The Divine Fury (Korean Movie 2019)

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Movie Rating: 9/10

The movie starts off with a young boy named Yong Hoo who lived happily with his father who was a policeman. One day an incident happened to his father during his patrol which sent him in the hospital in a critical condition. During that time, Yong Hoo prayed sincerely in church so that his father may live. There was a priest who joined him in prayer and told him that God listens to everyone, however his father eventually passed away and Yong Hoo resented God ever since.

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Twenty years later, Yong Hoo grew up to be an Mixed Martial Arts professional fighter who has never lost a match. He also goes crazy inside (and outside) the ring whenever he sees the sign of a cross and his situation becomes worse when his right hand starts bleeding in the middle of the night accompanied with nightmares which were actually demons who were trying to inhabit his body. He went from one doctor to another to help him out but to no avail. As a final resort he visited a shaman who pointed out that there’s a priest near his place and that person could help him out. When he meets the priest who was called Father Ahn, he was doing an exorcism and was about to get killed by a demon possessed man who was strangling him in the ground. Yong Hoo got involved in the middle of it by fighting the demon without knowing what he was getting himself into.

This movie was pretty much entertaining despite the fact that it was a horror themed show and for a person like me who’s a wuss when it comes to scary stuff, I was able to tolerate it because of the story line. I like how all kinds of elements (as expected from Korean entertainment) were incorporated in the movie – from dramatic moments of heart wrenching scenes between the love of a father and son, up to the creepy demonic interactions of the main leads along with their epic fight scenes. Every time Father Ahn

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starts his ritual, I can’t help but cringe at the thought that he’s going to get hurt again because the demons are quite brutal. He’s always left with scars and bruises whenever the purification was done and to think that he’s too old to get battered around literally by the devil. The exorcism part were both scary and action packed that it left me a bit breathless because I sort of unintentionally stop breathing whenever the demon possessed person ends up clutching someone’s throat. It’s also the first time that I’ve seen exorcism that is mixed with fight scenes in a horror movie which actually made me feel a bit better watching through it. The scary part was quite downgraded because of the combat between human and demon.

Another thing that made this movie interesting were the tidbits of background story and history of both the main characters, specifically Yong Hoo and Father Ahn but at the same time it was also the reason I only gave this movie a 9/10 rating. It wasn’t clear if the characters realized who each other were or the writers and producers just wanted to let the audience have a common sense that it was already implied that the two were connected in the past at some point. Anyway, setting that little rant aside, I love the characters and the actors who portrayed them. Interestingly, the actor who portrayed NP_20190814_YFMOVIE14YTO5_5044875
Father Ahn was named Ahn Sung Ki. I’m not sure if the writer already had him in mind when he wrote the script and penned his actual name in or it was all pure coincidence. The guy is actually a veteran actor and he nailed the character through and through. I couldn’t imagine any other actor to do justice to the role. Then there’s Yong Hoo who’s acted by Park Seo Joon. Well honestly, one of the reasons I checked this film out was because of him. Yeah, yeah, yeah… it’s not much of a reason to check out a film but still, it’s PSJ! There’s nothing much I can do about it since I’m pretty fond of the guy. At first though I was hesitant to watch it since I have mentioned earlier I’m not a fan of horror themes plus the fact that I thought PSJ’s character was a priest. I know my reasoning was so shallow, but that alone was a turn off for me to check the movie out but then I watched the trailer and I changed my mind. It really didn’t matter if PSJ was an MMA fighter or a priest because the overall story of the movie was great. Cinematography and CGI was pretty much realistic that watching it made the 2 hours and 9 minutes of my time all worth it.

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Father Ahn was named Ahn Sung Ki. I’m not sure if the writer already had him in mind when he wrote the script and penned his actual name in or it was all pure coincidence. The guy is actually a veteran actor and he nailed the character through and through. I couldn’t imagine any other actor to do justice to the role. Then there’s Yong Hoo who’s acted by Park Seo Joon. Well honestly, one of the reasons I checked this film out was because of him. Yeah, yeah, yeah… it’s not much of a reason to check out a film but still, it’s PSJ! There’s nothing much I can do about it since I’m pretty fond of the guy. At first though I was hesitant to watch it since I have mentioned earlier I’m not a fan of horror themes plus the fact that I thought PSJ’s character was a priest. I know my reasoning was so shallow, but that alone was a turn off for me to check the movie out but then I watched the trailer and I changed my mind. It really didn’t matter if PSJ was an MMA fighter or a priest because the overall story of the movie was great. Cinematography and CGI was pretty much realistic that watching it made the 2 hours and 9 minutes of my time all worth it.

Lastly, what really made this a good watch for me were the dialogues. There were a lot of quotable quotes in it. This may seem a bit of a spoiler but I think it’s still worth mentioning. In the movie, Yong Hoo kept reminding father Ahn that he doesn’t believe in God, when in fact father Ahn thinks otherwise because he knows that Yong Hoo hates God so much. He said that Yong Hoo can’t hate something that he doesn’t believe in, and that’s the kind of faith Yong Hoo has and that’s what father Ahn needed to keep the exorcism going. It was one of those moments which overcomes the scary part of the movie and makes it more sentimental. Over all this movie was a good watch and I definitely would recommend it to those who loves horror and action.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.
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Moon Embracing the Sun (Korean Drama 2012)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

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Heo Yeon Woo belongs to a noble family and is a daughter of a high-ranking official. For the first time at the age of thirteen, she was able to enter the palace when she attended her older brother’s civil service examination congratulatory ceremony. Coincidentally, she meets Crown Prince Lee Hwon during the event and they get in all kinds of mishaps. Eventually the two of them falls in love and by chance, Yeon Woo was also chosen as the Crown Princess as she was seen to be fit for the Crown Prince.

