Category: Films & Television

77 Heartbreaks – Film Review

77 Heartbreaks – Film Review

I watched this film late last night and I quite enjoyed it.  It was very interesting concept, pity the script was not well written. But there a very good germ of idea in there.  🙂

The story would have been more believable and would have appealed more to lovers and those who had broken up if the writer did not try to make the story a makjang or a series of circumstances.

The story is about a woman and a man who have been together for the last 10 years.  Over time, the woman started to feel as if she was taken for granted by her boyfriend.  She was not his priority anymore.

And just to elaborate on this, they were supposed to be going out for a movie, which the girl had bought tickets for two weeks ago.  She was waiting for the man, who said that he was in the middle of traffic, but really in a wine bar.

As she can’t wait any longer, the girl wandered into a shop, where she saw beautiful colourful notebooks, which has 77 written on the cover.  She got talking to the owner of the shop and apparently the notebook is some sort of diary.  To diarise transgression of a love one 🙂 ( I think, I was so tired I can’t cope with the subtitles).  Apparently 77 is the magic number or the maximum you can forgive faults of those you are in a relationship with.

Eva, the leading lady, bought a pink one and the first entry to her diary was the non-show of her boyfriend, Adam, to their movie date.

Before long, Eva had her 77 instances why she was falling out of love with Adam.  He was self-centred, immature, in with the ladies and lack common sense.  Who would buy a white chesterfield sofa, so huge there was nowhere really to put it?  Yes Adam.  Who in their right mind would say they quit their job while in the middle of foreplay?!!!  Adam! He was a lawyer but quit his job to become a mentor in kick-boxing.  Oh Adam! 🙁  Who would go on a holiday without finding out how to get to the destination?  Adam. Who would give a ring box without the ring but a pink paper folded in small heart shape, saying she has his heart.  Adam! 🙁  Who would go drinking and come home, half dead and sick.  Adam!  Who would comfort you when you have a family emergency, like when your father died?  Not Adam!

After so many of these unlovable moments, Eva had had enough and packed her bags.

Before Eva’s scent can fully evaporate around their flat, Adam brought home another girl and even promised to marry her.

The film is rather one sided.  Adam had so many faults but Eva have as well but the script did not show this.  I supposed the script was concentrating on getting the 77 heartbreaks 🙂 🙂 🙂

Anyway, Adam got hold of the diary and realised why Eve left him.  He was curious to know what was on the 77th?!!!  He told the current girl he was living with the he still loves Eve.

During a wedding party of Eve’s friend, Adam sabotaged the wedding presentation to proclaim that he wanted Eve back.  It was strange that the married couple did not scream and shout when their wedding day was hijacked?!!!

Anyway Eve had a change of heart when Adam said that Eve did not give up on Adam immediately because she knew that without her Adam is lost.

Awww

Next scene, Adam and Even went back to their flat.  While in the bathroom, Eve found a pick contact lenses case.  She then knew that Adam had had another girl staying in their flat.

She left again and this time for good, when it was the end of the film.

By the way the 77th reason was that Adam did not use protection with her, so she got pregnant.  Adam said that if she gets pregnant, there is no problem, as he will marry her.  Seeing that he was so immature and untrustworthy, Eve had an abortion without telling Adam.  She is a bit of hypocrite, how can she have an abortion without telling Adam.

I think the film is quite good, if only the script was written better.  In any case, it is worth a watch!

 

Steve McQueen’s The Blob film

The Blob poster

Steve McQueen’s The Blob film

There was something from my timeline in Facebook this morning from Dr Who and the TARDIS   querying the film watched as a child that gave me nightmares.

I actually have an easy answer to that.

It was The Blob, which I saw when I was 5 or 6 years old back in Manila, Philippines.

I remember this blob which roles on to people and consumes them.  As it eats more people, it grows larger and larger.

I had nightmares after watching it.  I remember particularly a nightmarish night when I was very ill with malaria as a child.  In my dream, I was being chased by the blob which somehow metamorphosed into huge letters.  The letter ‘E’ was vicious :), it was turning and rolling and was after me.  I used to have this kind of nightmare till my early adulthood.  So it is really necessary not to let children watched films not suitable for their age.

The film, The Blob, was a young Steve McQueen starrer.  It was made in 1958, way before he became really famous.

