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PrashastSingh

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PrashastSingh

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The Battleship Island
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
I'll be straight: the film was breathtaking. I started watching and
didn't realise when 2 hours passed away. It was really engaging, and
well executed. Visually it looks like a fantasy. Ryoo Seung-wan's
recent release THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND is a well made action film that
never gets too melodramatic and the entertainment quotient remains
quite high throughout.

It's another time I'm impressed with Hwang Jung-min. He delivers
another great performance as he did in ASURA. So Ji-sub was decent in
the action sequences, but one would wish his character got a proper
scope in the second hour. Song Joong-ki's character was extremely well
written and he delivers a great performance. Kim Su-an does another
mindblowing job after TRAIN TO BUSAN. One can only wish she does more
such roles because she really acts well. Same for rest of the cast.

The screenplay is excellent: it stays focused and never deviates from
storytelling. The action sequences are jaw-dropping and mindblowing:
make sure you watch the film in a very high quality so as to appreciate
the film even more. The cinematography is excellent and captures the
eye-catching visuals very well. The editing is decent and really, I
didn't wish the film was shorter.

THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND turns out to be a terrific action film which
should be seen not just because of its high quality technical values
but also to know about this extremely well-narrated tale of survival.

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The City of Violence
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 8.0
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 6.5
This is a film action buffs (like me) should definitely watch, because it offers a lot of well choreographed and excellently shot action sequences. The last action block is extremely mind-blowing and the moves are classic & epic in themselves. There's hardly an action scene that fails to leave an impact. Indeed, every action scene had me dropping my jaw. If I see this film again, the action would be a reason enough.

But that's just what the film is about.

THE CITY OF VIOLENCE or JJAKPAE does have stylish and mesmerizing action scenes to leave enough of an impression on the viewer. But it suffers in the writing department. The story starts pretty slow with some uninteresting moments, which made me difficult to finish the film in once. I would've watched it quite earlier too but the beginning was way too boring to make me proceed with watching it in once.

But when I recalled the excellent action clip I had seen from the film on YouTube, I decided to give it a full watch today finally. And I did enjoy it, though not totally.

The film's writing is very uneven as the story starts slowly as I already said, and then suddenly the events are rushed one after another; rather so much that it's hard to relate to anyone. The last 30 minutes, however save the film as in this runtime itself the film ends up justifying its title.

Another thing that's praiseworthy is that Ryoo Seung-wan, who also stars in the lead role along with veteran action director Jung Doo- hong, has avoided unnecessary violence. Whatever we see is just integral to the story and not a single violent shot seems pointless. But both the actors are just fine when it comes to their performances; The latter excels in the fights and the energy of the duo is enough to make you enjoy this badly written action entertainer. Rest of the cast is just average in performances.

The cinematography styles in certain portions are quite innovative and have a classic feel.

This film could disappoint you if you like story-driven stuff.

But if you're an action lover and can ignore the uneven writing and some unimpressive performances, this film is made for you. THE CITY OF VIOLENCE is not the best action film, but it does have some of the best action scenes ever. (The 8 is for the action only!)

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Pandora
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
All know very well that South Korean movies are emotionally very engaging. When I started to watch this disaster-action film PANDORA, I wasn't expecting anything of the grade it went on to transform into. Yes, the trailer raised expectations and I knew what the film would be about, but I didn't know it would be this excellent.

PANDORA is a film which takes some time to build up, but when it does, it doesn't let go of the grip it has on you. I was seriously left spellbound as to what would happen next. Certain scenes are so well filmed that they deserve a standing ovation.

The performances are extremely mindblowing. They hold you very well, especially Kim Nam-gil's performance in the climax. I mustn't forget to mention that I was seriously crying and shedding tears while watching the emotional scenes. After TRAIN TO BUSAN, this is the second South Korean film which made me cry.

The technical aspects are amazing. The cinematography is decent, the visual effects are excellent and the action sequences: simply jaw- dropping.

PANDORA is a film which isn't a must see but indeed a SHOULD see movie.

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My Way
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
This film is seriously the most underrated South Korean film I've come
across till now. There were reviews which criticized the film, but I
went on to watch the film, as it also had a high IMDb rating and great
reviews from audiences. I was totally lost in the film and got so
immersed in it, that for a moment I felt like I was a part of the
story. Seriously, MY WAY is the best war-action film I've come across
till date.

