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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Korean Movies are Awesome!

I watched two Korean movies last week. No, I don't understand Korean - I used English subtitles. I liked both the movies - they were brilliant.

Old Boy (2003)

This one's as movie critics say "A true masterpiece". Remember the forgettable Hindi movie "Zinda". Well, the Hindi movie starring Sanjay Dutt and Mahesh Manjrekar was inspired by Old Boy, a Korean blockbuster. Right to the infamous tooth "plucking" scene! And believe me, some of the torture scenes in Old Boy are scary. They will scare the shit out of you. The plot of the story revolves around a guy named "Ho Dae-su", who after being kidnapped and locked in a shabby cell for 15 years, without any reason, is suddenly released for no reason. He is equipped with a cell phone, new clothes and money. Now, he has only five days to figure out why such a thing happened to him - otherwise he will die.

Salinui Chueok or Memories of Murder (2003)

Another Korean blockbuster, which deals with two detectives investigating a serial killing event. Some people say the movie is inspired by true events which occurred in 1986, when South Korea was under military dictatorship. The movie is quite dark and scary - some of the scenes will send a chill down your spine!
At the start of the film, in October 1986, a young woman is found raped and murdered in a ditch near a field. Soon after, another woman is found raped and murdered in a field. Local detective Park Doo-man, not having dealt with such a serious case before, is overwhelmed; key evidence is improperly collected, their investigative methods are suspect, and their forensic technology seems close to non-existent. Detective Seo Tae-yoon is sent from Seoul to assist them; their methods clash and he is unable to convince them they are dealing with a serial killer until his predictions of another murder come true. He realizes that the killer waits until a rainy night, and only kills women wearing red. A female police officer realizes that a local radio station is always requested to play a particular song during the nights the murders are committed.
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  • you should check out THE HOST! it's really good!

    By Blogger joanh, at 6/09/2007 11:22 PM  

  • Thanks Joan. Yes, I have seen The Host and I really enjoyed it. The actor in the movie is the same guy from Memories of a Murder - the guy on the left, in the poster. One scene that's awesome in the movie is the shot from a train, showing the park below, where people are running for their lives, with the monster running behind them!

    By Blogger Chris Fernando, at 6/10/2007 1:03 AM  

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