Friday, July 25, 2008

Kmovie - My Tutor Friend (2003)

Synopsis - Fandago
Pics - Soompi

Sophomore university student Su-weon (Kim Ha Neul) has been struggling with financing her education since she began her degree program, which has forced her to become a part-time tutor. In need of a new student since she was forced to quit her previous assignment with a group of sexually aggressive young men, Su-weon, with her mother's assistance, finds a new job working with the son of a rich acquaintance. The young man, Ji-hun (Kwon Sang Woo), has spent the last three years studying in the United States and -- due to his ambivalence toward his studies -- he has failed to graduate as a senior in each of those three years. For his part, Ji-hun would rather not have anything to do with his new tutor and attempts to scare her away. Meanwhile, Su-weon is just as determined to accomplish her objectives with Ji-hun, and as the two wage psychological warfare with one another, an unexpected friendship and romance begins to bloom. My Tutor Friend was a smash hit in South Korea upon its release in early 2003, topping the box-office charts for five weeks after its debut.

My friend sent me this movie a few years ago. At that time, I wasn't into Korean movies yet because all I hear from people are about Korean dramas. I refused to watch Kdramas at that time because I hate sappy, love story. I can deal with a movie. So My Tutor Friend was sent to me. Feeling hesitant at first, I almost didn't watch the movie. But when I finally did....I looooooooooooved it! Still till this day, I can rewatch it over and over. When people ask for Kmovie recommendations, I always tell them about this movie. I've had success stories every time. Because of this movie, I've been more open-minded to the Korean cinema.

Kwon Sang Woo is so freaking cute. His bad boy attitude is what made me like him. Funny but true. I don't like goody two shoes. He has a pretty boy look but was a bad ass in the movie which I loved! So cool. I was determine to watch all of his films (which I have only a few left) but his Kdrama don't interest me at all. :(

I still think he's very a good looking.

Kim Ha Neul is so funny! She has a natural beauty look. I hated her hair but her acting is awesome. Her character is hilarious and sassy.

Nowadays, KHN can be seen with long hair which really brings out her beauty.

KHN and KSW have a lot of chemistry together, just for a movie. Most of the time, you see the chemistry develop in dramas. I even watched their other film together - Almost Love.

Gong Yoo - I didn't even know that was him! Such a dork!! hahaha. When I became a Gong Yoo fan, I was looking up his filmography. Where was he in My Tutor Friend?? Doing some research, I found out he was the dorky student who was jealous of KSW's character. Now Gong Yoo is just as charming as that character.

I'm still so in love with his characters in his other movies/dramas.

My Tutor Friend is a comedy, fun film to watch. It holds a special place in my heart since it's the first Korean film to get me to like Korean cinema.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Korean movies are getting really popular now....

A lot more Korean movies are being remade in Hollywood and Bollywood.

Here's some that has already been remade....

My Sassy Girl

Original Korean version

Remade Hollywood version

Pending remade Bollywood version

Il Mare

Original Korean version

Remade Hollywood version

A Bittersweet Life
Original Korean version

Remade Bollywood version

Original Korean version

Remade Bollywood version
Pending Hollywood version coming soon

Friday, July 18, 2008

Kdrama - The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (2007)

Synopsis - DramaWiki
Photos - Soompi

The life of Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eung Hye) is not easy; she works many jobs to pay off debts and even gave up her feminine image. Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) is the heir of a big food company, but his grandmother wants him to settle down, so she arranged many dates Italicfor him. After Eun Chan bumped into Han Kyul and was mistaken for a boy, Han Kyul decided to hire Eun Chan to be his gay lover in order to avoid the arranged dates. Desperately in need of money, Eun Chan had no choice but to accept. Han Kyul's grandmother also made Han Kyul in charge of a filthy coffee shop in danger of being bankrupt. Eun Chan begged to work at the coffee shop, and not long after, feelings start to spark, except, how would Han Kyul accept his "homosexuality"?