The story goes that Steve and Aneta’s characters were on a date in the Lover’s Lane when Steve saw a falling meteorite, which caused a bit of a bang as it fell nearby.  Steve and Aneta decided to investigate.

They found a very distress man, whose hand had swollen up.  They saw something on it.  They took him to the doctors.

The doctor found the thing on the hand rather strange so asked Steve and Aneta to go back and look at the site what it was from.

Steve and Aneta found nothing really so decided to return to the doctor to report only to see the blob engulfing the doctor.

Steve and Aneta run to the police station, who investigated but could not find  the ‘blob’ so they sent home Steve and Aneta for wasting police time.

The blob is growing and growing as it consumes more people.  Finally the police took action as more and more are reporting sighting.

Steve and Aneta snuck out of their house and do more investigation of their own.  They found that the blob can’t take extreme heat.

In the end, the blob was frozen and dropped into the arctic to eternal repose.  As most horror films do, the end always tantalise.  The blob is not dead, only frozen.  But what if the arctic is not frozen anymore?!!!

I thought the film was actually pretty decent.  A lovely lazy weekend viewing.  It can be a family viewing, just gauge your children’s reaction if they find the film anyway at all frightening.

I think, this film needs another viewing. Hope youtube got it.

 

Once Upon A Time – Chinese Film

Yang yang & Liu Yifei

Once Upon A Time – Chinese Film

I have just finished watching this film.  It is a Chinese movie which made used a lot of CGI, comparable to any Hollywood blockbustre.  Imaginative and colourful.

It is a beautiful fantasy romance film, made more marvelous by the presence of the super gorgeous Yang yang.  He made such a fantastic looking crown prince Black Dragon.

The story is about… what was the story again.  The film is so fast paced and the English subtitles are so minute and sometimes transparent plus the fact the there are so many beautiful things to look at, that most of the times I have lost track of the story.

Thank goodness there are flashbacks of some sort.

Warning!!! Please do not read anymore if you are not after spoilers and precis of the story!

Anyway if I get this correctly some 90,000 years ago, Bai Qian (Liu Yifei) was a goddess and a disciple of a great warrior god, Mo Yuan (Yang yang).  Mo Yuan’ was able to defeat and seal in the demon lord , but by doing so he lost his soul and life.  Bai Qian encased his body in a block of ice to prevent it from decaying as she believes that he will come to live once again.

After so many thousands of years Bai Qian had to reseal the tomb of the demon lord.  This task meant that she has to undergo some training 🙂 to become a high goddess.  The training involved going to the lower region and becoming a mortal and face several trials.

As a mortal, she became Su Su (Liu Yifei) who lived alone in the mountainside.  One day she came upon a young man who had fainted from tiredness.

He was no ordinary man, he was Ye Hua, the crown prince black dragon, who had been fighting for 7 days non-stop and had collapsed from extreme fatigue..  Su su nursed him into good health.  The grateful Ye Hua asked Su Su what she wanted as a reward.  Su su, unaware that Ye Hua was a prince, innocently blurted out that she wanted him to marry her. After a few heartbeats, the gorgeous Ye Hua agreed.

After some romantic interludes, Su su got pregnant and also found out that Ye Hua was the crown prince and an immortal.

When Su su got into the upper realm and meet all the other deities, she also met a goddess who was the intended/betrothed to Ye Hua.  This resulted in jealousy, plotting and misunderstanding.

It was against the deities’ law for one of them to marry a mortal.  Ye Hua’s ex(goddess) plotted to separate Ye Hua and Susu by all means.  She lied and blamed Su su when she intentional fell but rescued by Ye Hua.  As a punishment from trying to hurt a goddess, Su su eyes were plucked out which Ye Hua as a crown prince, agreed to. But the spiteful goddess was not finished, she led the blind Su su, who was holding on to her new baby into the ninth platform.  She then told Su su that she was useless and Ye Hua wanted to be rid of her.  At the last minute, Ye Hua appeared and hug the sad and desperate Su su.  She held her baby to Ye hua and said to call him A Li, meaning parting and then she jumped to her ‘death’,

As she was falling into her death Su su, turned into a nine-tail fox.

She comes back as immortal again but not as Bai Qian but as Si Yin (Liu Yifei) who has no memories of the past as a mortal.  She drank from the magic fountain of lost memories :).

