My Top 8 k-drama OTPs of all time (in no particular order)
~ Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang - Queen In Hyun’s Man - The Princess’ Man - Reply 1997 - City Hunter - 49 Days - Creating Destiny - Coffee Prince ~
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Korean Film Festival in Australia 2012 - Melbourne
So, I’ve been pretty busy this past week due to volunteering at the Melbourne leg of the 3rd Korean Film Festival in Australia. The festival was held at ACMI at Federation Square in the Melbourne CBD from September 8th - 12th. Volunteering was heaps of fun and I got to make heaps of new friends, both Korean and non-Korean.
I somehow got to see a few movies at the festival despite working 4 out of the 5 days. They all were pretty brilliant, so I’ll explain them all now.
The first movie I went to see was Bleak Night. I didn’t have any expectations for this movie as it was a last minute decision to see it. The festival’s artistic director Kieran Tully delivered a short introduction before the movie was shown and that’s when I found out it was a student production. If I hadn’t been told, I never would’ve guessed it. The movie was brilliant. Quite depressing, but definitely well made. If you’re into dramatic films with some pretty excellent acting, or just Lee Je Hoon, I definitely recommend it.
After Bleak Night, I went to see All About My Wife, which definitely provided the lift I needed. This movie actually sold out at the festival, and received an average rating of just over 4 out of 5 from the viewers. If you’d been paying attention to my blog, you might have noticed me being frustrated a couple of months ago because I couldn’t find subs for this movie. Starring Lee Sun Kyun, Im Soo Jung, and Ryoo Seung Ryong, the movie had the entire theater in stitches. Lee Sun Kyun plays the at-his-last-straw husband who wants to divorce his nagging wife and then has the “brilliant” idea of paying a neighbourhead Casanova to woo her. Im Soo Jung plays the annoying wife, and the Casanova is played by none other than Ryoo Seung Ryong. The characters are hilariously brilliant and you have to love them despite their faults. Lee Kwang Soo also plays a supporting role as one of the PDs at the radio station the wife ends up working at, and he is hilarious as always. This movie is definitely the must-see of the year.
I probably would’ve been quite happy to go home after All About My Wife, but of course I had already bought us all tickets to see Silenced, providing the angst for the night. I’d seen Silenced before, I even own the DVD, but I wanted to see this one on the big screen. It is probably one of the most brilliant yet disturbing movies I have ever seen. Gong Yoo and Jung Yoo Mi play their roles perfectly, however I think the real heroes of the cast are the children who played the 3 mains. The scenes they had to act were horrific, but they delivered it all so incredibly well. This one is definitely a tear-jerker. I’m not sure how many people would be interested in this movie, but if you enjoy thrillers and don’t mind feeling frustrated and angry at the world, I’d give this one a go. A real masterpiece.
I somehow had to use up some of my free tickets I’d received for volunteering, so next in line was War of the Arrows. I’m not gonna lie here, the main reason I went to see this one was Moon Chae Won. A period action movie, it’s based around the second Manchu invasion of Korea and starred Park Hae Il, Kim Moo Yeol, Moon Chae Won and Ryoo Seung Ryong (again - he was the star of the festival I think haha). It’s fairly violent, but the story is pretty impressive and you kinda fall in love with Park Hae Il’s character because of his love for his sister. Definitely recommend it to any historical action fans out there.
On the closing night, the KOFFIA staff let all the volunteers see a movie as a thankyou for volunteering. This movie was the courtroom thriller The Client. Starring Ha Jung Woo as the attorney, Park Hee Soon as the prosecutor, and Jang Hyuk as the suspect, this a movie I recommend for everyone. A thriller with a sprinkle of comedy, (delivered by the hilarious Ha Jung Woo) this movie will leave you gobsmacked. Seriously. It’s that good. It’s pretty easy to follow and has one of the best endings I have ever seen. Besides, if you don’t like the story, you get to watch Jang Hyuk for two hours.
Gong Yoo oppa… You…You..
best moments! LOL!
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