that he erased in his mind, and the truth that money can’t save the life of the girl he loves.

Most of the Korean Romance movies have sad endings,but then again it didn’t make them less beautiful.  That scene when Binnie’s character was so amazed at the lead girl’s back as she cooks, was one of the sweetest scene I have seen in a KMovie.  This was a dying girl movie that defied all the dying girl movies out there because it was not forced and was so heartfelt.

Passionate and bewitching.  This is a love flick that will remind you how you shared the pain and wanted to take away someone’s pain because of love.

♥ 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (2004) – THE ENSLAVEMENT AGREEMENT THAT BLOOMED INTO A BINDING LOVE

After dumping her boyfriend just before their 100 day anniversary, she met a college guy when she accidentally kicks a can that hit him in the face and caused him to scratch his Lexus. He demanded she paid him $3000 on the spot and wrote up an “Enslavement Agreement” for her in order to pay for the damage to his car.   She got into a nightmarish slave life for 100 days, cleaning his house, running his errands, doing his homework and cleaning his car. Ooops.. I almost told the whole story… Upbeat, enchanting and one of my favorites.

This is a movie brimming with feel-good vibes.  It is nothing spectacular but always fun and nice to watch.  A slave-master love story refreshing, engaging and worth remembering.

100 DAYS WITH MR. ARROGANT MOVIE RECAP

♥ Romance of their Own (2004) – THE SWEET LOVE STORY THAT WILL SURPRISINGLY LINGER IN YOUR HEART

Two hot guys fought for a sweet naive, girl.  (I swear you would want to trade places with the girl on this movie.) 

This is what a guy should watch to get some  snappy smooth moves for is girl.  My eyes were literally flashing hearts and my heart was fickle every 5 minutes because of the adorable male leads.

The twist of the story is quite surprising, and I’m warning you that you might cry.  Tender, passionate and love-affirming.

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♥ Someone Special (2004) – THAT SOMEONE SPECIAL WE OFTEN CALLED “LOVE”

This is REALLY a nice watch… the movie you will force that special someone to watch with you before you decide to tie the knot… *giggles very witty, heartwarming, extraordinarily sweet, comfy and appealing.

This flick has one of the wittiest and funniest screenplay I’ve seen.  It was not complex and will keep teasing your heart in its entire duration.  It’s a movie were all pieces complements each other well from the story premise to how the characters played their role well to the amusing conflict and to the secret love and how it was returned back.  This is one of my hall-of-famers.

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♥ A Moment To Remember (2004) – THE WORTH REMEMBERING LOVE OF A MAN TO THE WOMAN WHO CAN’T REMEMBER HIM

A couple striving to keep up their relationship against the struggle with the wife’s Alzheimer’s disease… A love story of a devoted husband who stayed with her wife even when she was slowly forgetting that he happened in her life.. Poignant, deeply moving, and I cried buckets of tears here.

This movie sent me to tear-land when I first saw it, and while recapping it my heart was still moved.  This is such a strong love story, the kind of love tale you’ll share your friend who has currently having inhibitions about love.  Considering the premise involved “sickness” as a conflict, I think what made this movie so strong is because of the superb performance of the lead couple.

One of the few movies, I dearly keep in my heart.

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♥ Lovers Concerto (2002) – THE PAINFULLY SWEET LOVE TRIANGLE OF ‘EM ALL

Stellar acting and a gorgeously written script…  A deeply immersing love story…  Tied with friendship, secret adoration and almost love, this is a little charmer that will fill you up butterflies in your stomach.

I don’t know how to react to a love triangle were a friend of mine is involved.  A man should be worthy enough to make me join a tug of war, but then again how much I love my friend also matters.  This is one of those motion picture tat you can transfer to a book without losing its essence and beauty.

♥ 200 lbs Beauty (2006) – THE WEIGHT REDUCTION LOVE VENGEANCE CHICK FLICK

Brave, sunny and worth watching with your friends… A voice talent who has weight challenges worked hard to lose weight.  She became prettier and avenged her broken heart.  A love story full of courage and never failing to hope for what love can really offer.

If Mischievous Kiss gave hope to not so bright ladies that they have a chance to snatch a smart-prince-like-man, 200 LBS Beauty provided an encouragement4shared Personal Free Online File Storage – InnityIt was simple and not overly done and was an engrossing watch.

♥ Love Phobia (2006) – THE COUPLE WHO WILL MAKE YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST LOVE.

So I finally got the chance to watch this movie without interruptions.  Who wouldn’t fall for this darling?  I was so fond of the lead couples when they were children and loved them even more when they grew up.  So sweet, priceless and worth remembering. 

Watched it with my mom, and she loved it.  It’s a  charmingly woven love story.. and although it will make you cry in the end, I’m pretty sure it will be one of those love movies you will highly recommend.

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♥ Heaven’s Postman (2009) – THE SUPERNATURAL LOVE MOVIE THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU TO TRUST LOVE AGAIN

A very pretty and serene love story of moving on from the pain of a broken heart.   It has a very simple storytelling but with completeness that will touch the side of your heart that was once broken, and that was able to bounce again because of not giving up to the idea of finding love.