One day, 300 years later, at the heavenly realm, she went blindfolded to a deities gathering. She met a naughty little boy who stole her metallic fan aka weapon.  She run after the boy but the father turned up.  They had a brief ninja/sword fight.  It ended when her blindfold was removed.  The boy called her ‘mom’ and the man was Ye Hua who called her Su su, his wife.  Si Yin was completely dumbfounded.  She doesn’t know them.  She doesn’t have a family.

But everywhere she turned and went , Ye Hua and A Li were there.  They both came to live with her.  To cut the story short, they decided to get married.  But before they married, the ex was into mischief again.  She told Si Yin that as Su Su, being a mortal was nothing to Ye Hua.  He was now marrying her again because she has now some use being a goddess as well.

During the wedding ceremony Si Yin walked out.

She learnt that Su su soul/memory was in suspended vessel.  She asked Ye Hua for the vessel.  After so much angst and contemplation, she was given the vessel and she got her memory.  She remembered how Ye Hua saved his ex as she plunges from the ninth platform, she remembers how the crown prince allowed her eyes to be plucked out.  She remembers how the prince was always absent from her side.  She remember that she plunged alone.

She was very sad for Su Su and for herself.  She left the heavenly palace and the prince in despair.

But Ye Hua followed her and stayed watching her as she wallowed in self pity.

But sadly Ye Hua had to leave as the demon lord had been resurrected.

Si Yin’s  lady’s maid came to find her.  She told her that her memory was one sided.  Being a mortal Su su, she did not have any right against the deities.  When she was blamed by the ex, the crown prince did not have any choice but to grant the punishment of plucking her eyes, she then remembered that the prince whispered to her that he will be her eyes from then on.  He save the ex as she was a goddess and she can really make it difficult for Su su if she is not pacified.  And when she jumped from the ninth platform the prince did try to save her but he did not have much energy as he had been blasted by thunder and lighting, which zapped his strength as punishment for marrying a mortal.

The end was that Ye Hua defeated the demon lord and he had to seal in ice.  It also sealed him in a watery frozen grave much to the distress of Si Yin.

Many years later, when the ten miles peach blossoms bloomed once again, the ice case of Yo Muan started to break.

Next scene there amongst the blowing peach blossoms, Yo Muan/Ye Hua extended his hand and said “Sin Yin, come here!”

Awww

 

My Korean Jagiya (Philippine Drama Review)

My Korean Jagiya (Philippine Drama Review)

I have heard a lot about this drama from Facebook.  It is made and widely promoted by GMA 7 to cater to the Korean drama obsession of many Filipinos.

I have to say that when I first heard that Heart Evangelista was the lead, I thought they would get a big name Korean actor or rising star like Kim Young Kwan or Lee Soo-Hyuk to play the leading man.  After all, Heart is known for being a bit of a princess who grew up in the lap of luxury and is very fond of designer brand such as Hermes, LV, D&G, Dior, etc.  She demands the best!

Anyway My Korean Jagiya is Philippine Korean fusion and many scenes were filmed in Seoul.  The lead male actor is a Chinese Korean, who I have really never heard of before.  His name is Alexander Lee.

I have just watched the first episode.  The story so far is that Alexander Lee plays Kim Jun-ho, a once popular actor who made classic Korean dramas like Coffee Prince, 🙂  I love you Kim San-sun, 🙂 etc but has gone off the radar in the last seven years.

There is this lady in the Philippines, who was a Kim Jun-ho die-hard fan.  She is Gia, played by Heart Evangelista.  Gia is a tutor at an international school.  She is going out with a man called Ryan, who she had known since elementary school.  Gia was hoping for Ryan would put a ring on her finger soon.

Anyway, Gia is good at her job, so much so that she got an excellent work evaluation.  As a reward, she was sent to Seoul to attend a convention.  She was besides herself with excitement.  She jotted down all the places that Jun-ho had filmed for his dramas before including the Jagiya House.

The episode ends where Gia bumped into Jun-ho inside the Jagiya house.

Based on this episode, it is not like those polished Korean dramas.  It is very rough, rickety and the acting is terrible.  Hopefully the characters would gel soon.

Also the script is terrible with atrocious dialogues.   How possible is it to have your foreign idol to have as his first love a Filipina? Be an uncle to a Korean Filipino boy, who happens to be in your class?  This is obviously what they call in Korea as a makjang.  They created plots which are outrageously absurd and illogical, which is hard to relate to.

