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 still_set_2_26937starts 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_5044875Father 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.

 

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Her Private Life (Korean Drama 2019)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

Sung Doek Mi lives a double life as a successful art gallery curator and a full time fan girl Her Private Life ep01.mp4_002898528who’s popularly known online as Shi An is my Life. Though she’s famous in her online name, she does her fan-girling discreetly by covering her face while attending fan meets and concerts. In the midst of her fan-girling business, she Her Private Life ep01.mp4_001637902accidentally meets an important person she’s about to encounter in her real life… Ryan Gold. A renowned artist from New York who was recruited to become the new Director of Cheum Gallery which Deok Mi works as a curator. As both of them start working together, both clashed with their own opinions and judgement but as time went on things goes smoothly between them and they open up to each other little by little. Eventually they find themselves in the middle of a romantic endeavor. As they get closer to each other, their past is also slowly unraveled one by one.

This drama definitely nailed how fan-girling occurs, not only in Korea but in the whole world. A lot of people are wondering what runs through a fan’s head and this drama totally explains it. Though the fan-girling story line was only showed during the first few Her Private Life ep01.mp4_003339569episodes and was merely kept in the background halfway through to give way to the actual conflict of the drama, it was an enlightening watch. It would show how much money, time, effort and dedication a fan does for their idols. I may not be a full time fan of a specific idol or actor, but I had my fair share of being a KDRAMA fan altogether… so yeah. Definitely a big respect to these type of people specially when they restrict themselves to the “Look only and No touching” policy when it comes to fan-girling. Come to think of it, a lot of self-restraint has to be done when a fan-girl’s idol is right in front of them and they just want to touch that person but because of the said policy, they keep their hands to themselves and let that person pass by in peace. That’s got to be a looooooooot of will power.

Now back to my actual review.

I was thinking of the rating for this drama and ended up 1 point short. The reason for this is that the drama was far from perfect. The first few episodes somewhat gave me a Her Private Life ep08.mp4_002554451bland feeling, not because the focus was about fan-girling but it simply failed to make me feel excited. Up until episode 5 came out and followed up by episode 6, that’s when things simply made me anticipate the next episode. As to why I gave it a 9 instead of a 7, is because I give props of 2 points for the male lead. This is the first drama I’ve ever seen that had a perfect boyfriend-material-kind-of-leading-man. Therefore the name Ryan Gold is going to stick in my KDrama history, a name that has yet to be surpassed by someone who’s more than this guy. Well, a drama character of course, since a real life Ryan Gold is probably next to non-existent. I loved the drama dearly because of his character. He’s like a password because he’s the case sensitive type – he’s the kind of guy who would be thinking of other’s feelings and set aside his own. He’s very understanding beyond belief and he’s the type of guy who would swoon any woman off her feet. In Her Private Life ep05.mp4_002684248short, he’s too good to be true. Setting those aside, he does have his minor issues which I won’t dwell on since it’s going to be a spoiler but it’s what makes him an over all halfway realistic guy. Then there’s Deok Mi, a woman who has her own world and sometimes think that her idol is the center of everything. However… when she’s around Ryan Gold, she becomes an entirely different being. I would want to talk more of her character but I feel that it’s also supposed to be in a spoiler tag, so I’ll probably just simply leave it at that. What I’d like to emphasize on though are the actors who portrayed both Her Private Life ep05.mp4_002622886characters. Park Min Young as Sung Deok Mi was such an adorable actress and I couldn’t imagine having someone else play her part. She had perfect on screen chemistry with Kim Jae Wook, the guy who portrayed Ryan Gold. I usually refrain from watching behind the scenes because I hate comparing real life to drama world but here, I couldn’t help it. I wanted to know how their off screen chemistry was and when I watched it, they were both adorable and even did so much ad-lib for the drama. No wonder that their onscreen performance was so appealing, their actual selves were in sync with each other that acting along side each other was easy as pie. Not only that, everyone on set seems to have a great filming atmosphere that things were able to run accordingly. Even the director seemed to be happy in the midst of filming.

Her Private Life ep01.mp4_002514979As for the side characters, I love each and everyone of them. Even the previous chairman of Cheum Gallery Mrs. Eom who’s supposed to be an antagonist in this drama. I love how she’s always over the top with the way she speaks and dress but in the inside she’s simply a mom who cares so much for her daughter. There were two characters Her Private Life ep08.mp4_002903200.pngthough whom I initially disliked but learned to be amicable with in the long run. Nam Eun Gi and Artist Choi Da In were given the role of being such pricks. They’re the type of character that was supposed to love the main ones unconditionally but instead make their lives more complicated. But despite their Her Private Life ep05.mp4_001554386meddling ways, I’m glad they weren’t much of a hurdle for the main couple. There’s also the intern named Cindy, the sessaeng fan who’s the daughter of a chaebol namely Mrs. Eom. Despite her initial role of being an obsessive fan, I like the the fact that she had so much character growth thanks to Deok Mi and her family. I especially like her interaction with Eun Gi and a hint of something else at the end of the show. Then there’s Deok Mi’s ever faithful best friend. Lee Seon Joo a cafe owner with a rich father and was previously an avid fan girl just likeHer Private Life ep09.mp4_000440072Deok Mi but due to an early marriage because she got pregnant to a very adorable child, she became a mom and a cafe owner instead. Gaaaaaaaaad I love this woman and how she paved the way into her best friend’s love life. She’s not meddlesome but she definitely gives her all out support for her best friend and try as she can, fan-girls with Deok Her Private Life ep01.mp4_003337333Mi at the sidelines. I always look forward to their interaction together, they always look like they’re having fun even though they’re dissing some boys in the process. Then there’s Shi An, the KPop Idol who caught Deok Mi’s heart. There’s not much screen time from this cutie and he still have room to improve his acting but he did nail being an idol in this drama. Her Private Life ep09.mp4_001517182His interaction with Deok Mi and the rest of his fans did look genuine. Lastly, there’s Deok Mi’s parents. They may seem oddballs but both have big hearts and I can’t say anything more hence the spoilers. What I’d like to mention is how Kim Mi Kyung’s interaction with Park Min Young in the drama seemed real and palpable as if they have bonded together as a mother and daughter.

Overall it was a great show. It made me cry a lot by the end of the drama when the mysterious hints were finally revealed. There was an unexpected twist in the story and that totally set my emotions into berserk tears thanks to my hormones due to being pregnant, I just couldn’t contain myself to feel all the feels on behalf of Ryan Gold and Deok Mi. The OST is love love love and I would definitely recommend this drama to all those who are looking for a lot of FLUFF like literally rom-com-feeling-kind-of-fluff-with-lots-of-kissy-touchy-feels.