I heard a lot of positive reviews on this drama. My friends keep telling me that I will like it and it's "different" from a lot of Kdramas. So I figured, why not watch it, right? Plus it has Gong Yoo. I wasn't a fan of his when I first heard about Coffee Prince but after watching She's On Duty and S Diary. Hech yeah! I'll watch Coffee Prince!

Gong Yoo is just too adorable. He is definitely on my list of favorite Korean actor. His character is very likeable. I love the fact that his character Han Kyul accepts Eun Chan as she is. My only problem is his sexual preferences. Before you jump on me, let me explain. Sure Han Kyul doesn't know that Eun Chan is a girl but he has feeling for "him" - he thinks she's a guy. He kissed "him", held "his" hand, cuddled with "him." We all know that he's really a girl but if she really wasn't a girl, would you think differently? He was unsure of his own sexuality. Other than than, I do like the fact that he's sweet. Playing the guy who gets chosen to run the Coffee Shop and bring it back to business, Gong Yoo just melts my heart.

Yoon Eung Hye is just so cute. I couldn't believe that this former pop star from the group Baby VOX could pull off a tom boy! She reminds me a bit of Bhumika Chawla (Indian actress) - the big chubby cheeks, slim body and their big buck teeth. She kinda annoyed me a bit in the movie but I can see why she did what she did. She needed the money. (A lot of these girls in Kdrama need money, huh?) Pretending to be a boy, Eun Chan worked at Coffee Prince to make money for her mother and sister. I just wish she would've just told Han Kyul that she was a girl! It was driving me nuts! I guess she had to do what she had to.

I'm convinced Gong Yoo is a good kisser. That boy sure can kiss! Plus I'm liking him more and more each time I see him. I'm just sad that he's in the military right now. Come back soon! We won't see him until December 2009.

I want to see Yoon Eung Hye in Goong, Princess Hours because I read she did a good job and want to see her more girlie.

She really is sooo cute in real life.

There are two other main characters in the drama along with Gong Yoo and Yoon Eung Hye. Lee Sun Gyun plays Choi Han Sung, Han Kyul's friend/relative. Chae Jung Ahn plays Han Yoo Joo, Han Sung's girlfriend. To make things confusing, Eun Chan liked Han Sung from the beginning. Han Sung was heart broken when Yoo Joo left him. Han Kyul used to like Yoo Joo but never got the chance to tell her and it was too late for him and she hooked up with Han Sung. When Han Sung finally started to like Eun Chan, she ended liking Han Hyul. Confusing? Watch it!

There was a short story on each of the members of Coffee Shop. Kim Jae Wook plays No Sun Ki who is speaks Japanese when he's pissed and is looking for a mystery woman. Lee Un plays Hwang Min Yeop who is in love with Eun Chan's younger sister. Kim Dong Wook plays Jin Ha Rim plays Han Kyul's loyal friend.

Coffee Prince is definitely worth watching for laughs. It's not my favorite drama but made me love Gong Yoo even more.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Kdrama - Time Between Dog and Wolf (2007)

Synopsis - DramaWiki
Photos - Soompi

Lee Soo Hyun is adopted into Kang Min Ki's family because his parent's were murdered by gang memebers. They both grew up to become NIS agents, brothers, and best friends. Suh Ji Woo and Soo Hyun, who knew each other from childhood, are accidentally reunited when the beautiful Ji Woo caught the attention of playboy Kang Min Ki. She and Soo Hyun are separated once again because of Soo Hyun's vengeance against his parent's enemies.