When you watch a love story with supernatural element inflection, you have to prepare yourself not to expect that much, and that’s what I did. Actually it was vaguely presented and was injected fully later in the story, nevertheless I love how this movie was not complicated and effortlessly endearing.

Surely worth of your rest day movie time.

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♥ Lost and Found (2008) – THE GIRL WHO TOOK TIME TO REALIZE THE LOVE SHE DESERVED

If you are looking for an endearing and vibrant rom-com movie night with your boyfriend, this darling will delight you.  It’s ever moving and no dull moment.  From the feisty main female lead, the cholatey sweet lead man and the oozingly hot second male lead, this is a kind of Christmas gift you’d promise you’ll open on Christmas day, but when no one is looking out, you’ll sneak to see what it is.

Ji-ho has liked Min-woo since High School.  As her luck ran out with her current job, she bumped with her crush again when she was hit by his car while chasing the snatcher who took her bag.  She took that chance to pretend that she can’t remember anything to fulfill her 10-year dream of spending time with her crush.

But her neighbor-friend-who-secretly-loves-her, Dong-shik spoiled her staying at Min-woo’s house and brought her home while she still firmly held on her supposed amnesia.

She finally got Min-woo’s attention but Dong-shik was also determined to win the girl he has loved all her life.

This is about realizing the right love for you and chasing the romance no matter how long it will take.

♥ Once in a Summer (2006) –  THE NOSTALGIC LOVE STORY THAT WILL MAKE YOU REMEMBER A FLEETING BUT UNFORGETTABLE ROMANCE

It is one of the sweetest “summer love” movie I’ve seen unfortunately though they didn’t get their ever after.  Lee Byung Hun translates to the man you won’t regret committing infidelity if you are currently in a relationship.  He’s just so manly in an I-want-to-throw-myself-in-your-arms-kind-of-way.  Su-Ae has such an expressive eyes and her blithe nature in this love movie complements the endearing character of Byung-hun oppa.

A felicity filled tale that will leave you fetching and at the same time agonizing.  It was a sweet melancholic movie of finding love and holding on to it even if it has long been gone.

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♥ Innocent Steps (2005) – THE LOVE THAT GREW AND FOUGHT FOR YOU

This sweet dance movie was an emotion pond..  It made me feel warm, giddyish, frustrated, disappointed, annoyed, sad, appeased and then eventually blissful.

The fake marriage, dance moves and the simple yet sure love launched a well deserved love sigh from me.

P.S  I love the footprints practice dance floor.

Never Ending Story (2012)THE SUPPOSED TO BE DYING COUPLE WHO FOUND LOVE IN THE LEAST MOMENT THEY EXPECTED IT

In tradition of the death bound conflict of Korean love story, this charming movie was able to balance the premise and have it set to both the lead couple’s having after life bargains.

What this movie achieved was setting a sad note to a brighter perception. It was a film about death but the lively scenes and characters have pulled a different take on life’s passing. The love couple were adorable and swung an Edward-Bella pull worthy of your smile and sigh.
I love that it was so natural and that they first slept together inside a coffin and never ending to a traditional bed.  A carefree movie I would definitely recommend.  This was a romance charmer that will raise mirth one moment and then tug your heart at another time.  Watching it made me not expect outcomes or predict what will happen because the conflict surged up when it commenced, but I was left watching them as they have a good time alongside the struggle with their inevitable death.
It was simply done but happily narrated, and that made it hit home in me.
Radiant and resonating, this is a must watch darling.

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♥ MORE THAN BLUE (2009) – THE BEST FRIENDS WHO SECRETLY LOVED EACH OTHER BUT FAILED TO CROSS THE ROMANCE LINE

More than blue less the falling in love and dying part made me yearn to have a boy bestfriend. A film so tender and heartfelt, it will give you that sweet regret feeling as you sleep. The dearest melancholic I-secretly-love-my-bestfriend-movie I have ever seen.

What I love about this movie is the transparency of the characters, it’s as if I’m staring at my neighbor’s life because they acted so naturally good and painfully remembering.

The sad ending was really sadder than sadness but how it concluded was clearly satisfying.

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♥ A WEREWOLF BOY (2012) – THE LOVE THAT WAS NOT BOUND TO HAPPEN BUT FELT SO RIGHT

I initially feared that this movie could go overrated considering the familiar plot and stellar main leads but I’m so happy to have chanced upon a very beautiful, unconventional, heartwarming first love movie. The last time I felt it was with the film “The Classic” and I couldn’t be any happier witnessing a young love that was not bound to happen but felt so right.

The fantasy element surprisingly blended to the heartfelt connection of the main couple as the simplicity of the narrative and the conflict failed to stripped the amazing progression of this moving love tale that will surely tug your heart.

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♥ ALWAYS (2012) – THE COUPLE WHO FOUND LOVE BECAUSE OF THEIR VULNERABILITIES

I received lots of raves about this movie and I must agree to the warm response “Always” has received.  It made me miss the feeling of being in love, and I was left smiling, calmed and inspired as I immersed myself in a love story between two people who found love in their vulnerabilities.

“Always” broke the romantic dry spell I’ve been having for a while now.  It played with the cutesies, the sweetness, the laidback and the contentment feel of a love movie.