I hope this drama improves as between just you and me, I had looked forward to it!  🙂

…..

Episode 2

Jun Ho had a girlfriend called Cindy, a Filipina, a fair-skinned Filipina.  She was a bit of a slapper.  She asked Jun Ho to choose between her and his career as she felt neglected especially when Jun Ho would pose for selfies/groupies with his fans.

Anyway, out of the blue Cindy announced to Jun Ho that she was pregnant.  Jun Ho was actually excited only to find out that he was not the father but his own brother.  🙂

Jun Ho was so traumatised that he cut all ties with his own brother and then left the entertainment industry.  He had been cocooned in a Buddhist monastery for the last five years.

He learnt that his brother who is now based in the Philippines was in a very serious accident.  He, therefore, had to go to the Philippines.  He was expecting to meet Cindy again in the hospital but he was advised that there was no Cindy or any other female that had visited his comatose brother.

By this time Gia is back in the Philippines and found a ring on her boyfriend’s bag.  She was so delighted, at last Ryan was about to propose, or is he?

Why is Gia always wearing that school-girl sock with shoes or even sandals?!!!  True there are Korean dramas where the girls do wear them, but not throughout the whole series.  Is this some sort of racial profiling 🙂  that Korean girls wear socks on their shoes whether they were in high heals of flatties?!!! LOL

Later episodes:

There is not much chemistry (in my opinion) between Heart & Alexander.  Heart does give her all in terms of acting but Alexander is rather wooden.

Anyway, Alexander asked Gia to marry him so he can officially adopt his nephew.  Gia, of course, said yes afterall she was already in love with Jun Ho even before they met.

Gia was so optimistic of their coming union that she signed the pre-nup without even reading it and prepared for the wedding in her Korean hanbok.

Jun Ho was rather aghast thinking that Gia was overly excited with the contract marriage.  He had to tell her in no uncertain terms that Gia does not really love him and he will never love her and the fake wedding was just a way to adopt his nephew.

Gia was finally brought down to earth.

Overprotected Kahoko (Japanese Drama Review)

Overprotected Kahoko (Japanese Drama Review)

I am watching this Japanese drama and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  If you want to watch just one drama for this week, make it this Jdrama.

It has everything: laughther, pathos, angst, first love, being rejected, nuclear family, children who had flown the nest coming back to roost, ungrateful family members, desperation, filial love, everything.

Overprotected Kahoko is a story about a girl who in normal circumstances should be confident and knew how to navigate the world or at least her surrounding environment with independence and boldness typical of young adult.

Kahoko is 21 years old and in her last year of university and at this point should have a job to go to after graduation.  But Kahoko is a different sort of girl.  She has the pureness and innocence of a 12 years old.

She was overprotected by her parents, especially by her mother.  The mother does everything for her.  She was Kahoko’s human alarm clock, she wakes Kahoko every morning, she cooks and makes the girl’s bento for school, she was the driver, she takes Kahoko everywhere.  She also chooses all of Kahoko’s clothes and what to wear each day.  Kahoko relives her life everyday by watching from her library of videos of her ‘growing up’ everyday.

One day Kahoko met a young man, a young painter who is rather ‘upset’ with the world, how unfair the world is.  He lectured Kahoko about her ‘princess’ complex and its effect to Japanese progress.

Their relationship is so cute.

There are so much going ons in this drama as it is a nuclear family with maternal and paternal family members are having issues of their own.  But kudos to the actress playing Kahoko, she looks so pure and innocent, she is so watchable.

I can’t wait for episode 5.

Dokushin Kizoku (A Swinging Single) Japanese Drama Review

Noble Bachelor

Dokushin Kizoku (A Swinging Single) Japanese Drama Review

As a Sunday treat, I am watching a Japanese romantic drama called Dokusjin Kizoku, I am not really sure what is the exact translation in English but this drama is also called A Swinging Single as well as Noble Bachelor.

This drama is really quirky.  I love it.  The noble bachelor is Mamoru Hoshino (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi), the president of a film company.  He is a confirmed bachelor as he can’t abide living with a woman.  He said that if he does get married, they have to live in connecting apartment of even better separate buildings. 🙂  He is eccentric with a fetish for polishing his many pairs of leather shoes.

