Han Suk-kyu [Forbidden Quest] (2006) (Korea)

Yun-seo comes across an ‘indecent novel’ by chance. Hesitant to read such a book at first, he is soon inspired to write one himself. He even asks his family rival and infamous captain of guards, Gwang-heon, to draw the illustrations for his books. Their book “Heukgokbisa” is soon the most talked about in town and is eventually read by Jeong-bin, the king’s favorite concubine. With Jeong-bin’s involvement, the two men are soon drawn in a tricky web of palace intrigue.

Cast: Jong-ryol Choi, Suk-kyu Han, Min-jung Kim, Beom-su Lee, Dal-su Oh
Directed: Dae-woo Kim
Also Known As: Eumranseosaeng
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance
Runtime: 139min.
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English

Gojoe (2001) (Japan)

A sumptuous and at times super-charged swordplay fantasy, Gojoe puts the spin on one of Japan’s most popular feudal legends: the battle at Kyoto’s Gojoe Bridge.The basic storyline is simple: warriors of the Heike clan get their heads chopped off by an invisible force at Gojoe bridge. Benkei, a former Buddhist monk plagued by the demons of his own past, sets out to destroy the evil force that lurks at Gojoe, aided by his graverobbing sidekick Tetsukichi. They soon discover that the perpetrator is in fact a young warrior, a former Heike lord named Shanao, out for revenge against his own clan which ordered the death of his family.

All in all, Gojoe, with its roaring monster of a finale and brilliant score (partially by Ishii’s own band Mach 1.67 which also provided the deafening soundtrack to Gojoe’s companion piece Electric Dragon 80,000 V), is a refreshing re-invention of one of the stalwart genres in Japanese cinema, exhilarating and breathtakingly photographed… Full Review

Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Masatoshi Nagase, Daisuke Ryu, Masakatsu Funaki, Jun Kunimura, Urara Awata
Directed: Sogo Ishii
Genre: Action/Historical
Runtime: 2:18:02
Also Known As: Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle, Gojo reisenki
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0260054/

1 Litre of Tears (2005) (Japan)

15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya was an ordinary girl, the daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop, and a soon-to-be high schooler. However, odd things have been happening to Aya lately. She has been falling down often and walks strange. Her mother, Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration – a terrible disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. A cruel disease, as it does not affect the mind in the least. How will Aya react when told about her disease? And how will Aya live from now on?

AKA – Ichi Rittoru no Namida / One Litre of Tears / A Diary with Tears
Broadcasted – 11-Oct-2005 to 20-Dec-2005
Genre – School, romance, health, human
Directed – Murakami Masanori
Screenwriters – Egashira Michiru, Ooshima Satomi, Yokota Rie
Country – Japan
Audio – Japanese
Quality -Medium
Subtitles – English [hardsub]
Episode Run Time – 1 Hour
Total Episodes – 11
Status – Completed[11/11]
Links – wiki.d-addicts.com

Sawajiri Erika as Ikeuchi Aya
Yakushimaru Hiroko as Ikeuchi Shioka
Nishikido Ryo as Asou Haruto
Jinnai Takanori as Ikeuchi Mizuo

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (2007) (Korean)

The life of Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is not easy; she works many jobs to pay off debts and even gave up her feminine image. Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) is the heir of a big food company, but his grandmother wants him to settle down, so she arranged many dates for him. After Eun Chan bumped into Han Kyul and was mistaken for a boy, Han Kyul decided to hire Eun Chan to be his gay lover in order to avoid the arranged dates. Desperately in need of money, Eun Chan had no choice but to accept. Han Kyul’s grandmother also made Han Kyul in charge of a filthy coffee shop in danger of being bankrupt. Eun Chan begged to work at the coffee shop, and not long after, feelings start to spark, except, how would Han Kyul accept his “homosexuality”?

AKA – Coffee Prince
Broadcasted – 02-Jul-2007 to 27-Aug-2007
Genre – Romance, Comedy
Chief Producer – Lee Yoon-Jung
Country – South Korea
Audio – Korean
Quality -High
Subtitles – English [.srt]
Episode Run Time – 1 Hour 5 Minutes
Total Episodes – 17
Status – Complete [17/17]
Links – wiki.d-addicts.com

Yoon Eun Hye as Go Eun Chan
Gong Yoo as Choi Han Kyul
Lee Sun Gyun as Choi Han Sung
Chae Jung Ahn as Han Yoo Joo

Heaven’s Soldiers (2005) Korea

Tensions in divided Korea reach a high peak with North Korean soldiers being charged with delivering a nuclear bomb and South Korean troops determined to stop them and gain possession of the bomb. However, in the middle of the conflict Halley’s Comet appears in the sky – and this causes a “time rift” linking the present with other points in the comet’s 433-year cycle of close approaches to the Earth. The modern Korean men (and one woman) unintentionally and to their surprise find themselves Time traveling back from 2005 to 1572.

The soldiers on both two sides are in considerable confusion, unsure as to how to get home or where the nuke over which they had struggled has disappeared. Also, the 16th Century Korea in which they find themselves is imminently threatened by an invasion of the Jurchen tribes. The soldiers find themselves divided between the option of using their modern weaponry and thus possibly changing history, or trying to return to their own time without aiding the Korean defenders against the Jurchens.

Meanwhile, the soldiers encounter a local who seems at first little more than a common thief, or at best “a cunning, slightly eccentric young man” – but who does seem to be making some efforts to organize opposition to the Jurchen invaders… There follow some bloody sword battles, while a brilliant scientist seeks a way to travel home and the whereabouts of the controversial nuclear bomb remains in doubt – leaving the fate of North and South Korea, both past and present, hanging in the balance.

Cast: Park Joong-hoon, Kim Seung-woo, Hwang Jeong-min, Kong Hyo-jin
Directed: Joon-ki Min
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action/Comedy
Runtime: 110 Minutes
Also Known As: Cheon gun
Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English Hardcoded
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470711/

Solace (2006) (Korea)

For local pharmacist In-ku, marriage has always been the lowest priority because of his need to take care of his mentally-ill brother. In his life comes along Hye-ran, an imitation clothing designer, who leads a hard life as she tries to repay the debts left by her father. A chance encounter allows them to recognize what they have been missing, and to find solace in each other. However, as their love grows, so do each of their burdens.

Cast: Ban-ya Choi, Cheol-ho Choi, Suk-kyu Han, Hye-seon Jeong, In-gi Jung, Ik-tae Kim, Ji-su Kim
Directed: Seung-wook Byeon
Genre: Drama/Romance
Runtime: 114 Minutes
Also Known As: Salanghal ddae iyagihaneun geotdeul
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://imdb.com/title/tt0923884/