When I first heard about this drama, I was very excited because (1) Lee Jun Ki is so adorable and good looking in this drama, (2) it's an action drama (sappy love stories bore me), (3) some shots were filmed in Thailand (did I tell you that I love that? I was born there!).
I love Lee Jun Ki's character in My Girl but wasn't happy about his metrosexual looks. Thank goodness he cut his hair off! He's looking sooo adorable. I'm excited to watch more dramas and films of him now. His character Soo Hyun wants revenge which he played it very well. When he cried, I cried. I mentioned about his martial arts skills and he shows it off even more in Time Between Dog and Wolf. When he kicks, I love how flexible his legs stretch and kicks.
Nam Sang Mi is a pleasure to watch. I want to see more films/dramas with her. I actually went to look her up. I couldn't believe she was in She's On Duty, Spy Girl, and Too Beautiful to Lie. She's one actress who looks different and plays totally different roles! Love her for that. What I also love about her is she isn't super skinny like most Korean actresses are. She is slim with muscle tone. So far, she is the best dress Korean actress on screen that I've seen. Maybe because her character Ji Woo is rich.
Jung Kyung Ho is good at his role. I first saw him in Gangster High. His character Min Gi loves Jin Woo too. Why does there always have to be some kind of love triangle. And on top of that, with siblings? Oh well. Gotta to create some drama, right? It kind of bothered me that he kept pursuing Ji Woo with him being a flirt which was shown at the beginnig of the drama but once he realize that Ji Woo didn't care for him and was more interested in her childhood friend, he wanted her more.
Time Between Dog and a Wolf is a must see. The first episode keeps you on the edge of your seat and you have to watch the rest! It's not your typical Korean drama. Most dramas aren't action packed. Like all dramas, there will be some parts that drag. Lee Jun Ki - you won my heart. Nam Sang Mi - you're close enough to becoming parts that drag but what do you expect with watching 16 episodes? I do have to complain about the ending because I wanted it to end differently. Definitely worth a one of my faves!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kdrama - My Girl (2005)

Synopsis - Drama
WikiPhotos - Hancinema

When Gong-chan (Lee Dong Wook) meets the lively and beautiful Yu-rin (Lee Da Hae), he finds out that she has connections to his missing cousin, who his grandfather has been searching for a long time. He asks Yu-rin to lie about being his long missing cousin until he can find his real cousin. She says yes, but soon their feelings for each other get in the way of their plans. Gong-chan's friend Jung-woo (Lee Jun Ki) falls for Yu-rin while Gong-chan's ex girlfriend, Seo-hyun (Park Si Yeon), a pro tennis player, tries to win him back. Will the two ever tell each other how they feel? Will Gong-chan ever find his real cousin?

My Girl is another Kdrama that I absolutely adore! My Girl has been getting rave reviews in Korea. First of all, it has my hottie Lee Dong Wook. Yah! I get to see him again. I love him even more because of his character Gong Chan. What I love about Wookie is seeing him from Arang to My Girl was a total transformation in his characters. He can act! Plus he looks good with or with out stubs, long or short hair. I find him sexier with rugged with stubs. Gong Chan was a bit metro sexual but overall, I love how sweet, humble, and kind he was. Love how he took care of Yu Rin.

Lee Da Hae is cute. However, I hated her tacky clothes in the movie. She's a very skinny girl and wearing tight pants/jeans didn't do justice to her. Plus the two ponytails made her character more silly. Yu Rin was annoying at first but started to become likeable. For example, in the beginning because what motivated her was money. She was doing stupid stuff like staying in the guest house and picking up the fruits to sell them as her own.

When I first saw Lee Jun Ki on screen, I was like "Oh my goodness, he looks like a girl!" I love his martial arts move which impress me. The long hair still got to go!! Thank goodness I saw him in A Time With Dog and Wolf later. Whew! Despite his girlish look, I still found Jung Woo so adorable. I love how he cared for Yu Rin so much that he was willing to let her go to Gon Chan because he knew they both loved each other inside.

Park Si Yeon was a bit annoying in the movie but I can see why. She wanted her man back! Her fault for choosing the love of tennis over the fine Gong Chan! For some reason, she has a bitchy look to her. Hate her smile.

The storyline was not the best but I love the flow of the movie. Ending could've been better but overall, a must watch. If anything watch it for Lee Dong Wook. Hottie!!! Definitely worth your time.