He was currently living with his ‘homeless’ brother, Hoshino Susumo (Hideaki Ito) who is undergoing a divorce proceeding.  He is a bit of a womaniser, thus, his wife is taking him to the cleaners.  She got the house, the car, the savings and asking for more compensation.  Susumo works in the same company as his brother and is in charge of the business side, in which he excels.

The woman that these brothers are attracted to is Yuki Haruno (Keiko Kitagawa), who is a young scriptwriter.  She too is wary of marriage.  She is a modern woman who does not want to be tied to doing housework.  She wanted to pursue her ambition.

Having said that, she still believe in romance.  She was surprised to hear Mamoru saying that being in love is like having a temperature of 40 degrees centigrade, which is being out of your mind, mentally incompetent and must not make decisions like buying a house and getting married. LOL

Susumo is a bit jealous of his brother.  He aspires to be the president of the company but deep down he thinks his brother is really better suit.

Audrey Hepburn singing the background music, Moon River, adds poignancy to the film.  Love it.

The only thing about this film that makes me uncomfortable is that both brothers, who are both adorable, are attracted to the same woman.

During Yuki’s birthday both brothers tried their best for her. The look on Momoru’s face seeing Yuki being snogged by Susumo is just heartbreaking. 🙁  Finally Momoru’s fallen in love and it was so sad.

Yuki ended up dating Susumo but she remained rather attached with Momoru.

Momoru felt that to forget his feelings for Yuki, he needed to do something drastic.  That is he allowed himself to be persuaded by his aunt to go on a blind date and get married.

The last 10 minutes of the whole series shows that Momoru and Yuki are meant to be.  At last they finally shared a tight embrace and a kiss among drying fish! 🙂

Attention, Love! (Taiwanese Drama Review)

Attention, Love!

Attention, Love! (Taiwanese Drama Review)

This Taiwanese drama is so cute.  Well the first two episodes anyway.

But having seen the preview for the next episode, it seems the budding relationship between the leads is going to be more complicated.

The story goes that during a 108 birthday celebration of a community patriarch, two best friends attended the party with their pregnant wives, who were already aware of the sex of their babies.  The babies were named by the patriarch as Li Zheng (played by Wang Zi) and Shao Xi (played by Joanne Tseng) and he said that they should be together, soon after this pronouncement he died.

Therefore before the babies were even born the babies were betrothed.  Shao Xi was guarded by her father from when she was a girl.  She was not allowed to play with boys and she learned all manners of self defence and more.

Shao Xi was a tomboy and became known for her pugnacious nature.

Years later, her parents announced that Li Zheng, her fiance, is coming to stay with them in Taiwan as his uncle, who was looking after him was going to get married.  Li Zheng lost his parents in a car accident at a very young age.  He was being looked after by his young uncle, who took him to Japan.

Anyway Li Zheng had grown into a very personable young man.  Shae Xi was enchanted with him, everytime he is close by she hears Close to you as a mental background music!  🙂

Spoiler alert!!!

Episode 3

Li Zheng had started tutoring Shao Xi.  Shao Xi bet that if she gets to the top 100, Li Zheng has to treat her to the movies, 4D with popcorn and drink, which Li Zheng agreed to immediately.

This episode is a bittersweet story for the young lovers.  Shao Xi was keeping a diary, unfortunately it was read loudly by the class bully.  It told all her secret longing for Li Zheng.

Li Zheng asked Shao Xi if he was the one she likes.  For her pride’s sake  Shao Xi denied that it was him after accidentally hearing him telling some guys that he sees Shao Xi not as a younger sister but as a little brother.  Shao Xi was upset and embarrassed.  She left without hearing the rest of what Li Zheng said that he will protect her from anyone.

There are funny moments when Shao Xi tried to forget Li Zheng, like trying to get herself a pretend boyfriend.

Li Zheng is showing a rather steely determination to protect Shao Xi.  This is developing quite nicely.

The end of the episode showed Shao Xi meeting Li Zheng for their date but the class bully was there.

A new face was also been just introduced!

Episode 7

It seems the attraction between Shao Xi and Li Zheng is mutual and gathering momentum.  How it can have 20 episodes is, at the moment, is beyond me.  Probably there will be a gargantuan misunderstanding lasting until episode 19 and resolved at episode 20.  LOL  Nevertheless, I do love this series.