On a distracting note, and I mean it to be really utmost distracting… So Ji Sub in his rough, untidy look was a sight to behold, and the short showcase of his abs was a manna from heaven.

Seeing the love grew, saddled, steadied, lost and fulfilled was I think the reason why it created huge admiration.  It was an ever after not of a prince and a princess, but by two people whose hearts can love each other with their eyes closed.

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ANOTHER PS:  I have a few parked movies somewhere in my mind as I have to re-watch it to secure a spot on my favorites.

Also you can check my Korean movie vault here:

https://jediprincess.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/top-korean-romantic-films/


My Sassy Girl (2001)

The initiating movie for first time watcher on the Korean movie land. This was released in 2001 and was based by a blog post written by Kim Hyo Sik. Director Kwak Jae Yong helmed the production.

A perfect date movie that will leave you laughing and loving at the same time.

CAST

Cha Tae Hyun as Gyun-woo – a sweet, kind-hearted engineering student
Jun Ji Hyun – the sassy girl who was never named in the movie

We see a man standing beside a tree. 

His name is Gyeon-woo..  He  narrates that he buried a time capsule with a girl at that tree, and they promised to come back at the same spot after two years.  But she did not come, and he still wants to wait.

PART 1

Gyeon-woo chronicles how his parents wanted a girl for a child, so when he was growing up they dressed him as a little girl. 

He was raised a typical young man, studying, with usual problems and activities like sharing soju-drinking-sessions with his friends on his spare time. 

During one of these occasions his phone rings and he is scolded by his mother when he did not visit his grieving aunt.  He complains that he doesn’t like her kissing him and pinching his face, but his mom insists of him going there.

On his way to visit his aunt, his life turns upside down after he saved a girl who was uncaringly standing drunk on the brink of the train platform. 

Inside the train, “the girl” who seems to have drowned herself in liquor is a sight to be hated and be amused with.

When an old man stands beside “the girl”, she reprimands a young man to stand up and offer his seat to the elderly.  When he pretends he doesn’t care, she slaps his head.  (Way to go girl!)  So the teenager is forced to offer his seat and when he walks away, “the girl” also tells him not to wear a pink shirt anymore.  (*giggles, I wish I can say that sometime) 

When the liquor finally kicks in her system, she fights hard not to throw up as mighty as she can.  At first she seems to be under control as she swallows it to Gyeon-woo’s dislike, and then eventually she throws up on the old man’s hair/wig and clothing. 

She loses consciousness calling out Gyeon-woo “honey”, before she eventually faints. 

He denies not knowing her but of course the people didn’t believe him, so he is forced to help clean up granny and piggy-back the girl. 

He leaves her on the train bench but his conscience pushes him to go back and get the girl again. 

Complaining why the motels can’t be found when they are needed, close to exhaustion, Gyeon-woo finally finds a place where they can stay. 

When her phone rings while he’s taking a shower he is left no choice but to answer it in his birth suit.  He is asked where the owner of the phone is and he provides their location. 

In a short while, done with his bathing he sneaks outside again to get a towel, but is surprised when two armed women enter the room and the next thing he knew he is holding prison bars and is being bullied by a bunch of local prisoners.

He heads home and gets hit by his mother when he lied about visiting his aunt.  Finally he gets a well-deserved rest after a series of unfortunate events.  While resting, he recounts his typical life while he was growing up. 

While having his cute surmise, his phone rings and when he answers it, the feisty girl demands him to go to Bupyung station to see her.  When she confirmed that he is the guy who brought her to the motel, they went to another place.

They proceed to a coffee shop.  When she asks him what he wants to order.  He confuses himself in choosing what to take which is actually useless since she commands him to just order coffee and to pay for it. 

When they sit down she directs him to spill their motel story.  He stammers so she shouts at him to say it clearly and not fumble on his words.  He immediately turns into the “storyteller of the year”, and narrates the events of yesterday.

At the back of Gyeon-woo’s mind he concludes how feisty the girl is and that she could have been an ideal girl if she’s in her sober state. 

When he compliments her on looking so radiant that day, she retorts not to hit on her because they are not destined to be together.  Then they set to dine and drink.  When he orders his food, the girl forces him to eat a different one. 

The girl overhears the next table talking about going to another place after they ate.  And in her reckless attitude she scolds the young ladies on a date with middle-aged men. 

After her vicious encounter with the May-December-quadrangle-date-group, she calms down and on cue Gyeon-woo pours her some soju.

She indulges in consecutive soju-shots and then she suddenly cries.  Gyeon-woo narrates how it makes him sad to see a girl cries.  After she utters her breaking up with her boyfriend yesterday, she again passes out. 

So poor Gyeon-woo ends carrying her again and they go back to the same motel.  He steps out to buy some medicine for her and gave it to her while she sleeps.

While watching her sleep, he sort of realized that he wants to heal whatever pain she is having.

The next morning, he wakes up first and tries sneaking out but the girl wakes up sleepily murmuring for some water. 

While she is washing up in the bathroom, he observes how peculiar their relationship is.  They come across each other three days ago, but they have slept in a motel twice already.

Gyeon-woo playfully creates different voices for the class roll call, a few minutes later he is almost dozing off because of the Professor’s lecture. 

Then the door opens and “the girl” comes in. 

