[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sad Movie" 2013/12/21,
Foreboding title notwithstanding, the first thing that really stands out about "Sad Movie" are the comedic elements. Between the four vaguely related love-centered plotlines, there's this strong undertone of dark humor. There's a somewhat hostile relationship between mother and son, a threatened break-up over unchanging circumstances, a threatened marriage over unchanging circumstances, and a romance where one of the participants is neither seen or heard. It's all as bizarre as it sounds, yet to anyone who's been in these kinds of situations the emotions ring quite true.
What unites all these disparate stories is the overhanging dread of inevitability,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Daisy" 2013/12/20,
Every single character in this movie is a naive idiot who is incapable of learning from past experiences. As "Daisy" opens there's some hope that maybe this is actually the point. Portrait artist Hye-Young (played by Jeon Ji-hyeon) openly notes her lack of romantic experience in the initial voiceover. Romance in the mind of hitman Park-Yi (played by Jeong Woo-seong) is kind of sweet and yet, well, also kind of incredibly creepy. It's hard to imagine these two having any kind of future when their initial expectations start out this bizarre.
Then we meet Interpol agent Jeong-Woo (played by Lee Seong-jae) and he has the same ridiculous ideas, even though this older presumably more normal man should have grown up out of this nonsense a long time ago,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Phantom the Submarine" 2013/12/20,
Well this certainly is a Korean movie about a submarine. I don't mean to sound flippant here but that's really all that can be meaningfully written about "Phantom the Submarine". If you've ever seen any movie about a submarine, "Phantom the Submarine" is that same movie. You've got a large cast of characters stuck in horribly cramped quarters, an unsettling mystery about what the submarine's actual mission is, and a mutiny.
Is that a spoiler? It takes some time for the mutiny to actually happen, and come to think of it I'm still not totally sure who was supposed to be mutinying against who there, since it's never totally clear what the original mission even was or whether even the characters themselves have any real idea what's going on,...More
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