The technical aspects of the film are definitely mindblowing, but it's
a tight scripting, intense emotions and powerhouse performances that
make this film the best of its kind. The action sequences are
mindblowing of course, and the way the combination of an excellent
cinematography and breathtaking visuals has supported them is a treat
to watch.

The story is quite an excellent one, and I must say this film never
bored me for a single second. Jang Dong-gun is excellent as he is in
most of his films. Joe Odagiri too delivers an intense performance and
it's difficult to choose who performs better among the two.

Rest of the cast delivers memorable performances.

The film is very well written and there aren't any noticeable flaws
you'll be able to find. The climax is brilliant, and I felt various
types of emotions while watching the film: sadness, happiness, anger.

The film, in simple words, is one of the most powerful South Korean
films in the recent years.

MY WAY is a film you won't be able to forget once you have finished
watching it. You'll miss it, and that's definitely a good sign.

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No Tears for the Dead
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.5
South Korean action films are often engaging and entertaining. When I watch an action film, I don't think of finding any logical loopholes. Why should one? Action films are always meant to draw attention towards impressive action and emotions set in visually stunning backdrops. So is this South Korean action film NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD. It has all the elements a perfect action film should have and is extremely impressive and wholly engaging.

NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD has not just impressive action, but impressive visuals, performances and BGM too. This is Jang Dong-gun's first film I've seen and he's just excellent! It's difficult to take eyes off the screen when he's either acting, emoting or fighting: he does every part so well. Kim Min-hee delivers a strong performance. Other actors manage to leave a mark with their respective memorable performances.

The story and screenplay are like never seen or heard before. The film looks extremely stylish and this is another reason why you should catch this one on Blu-ray. It has all the things that make it a perfect watch for action lovers. But not just for action lovers. It has elements which work with lovers of drama and thriller genres too. The VFX, locations and cinematography too are excellent and production values are top notch.

Overall, NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD is a memorable action film that will definitely be liked by action fans and South Korean cinema lovers.

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Silenced
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
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If you're into watching realistic movies, then you're bound to like it. SILENCED/THE CRUCIBLE is an effective & realistic drama feature that appeals because of the sincerity towards the film by its actors and the justice done to the script by the director. Such strong content- oriented films can definitely change the society and it's not a spoiler, it did. To find out more, search about it on Internet. SILENCED is by no means an ordinary film: it's a film which questions South Korean society, as well as the people of the world as humans, too.

I don't think it would be right to tell what the film is about since that can be found out easily. But, wait. Why don't you simply see the film and recommend it to others? This is a realistic film, and the word is enough for you to understand what kind of a film it is. The topic is what is being commonly raised in our Indian movies too, but from a totally different perspective. I think this is the first of its kind. The film is made in a way that you'll end up rooting for the lead characters, their efforts and the young victims. I was indeed shocked to see how far can the devilish nature of humans go. Some scenes, rather many scenes might be, by no means an easy watch. But I support the director's reason for adding these realistic scenes: to make us feel angry, and I not just felt angry, but also happy that he succeeded in making us emote.

SILENCED is a film which can end up raising hot debates and talks, and it would be a surprise if one doesn't end up liking the film. The film is a perfect example of films that can change the society, the country and eventually, the world. Even though I'm not a South Korean, I ended up liking this film very much. What happens in this film happens in India almost daily, but still it was refreshing to see such a realistic film from South Korea, the country from where we get terrific films everywhere.

Technically too, this film is brilliant. I recommend catching it on Blu- ray. The dialogues are powerful. Gong Yoo once again proves himself and I don't need to say why. Jung Yu-mi is not just pretty, but a talented actress too. You can see it from her performance. The child artists surprise you with their acts, since you don't expect kids normally to do such a dark film. They all give terrific performances, eventually making you feel their pain. The pain in the torturous violence can be felt, and is thus not meant to entertain you.The cinematography is excellent. Visuals are excellent. The music supports the film and the editing is great as the film doesn't bore you for even a second.

SILENCED is a very, very powerful film which deserves to be seen. Sadly I can't recommend it for kids, since they would be saddened but I recommend it to people around 15 and above to watch it. Such films don't intend to entertain you only, but also to make you aware and alert. It won't be right to call it an enjoyable film, but it's definitely thought-provoking, and at times, entertaining too.