She sits beside Gyeon-woo, and after 3 minutes raises her hand and requests the professor for a break which was gladly granted by him.  (I do that most of the time when I was in college.. *giggles) 

She urges him to go out with her and play around, but he says no because he’s on a class, so the girl steps out of the room and his friends swarm over him asking who she is.  Then the professor enters the room and calls the attention of Gyeon-woo.  He advises him that it’s okay to go out.  Outside, the girl happily waits for him, and she reveals to him that she told his professor that she’s having an abortion so she needs him to be with her that day.

They go to a park and play happily.  Now “the girl” loves to write, and she is under the illusion that Gyeon-woo is her editor so she lets him read her synopsis and he pretends he’s enjoying it to refrain from the girl’s fury. 

If someone barges in while they are having their reading session, hell hath no fury because it will surely annoy the girl.  Gyeon-woo being used to having these kind of encounters just proceeds to reading her stories.

The first story is about a girl whose lover is kidnapped by villains so she travels through a time machine to visit the future to rescue her lover. 

Gyeon-woo comments that her story might not be liked by their fellow Koreans, because they prefer melo-drama.  He cites the movie “Shower” which was a very sad and moving movie. He says he can’t sleep for a week because of the very sad ending of a girl who requested to be buried with her lover’s clothes. 

But “the girl” of course thinks otherwise and points out that the sad ending would be if the girl has requested to be buried with her loving best friend.  (To be buried alive, indeed that’s very sad! *giggles)

The girl, as we now may have known is bossy, curious and sometimes even scattered with her thoughts. She’s full of surprises and tricks that are all designated for Gyeon-woo.

She punches and hits him after bailing out of prison when he refuses to have her join a drinking session with his friends. 

The girl e-mails Gyeon-woo that her birthday is in two days and that he should prepare to make her blissful. 

Gyeon-woo imagines a very nice and romantic birthday celebration at a theme park but it is ruined when they encounter an escape runaway soldier who suffers from self-pity after his girlfriend fell in love with another man. 

After our couple lectured the soldier how ugly he will look like if he shoots his mouth, she advises him that how much painful an experience maybe, it will eventually go away.  

Gyeon-woo become his hostage as he demands to have his girlfriend so that he will let go of Gyeon-woo. 

The girl pleads the other soldiers to hold their fire and bravely delivers her love sermon to the distracted soldier.

GIRL:  Your girlfriend changed her mind, right?  Did you really love her?  Ask yourself.  I think you didn’t.  If you really love her, you should let her go.  If not, then it’s not love.  What’s wrong with someone you love getting married?  A person like you should learn more about love.  If you learn how to do it, you will have a reason to live.

Moved by her love litany, he releases Gyeon-woo and the fireworks display Gyeon-woo prepared for her birthday soars beautifully in the night sky.  But the girl realizing she was denied by him as his girl makes a fuss and of course hits him again.

PART 2

Gyeon-woo little by little learns how to deal with his sassy girl and he has long realized that she’s pretending to be cheerful to hide her pain.   And even if at times it’s really hard to be her man, he learns to be so patient about it… just like his regular editorial job to her writings.

This time it’s a martial arts film.  The heroine is a bounty hunter who fights the evil villain Gyeon-woo.  The heroine prevails and the story concluded making her the queen.

Gyeong-woo notices how her heroines always comes from the future. She makes an excuse that science is advanced at that time, that’s why they do a lot of time travel.

Gyeon-woo and “the girl” like playing fun games, one day when they are on a train, after she scolds a little boy drawing on the floor of the train, she gets an idea of betting which foot will cross first on the little boy’s drawn line. 

Gyeon-woo wins first and he hits her forehead using his index finger.  She complains that since she’s a girl she will slap his face if she wins, he refuses but ended up obliging to her demand. 

When a troop of soldiers march in, Gyeon-woo is in pure bliss after his calculation depicts that fate sides with him, but then at the last minute the head soldier shouts for a change march step so he settles at the mercy of “the girl’s” rampaging slaps. 

(I will play this game one time but the prize will be a kiss! ^_^)

He appears not to know what will be the outcome of a day with her and as always he is required to do whatever the girl wants to do even if he doesn’t know how to do it.  Soon he painstakingly learns playing squash and kendo.

There is also a time when she sweetly persuades him to exchange shoes with her because her stilettos were giving her a hard time. 

The first time Gyeon-woo meet her parents was of course awkward especially facing her dad whose drinking habits resembles hers.  When he leaves their house, he overhears the girl and her mom fighting because of him.

After that incident their communication line went off a bit, until the girl calls him and reminds him of their 100 Days anniversary.  She asks him what he wanted for her to play in the piano and he answers her by humming Pachelbel’s Canon.  She also asked him to bring a rose on that day. 

On their 100 days’ celebration, he gets another fit from his mom when she thought he is a thief because of his delivery guy incognito outfit, but evading is his middle name so he’s able to get past her mom’s nagging. 

The girl’s school is exclusive for girls so his sneaky ways is of use again. 

When he enters the music hall, everyone is astounded and then he sees her playing the piano, so he takes the rose and walks towards her to give it to her to the audience’ romantic cheers. 