Korean Drama Catalogue (Mi Lista)

Korean Drama Catalogue (Mi Lista)

Currently, I seemed to have run out of Korean dramas that I’d really like to watch.  It seems I just have to see again my favourite dramas that I have seen previously.  There are many dramas that I would like to see again.

Here is my list of favourites:

Cheese in the Trap

I absolutely love this drama.  It is a sweet romance between Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin) and Hong Seol (Kim Go-eun).  Yoo Jung is the heir of a big company while Hong Seol was a hardworking college student.  To start with Hong Seol was rather weary of Yoo Jung as he has a rather psychotic tendency.  He can blow hot and cold and therefore you are not sure where you at with him.  But having said that Yoo Jung was attracted to Hong Seol, he was very romantic but in his own terms.

The development of their relationship was so sweet and at times rather disturbing (if that is the word).  Yoo Jung was so forceful in his chase of Hong Seol.  Before she really knew it was became the girlfriend of Yoo Jung. Hong Seol was not sure whether to fully trust Yoo Jung but in the end she did truly loved him.

This drama is rather addictive.  I have seen it several times and it feels as fresh each time.  Brilliant acting by both leads.

The only thing was that the ending was just to hanging!  Hong Seol was left waiting for an email from Yoo Jung for his return!

 


Coffee Prince

This drama is a good starting point to watch if you have just heard of that ever so gorgeous Korean actor Gong Yoo.

This is about a romance between a playboy, Han Kyul, and a tomboyish woman, Yoo-joo.

Yoo joo had to pretend to be a boy in order to secure a job in an all male coffee shop, which is a project given to the playboy Han Kyul by his family to teach him a lesson for being spoilt and layabout.

Han Kyul treat Yoo joo well like a little brother but he started feeling more brotherly with Yoo Joo.  He started questioning his sexuality.  He was pretty sure he was not gay as he was not attracted to other men.

But he can’t really deny himself any longer and just went for Yoo joo, who at his time had a massive crush of Han Kyul himself.  This is in episode 10.  Gong Yoo is so damn gorgeous!  If you had not seen this drama before, I advise to binge watch in over the weekend!  I just rewatched episode 10 now and I miss them so much I have to rewatch the whole thing.


 

 

 

 

Southeast Asian Choice Films

Southeast Asian Choice Films

Bokura no Gohan wa Ashita de Matteru (Our Meal for Tomorrow)

I have just seen this Japanese film and I have to say, it was pretty good. I love it. It is a love story between a rather melancholic young man and a feisty, confident young woman.

The girl or woman, Koharu, turned a loner into a more confident guy.  Koharu discouraged maudlin thoughts and talks over sad isubject, thereby ignoring it!

Back story was that Ryota’s young brother died of prolonged illness due to cancer and he felt a bit guilty thinking that it was rather a relief in the end.

There were some really cute, sweet moments between these two that you really wanted them to have a happy ending.  They talked about having a large family of two boys and a girl.

But this is a Japanese film, where it will wring your emotion like a soggy sponge. 🙂

They were engagingly loved up but  then one day the Koharu said they had to break up.  She was resolute.

Ryota (the guy) did not have a choice but to accept the break-up.  After three weeks, he found himself another girlfriend, who was slightly obsessing with his previous relationship with the Koharu.  As much as Ryota wanted to forget Koharu, he thought of her all the time and compared current girlfriend with her.

He broke up with current girl-friend and went back to Koharu, who still would not take him back.  But found out that Koharu was ill and her ovaries had to be taken out due to cancerous cells.  This was the reason Koharu broke up with Ryota.  She can’t have children with him.

Anyway the effigy of Colonel Saunders of KFC helped them to have a more lasting relationship.  Ryota loved Koharu that he married her anyway!  Ahhhh


Suddenly Seventeen

This is an engaging Chinese film. It is about a couple who have been together for ten years.  Liang Xia is now 28 years old and really wanted to get married with her boyfriend who she had been living with for 5 years.

But her boyfriend, Mao Liang, is so focused with his job and seemed to be cooling off from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Liang Xia wandered the street. She met a mysterious man who gave her a box of chocolate.  Upon eating one, she suddenly turned into her old 17 years old self.  Someone who was feisty, confident, artistic and carefree.  It was a new life for old life.

The chocolate has at least six hours effect and then she goes back to normal.

As she started eating more of the magic chocolate, she started to change, more confident and she also fell in love with a young boy.

This turn of event puzzled her old boyfriend.  She is no longer the clingy rather neurotic girl.

