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Kinkyori Renai
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23 hours ago
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  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This is one of the few live-action films that I've watched where I have yet to read the manga and I guess I was expecting a lot since I wanted to be surprised...to say the least. But really the reason why I wanted to watch this is because of the main actors: Yamapi and Nana Komatsu.

I've seen Yamapi in his latest drama, From 5 to 9 and I wanted to see read more his acting abilities. But just like his character in that drama, Yamapi feels like a #deadfisheye actor. (I read in a Psycho-Drama article, there's agood analysis of his acting in his other works there as well.) He is good-looking, yes. (And his character in that drama requires for him to have that type of acting but after seeing it here too...) And he has the charisma but his acting just doesn't feel real.

Nana Komatsu on the other hand basically swept him under the rug. I've just seen her in The World of Kanako and she is amazing. Her character here is suppose to the one who puts on the ultimate poker face (which she is able to do really well by the way) and Yamapi is suppose to be the one to complement that character by contrasting with her, yet he probably chooses to have a poker face/deadfisheye battle with her.

Plot wise, it's nothing new. Teacher-student relationships are common in anime and manga. Is it done right here? Well, I can't say for sure. I just think that there's not enough development and scene for the two to make their relationship and feelings believable or sincere. Yes, they have chemistry. But it just lacks the development for it to feel like it's done right. We also don't know why Komatsu's character is the way she is. And why Sensei chooses to give her private lessons. There are a lot of gaps here which is why I truly didn't have much of the *doki doki* feelings.

Side note: Also technically, even if Komatsu's character is 18 years old (the legal age in most countries), you're considered an adult at 20 in Japan and they even have a ceremony for it.
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The Magician
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23 hours ago
23 hours ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
A mixture of titanic, disney movies and magic, they made it work!

The story is quite common, but the story around it isn't, I so loved the magical touch to this story, it made it really interesting! They managed to keep me hooked from the beginning trough the end of this movie. The surroundings were gorgeous, the clothing was beautifully made and the decor is interesting. There were some funny parts, that read more I found really enjoyable.
It would have gotten a full 10/10 if there was a bit more action, it had some but it was stuffed into 15 tiny minutes, I hoped they played that out a bit longe, it would have wrapped up the story a bit better in my opinion.
The actors did a splendid job, from the minor ones to the two leads, whoms connection I felt troughout the whole movie.
The music was perfectly chosen in the scenes and I surely will rewatch this movie.

Watch this if you like romance, magic, humor and historical movies.
Skip this if you like full on action, blood and dislike romance.
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As the Gods Will
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24 hours ago
24 hours ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
Directed by Japanese director, Takeshi Miike who is known for its rather violent and bizarre films often uncensored films; this is the first of his works that I've actually watched (and I think it won't be the last).

Truth be told I did watch this because of Fukushi Sota, although it has an interesting and intriguing story. Japanese films are known for either its love stories, action and horror. Well, As the read more Gods Will being based on a manga, surprisingly is quite refreshing. Although the initial concept of teenagers fighting against each other for survival isn't new (Battle Royale/The Hunger Games), the idea of using children's games as a mean for the plot to take place is interesting and ironic at the same time.

While the movie has its fair share of gripping scenes, sometimes so violent that I had to avert my eyes, it's still one of the those films that have its typical tropes. Exhibit A: that one sadistic student that everyone should be wary of. Some cheesy out-of-nowhere lined romance (I get the purpose but really though...) and the fact that there wasn't much background to begin with left the story hanging, though it makes everything open-ended. I did love how it also took some risks...that surprised me.

As for the characters...they lack depth. I know it's a survival movie and we don't have time for that but in order to root for someone or at least feel a connection with the people who are fighting to live, we must at least get to know them. Fukushi Sota is such an eye-candy but his acting is still so mediocre. I did think that the actor who played the sadistic student was better. The CGI was okay...wasn't top-notch but wasn't too bad as well.

All in all, I think it's still an entertaining watch.
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Our Times
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24 hours ago
24 hours ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Asian teenage rom-com starter pack:
1) not-so-good-looking female lead
2) bad boy male lead
3) beauty transformation
4) some type of bet
5) bet backfires and the two leads fall in love
6) but they don't know how the other feel
7) love triangle (usually with a more good-looking character)
8) "make the best of our youth"
9) follows a time line
10) first love = endgame
Bonus 11) The actors are read more going to become household names after...