After drinking and partying one day in their old High School’s uniform, the girl as always can’t hold herself up and gets wasted again.  He brings her in her house and creates a bad impression to her parents. The girl’s father requests him to bring out what’s inside his pocket and her parents saw a condom and a motel give away lighter. 

Her father commands him not to see her anymore and after that day too she never contacted him for a while.

So he starts going to blind dates, and while he is on it, with the girl’s impeccable timing she calls him and demands him to go to her favorite café, but he refuses to do so and spends a fun drink with his date who turns out to be a homosexual.

So he then proceeds to the café and there he found that she was with a date too who was the man her parents asked her to meet and that she always stood up.  When the girl inquires him what he wants to order, getting used to it, he orders coffee.

When the girl excused herself he follows and tells her that the man looks nice but he knows it’s not her ex-boyfriend.  He also advises her to be obedient, to be more feminine and not to drink a lot because not all guys are like him. 

When she went back, Gyeon-woo is not there anymore, and the man recites what “the girl” was about.  Her date didn’t finish saying her 10 rules because she rushes to look for Gyeon-woo in the train station. 

Feeling hopeless she seeks the help of the train communication department and called for him.  While she is making her announcement for him to come to the communication room, he stands there and without her realizing it.  They embrace and the girl of course punches him again for giving her a hard time running.

Here are the 10 rules for your reference.  ^_^

1. Don’t ask her to be feminine.

2. Don’t let her drink over three glasses. She’ll beat someone.

3. At a cafe, drink coffee instead of coke or juice.

4. If she hits you, act like it hurts. If it hurts, act like it doesn’t.

5. On your 100th day together give her a rose during her class. She’ll like it a lot.

6. Make sure you learn fencing and squash.

7. Also be prepared to go to prison sometimes.

8. If she says she’ll kill you, don’t take it lightly. You’ll feel better.

9. If her feet hurt, exchange shoes with her.

10. She likes to write, encourage her.

Unsure of what their relationship is, Gyeon-woo can only hope and understand.  He is asked by the girl to write a letter for her.  There he writes his sincere intentions and hope of being with her. 

They go to a mountain and while they are standing the girl requests him to go to the other side of the mountain.  When he  settles at the other side of the mountain, the girl shouts and cries at the same time as she reveals why she can’t love him yet. 

GIRL:  Gyeon-woo!  Can you hear me?  I’m sorry, I can’t help it.  I really can’t help it.  I thought I was different, but I’m just a helpless girl.

 

They put the letters inside the time capsule and buries it beside the tree and they promise to meet after two years to read the letters.

OVERTIME

The two separated ways, and during those days Gyeon-woo was busy writing her love encounter with the girl to cope up with his broken heart.  He made himself a better man with his kendo-swimming-squash-studying-he-bangs.  He submitted his love story writing to a film outfit and a movie will be produced out of it.

 When the time came that they should meet again, he goes back to visit the tree, but she did not show up.  He opened the time capsule and there he reads her letter…

GIRL’S LETTER:  Gyeon-woo, how are you?  I was so happy while being with you.  I’m not sure if you knew but the person I loved passed away.  The day when I first met you was the day he died a year ago.  Actually I tried to look for him in you.  I know it was wrong, I’m sorry.  I also met him in the subway like you. 

I was really sick at that time so he lent me his handkerchief.  He did everything I wanted like you did to me. 

 

Under this tree we planned our future together, but he passed away. 

While I was dating you, I was meeting his mother often.  She wanted to introduce a nice man to me, but I couldn’t. 

The day I first met you, I came under this tree and I prayed to him to let me free.  When I met you this occurred to me, that maybe he introduced you to me.

 

But the more I get to know you, and the more I get to like you, I feel guilty inside.  While the two of us are apart, I want to forget him alone.  If you will not see me after two years, it means I still am not brave.  I wonder how much will change after two years.  I feel like you live in the future and I stayed in the past.  I want to meet you soon so I can read your letter.

Gyeon-woo still visits the tree often even after failing to meet her on their promised date.  When the girl finally visits the tree, she finds an old man sitting beside it.  She asks why he stares at her and if he comes often there.  He confirmed yes and says that the tree and he has a secret. 

She responds that she has a secret with the tree too and she talks about the letters she buried with Gyeon-woo 3 years ago and that they vowed to meet after two years but she didn’t come because she was still not sure of her decision and thoughts.  She says she was leaving their love to fate hoping that by chance they will meet again somewhere.

The old man tells her that “Fate is building a bridge of chance for someone you love”.            (And cheers to our cool granny and his ever wonderful line!  ^_^) 

He also tells her that he read their letters.  He reveals to her that his secret with the tree was it was not the same tree they visited 3 years ago.  He asks her if she notices any changes in the tree, but she can’t seem to figure it out.  The old man tells her, that the tree was hit by a lightning, but a young man planted another tree because he said someone will not be happy if the tree will not be there anymore. 

The girl read his letter finally and the realization of her decision not to face what she felt for Gyeon woo at that time was a great mistake.  The girl tries calling him but to no avail, she can’t reach him anymore.