When all the chocolate had gone her transformation was complete, she is now a confident independent woman, who does not rely or expect marriage from the boyfriend, who she broke up with.

The movie ends with her gorgeous ex boyfriend running around town buck naked to get her attention.  Ahhhhh


Missing (2016)

Missing is a South Korean film starring Gong Hyo Jin as a Chinese Korean nanny hired by a workaholic divorcee to look after her 12 month old baby daughter.  The mother is so busy with her job that she hardly spend any time with her baby or at home and to top it all, she was also in a custody battle with her doctor ex-husband.

One day she came home after another busy day at work only to find the nanny and her baby gone.  She search everywhere and found out her nanny has a very mysterious past.

This film is not at all predictable though it does have some similarities to Hollywood’s blockbustre ‘The Hand the Rock The Cradle”.  Gong Hyo Jin’s character is more complex.  You feel sympathy for her.  You wanted to forgive her because she had such a sad life.  She was a bride brought from China by an abusive husband and an intolerant mother-in-law.  She managed to get away from the family but she was already pregnant.  She had to rely on the kindness of strangers but even that is not enough as the baby got seriously ill.

This drama not only tackle prostitution, it also deals with the underworld selling of human organs.

Totally recommend this film.


Train to Busan

This film is a Gong Yoo starrer.  It is a very watchable movie with lots of actions.

If you like zombie, this is the film.  Edge of seat scenes are aplenty.

Gong Yoo was very athletic in this film.  Lots of running round, lots of fighting against humans and the rabid zombies.  There are also scenes which show why humans are their own worst enemy.

This film was a box-office success and this says it all.

There have been rumours that a sequel is going to be made.  I hope Gong Yoo would reprise his role but, without giving too much away, I don’t really know how?!!!

Anyway this film is a standalone and will be enjoyed by anyone over the age of 12.


Clover

Clover is a Japanese movie starring Emi Takei who plays an inexperienced hotel employee working under an elite boss played by Tadayoshi Okura, who was rather exacting and strict.

After another mistake committed by Saya (Takei) she was asked to see her boss, Susumo Tsuge, outside.  Saya begged her boss to not beat around the bush with his castigation as she is a simple stupid girl.

The boss looked at her and said “I would like you to go out with me”

This was totally unexpected that Saya wanted confirmation what was just said.  And here is where the rather sedate romance begins.

This is a Japanese film so it is not a straight forward sweet romance.  Both leads were put through the ringers after all William Shakespeare did put it “The course of true love never did run smooth.”  LOL

There was a lot of misunderstanding.  But there is a happy ending.

As background, Saya when just 14 years old eloped with a boyfriend who was about to emigrate to the US with his parents.  The young couple was found in a field of clover trying to look for the lucky four-leaf clover.  Unfortunately they were found by their family before the can find the four-leaf.

Apparently the one who found the lucky clover has to be the one to make the wish for it to come true.

Near the end of the film, Saya found a clover in a bunch of flowers.  She lost the clover, which went under a table.  She searched only to find that Susumu Tsuge (boss/boyfriend) has found it.

And they got married and lived happily ever after.  🙂


Kimi Ni Todoke (Reaching you/From Me To You)

This Japanese film starring Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura is a beautiful drama based on a manga.

Mikako plays the character, Sawako Kuronuma, who with her long black hair, is feared by everyone, young and old.  They thought that she looked so much as the scary girl Sadako in The Ring.  Rumours were abound that she brings bad luck, thus she was turned into a lonesome  girl.

But Sawako is a pure, innocent and kind girl who believes in doing good things each day.

One day she noticed a boy who was looking lost.  Though she was shy, she told the boy where the school was.

The boy is Shota Kazehaya, played by Miura.  He was a very good-looking boy and quite gregarious.  He immediately noticed how lonely Kuronuma was and how industrious she was.  He made it his mission to include her into his ‘world’ more.

Eventually Sawako did develop friendships but it was a long road.

It was a lovely film, funny at times especially when the actress was made to look like Sadaka of the Ring.

Totally recommend as a feel good film.


One Week Friends

Just finished watching this Japanese movie, which stars the super kawaii Yamazaki Kento and Kawaguchi Haruna. It is a youth romance.