KYJ_1Prior to getting married, wicked intents were being plotted against the Yeon Woo since the Queen Dowager wanted the Crown Prince to marry someone from her own family clan to be able to secure her power within the palace. Thus she orders a shaman to cast a spell that can kill Yeon Woo from an unknown illness. Fortunately, the shaman tried to save Yeon Woo from an eminent and was able to bring her back to life, but with dire consequences. Yeon Woo was able to come back to life but she had lost all her memories thus she was given a new identity, she became a shaman named Wol.

After eight years, Wol shows up in the palace shocking Prince Lee Hwon as she brings back all the precious memories of his lost love. To his curiosity, he started investigating what exactly happened to Yeon Woo and who Wol is and where she came from. Not knowing that he was racing against time because there were conspiracies within the palace walls which was set to bring down the royal family. 

This series is a fantasy-sageuk fusion with lots of drama, intrigue, secrecy, sorcery and a mix of law defying love story. In short it has all the elements a proper kdrama should have and would definitely suit both the young and the old. What made this drama appealing is the fact that the premise is a love story between two young children who grew up still in love with each other regardless of the hardships they have gone through. Even though politics brought them apart, their love was still able to surpass all odds. It defied the malicious intents of the people around, prophecy made by shamans and yes… even death.

Man… I don’t know what the writer had taken while writing the story plot, but everything the two main lead went through was quite unimaginable specially during the Joseon era. Though there were still quite a few loopholes, they are still forgivable since there is nothing such as a perfect story in drama land.

The characters in this drama were never wasted. Not even the supporting roles. Each of them had vital reasons to be on screen because you never know that this person may be the reason why both main leads were able to survive.

Music wise, it was a memorable one for me. It had this old and modern type of background tune which makes the scenes more cute, emotional, dangerous, eerie and memorable. I am definitely recommending this drama no matter what their genre preference is and I will also re-watch this in the when all the new sageuk dramas have failed my expectations.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

Uncontrollably Fond (Korean Drama 2016)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

No Eul comes from a poor family, her mother passed away at a young age while her father is merely a street vendor who tries his best to provide for her and her younger brother. Despite their financial ordeal they lived as a happy life. But one dayUF_Noh_Eul_01, their lives were shattered when No Eul saw her father get into a hit and run car accident. Though she had hard evidence to prove the guilty party, the person she was against had money and power which she doesn’t have. In the process of fighting for her father’s injustice, a series of unfortunate events happened to No Eul that sent her off in the hospital in a critical condition and incurring debts from her hospitalization. After her recovery, instead of throwing herself into despair, she pushed on with her life to provide for herself and her brother.

image.pngShin Joon Yeong is a popular actor who was once involved with No Eul when they were younger, however as his circumstances were dictated through his bloodline and the choices he made had dire consequences, he lived his life miserably even up to the height of his career. To top it all, he finds out that he had brain cancer and had only a few months to live. In the midst of his illness, he decided to do something drastic in his remaining life. That is to love unconditionally the one person he left behind and to right all the wrongs he has done.

I’m glad that I finally had the courage to watch this show. It was definitely a melodrama full of makjang moments, but at the same time it felt good to know that the drama producers were against all odds when it came to drama cliché. I mean there were those moments when I wanted to tear my hair out in frustration but at the same time I knew it was an essential part of the story. The conflict was enough to make things going until the very last episode. I even thought I have prepared myself for the worst but I still end up bawling my eyes out in different episodes here and there.

Suzy Bae did her best to portray No Eul, but I could somehow image a different actress in her shoes and still think they could pull it off. While Kim Woo Bin, definitely nailed his character. Joon Yeong wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t him. He did take on the role sincerely and looked like a dying actor at some point. To think that after the drama, he was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Cancer was quite ironic. Nonetheless he was a splendid actor in this drama.

One of my favorite character was Joon Yeong’s mother. She was so keen on having herUncontrollablyFond7-00014 son become a lawyer-prosecutor that she failed to notice what exactly was happening to her son. It was sad that years were wasted on resentment instead of being together and loving each other as a real family. Their situation was one of the drama’s aspect that set the water works in me. I would have loved to see some more mother and son interaction but UncontrollablyFond7-00025I was left with a bittersweet conclusion for them. Other supporting actors that caught my eye were Im Ju Eun, she definitely pulled off the bitchy second lead who’s the spoiled daughter of a politician. I liked how I love to hate her and the fact that she makes everyone around her miserable despite being rich and pretty. Lastly, I like these two cute teenagers 0f4980d08638500da0cb78989b5dc086who find themselves drawn to each other and yet has a doomed love life after all the things they learn with both of their families. Lee Seo Won as Noh Jik and Ryu Won as Choi Ha Roo are such a cute pair. I wish there were more of their fluff in this drama because they seem to lighten the atmosphere whenever they both appear on screen.

Over all the drama is very melodramatic with all the heavy conflicts between characters. The writers did try to make things a bit light through the dialogue, but it wasn’t much of a help because in the end, I knew how everything was coming down. Despite it being a sad drama with a bittersweet ending, I’d still say that it was worth the watch. The cinematography was beautiful and the OST was pure love. I’m sharing a track below for those who are interested in listening to it. I’m also recommending this drama to those who likes watching makjang stuff, are into cryfest situations and with a little bit of fluff here and there.


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PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.