After a year, the girl is having a lunch with her ex boyfriend’s mother and they are both waiting for her nephew.  As it turns out, the nephew is Gyeon-woo, who is her dead-ex-bf’s-cousin, and the girl was the girl, the aunt wanted Gyeon-woo to date for years…

CUTE MOVIE CUTS LINKS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPl2s05oiAM – “the slap game” – Gyeon woo and the girl love playing games, while inside the train a little boy drew a line on the train floors which annoyed the girl. Then the girl decided to play a game, if left foot crosses the line, the girl will slap his face, if right foot crosses the line, Gyun-woo wins. Then came a line of military men marching, he thought it would be his lucky day, until the commander shifted the rhythm, so the girl won again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTDkj72-TCA&feature=related – “all for me” – after the “slap game”, Gyeon woo begged for moderate punishment, and there goes the classic “all for me” line of the girl. She said the sky is blue because that’s her favorite color, there are 4 seasons in korea because she like it, and even his being born is because of her as well. *giggles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGeLu9ozhQk – “shoes swap scene” – the girl went to Gyun woo’s class, not even a minute passing by, she raised her hand and asked the professor if Gyun woo can be excused, they went out and the girl tired of her high heels demanded to exchange shoes with Gyun woo.

COMMENTS:

I also have a secret I have watched this movie with all the guys I dated.  *giggles This is one of my favorite love movies, and maybe because I can really see myself in the girl in the story.  I think the reason why the girl was not named here is because her name is Abby… *super giggles

This is love tale of losing love, coping on the loss, helping yourself with whatever you can have to find love again.  Most girls undoubtedly can totally understand how the girl might have felt because of how emotional girls can be when dealing with heartaches. 

And I think most of us girls, can relate to the pain she was bearing all through out the movie. It’s hard to get over and start a new when your heart gets broken regardless of the reason why.  All of us want “Gyun-woo”, a not so perfect man but will be there for us no matter what.


MEMORABLE MOVIE CUTS


best korean romantic films

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Initially this is just a page for Korean romantic films, but I’ve added some films that are not really romantic so that you can check whether to watch it or not.

I have included long recaps and short movie summaries for your reference, you can also see it all in my Korean Movie Recap Page.

I have rated it A(for Amazing), B+(for Breathtaking), B(for Beautiful), C+(for Cliche but Charming), C(for Crazy but Tolerable) D(for Disappointing), F(for Forget it).   I added additional tips for your reference.  My recent entries would be on a yearly basis from now on so the most recent dramas would be on the first entries.

I have included long recaps and short movie summaries for your perusal, you can also see it all in my Korean Movie Recap Page.

 

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♥ My Sassy girl (2001) – If you haven’t watched this love pill, then you haven’t watched a really good rom-com movie.  Needless to say, this is one of my favorite love films.  A perfect date movie. A girl who has some past love issues was saved by a cheerful young man when she almost got caught by a train.  Fate played with them and the boy slowly became fond of her and decided that he would heal whatever that pain she has.  If I can marry someone like Gyeon-woo, I’ll be damn happy.  *wink

MY SASSY GIRL MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy       GRADE:  A

 

♥ Il Mare (2000) – Hollywood made a remake of this movie (The Lake house), but still I prefer how Koreans did it. A man and a woman engaged in a romance as they exchanged love letters and leaving it inside a mail box.  Time element executed perfectly.  Addictive and deeply touching love movie. *wink

IL MARE MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romance, Fantasy     GRADE:  B

♥ Daddy Long Legs (2005) Ha Ji Won played a role of a radio scriptwriter who was always dreaming of meeting the guy who helped her pay her tuition in college.  She accidentally bumped into emails that tells about a girl’s long time admiration over a guy.  She finally had a chance to meet her daddy-long-legs and there she learned that it was his younger brother who asked him to do all the things for her.  She also learned that it was her daddy-long -legs who wrote those emails, however he switched his gender when he was writing the emails. Daddy-long-legs lost all his memories including that of the girl’s because he was dying and he asked his brother to make the girl happy once he lost his memory.  You’ll never get tired of watching it. Amazingly sweet and mesmerizing.

DADDY LONG LEGS MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romance     GRADE:  B

♥ My Little Bride (2004) – An ordinary high school girl who worries about grades and has a crush on her school’s baseball team ace was forced to marry a guy out of her grandfather’s wish. Her being young and the I-am-a-married-high-school-girl made this movie so charming.  Dandy, cheerful, playful, this film will let you remember that feeling you have on the first person you ever had a crush on. *wink

MY LITTLE BRIDE MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B+

♥ Daisy (2006) – I like how Jun Ji Hyun reinvents herself as an actress, that’s why I love all her films.  Set in Netherlands, Ji Hyun played the role of a street painter that will become the love interest of a secret service agent and a professional hitman.  Thrilling, lingering, and romantic elements were put in splendidly fine. *wink

DAISY MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romance, Espionage, Melodrama     GRADE:  A

♥ Humming (2008) – This is good for those who are in currently a long-running relationship. The lead actor was quite tired of the relationship with her GF.  He was about to leave for Alaska to avoid her, but she met an accident and fell into a coma. He starts remembering the relationship he had with her while nursing her back to health. Will he discover the love he has never realized?  Passionate, a bit tear jerker with a twist that you may or may not like.