Haruna plays Kaori, a girl so traumatised with previous events in her life that she developed a dissociative amnesia, where she has to restart her memory every Monday.  Thus it was hard to make friends and in the end she gave up and people around her as well.

Kento plays Yuki, a rather innocent boy who is rather obsessed in drawing and manga.

Their first meeting was rather eventful.  Yuki found Kaori’s ID/library card in the library.  He thought she was pretty and in the process of smelling the card rather like a perv when Kaori found him.

It was the start of 2nd year when they found themselves being in the same class.  Yuki tried to make friends with Kaori but she would just decline.

But Yuki is persistent and had the brilliant idea of presenting her with a couple’s diary so she has a reference of who he was and what they had done over the weeks.  This helped a great deal and eventually they did become friends.

But before their friendship really deepens, Kaori’s past started to catch up.  The boy, Hajime, she liked during middle school transferred to her school and into her class.  He was the source of her trauma.  Their backstory was that Hajime was a popular boy and all the girls loved him. They found out Hajime was into Kaori and they started to shun her.  She was ignored and being talked about at the same time.

She was meeting Hajime one night when a group of girls prevented her.  Kaori run into a car and woke up with amnesia.

Kaori and Hajime did reunite but she has flashes of her friendship with Yuki.  In the end she chooses to be friends with him.

It was a lovely movie, it has a lot of heart.  Kento is adorable as Yuki and Haruna looks beautifully lost, sad and alone as Kaori.  Highly recommend.


My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!)

This is a Japanese film.  It is some sort of ‘beauty and the beast’ love story.

It is just the cutest, sweetest and unexpected story.  A kawaii girl fell in love with boy who could double for Shrek.  Actually he is much handsomer than Shrek.

He is Takeo, he has thick eyebrows, massive physique and extremely helpful.

He has a best-friend, Suna, who is gorgeous and popular with girls.

During high school graduation, Takeo resolved to confess his love to a girl but found her confessing to Suna.  Takeo was heartbroken.

When Takeo and Suna were in college, they saw a girl being harassed by a boy.  Takeo intervened. The girl was Rinko, a cute girl.

Rinko instantly fell in love him and he with her.  But there was a misunderstanding.  Because all the girls always go for Suna, he thought Rinko liked Suna rather than him.  And Rinko got upset because Takeo pushes her towards Suna all the time.

It took Suna to finally get the two together.  It is such a lovely, kilig, cute story


 Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, ONCE UPON A TIME

A truly visually wonderful Chinese drama.  Click for review here.


77 Heartbreaks

A romantic drama from Hong Kong starring Charlene Choi as Eve and Pakho Chau as Adam.  Please click here for the review!

My Mr. Mermaid – Chinese Drama Review

My Mr. Mermaid – Chinese Drama Review

This Chinese drama is a timely replacement for the recently concluded Love ’til The End of Summer.

Yep the poster opposite is right.  The drama is full of hunky gorgeous young men battling the chlorinated water of college life.

Yun Duo (Tan Song Yun) is an intern journalist (sports writer?) whose first dabble to news reporting is to interview Qi Rui Feng, the Madman of the North, a multi-medalled best friend of Tang Yi Bai.

Tang Yi Bai previously was the undefeated swimming champion but fell from grace because he was disqualified from alleged drug taking.  Now he is making a comeback.

Also in the picture is Heng Ou Yang, who was Tang Yi Bai biggest rival.

I have only watched two episodes so far but I am hooked.

The swimming battles are very edge of seat kind of thing and not helping me as currently I am suffering from laryngitis.  Despite my hoarse voice and advise from my doctors not to use my voice too much, this drama is forcing me to shout my encouragement to the swimmers during their contest.

Yun Duo and Tang Yi Bai have such a cute chemistry fairly early on.  There is also a little bit of similarity with that Taiwanese drama Swimming Battle, where the main girl character has a deja vu of being saved by someone when she was drowning.

This drama is shown in China on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and will comprise of 36 episodes.

So far only two episodes have been fully english subtitled.  I hope those ingenious Chinese will take heed and help us out English speakers. (Thank you)

I am now watching episode 17.  The romance between Yun Duo and Yi Bai is going from strength to strength but I have to admit I quite like the story developing between Yun Duo and her intern assistant Lin Xi or James Lin.

Yi Bai’s mother is a hoot. I love watching her.  They should give more scenes between Yi Bai’s mum and Qi Ruifeng.  They are hilarious!

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