Wedding Campaign (2005) (Korean)


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An unmarried farmer tries his luck at finding a bride in Uzbekistan, but ends up falling for his translator instead in this entertaining, funny, and surprisingly moving debut film from director Hwang Byung-Guk.

How far would you go to get married? For the Korean characters in Wedding Campaign, the answer is “halfway around the world,” although oddly enough, they’re still getting Korean brides! Hwang Byung-Guk makes a most impressive directorial debut with this charming story about two aging bachelors from the countryside looking for love in – of all places – Uzbekistan! Selected as the closing film of the 10th Pusan International Film Festival, Wedding Campaign stars Jung Jae-Young (Welcome to Dongmakgol) as Hong Man-Taek, an unmarried thirty-eight year-old farmer who still lives with his mother (Kim Ji-Yeong) and is often found palling around with his childhood friend, incorrigible cab driver Hee Chul (Yu Jun-Sang). When Man Taek’s grandfather (Kim Seong-Gyeom) learns that a neighbor has picked up a bride in Uzbekistan, he urges his wifeless grandson to take a chance and sign up with the matchmaking company organizing the trip.
Figuratively joined at the hip, Man-Taek and Hee-Chul agree to make the long journey to Uzbekistan together, finding that the country is home to a sizeable population of Uzbek-speaking, ethnic Koreans. For Hee-Chul, the trip initially proves to be a vacation of sorts as he finds himself romancing a potential bride during the day while attempting to bed some local Uzbek girls at night. Man-Taek, however, isn’t much of a ladies man, as his painfully awkward interactions with the ladies aren’t getting him any closer to matrimonial bliss. With Man-Taek’s marriage prospects looking pretty dim, it’s up to his translator, Kim Lara (Soo Ae) to give him a self-esteem makeover so he’ll land a wife. But as she begins to learn that Man-Taek isn’t just some local yokel, but a kind, decent man, she begins to have feelings for him. But are they just of sisterly affection or something more? And what secret is she hiding?
From beginning to end, Wedding Campaign is an involving cinematic experience, in a large part due to the fine performance from Jung Jae-Young. His dramatic turn as Man-Taek is a far cry from his gruff, more conventional leading man role he assayed quite well in Welcome to Dongmakgol, so much so that the transformation he makes here (supposedly based on Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump) is somewhat startling. Jung throws himself completely into the role. His Man-Taek is often nervous, sweats up a storm, and is a bit flabby to boot – far from leading man material. Yet Jung is still able to convey an inner decency and honor about his character without compromising his performance as a socially inept country bumpkin. Jung’s leading lady also proves up to the challenge, as Soo Ae peforms well as the conflicted Kim Lara – at times, her style seems reminiscent of Sammi Cheng and Miriam Yeung during their respective rom-com heydays. Whatever the case, the woman has a beautiful smile that lights up the screen, a small part of what makes Soo Ae an actress to watch out for. Rounding out the cast is Yu Ju-Sang, whose take on Hee Chul – a fun-loving character whose love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude catches up with him – is a joy to watch. His progression from wannabe lothario to contrite, lovelorn romantic is both believable and affecting in its own way.
If there’s one complaint to lodge against Wedding Campaign, it’s in the film’s ending. At the risk of mildly spoiling the ending, let me just say that while it does give viewers a satisfying conclusion in terms of the mechanics of the plot, it denies them any palpable emotional payoff, leaving these matters to be handled off-screen, just beyond the frame. It’s a disappointment considering how likeable these characters are and how engaging their individual stories have been. To root for them the entire movie only to be denied any sort of significant closure may be a less clichéd choice on the part of the filmmakers, but I wouldn’t say it was exactly a welcome one. On the bright side, I can report that unlike numerous Korean melodramas and comedies, nobody got cancer or died. And considering the onslaught of terminal illness tearjerkers in Korean cinema these days, a happy ending is always a plus. Whatever my quibbles, I found Wedding Campaign to be a charming, consistently humorous, and engaging showcase for its talented cast and debut director. (Sanjuro 2006)
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Directed: Byeong-guk Hwang
AKA:.Naui gyeolhon wonjeonggi
Year: 2005
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Runtime: 120 minutes
Country: South Korea
LanguageKorean Language Version
SubtitlesEnglish Subtitles(.srt .idx .sub)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492702/

Battery (2007) (Japanese)

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Based on Asano Atsuko’s best-selling novel, Battery is all about youth and baseball. Ace pitcher Harada Takumi forms a pact with a new friend on the baseball team and strives to win the big game for his younger brother, who is terminally ill.