Number 10 is really the reason why I kept coming back. I just have the awful attachment to those kinds of stories and just makes me believe in them more...even if the chance that they'll happen in reality is slim. But anyway, the point is: teenage Asian rom-coms follow this similar path. Of course, there's some changes here and there but the initial idea remains and Our Times is no exception. It likens with another Taiwanese hit, You're the Apple of My Eye and Thai hit, Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Yet I enjoyed watching all three. Why? Because of the nostalgia. (And yes, I'm weakness in these type of plots.) Thing is, these type of movies, like Our Times is of course, not for everyone. It has its target audience and I guess it's able to reach them successfully. All these movies I mentioned, including Our Times tries to tickle a millennial's nostalgic heartstrings which is really a big thing in Asia. You feel it alongside the movie, that is why timelines work.

And Our Times used that. Cameos by well-known actors like (no spoilers allowed so...) made that feeling stronger since many of us young adults, grew up watching them.

With that, we are able to remember our own first loves. Not to mention that Our Times has beautiful cinematography and soundtrack. The plot is nothing new but the comedy is still spot-on. Darren Wang and Vivian Sung (both in their early 20s by the way) play their respective characters well. I do think that Our Times, however, tried to twist things a little to make it a little more interesting (though still relaying on common romance tropes) but still trying to stretch things a little.

In the end, it's not a movie for everyone. But for those it wants to reach, I believe it does. It's a fun, light-hearted watch that tries its best to deliver a message for us youngsters out there.
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The World of Kanako
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24 hours ago
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  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I must confess that prior to watching this film, I've never seen any of Nakashima's works but I do know that they're stellar hits. Coming from the same director as Confessions, the film shortlisted for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category, I had expectations and it does not disappoint.

Kawaki (its more original title based on the novel by Akio Fukamachi, literally translated to Thirst) is graphic, gritty and insanely read more beautiful in its own twisted way. The crazy amount of jump cuts from one place to another, overwhelms to the point of suffocation and dizziness yet it makes you pay attention, it makes your eyes glued to the increase with the fear that you might miss a beat. It's almost as if you're being assaulted with all these images rushing before your eyes. Maybe for a thriller, it is a little too extreme.

There are four timelines, while complicated (and rather annoying) at first, it's not meant to make your head spin because it's actually just rather simple. When you adjust to this style, you'll eventually connect the dots. It's not meant to be a puzzle. Yet it gives off the vibe and makes everything so mysterious when it's really just...simple.

That's Asian cinema for you. A simple plot yet an insane mashup of sorts to make it engaging and edgy. The transitions are quick, spontaneous yet they are needed as it contributes to the overall storytelling and ironically, end up making things smooth. The colors are dull, empty and almost dead. Even with scenes with Kanako, where things are suppose to be brighter (or livelier), the colors are...empty as if to reflect her character. Yet it is beautiful to watch because there are empty colors and empty light flares yet the extreme close-ups gives you a light, almost seductive and evil vibe very much like our femme fatale, Kanako.

There's also the corny old-style music that plays during intense scenes which in general wouldn't fit but here, it acts as a contrast, to draw out the scene and the characters and their actions. And speaking of characters, while the story is about a search for Kanako, it's really her father, Akikazu Fujishima that we get to know more about. Other than the fact that he's a miserable old man...through his search for his daughter, we also come to understand more about his personality, the destruction of his family and eventually himself. His love and hate for his daughter is just like his white coat soaked with blood. Of course, Koji Yakusho gives a great performance. This father-daughter pairing makes you question if the fruit truly does fall far from the seed and that parents (and children) themselves can destroy each other. This a tandem deemed for oblivion.

But newcomers like Nana Komatsu (whom I love so I'm probably biased here) plays the good-girl-image so well and in the end, we don't really know anything about her except from what people think of her. That what makes her disappearance interesting and what thrives this drama. It backs us up in a corner, thinking how much of a monster our characters are based on what we are shown or what we are told. But are they really? Also, Fumi Nikaido and Hiroya Shimizu are amazing as well.

I love the metaphor around Alice in Wonderland and how it plays a part on Kanako's character. If you're expecting a closure at the end, don't. You have the "freedom" to choose what to believe in the end. (Ironically, freedom is destruction here) With issues like drugs, prostitution, rape, murder...The World of Kanako is truly a mashup of sorts. What is The World of Kanako in a nutshell? It's in the opening lines. "I love you...I'll kill you." It's really a film about twisted, destructive love. Nakashima plays around with so many elements, the beginning connects with the ending and so forth. It's actually been a roller-coaster watching this.
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Heroine Disqualified
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1 day ago
1 day ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Heroine Disqualified has to be my second favourite movie of all times (just after Our Times).

