Door Lock (Korean Movie 2018)

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Movie Rating: 9/10

A male stalker is on the loose and his victims are women who lives alone.

Door Lock (2018).mp4_000464088Jo 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 Door Lock (2018).mp4_002796084fan 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 womanDoor Lock (2018).mp4_003689143 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!

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30 But 17 (Korean Drama 2018)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

This drama is about two teenagers who had to encounter unfortunate events in their lives that would forever scar them and give them a void in their hearts that only both of them can fill in.

At the age of 17, Woo Seo Ri is a talented violinist while Gong Woo Jin is a buddingStill17E01-00183-copy painter. In their own little worlds they live parallel lives watching each other from afar until one day, they are able to meet by pure coincidence. Unfortunately on that same day an accident occurs that robs years of Seo Ri’s life because she wakes up from a coma 13 years after. Woo Jin, on the other hand, seemed to be stuck in a loophole of guilt up to the age Still17E03-00056-copyof 30 due to a huge misunderstanding. Thinking that he had caused the death of his first love, he lived a life opposite of who he truly is – never getting involved in other people’s lives ever again. Fate brought them together once more not knowing who each other truly is. They started to live under one roof and slowly rediscover themselves through the help of each other and the people around them.

Intermission and crescendo.

These are the two words that got stuck in my mind while I watched this drama. I love the fact that they used these words to interpret an event and describe the character’s life, that’s how both words became very meaningful. I like how Seo Ri was able to think positively despite all the hurdles she faced with the mindset that her life was simply put on hold like an intermission during a concert and that her crescendo finally came to let her resume her life performance. Simply thinking about it sends tiny tingly feels all over Dramas-With-a-Side-of-Kimchi-2.w16-5me. Aside her character being a roller coaster ride with all the ups and downs, there’s one set back that I didn’t like about and that was her decision making. She changes her mind during critical times but given that she’s still in the state of being a 17 year old instead that of a 30 year old woman, she’s bound to make a lot of mistakes and learn from them. Shin Hye Sun as Seo Ri, was able to portray her character thoroughly and stay true to her supposedly age and experiences, as if everything simply happened yesterday after she got into an accident. Her emotional turmoil upon finding out devastating things and coming out from depression to move forward was another plus props for her. Seo Ri’s life may be far fetched from reality but she’s a character that I’ll keep dear in my heart. Her counter part Gong Woo Jin, the guy who has been cold, aloof and indignant to people is the total30but17_E1516_00019 opposite of Seo Ri. He’s a man who has been scarred for life and unable to let go that’s why his mental state was in total shambles forgetting that he had a lot of people caring for him. I’m just glad that the way Seo Ri and Woo Jin met again didn’t seem forced but it was as natural as they have met during the first time. The fact that Seo Ri became his healing person all throughout their time together was a plus. What I like about him is the way he changed from being a bubbly person to being anti-social then back again. When he was being a loner, he has these pair of head set which is his way to close off himself from people who are trying to approach him. He had different antics on how not to care about people because he thought that the more he care, the more others may get hurt and at the same time it would cause him yet another unbearable pain. So basically being with Seo Ri was a contradiction to his own belief because she was simply able to turn his life upside down. Woo Jin was able to open up because of her and slowly revert to the same person he was before. Kang Sejong nailed this character all throughout. I’m glad that his acting is consistent and that he’s getting better as time goes on as well. Other charactersStill17E30-00266-copy worth mentioning are the following: Jennifer – I like her not just because of her character but because of the actress who portrayed her. Ye Ji Won is a veteran actress who usually has a supporting role but she always always brings light to her character and co-stars. I realized that her role as Jennifer the house keeper, was very essential in the drama. She made everything into a full circle. It felt like she was the glue that held everyone together. The fact that she also cooks mountain of food for everyone, is a quirk that she has. It’s as if Still17E02-00627-copy.jpgshe lives to feed other people. Jennifer also loves to quote books since she had spent most of her time reading which will be showed in the drama as to why she does it and how she became who she was. Yoo Chan – the household teenager and the nephew of Woo Jin. When he was younger he adored Woo Jin with all his heart and vice versa. They looked so cute together during their younger years but now that both are older, he got taller than Woo Jin and is actually proud of it. Heh. The thing that makes Chan lovable is that he’s so energetic, understanding and supportive to the people around him. He may be clueless still-17-filming-location-episode-2-the-forest-garden-koreandramaland-b-1461x800or a klutz at times but once he understood the situation, he’s able to get to a meaningful conclusion for himself and the people he loves. Deok Gu and Hae Bum – These two are Chan’s best friends and teammates in the rowing team. They may be a bit of a throw in for the whole drama but they make things more bubbly. They also help out Chan a lot and makes his character more significant than it is. I like both of them because they seem to uplift the scene whenever I see them eating and joking inside the house or around Chan.

