Gagman (1989) (Korean)


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From Lee Myung Se, the director of Nowhere To Hide and Duelist, comes this hilarious caper movie which is at once an extraordinarily inventive action comedy, in terms of style and narrative structure, but also a deeply personal love letter to movie-making and Cinema as a medium. Lee Jong Sae (Ahn Sung Ki) is a frustrated stand-up comedian, lost in his dreams of becoming a successful movie director. He shares his passion for the movies with his barber, Mun Do Sok (Bae Chang Ho) who has aspirations to one day be an actor – although both are in no danger of achieving their dreams any time soon. Until that is, they meet the beautiful, yet frustrated actress Oh Son Yong (Hwang Shin Hyae), who suggests the perfect way to prepare for a new heist movie – a spree of bank robberies! The hapless trio fumble their way through a series of hilarious heists, until they inadvertently commit the crime of the century – with devastating results!

Genre:Comedy / Drama
Distributor: Specturm
Year: 1989
Country: Korea
Director: Myung-se Lee
IMDb LINK. http://imdb.com/title/tt0104314/


RATING OF 6.5 out of 10.

The Vineyard Man (TV Show) (Korean)

In this romantic-comedy, (an adaptation of the book The Vineyard Man by Kim Rang), Yoon Eun Hye plays Lee Ji Hyun, a clothing designer in Seoul, who reluctantly leaves home for one year to work at her grand uncle’s vineyard in a small village. However when arriving in the country, she reunites with a Jang Taek Gi Oh Man Suk, a local resident who had been wrongfully arrested in Seoul by police after Ji Hyun reported having a dress-which she had designed-had been stolen. The two clash frequently as Ji Hyun has a difficult time adjusting to life in the country and working with Taek Gi. However, after many twists and turns Ji Hyun adapts to rustic life while falling in love with Taek Gi.

Also Known As:The Man in the Vineyard
Year: 2006-July-24 to 2006-Sept-12
Directed: Park Man Young
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Cast: Yoon Eun-Hye, Oh Man-Suk
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English (Hardcoded)
DramaWiki: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/The_Vineyard_Man

My Love! Torami (Korean) 2005

My Love! Torami (Korean) 2005

Synopsis / Plot
Love, Caring, and Loyalty

This movie is based on a true story about the first blind woman in Korea to receive a guide dog and about the turmoil family life she had created after she lost her sight by an accident.

Trying to be an independent person and not wanting to be a nuisance to the family because of her blindness, she decided to move to Seoul to pursue her study/research as a blind woman in a university all by herself.

She found out that being blind and living alone were such a tough life. One day, just when she was on the verge of giving up, a dog called Toram came to her. Apparently, Toram used to live with her family temporarily when he was just a little puppy.

Toram’s arrival wasn’t really a coincident. Her husband, who never one second of his life abandons her, asked his friend (without her knowledge) who apparently worked for a guide-dog organisation for the blinds to offer Toram as her guide dog.

With having Toram by her side, her confidence was rapidly grown. Now she has a big task to mend the turmoil family life she created, especially by gaining the trust of her son again.

Title: My Love! Torami
Year: 2005
Directed: Han Jung-Hwan
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 107 Minutes
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English (Soft)

Cast
Ha Hee-Ra, Kim Young-Ho

The Adventures of Supermonkey (Japanese) 2007

THe Adventures of Supermoney (Japanese) 2007

Journey to the West comes to the big screen like never before in the 2007 film Saiyuuki! Also known as Monkey Magic and Adventures of the Super Monkey, this is the latest in a long line of adaptations of the Wu Cheng’en tome. One of the four great Chinese classics, Journey to the West, or Saiyuuki in Japanese, is about the adventures of Tang Dynasty monk Tripitaka and his mischievous magical disciples as they journey to India to retrieve the Buddhist sutras. This fantastical allegorical tale has been adapted countless times for the big and small screen, notably in classic Chinese films like Ho Meng Hua’s The Monkey Goes West series and Stephen Chow’s The Chinese Odyssey series. In Japan, Saiyuuki also inspired many adaptations including the anime series Dragonball and an immensely popular TV series in 1978.

Fuji TV took a leap of faith in 2006 with their own brand-new 11-episode Saiyuuki starring Katori Shingo of SMAP as famed monkey king Son Goku. Actress Fukatsu Eri (The Professor’s Beloved Formula) plays monk Sanzo Hoshi (Tripitaka), echoing the gender twist of the 1970s series. Ito Atsushi (Densha Otoko) and Uchimura Teruyoshi (Zebraman) complete the square as lecherous swine spirit Cho Hakkai (Piggy) and water demon Sa Gojou (Sandy), with updated personalities and powers. The TV drama was such a huge success, it was followed up with a feature film in 2007, with the original cast reprising their roles.

