Movie Rating: 9/10
A male stalker is on the loose and his victims are women who lives alone.
Jo Kyung Min is a temporary worker in a bank and she lives by herself in a studio apartment. She’s been a weary tenant who reports to the police repeatedly about weird things happening around her house, as if someone is stalking her. The police were getting tired of her frequent reports until one day, a murder incident happens which they couldn’t ignore. This causes Kyung Min’s life to spiral out of control as she gets herself involved in a cat and mouse chase with an unknown killer. Even with the help of her friend and a dubious detective, she couldn’t escape the fact that she’s the culprits next target.
I wan’t to say more about the story line but it would be a total give away if I do that. That’s why I’m really holding myself back from writing anything that would be spoiler-ish. The thrill of not knowing is what makes this film a good one. Also, this movie is a great way to make single women who lives alone become more paranoid than then ever. Heh.
The reason why I checked out this film aside from the fact that I love Gong Hyo Jin who acted as Jo Kyung Min, was the story line. It’s also a great date movie if I may add, specially stressing on the part when the killer is on the move… I had to clutch on my husband’s hand while all those gory scenes were happening on screen. I’m not much of a fan of thriller-suspense movies, but this really hooked me up. I’d suggest that viewers should pay attention to details while watching this film because they were given so much thought by the writer. The actors were also great, Hyo Jin nailed her character as a woman who’s paranoia was palpable and yet she’s trying to keep herself together through everything that has been happening. I would also like to give a special mention to two characters in this movie, first would be Oh Hyo Joo which was acted by Kim Ye Won and Detective Lee portrayed by Kim Sung Oh. Hyo Joo is one of Kyung Min’s closest co-worker, I like the fact that this woman is bad ass and has a strong personality. The kind of physical and emotional support that she gives Kyung Min is something that would make any woman feel more confident and strong-willed. This makes her an important character in the story because she’s the one who keeps Kyung Min grounded. Second is Detective Lee, this guy is truthfully annoying… I wish he wasn’t that incompetent but he was, like any other detective in any thriller movie. Anyway, that aside I still like him because he adds flavor to the whole story line. He’s another character that will somehow make a difference in Kyung Min’s life despite the bad encounter both of them had in the beginning.
Music and cinematography is in sync with the whole film and doesn’t feel out of place. The dark and dreary color scheme adds tension to the whole film. Overall this movie is worth watching – it’s also best to include some pop-corn and soda to match the mood!
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.
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 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 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.
The Divine Fury (2019)
PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.
Movie Rating: 9/10
Joon Soo is the kind of man who falls in head over heels, he gives his everything to the person he loves just to make her happy. Hyun Woo, on the other hand is an ambitious weather reporter who would do everything to make a name for herself in the industry she’s working at. Though she’s beautiful, she has a rowdy personality which turns off a lot of people in the long run. When these two best friends fall in love, things get really wild and complicated.
Words from Me:
The story line was quite simple but what really made this movie going for me was the fact that the main actors were good in portraying their characters. I’m saying this not as a fan because Lee Seung Gi is my bias, but because he really is good. Even Moon Chae Won, who I could care less of, did really well in this film. They really had a good chemistry going in every scene, it didn’t feel like they were trying too hard to be into their roles. It’s actually endearing to see them bicker, help each other out and eventually fill in the void of their own heart aches.
Music wise, it was a big help for important details in each scene but it was not something I couldn’t forget or get an LSS (Last Song Syndrome) from. I also have to confess that I re-watched the film again after seeing it, I just had to replay some parts which I found really eye catching, which I will be mentioning below.
Here were some key points in this film that I found really lovely:
Friendship of the main character – since I am a sucker for best friend themed film, the turn of events for me at the end was a plus point. I like the fact that both of them really cherished each other and counted on each other for consolation in their personal lives.
Back drop – the places where the main characters spend their time was really something worthy to take note of if ever I do get to visit Korea. I’m not much of a party person, but that club in which they spend their time drinking was pretty much awesome. I’ve never seen a club which had a theme of a bath house/disco bar. It was weird and yet it was working well. Then there’s those cozy apartments which belonged to the lead female and that house in which the main guy’s family lived. It shows the coziness of a korean living. Finally, Jeju Island. That beach back drop was really something indeed. I love how saturated blue the ocean was and the waves… it was something that could pull me into really visiting the island.
Ending – it was the average ending where two people reconcile and such, it was not outstanding and even border lines into cheesiness, but I loved the closure. I am delighted in a movie that gives proper closure to the main characters. It was cute and simple. And definitely something I enjoyed watching.
PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.