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  C+

♥ The Classic (2003) – A perfectly film captured unsurpassed romance.  This film will make you think about flowers, summer walks and pure love.   True to its title, it is an epic love movie that you can tell your grandchildren and be giddyish and at the same time nostalgic about it.

A young woman accidentally bumped on her mother’s love story and she got deeply engaged with it.  The parallelism from the characters of switching timelines was well portrayed and there was just so much love in the air.*wink

THE CLASSIC MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  A

♥ My BF is Type B (2005) – Nice girl meets a temperamental guy. Go figure what it would be like.  Girls always fall for bad guys and it’s always been a mystery why. Lively, witty and mesmerizing… A sweet love that turns sweeter at every scene.  ^_^

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B

♥ Heartbreak Library (2008) – Not really a romance movie for the lead actors.  It was more of feeling the pain of someone who lost his one great love.  An unconventional love movie that focus on the downside of being in love.  Strikingly fresh and very charming at the same time. ^_^

GENRE:  Melodrama, Romance     GRADE:  B

♥ My Wife Got Married (2008) – Full of mischief and kink, this is one sexy film crazily perceived and executed spontaneously making it gratifying to watch even with the slight carnal insinuations.  Son Ye Jin was a player who hates marriage until she met a guy who showed her that it’s possible to enjoy being committed.  Then she kinda like the idea being married so she asked her husband if she can have a marriage spree.  Her submissive husband agreed and off they engaged to a kind of marriage you won’t think would happen in real life.  Playful and mischievously flirty.

GENRE:  Romance     GRADE:  B+

♥ A Millionaire’s First Love (2006) – Hyun Bin was a millionaire’s heir but in order for him to have his fortune, his dead granny forced him to finish High School in the suburb. There he discovered the past that he erased in his mind, and the truth that money can’t save the life of the girl he loves.  Bewitchingly passionate and might leave some tears in your eyes. 

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  B+

♥ Windstruck (2004) – They said it was a sort of like the prequel to My Sassy Girl, but I say otherwise.  It is a sad film about a woman who was given help to move on by the man she loved even when he is already in the after life.  Kwak Jae Young’s open-ended fantasy element made the movie an inspiring spectacle even with the movie’s grieving premise.   ^_^

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  B+

♥ My Tutor Friend 1 (2003) – A lazy school boy meets the tutor he would never dream to have. The Sweet bickerings and a proof that people can accidentally be in love is what made this sweet flick captivating to watch.

 GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  C+

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♥ My Tutor Friend 2 (2006) – A touching story of two completely different students from two completely different worlds who fell in love with each other.  Donning the original “tutor friend” plot, An exchanged student from Japan went to Seoul and stayed in a guest house where she met her Hangeul Class tutor and eventually fell in love with him.  A lot of jinks and some slapstick comedy from the supporting cast here and there.  Even with the cliches it was still charming.

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B

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♥ 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (2004) – After dumping her boyfriend just before their 100 day anniversary, Ha Young met a college guy when she accidentally kicked a can that hit him in the face and caused him to scratch his pricey Lexus car. He demanded she paid him $3000 on the spot and wrote up an “Enslavement Agreement” for her in order to pay for the damage to his car.   She got into a nightmarish slave life for 100 days, cleaning his house, running his errands, doing his homework and cleaning his car. Ooops.. I almost told the whole story so I have to halt it… Upbeat, enchanting and one of my favorites.

100 DAYS WITH MR. ARROGANT

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B+

♥ He was Cool (2004) – A cheerful high school student clumsily left a message on the school website in response to the school bully’s post. She was then stalked by the school bully since then. and while trying to evade him she accidentally kissed him after she jumped in the school’s back wall.  It was a classic are-we-in-love-mutually love game that bounce gorgeously when the couple realized that they were meant to be together.

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B+

♥ Romance of their own/A Wolf’s temptation (2004)–  Two hot guys fought for a sweet naive, girl.  (I swear you would want to trade places with the girl on this movie.)  It’s your proverbial teenage sweet and angsty torn between two lovers romance with a heartbreaking twist that will make  you cry.  The story really took time to explain fully the narrative and even with a trite conflict, it was concluded neatly in the end.  Tender, passionate and love-affirming, that romance movie you need along with a blanket and hot chocolate drink on a cold rainy day. 

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  B+

♥ My Girl and I (2005) – A heartwarming story about true love and happiness.  A guy returned to his hometown after ten years to attend a reunion with his high school friends.  In his return, he also remembered the sad story of his one great first love.  Nostalgic and will crawl in your emotions as it triggers those furtive bittersweet recollections we had with our own failed first love.

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  B

♥ Unstoppable Marriage (2007) – Sweet and easy-going girl who grew up in a normal middle-class household with a strict and traditional father met willful plastic surgeon who was born into a wealthy family, and has the ego to match his income. Their two worlds collided quite literally when they met through a paragliding accident. It’s a classic case of opposites attract as they fight, falter, and fall in love, but their incompatible families are determined to break them apart.  

GENRE:  Romance, Family     GRADE:  C+

♥ Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006) – The lead girl was a believer in true love and has always been very dedicated to her current boyfriend.  However, men always break up with her. Distracted by the latest break-up, she bumped into a car and a man stepped out of it who turned out to be her new boss.  He has very clear ideas about a relationship and love.  He believed that relationship a game of power and she sought advice from him, as she doesn’t want to get dumped again.  But the lessons turned to adorations and they had to survive their preconceived love notions and reluctance.