Director : Takita Yojiro
Genre : Sports Drama
Cast : Hayashi Kento, Kishitani Goro, Amami Yuki, Yarita Akihiro, Yamada Kenta
Runtime: 118 min
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Release Date: 7 September 2007
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0871975/

Big Man Japan(2007) (Japanese

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An eccentric man aged about 40 lives alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo. He periodically transforms into a giant, about 30 meters tall, and defends Japan by battling similarly sized monsters that turn up and destroy buildings. The giant and the monsters are computer-generated

Director:Hitoshi Matsumoto
Writers:Hitoshi Matsumoto (writer)
Mitsuyoshi Takasu (writer)
Cast: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ua,
Release Date:
Genre:Comedy
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Breath (Korean) (2007)

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A love story involving a convicted prisoner who “slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Writer: Ki-duk Kim
Cast: Chen Chang Jung-woo Ha Ki-duk Kim Ji-a Park
Release Date: 29 April 2007 (South Korea)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English

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Guns and Talks (Korean) 2001


Plot

Guns and Talks: In the heart of Seoul, Korea, a band of killers-for-hire is slowly making a name for themselves in the business. Their style–kill the victims the way their clients want them to be killed, no questions asked. For this group to succeed, they need the help of each other–and an uncle who designs super cool gadgets in the privacy of his own home. However, the foursome will need more than manpower and an uncle to carry out a new mission they just accepted. Along with an intelligent detective hot on their trail, the killers must accomplish “the perfect crime” or face the consequences. Will their mischievous ways be too much of a burden or will they pull out the crime of the century?

Director: Jin Jang

Cast: Hyeon-jun Shin, Ha-kyun Shin, Bin Won, Jae-yeong Jeong, Jin-yeong Jeong,

County………South Korea
Language…….Korean
Year………..2001
Genre……….Action/Comedy/Drama
Runtime……..2hr2min
Resolution…..640×352
Video……….~1447Kbps DivX
Audio……….154Kbps MP3
Frame rate…..23Fps
Subtitles……English .srt
Ripper………PosTX

The Sun Also Rises (Chinese) 2007

The Sun Also Rises (2007)

Also Known As……..: Tai yang zhao chang sheng qi
Year……………..: 2007
Directed………….: Wen Jiang
Genre…………….: Drama
Runtime…………..: 01:56:12
Country…………..: China
Language………….: Mandarin / Russian
Subtitles…………: Ch/En
IMDB……………..: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0769507/
Cast……………..: Jaycee Chan, Joan Chen, Jian Cui,
Wen Jiang, Wei Kong, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Yun Zhou

Synopsis:
Loosely inspired by author Ye Mi’s novel
Velvet, Chinese New Wave director Jiang Wen’s follow-up to Devils
on the Doorstep drifts between Yunnan’s Shangri-la and the Gobi
Desert to follow four narratives exploring the roles that culture
and revolution have played in Chinese history. In the first tale,
a deranged young widow (Zhou Yun) slips on a pair of colorful
shoes that have been embroidered to resemble fish, and abandons
her only son (Jaycee Chan) to disappear into a nearby river.
Set on a university campus during the Cultural Revolution,
the second episode details the tragic relationship between
professors Liang (Anthony Wong), Tang (Jiang Wen), and
attractive doctor Lin (Joan Chen) that eventually leads the
village where the mad widow resides. After exploring the magical
texture of velvet in the third tale, Wen connects each of the
stories by traveling back in time to the Gobi Desert.