The Game (Korean) 2008


Synopsis / Plot / Review
Though a penniless street artist with no straight visions in life, Hee Do (Shin Ha Kyun) is quite happy having his girlfriend Eun Ah at his side. One day, he receives an anonymous phone call followed by a visit from a wealthy middle aged woman Hye Rin (Lee Hye Young, No Blood No Tears). Soon, Hee Do is whisked into a big mansion where he meets an old financial tycoon Kang Noh Sik (Byun Hee Bong) who challenges him to a devious little game. The catch is if Hee Do loses the game, he must trade his youth to the old man in exchange for 3 billion won. Not only does Hee Do lose the bet in a flash, but also squanders everything he once had including his youthful body. Now, in a tight battle of wits, Hee Do must find a way to get his own life and body back before Noh Sik erases all traces of the past

Also Known As:…: 더 게임
Year:…………….. .: 2008
Directed:………….: Yun In-Ho
Genre:…………….: Thriller
Runtime…………..: 118 mins
Country:…………..: South Korea
Language:………..: Korean
Subtitles:…………: English / Korean
Cast:………………: Shin Ha-Gyun, Byeon Hee-Bong, Lee Hye-Young, Son Hyeon-Ju

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See You In YouTube (Hong Kong) 2008

Ling and Janice then find their friends Siu Fei, Si, Tommy, Zoie, Maggie, and Lung to join this exciting, venturing and crazy team competition. The game is so crazy and insane that require players to sing a song in a funeral parlor; dress like a robber to buy necklace in a jewelry shop; Act foolishly and recklessly in Mah Jong house and cemetery. The games become more and more crazy and dangerous. How Crazy is the Game?

IMDb Link……: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1179057/

Genre…………….: Comedy
Year………………: 2008
Country…………..: Hong Kong
Director…………..: ” Oxide Pang ”
Subtitles:…………: English / Chinese

Open City (2008) (Korean)

‘Open City’ which depicts the conflict between an international pickpocket organization and an investigation team will feature Son Ye-jin who rids of her innocent image in a seductive and strong character.

Her character Baek Jang Mi grows her organization with her charm femme fatal charm, making any man want to give up everything to be with her.

But falling in love with a member of the investigating team, she cannot hide her identity as a female and her painful past.

Kim Myeong-min will play the role of Jo Dae Young, a criminal investigator who has the greatest number of successful arrests. The movie “Open City” will be about the showdown between a syndicate running a pick pocketing business and criminal investigators.

AKA: Moo-bang-bi Do-si
Year: January 1, 2008
Directed:
Cast Kim Myeong-min, Son Ye-jin, Kim Hae-sook, Son Byeong-ho
Genre: Action, Crime
Runtime: 114 min.
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Kor & Eng
Other Links: http://www.open-city.co.kr/ http://www.koreanmovie.com/Open_City_km584/

CJ7 (Chinese) (2008)

From Stephen Chow, the director and star of “Kung Fu Hustle,” comes “CJ7,” a new comedy featuring Chow’s trademark slapstick antics. Ti (Stephen Chow) is a poor father who works all day, everyday at a construction site to make sure his son Dicky Chow (Xu Jian) can attend an elite private school. Despite his father’s good intentions to give his son the opportunities he never had, Dicky, with his dirty and tattered clothes and none of the “cool” toys stands out from his schoolmates like a sore thumb.

Ti can’t afford to buy Dicky any expensive toys and goes to the best place he knows to get new stuff for Dicky – the junk yard! While out “shopping” for a new toy for his son, Ti finds a mysterious orb and brings it home for Dicky to play with. To his surprise and disbelief, the orb reveals itself to Dicky as a bizarre “pet” with extraordinary powers. Armed with his CJ7 Dicky seizes this chance to overcome his poor background and shabby clothes and impress his fellow schoolmates for the first time in his life. But CJ7 has other ideas and when Dicky brings it to class… chaos ensues.