All in all I love this drama to bits and would probably re-watch it again soon. The main cast and supporting actors were great, I wouldn’t want anyone else to take on their roles. Cinematography wise it was alright, nothing much stunning to look at since most scenes are taken in doors or around the city and it wasn’t much artistic to look at. The OST gave me more of a classical vibe since that’s what Seo Ri was good at, but there’re some songs that did caught up to me specially during the funny moments.

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It’s kind of sad that I wasn’t able to follow through with this drama during it’s airtime because I read bad reviews about it and the summary I read somewhere didn’t sound appealing at all. Hopefully my version would make a lot of people more interested in it. Nonetheless, even though I missed the actual air date, I was able to binge watch it in 4 days. I was trying to finish it in 3 but since I’m a pregnant mom with a toddler to take care of, I only have a couple of hours to spare when the baby is asleep. It was actually hard to put it on hold and resume watching because each episode is chock-full of heartwarming details that I had a hard time restraining myself from watching. I’m recommending this to those who are into dramas with a lot of uplifting moments and to those who hasn’t exactly moved on from their teenage years.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

Kisaragi (Japanese Movie 2007)

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Synopsis:

One year after the suicide of C-list model Miki, five of her fans come together for a commemorative meeting: fan club leader Iemoto, Yuji Oda, Snake, Yasuo, and Musume Ichigo. Sitting down together for the first time, they reminisce about their idol, wondering how someone so bright and beautiful could have possibly taken her own life. It just doesn’t make sense. That’s when they reach a revelation – she must have been murdered! The five heatedly discuss her death, expressing their suspicions and weighing the many clues and possibilities. The more they talk, the more the case takes shape in their minds, and the closer they come to the truth.

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A really funny movie starred by 5 outstanding actors including Oguri Shun. I can’t help laughing through out the duration of the film.

Why? As the five characters slowly investigate among themselves the truth behind the death of their gravure idol during her 1 year memorial anniversary, they unfold each other’s personal lives and connection with the dead idol. During this time, they are all cooped up in a small apartment formulating reasons as to what really happened before and during the time of their idol’s death.

If you think this is a boring film, well watch the movie and think again. This isn’t your average film full of talk, mystery and well… more talk. This is one of those films that would make you scratch your head in the beginning, then seat straight-look-forward-to-screen in the middle and finally say “So that’s what happened” in the end.

Its very entertaining to watch not that their acting was over the top, it was simply perfect. Every character portrayed themselves so well. The way they analyzed each other, puzzled things together and draw a conclusion to each scenario… it was very smart and witty. There were flashbacks to give a better visual of the scenarios they come up with and that definitely helped in building up the story and make the unfolding of the mystery more fun. I give kudos to the writer of this movie who made everything interesting.

Cinematography wise, it wasn’t much since the focus is more on each characters who are talking inside a small room and as for the music I wasn’t able to remember it much but it did somehow help as a background to build up the mood of the film.

Recommending this to those who like watching films which are more on the conversation side with mystery and comic relief on the side lines. BTW, there’s no other film that I could compare it with since I think… it is one of a kind.

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