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The Terror Live
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.5
South Korean cinema is getting better day-by-day. The best example includes this stunning action thriller THE TERROR LIVE. With a watertight screenplay and top notch production values along with terrific action sequences and razor sharp editing, this is the South Korean cinema at its best. Ha Jung-woo, one of my favourite actors, too leaves no stone unturned to prove it as his best film till date.

THE TERROR LIVE is a very gripping film since the very beginning. There are a lot of unexpected surprises that come on the way. The editing is very tight as there's not even a single second wasted in introducing or developing the characters. It doesn't take much of a time to connect to the film and the lead characters. At some portions, the thrills are so amazing that one might just not be able to move!

The story and screenplay of THE TERROR LIVE seem to be something never attempted in the history of cinema before. The film is quite unpredictable and takes you by surprise every second it unfolds. The action sequences are executed brilliantly and realistically along with tension being well built.

Ha Jung-woo is really excellent in his performance. Other supporting actors deliver good performances. The film has nothing that would disappoint you. The technical aspects and production values are top notch. The visuals and cinematography are impressive, and climax of the film is excellent.

There's no doubt that THE TERROR LIVE is South Korean cinema at its best. Do nothing: just go and watch this amazing, gripping, engaging and mindblowing action thriller as soon as you can!

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Gangnam 1970
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 6.0
Actor Lee Min Ho is quite popular in India. Many of his Indian fans might have seen this film as well. But I watched it because the title seemed attractive, and also because it's? an action film. But I must say that GANGNAM BLUES is one of those films which have the most of the game going in their favour but a few bad tricks spoil the game to quite a certain extent.

GANGNAM BLUES is a film definitely not for kids or family audiences. Mature audiences too might not like it if excessive violence and sex are not their taste. For me, the violent action sequences were fine but the film was reduced to a B-Grade entertainer due to the insertion of pornographic sequences which were totally unnecessary. The action indeed is the best thing about the film as every single action scene is beautifully shot and executed. Even the storyline is good but the screenplay disappoints at times, and it's something I don't expect from South Korean filmmakers.

But this film has great actors who carry the film on their shoulders. Lee Min Ho and Kim Rae Won are good enough in their roles. Other actors are fit for their roles. The film could? have been far better had the director trimmed the film well, particularly the sex sequences. Also, though I liked the end, the last shot seemed way too unnecessary as it didn't make a proper sense and wasn't relevant enough.

But GANGNAM BLUES is indeed a good film. There are a few more flaws but you won't realize them while watching. This is definitely not the best film ever but is a good film for those who love dark action movies, just like I do.

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Broken
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
The film is as good as most South Korean films are. But what makes it different from usual revenge films is the treatment and portrayal of emotions. In the beginning you might feel the film is like usual revenge films but as it proceeds with the storytelling, you find it is NOT. Jung Jae-young, who left me highly impressed in CONFESSION OF MURDER, does another great job here as he's highly impressive in the act he delivers. He's the soul of the film and he fully realizes it.

The film has great visuals at the same time. The thrills work big time, and the action sequences impress. The editing is excellent, as the film never bores. The message delivered by the film is felt well. Kudos to the director for portraying the brutal reality of the society well.

BROKEN is a film which not only entertains, but also leaves you broken especially towards the end.

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The King
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
I'm not a big fan of political films. INSIDE MEN in 2015 was a very well made film, while NEW WORLD in 2013 was an equally disappointing film. THE KING, however had my expectations sky-high ever since I saw the trailer. I wanted to see it because it seemed just more than an ordinary political potboiler. I'm happy I saw it today and I fully enjoyed it, something which is not very common in case of films of this genre.

THE KING is dominated totally by the handsome and skilled actors, JO IN- SUNG and JUNG WOO-SUNG. You can totally trust them for their performances are so good that for a moment it's difficult to believe they're "acting". Rest of the cast does a great job too, especially RYU JUN-YEOL, who shows he's a terrific actor with his strong facial expressions and fighting skills.

The screenplay is racy, though at times one can feel that the film could've been a little shorter. The duration factor is taken care of by the pleasant background score, splendid visuals, powerful emotions, surprising thrills and some well-placed and choreographed action sequences.

I can only praise THE KING more and more for its cinematic excellence. It's not just entertaining, but has some really creative and artistic shots which deserve a huge praise. It's a solid action-crime drama that immediately needs to be seen!