Director:
Stephen Chow
Writers:
Stephen Chow (writer)
Chi Keung Fung (writer)
Genre:Comedy / Sci-Fi
Cast: Stephen Chow, Min Hun Fung, Chi Chung Lam, Shing-Cheung Lee, Jiao Xu, Kitty Zhang Yuqi
Also Known As:
A Hope (Hong Kong: English title) (working title)
CJ7 (International: English title)
Chang Jiang 7 hao (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
Long River 7 (Philippines: English title)
Runtime 01:28:21
Country: Hong Kong
Language:Cantonese
Subtitles:English / Chinese / Korean / Thai / Indonesian
IMDb link: http://imdb.com/title/tt0940709/

A Wacky Switch (Korean) 2004

Synopsis / Plot
Jung Jun Ho from Marrying The Mafia lands a starring role on A Wacky Switch, a hilarious drama revolving around a story between an obscure, ill-fated writer and a gang boss.

Releasing his first novel that brought the publishing company to bankruptcy, Dong-hwa has no way out to earn his living but work as a taxi driver. One day Dong-hwa is referred a job writing the biography of Man-cheol, the most influential Mafia boss in Korea. Accidentally, Dong-hwa saves Man-chul’s life, making him a significant figure in the mob with more power to handle the circle’s internal affairs. While Dong-hwa enjoys the power, the real boss Man-cheol begins to explore a more exciting aspect of life with the one he is crazy for.

Title: A Wacky Switch
Year: 2004
Directed: Jeong Young-Won
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Runtime: 145 Minutes
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English (Soft)

Cast
Jeong Jun-Ho, Son Chang-Min, Jeon Mi-Seon

Dragon Eye Congee: A Dream of Love (Taiwanese) 2005

An American-Chinese man (Shaun-Tam) returns to Taiwan to find his dream girl, and he is surprised by the result.

This film actually had a one-off screening at GV cinemas last year. I was raring to go watch it, until I found out that it was sold out real fast because fans of Fann Wong were flocking in droves to see their idol in action on the big screen. Nonetheless I had to settle for the DVD, courtesy of movieXclusive.com.

Perhaps the only good thing about this movie, is how the dragon eye congee looked so appetizing. I felt hunger pangs as I watched Fann Wong serve bowl after bowl for her screen beloved, and observing with those longing eyes as he slurps it all down.

Dragon Eye Congee: A Dream of Love, looks and feels like a telemovie. And being a predominantly Taiwanese production, expect the usual television melodrama and weepie moments coming on to try and manipulate your emotions. Sadly (no pun intended), the movie while beautiful to look at and filled with wonderful cinematic shots, lacked the very soul that it wants to preach about – love. There’s nothing too deep in exploring that emotion, and what transpires is a romance that’s too good to be true, and exists only in children’s fairy tales.

Written by Yang Bo, I felt that the short story on which the movie is based upon, would have been more interesting than its cinematic vision, directed by Allen Chang. In fact, you could totally forgo the first hour of the movie, as it has little to do with the remaining 30 minutes, except to take a very long time to set the stage. The casts, probably hampered by the weak script, never really had a chance to lift the movie from the doldrums, although their acting were passable at best. The leads Fann Wong and Shaun Tam rarely looked believable as the inseparable Romeo and Juliet, totally lacking in chemistry to convince that they are a match made in heaven.

There is perhaps just too many characters for a simple story like this, which can’t decide if it wanted to be flashback based, introducing new supporting characters who are in the movie for just that few minutes of screen time, and never important enough to further the plot. While the idea of a role is hinted at, most of the time it’s just a simple gloss over and never going deep enough to make them memorable.

However, the music used here, if you dig the Chinese orchestra, might serve as a plus point to you. Though I can’t fault the lovely melody, it being used repeatedly does get on your nerves, as too much of a good thing just reduced the utility gained from it.

If you would like to give this movie a try, then go ahead and tell me what you think. For fans of Fann, her performance here is nothing spectacular, but you might want to check it out if you’re being a completist. [From IMDB]

Runtime: Taiwan :100 min
Country: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin / English / Cantonese
Color: Color
Director: Allen Chang
Cast: Fann Wong, Shaun Tam, Ivy Yi, Hsing Lee, Fu Lin