Helmed by TV director Sawada Kensaku, feature film Saiyuuki retains the narrative quirks, zany energy, and colorful demons that made the drama so fresh and entertaining. The manic comic powers of Katori Shingo show no signs of abating as the gang of four takes their journey to the silver screen. This time, they encounter a princess whose parents have been turned into turtles by two powerful demons, played by Kaga Takeshi (Death Note) and Kishitani Goro (Ryû ga Gotoku). Son Goku and company head for the mystical mountains to battle the demons…

Original Title:………: Saiyuki
English Title:……….: The Adventures Of Supermonkey
Year:…………………..: 2007
Genre:………………..: Adventure, Action, Comedy
Runtime:……………..: 2hrs
Store Date:………….: N/A
IMDB Rate:…………..: 4.7/10 (46 votes)
IMDB URL:……………: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0938281/

The Legend of the Black Scorpion (Chinese) 2006

The Legend of the Black Scorpion (Chinese) 2006

Review: Yet another highly-regarded Mainland Chinese director goes for international acclaim with The Banquet, a lavish costume drama set in 10th century Ancient China. For his first attempt at this genre, Feng Xiaogang enlists the world’s most popular Chinese actress, Zhang Ziyi, plus he adds the required dose of flying martial arts, courtesy of master choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping. Feng also calls upon composer Tan Dun and art director Tim Yip, both veterans of a little movie called Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. With these sort of people attached to the film, Feng has created what amounts to a cinema guarantee. The Banquet promises high-quality spectacle, and indeed, expectations have been enormous from salivating cineastes and drooling Zhang Ziyi fanboys alike. Feng delivers on the spectacle; The Banquet is a feast for the eyes, and features impressive sets, costumes, and atmosphere. But for an actual time at the movies, perhaps even The Promise may be more entertaining.

AKA:………………. Ye yan
……………….. The Banquet, The Night Banquet

Year:……………… 2006
Directed:………….. Xiaogang Feng
Genre:…………….. Action/Drama
Runtime:…………… 131 minutes
Country:…………… China
Language:………….. Mandarin
Subtitles:…………. English Chinese(.idx, .sub) English(.srt)
IMDB: imdb.com User Rating: 6.4/10
www.hkcinemagic.com w/trailer link

Cast:
Ziyi Zhang ………. Empress Wan (as Zhang Ziyi)
Daniel Wu ……… .. Prince Wu Luan
Xun Zhou ………… Qing Nu
You Ge ……………… Emperor Li
Jingwu Ma ………… The Minister
Xiaoming Huang …. The Minister’s son
Zhou Zhonghe ……. Chamberlain
Zeng Qiusheng ….. Pei Hong
Xu Xiyan …………. Ling
Liu Yanbin ………… Messenger
Ma Lun …………….. Pharmacist
Xiang Bin …………. Imperial Guard
Chunyu Zheng …… Imperial Guard

Rainbow Eyes (Korean) 2007

Rainbow Eyes (Korean) 2007

Synopsis / Plot / Review

Inspectors Kyung-yoon CHO and Eun-joo PARK have been an inseparable duo ever since their police academy days. One day, the two inspectors take on the case of a young rich sports center owner, violently stabbed to death. The only clue to the case is a piece of body hair with AB blood type found at the scene. The two inspectors identify a swimming instructor as a major suspect to the case, but he later gets brutally murdered in the same way. It is later revealed that the two victims and a third party were once in the same army and committed a disgraceful act together. The police see the murders as a serial murder case in revenge for the victim at the time, ‘Yoon-suh LEE’. But as the murderer’s identity slowly unfolds, inspector Kyung-yoon comes across another shocking mystery…

Also Known As:…: The Mask
Year:…………….. .: 2007
Directed:………….: Yang Yun-Ho
Genre:…………….: Mystery / Thriller
Runtime…………..: 99 mins
Country:…………..: South korean
Language:………..: Korean
Subtitles:…………: English / Korean
AsianDB………….: http://www.asiandb.com/browse/movie_detail.pfm?code=6510
Cast:………………: Kim Gang-Woo
Kim Min-Seon
Lee Soo-Kyung