ACTING/CAST:
The main character Hatori is such a fun and cute character, although she can sometimes be annoying. Rita (the guy that Hatori has a crush on) is really cold on the outside but warm on the inside. He is always mature and manly. On the other hand, The other hot popular guy Kosuke acts immature read more but his other mature side is also portrayed throughout the movie. The short haired girl (Adachi) makes me want to feel sorry for her but she gets sort of clingy and annoying sometimes. Hatori's friend is super crazy, silly and fun and I think she has to be my favourite character in the movie XDD
AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT THE TWO GUYS 10/10 :3

STORY:
Heroine Disqualified has a great story line and lots of animated and sound effects in the movie. It starts with a typical high school story but it ends up having a lot of different elements added to it. The storyline itself is full of surprises. There was so many twists and the story sort of ended as I expected, but it wasn't the ending I was hoping for. The story is told from Hatori's POV so I could clearly feel her emotions and her feelings towards the other characters. There is a lot of funny moments between Hatori and Kosuke. There is also sad and touching flashback scenes.

MUSIC:
I really like the ending music~

REWATCH VALUE:
I would mostly want to watch it again because of the characters but the complicated story kind of holds me back. Towards the end of the movie, Hatoshi comes to a realisation that relates back to the beginning of the story.







*SORT OF SPOILER*


Rita looks really hot with a kimono on. Just saying.
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My P.S. Partner
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1 day ago
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  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I cant even, lets just say i rewatched some scenes and replayed that unfamous song. Ji sung is a sexy mofo he doesnt disappoint and his acting is on point. The story line was awsome and the whole cast did a great job. U wont be disappointed its hilarious too.
P.s. i dont appreciate all the feels i got from this movie. Stap it
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Fashion King
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1 day ago
1 day ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I'm very iffy about this movie. I liked it - the plot was nice, though exaggerated at parts, it was a little funny, a little tragic, a little romantic - but I can't say it was memorable. However, the lessons taught by the movie will definitely stay with me. "Don't let your fashion own you, own your fashion." When I do remember this movie, I'm sure I'll only have good feelings because read more I really loved the ending.

The plot, at it's base, was very good. I really loved the "clothes don't matter, it's how you wear them" theme, and I think that the ending tied things up nicely. However, the beginning was rather slow and awkwardly comical, even though I think that was the point that the writers were trying to make. They were making light of Ki Myung's awful experiences, which kind of made me press my lips together even when I wanted to laugh. The relationships between the "good" characters were very admirable, especially between Ki Myung, Kim Nam Jeong and Chang Joo. The antagonists were antagonists 'til the very end. It wasn't groundbreaking, but it was good.

Acting was, of course, wonderful. I mean, Joo Won is my favorite, so my views may be slightly biased. I'm surprised that this movie wasn't better than it was for me, but that probably had more to do with writing and directing than casting. I actually didn't recognize Sulli at first, which was a good thing, since I wasn't a fan of her acting in "To the Beautiful You". Her acting has improved dramatically, and when I realized it was Sulli, I couldn't believe it. I hope she gets some good roles in the future, because I may have disliked her even more because of her meek role in "To the Beautiful You", which wasn't exactly my favorite drama. (I dropped it. I couldn't handle the forced romance and cheesy acting.) Anyway, the acting was a plus.

Music wasn't memorable, and I'm not sure I'll be rewatching this in the future. I may watch parts of it, but not fully. It was much too slow in the beginning, even though I really liked the plot and theme. I would definitely recommend watching this movie, especially on a lazy day~ <3
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Su-ki-da
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2 days ago
2 days ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Some, if not most, Japanese movies have a slow paced, less dialogue format and gives more emphasis on the environment or the realistic emotion building that occurs. This movie in particular was so slow paced but very, very, very thrilling. I couldn't anticipate the next move that each character would do. It keeps you guessing. The movie made me wonder a lot. I felt both the characters' frustration, melancholy, confusion, and awkwardness. read more But above all the silence - the nonverbal messages were very realistic, something I could relate to. A lesson I learned was DON'T WAIT for things to happen thinking that you have the time in the World to say or do it. If you need to say it then say it because the brutal truth is that you may not be given the time to do or say them personally anymore. So don't take time for granted. Every second is precious, every moment is a treasure. If you truly love someone, then just say it or express it. Don't give yourself an excuse to regret or to ask "What if?"
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The Throne
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2 days ago
2 days ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
An outstanding movie which follows a son-father relationship which is a very "infamous" story in Korean's history.
The ending isn't a surprise because it's a movie where you go knowing the heartbreaking truth, which a series of flashbacks we see Sado prince since he was little and how the relationship with his father keeps deteriorates with time. We have a proud father and a son who isn't "mad".
The main question who read more as a viewer you're going to wonder is how can be a son that horrible to try to kill his father or how can be a dad that cruel to kill his son but when you finish the movie you'll realise that there isn't bad guys or good guys.

