Camellia

Camellia (2010)

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A feature film set in Busan involving Korea, Thailand, and Japan.

"Love for Sale"
Dir. by Joon-hwan Jang
Set in the near future in Busan. A story of lovers who forget about each other and fall into fatal love.

"Iron Pussy"
Dir. by Wisit Sasanatieng
Set in the 1970s. A man dressed as a woman enters Busan as a secret spy from Thailand. He falls in love with an unidentified Korean man. read more"Kamome"
Dir. by Isao Yukisada
Set in 2010. The title means 'seagull' in Japanese. A fantasy melodrama about a movie director and a young woman who transcend space and time like a mirage.

  • Native title:

    카멜리아
  • Also Known as:

    Busan Project

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Jan 2, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
Finally. I have been looking for this film forever. Just got a subscription to Amazon Prime and it's a freebie! As are many other K films! It's fully subbed and beautiful quality. You should know going in that it's an omnibus film with 3 distinct shorts, each about 45 minutes long, so none of them feel abridged.

The first, Iron Pussy, is a sort of 007 parody, Austin Powers style. Not my read more cup of tea. Just Very Weird. Didn't like it at all, so I am not going to include it in my rating nor my review for the film. Others I'm sure will like it...just not me.

The second short, Kamome, is lovely. An ethereal tale of 'what if' love, the story moves slowly and easily in the moments allowed for it, never feeling rushed nor given short shrift. The feelings and emotions of the two protagonists are unmistakable. It's a story of two lonely people connecting in spite of language barriers and falling in love. It is bittersweet and I could watch it again and again.

The final short is Love for Sale. I adore SciFi so my review isn't as objective as some others might be who would be concentrating on the story only and how well it is told and how well its 'message' gets across. However, I'm also not automatically prejudiced against just because it is SciFi either! Love for Sale is a tale of stolen love in a literal sense. Set in the future where people sell their memories of lost true love either for profit or because they cannot bear to live with them, and people buy them and live vicariously through those stolen memories...because they have none of their own I guess. The allegory is obvious and the ending is too, since SciFI is always allegorical and nothing is ever as it seems. I enjoyed it immensely as a SciFi story and could see it as a full fledged movie. There is a a lot of violence in it, so plot development is shortened by fight scenes replete with guns and fists. I also love that, so I won't downgrade it for that either. The story gets its point across loud and clear. The leads are beautiful to look at and, though Song Hye Kyo's appearance seems to be just for audience draw, Kang Dong Won, as usual, throws himself body and soul into the part.

Individually the stories rate a 6, 9 or 9.5, and an 8.5 or 9... for me. I gave the movie an 8.5 as an average. It is impossible to find this with decent subs and a quality picture, anywhere. We have been looking for it for a long time now. If you are desperate to watch, sign up for a free month of Amazon Prime, break your leg and stay home for a month and binge watch all the movies you can't find anywhere else. Luckily for me, I'm retired!!
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    displacedmoon Oct 3, 2015

    Love for Sale seems like an interesting short film, but too bad there aren't any versions of it with english subtitles. I watched it without subs and I'm scratching my head trying to make sense of it. Oh well.

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    DramaLoverSara May 28, 2014

    where can i watch this

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    rainecat Dec 16, 2013 - edited

    I only watched the Love for Sale part so cannot rate it. But as for that part...
    Well...I saw it more as a movie that will make Kang Dong Won fans happy. As for the overall worth as a film?
    Who cares about that when you got pretty KDW strapped to a bed.

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      Ana May 24, 2015

      Where did you watch it with eng subs please???

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      Ana May 26, 2015

      Arigatou :3

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    Anne16 Aug 12, 2013

    Does anyone know where I can watch it??
    with english subtitles?

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    saulute1993 Jun 19, 2013

    please someone eng subs

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    NewKDramaAddict May 23, 2013

    Okay, Iron Pussy is WILD!! I cannot believe this is Kim Min Joon?!!

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    NewKDramaAddict May 19, 2013

    Love for Sale-very futuristic. I'd give it at least 8 until I can watch again with subs!

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    shanta_khan2007 Mar 2, 2013

    People please do not rate if you didn't see the movie..the rating is 5?! even though all of the ratings of Kang Dong Won's movies are 7-8!

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    VioletSakura Oct 26, 2012

    I downloaded it from asiatorrents, the Love for Sale segment is brilliant~

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    saulute1993 Sep 23, 2012

    waahh. want to watch it so badly, but anyone know where?

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    tiitek May 23, 2012

    do you know where I can watch this movie?

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Oct 15, 2010
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 18 min.

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    6.8 (scored by 35 users)
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