GENRE:  Romance     GRADE:  C+

♥ Jenny and Juno (2005) – The plot centered on the relationship of a 15-year-old couple, Jenny and Juno who met in school, fell in love and ended up in a teenage pregnancy.  When Jenny discovered that she was pregnant, she and Juno decided against having an abortion, and opted for parenthood instead.  They tried to conceal the pregnancy from their families for as long as possible, but the truth was revealed eventually, and their parents did not approve of it initially.  But their love to the unborn child made them stronger even with the weight of the problem they had to tackle at their very young age.  This is a nice educational film for high school students to remind them of the harsh realities when you got knocked up at a young age.

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  B+

♥ Speedy Scandal (2008) – This upbeat delight is an amazing movie treat for a family or friendly getaway.  As a self-confessed Cha Tae Hyun fan, the signature amusing humor in most of his films kicked wild and sassy all through the ending easing a work week stress if you will watch it. 

Ham Hyun Soo works as a local radio celebrity and is a playboy on the side.  His world was changed upside down when a young girl approached him and claimed to be her long lost daughter along with her son.  An instant-father-and-a-young-grandfather, this family made the movie time so worthwhile as they worked on the new family they were put into while adjusting to the invasion of their personal spaces in the most adorable way.

To protect his public image and maintain his womanizing around, Hyun Soo hid his new family’s identity, but having gotten his stubbornness, her daughter Jae In even joined his radio show for indie singers raking in a great following from the audience.  Eventually the awkwardness subsided, and Hyun Soo realized how his daughter and grandson mattered dearly in his life.

Even when I’m writing these thoughts now, I can’t help but smile remembering the quirky family set up in this flick.  Go grab some popcorn and chips and wallow on the cuteness of this family movie. *wink

GENRE:  Family, Romance     GRADE:  A

♥ She’s On Duty (2005) – Gong Yoo and Kim Sun Ah were secret agents who played High Schoolers for their police. Perky, funny and never a dull moment  with the lead characters.  Although romance was slightly hinted because of the crime catching premise, it was a cheery and balanced flick of action and romance.  ^_^

GENRE:  Romance, Light Espionage     GRADE:  C+

♥ My Girlfriend is An Agent (2007) – Kim Ha Neul always brings something new from her sleeves.  Unaware of their secret agent identities, a couple got entangled to stop an organized crime group in releasing a bio-chemical weapon.  This was the movie where marked Kang Ji Hwan oppa to hang out with me some time.  With trust issues and career responsibilities between them, the couple journeyed to how far can their love sustain their attachment.

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy, Light Action     GRADE:  C+

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♥ Someone Special (2004) – A really feel good rom-com perfect for your weekend movie binge. Extraordinarily sweet and appealing.

SOMEONE SPECIAL MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  A

SOMEONE SPECIAL MOVIE RECAP

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♥ Baby and I (2008) – Jang Geun Suk played the role of a young High School student from a well-off family who loves to brawl and a typical mischief maker.  His easy-go-lucky life will stop when he got a surprise basket of a baby with a note suggesting that he’s the father.  From there he started his young father adventure trying to give the best life he can provide for his instant son.

GENRE:  Drama, Light Comedy, Family, Youth     GRADE:  C+

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♥ Doremifasolasido (2008) – An engaging, nostalgic and heart-tugging teen movie about a girl who fell in love with the guy who was initially mean to her. They slowly began to fall in love, but a person from the girl’s past who was also connected to her boyfriend will force them to choose between love and friendship. ^_^

GENRE:  Romance, Friendship, Musical     GRADE:  B

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♥ Antique Bakery (2008) – The lively characters sprawled a stimulating run.  You’ll love how this movie will hook you without you realizing it.  Joo Ji Hoon played the role of a bakery owner who was once abducted when he was a child and was set to capture his abductor through his baking skills. The cheery interaction of the cast and their hot selves cushioned the thrilling conflict in this sweet and suspense flick that is worth missing your weekend sleep binge.

GENRE:   Friendship, Thriller     GRADE:  B

♥ A Moment To Remember (2004) – A couple striving to keep up their relationship against the struggle with the wife’s Alzheimer’s disease.  It is a love story of a devoted husband who stayed with her wife even when she was slowly forgetting that he happened in her life. Poignant, deeply moving, and I cried buckets of tears here.

A MOMENT TO REMEMBER MOVIE RECAP

GENRE:  Romance, Melodrama     GRADE:  A

♥ The Beast and the Beauty (2005) – Enticing and pleasing, with a lead actor you can’t help but be fond of.  A not so handsome guy created a different look of him to her blind gf, when the girl was able to see again, he struggled to fight for his one true love.

GENRE:  Romantic Comedy     GRADE:  C+

♥ Babo (2008) – Classic Cha Tae Hyun, he doesn’t fail to amuse me.  Ha Ji Won was at her usual best.  A story of a mentally challenged man whose optimism in life will move you to tears. Full of love and so heartwarming, prepare some tissue if you will embark on it. *wink

GENRE:  Melodrama, Family      GRADE:   B