Last year was Yoo Ah In's year with two great movies which are veteran and the throne, I can't even rate the acting for this movie he did a great job not portraying a simple character instead showing us a complex human which isn't one dimensional. Of course we can't forget Song Kang Ho who is spectacular as always and let us see more than a simple king, it's a great portrayal of a person who is king and dad at the same time. I don't forget the supporting cast and special mention to Moon Geun Young who returns after 9 years to the cine.

Music it's a haunting song who I keep hearing after watching this workf of art (actually it isn't a song but you'll understand it after watching the movie).

This isn't a movie that I would rewatch once in a while because it really punchs you in the face.

If you like Yoo Ah In or you're interested in korean history and you want a masterpiece this movie is a MUST WATCH.
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Somewhere Only We Know
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2 days ago
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  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
I admit, I started watching for Kris, but I actually found myself getting more emotionally invested in the grandmother's story than the modern storyline. There is a really great message at the end of the movie that honestly made me tear up. The cinematography is wonderful as well, especially since the backdrop is Prague.
The story itself was pretty slow for the first half of the movie. I would've given this movie read more a 6, but the last twenty-ish minutes gave it a huge boost. It picked up speed and tied all the loose ends together.
Everyone in the cast was great, save for the female lead. She's not a bad actress, but I just didn't feel connected to her throughout the movie.
This was a beautiful movie with a touching message at the end. There are two storylines that are interlaced throughout the movie in a way that makes sense. As I said before the ending is amazing, and there were no loose ends. I'd definitely recommend giving this a try!
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Baby & I
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3 days ago
3 days ago
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.5
This is my first review in MDL. Earlier i have written few reviews in IMDB. But its first time here.


PLUS POINTS in movie

Main characters action
Jang geun suk is good as always. Earlier i have seen in You are Beautiful. He always does his best in cute characters. so same here. Character development done by him is really good and believable. i dont want to add more details coz i read more wll be spoiling the story.
song ha yoon played nerdy character. she was sweet and cute. jang geun suk parents were lovely

Comedy
Babys voice was hilarious and there are good comedic elements. But movie is not as funny as trailer seems. so be aware of it

MINUS POINTS
Story did not seem original to me and it was cliche and boring at some parts. Pace of the story is not great .I have seen many stories about single mom and also teen mom. Its first time to see a teen dad story. but i bet story is not original, probably inspired from some where

Music was fine i guess, i didnot notice it much

i normally to tend to rewatch stories which are new to me and i feel extraordinary. so i probably wont rewatch this.

But OVERALL movie was good for one time watch. U can watch it in between watching some serious emotional drama to balance mood swings
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Searching for the Elephant
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4 days ago
4 days ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
So if you are tired of the same old plastic perfect dramas. Tired of seeing these pretty oppas and wonder what else is there under those sexy eyes and beautiful cloths. If you can handle something dark - this movie gave me a dose of a balm that soothe my oppa addiction. It was satisfying to see what might lurk behind the shiny veneer of a beautiful man.

I hope next time read more I feel a terrible oppa thirst after watching shows like Healer or YWCFS - i will turn to this movie for a bit of thirst quencher. Clink! Clink!!
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Architecture 101
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4 days ago
4 days ago
  • Overall 6.5
  • Story 6.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
Story - nothing special

Acting/Cast - The adults are okay, but the younger girl is pretty lacking in acting

Music - Can't remember it, can't be too good and can't be too bad then, right?

Rewatch Value - I won't rewatch it unless too freaking desperate as in having only a movie available to watch.

Overall - it made me feel basically nothing but I love the ending though :)
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Masquerade
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4 days ago
4 days ago
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Aww what a movie! I don't know what I actually expected from the movie but that was not it!

The story was great! - it went exactly as in the summary, a commoner pretending to be a king for the king's sake. So many things could have happened during the period yet I totally didn't expect everything to be portrayed in such a funny way the movie did it, I was impressed! read more Funny moments, though short lived, was totally welcomed in such a stuffy palace. I love how the 'imposter' managed to make changes that were against what the real one would do, in an acceptable manner instead of in the over-the-top manner movies/dramas tend to do. Humanity was another point heavily portrayed in the movie but it was executed so nicely that me, as an audience didn't feel burdened by it. II think that's a really great job!'

The acting was brilliant! - Lee Byung Hun as The King / Imposter was fantastic in his roles. His funny moments rendered me crazy (with laughter of course) while his all-highness act was quite nice for a historical character. The rest did a nice job portraying their characters though in my opinion the rest of the characters don't need much to portray since they were just simple ones.

The music...must have been so not memorable as in not amazingly good or not amazingly bad that it's not worth remembering. Too common I guess.

It'd make a nice rewatch! - Because it was funny!

So as an overall, I would give it an eight out of ten because it made me laugh at crazy while making me think about the fine line between right and wrong and how the world perceives both of them.
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