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The Show Must Go On
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
Being a Song Kang-ho fan, I wanted to see this film but I was afraid I
won't get to see it because it's an old film. But surprisingly I found
the film in the highest quality and shifted the timing of subtitles to
match the dialogues. I watched it and I can say that THE SHOW MUST GO
ON is the best gangster film ever, largely because of its light-hearted
take on the genre.

Song Kang-ho is excellent as usual. His performance is an excellent
one, and the best of him comes out in the climax. Oh Dal-su provides
occasional comic relief, as does Song Kang-ho. Other actors are also
good, and deliver good performances.

The director and writer both deserve a great amount of praise for
mixing action, comedy and emotions very well. There's not a single
scene I didn't like. I loved every single scene of the film and found
it very refreshing, as not most of the films of this genre are as good
as this.

The comedy is natural and hilarious. The action sequences are good. The
emotions are very well portrayed and have a lot of depth. The entire
screenplay is excellent, as is the editing. The film doesn't bore for
even a single second, and I fully enjoyed it.

Many films will come and go, but this film will always remain great.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON IS the best gangster action drama which
entertains thoroughly and makes sure you leave the seat both with tears
and a smile, as the climax is wonderfully executed. It's an enjoyable
family entertainer that has a repeat value.

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The Good, The Bad, The Weird
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10
Positives:


-All the three protagonists stand out in their respective performances, with Song Kang-ho performing the best.
-The film has many excellently choreographed, well shot and surprisingly executed action sequences which are bound to impress. Undoubtedly, they are the main highlight of the film.
-The film makes good usage of humour in certain places, particularly in the second half.
-The cinematography is really excellent and increases the visual grandeur of the film.
-The climax is thrilling and the ending is superb! The story, screenplay and editing are all excellent and top notch.
-The second half is full of endless entertainment and it keeps getting bigger and better in and with every frame.
-A lot more, can't just sum it up in words. Watch it to see yourself.


Negatives:

Well, not really any!


-Repeat value: Definitely, a big YES!

With THE GOOD THE BAD THE WEIRD, Kim Jee-woon once again proves why he's the master of genres and why his films are meant to be seen more than once. It's the best South Korean action film I've seen till date!

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Secret Reunion
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
Director Jang Hoon has made many great films, and SECRET REUNION is one of those films. Without talking much, let's jump straight to the positives and negatives:

Positives:


-The performances of Song Kang-ho and Kang Dong-won are extremely realistic. Their bonding is a treat to watch.
-The film has some intensely thrilling and tension-inducing moments due to which it doesn't let go of your attention.
-The action scenes are very well executed and placed accordingly.
-The editing is top notch as the film doesn't bore for even a second.
-The film has a powerful climax which needs to be seen.
-Some bits of humour are very well executed.


Negatives:

-Well, nothing much!


Repeat Value: Yes

On the whole, SECRET REUNION is a very gripping and entertaining action film. Watch it soon, with your best friend!

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The Wailing
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
-The screenplay is brilliantly written with no major flaws to deviate you.
-The film's really scary at times and it succeeds as a horror thriller.
-Kwak Do-won's performance is a major highlight. Chun Woo-hee is also very impressive, as are Hwang Jung-min and Kunimura Jun.
-The cinematography is excellent and the film's technical aspects are strong.
-The unpredictability of the film is what makes it thought-provoking and memorable.
-The ending is as mindblowing as it is unpredictably excellent.


Negatives:

-Well, not any.


Repeat value: Yes

Without a second thought, I can say that THE WAILING by Na Hong-jin is undoubtedly the best horror film of the decade, as it proves to be much more than a horror film and delivers something which not every film of this genre has. The film is unforgettable and you definitely won't be able to forget it.

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Hindsight
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Mar 18, 2018
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
Positives:


-Song Kang-ho is the soul of the film. His performance is excellent enough to be remembered. Shin Se-kyung is also very impressive.
-The screenplay unfolds well and keeps you engrossed.
-The action sequences have been executed very well.
-The background score is good and enhances the viewing impact.


Negatives:

-The film slows down a little bit in the second hour.


Repeat value: Yes

HINDSIGHT is on the whole an entertaining South Korean action drama which is quite entertaining despite of some narration and editing flaws. You may watch it, and you'll find it's pretty good fun.

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