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

Seven Days (Korean) 2007

Seven Days (Korean) 2007

Synopsis / Plot / Review
All Reuters Movie News
Korean film “Seven Days” set for Hollywood remake
Thursday November 15 3:35 AM ET
The thriller “Seven Days” is the latest South Korean film set for a Hollywood remake. Summit Entertainment, the independent producer behind the recent horror release “P2,” has acquired rights to the film from Korea’s Prime Entertainment in a deal sources put in the low-six figures.
Prime said Summit intends to begin filming the remake in 2008.
“Days,” which opened Wednesday in Korea, stars Yun-jin Kim (“Lost” as a lawyer who must free a convicted killer in just one week or else see her kidnapped daughter murdered.
Last year, a Hollywood version of “Il Mare” was released as “The Lake House,” starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. Korean films such as “A Tale of Two Sisters” and “Old Boy” are in various stages of development Stateside.
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
“Seven Days” just may be what audiences have all been waiting for: a great homegrown crime thriller. With a good serving of believable characters, a scoop of wholesome drama, and even a sprinkle of good humor, director/scripter Won Shin-yun whips together all the right ingredients to offer an edge of the seat experience.
The main plotline is fairly simple. Ji-yeon (Kim Yun-jin) is a hotshot lawyer who wins case after case. One day her daughter is kidnapped, and the abductor gives her seven days to win an impossible case ― to set free a man whose death sentence is practically set ― or else she will never see the child again.
The abductor orchestrates the perfect crime. He watches her every move and forces her to comply by outwitting the police. Ji-yeon has no time to break down because she must run around in a frenzy to get this case together.
To make things worse, those around her get in her way. Her friend Seong-yeol (Park Heui-soon), a less than perfect policeman, is too tangled up in his own mess to help her out. In the meantime, the prosecutor is a longtime rival who’s determined to crush Ji-yeon and naturally gives her a hard time. Plus he’s backed by a power-thirsty superintendent.
To top off our protagonist’s misery, she faces moral a dilemma. Her client is charged with brutally murdering a young woman, with almost all evidence proving his guilt. When she meets the mother of the victim, her own motherly instincts surface.
But deeper into the investigation, dark secrets unravel one after another in a rhythmical fashion. The movie deals with some heavy issues ― drugs, violence, corruption and loopholes within the judicial system, but they add to the gripping drama rather than weigh it down. The crime investigation scene is delightfully reminiscent of “CSI,” which is highly popular here.
These well thought-out subplots are in tune with the fast-paced beat of the movie, and even minor characters contribute to the intrigue.
The 126-minute running time goes by quickly as seven suffocating days tick by like a time bomb. The surprise ending is not contrived; rather, it hits you with a deep pang as you go with the suspenseful flow of the film, piecing together fragments of the case.
Actress Kim Yung-jin returns to the Korean screen for the first time in two years. The star of “Lost” gives a compelling performance with her screaming and running around, which is done with tasteful moderation. She manages to keep her cool by finding the right balance as a distraught mother and elite lawyer. Kim gives life to one strong-willed woman with a high emotional quotient ― a three-dimensional heroine that is quite rare in Korean cinema.
Park Heui-soon also deserves a pat on the back as a grumbling police officer, who walks the fine line between a thug and officer. Kim Yun-jin complemented the actor as a “prepared star,” and one can surely expect to see more of Park in the future.
Be warned, however, that the shaky hand-held camerawork may leave some feeling a bit nauseous.
By Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter

Year:…………….. .: 2007
Directed:………….: Shin-yeon Won
Genre:…………….: Crime / Thriller
Runtime…………..: 125 mins
Country:…………..: South korean
Language:………..: Korean
Subtitles:…………: English / Korean
IMDB………………: http://imdb.com/title/tt0997229/
Cast:………………: Mi-suk Kim
Yunjin Kim
He-sun Park

Lust, Caution (China | Taiwan | Hong Kong) 2008


Shanghai, 1942. The World War II Japanese occupation of this Chinese city continues in force. Mrs. Mak, a woman of sophistication and means, walks into a café, places a call, and then sits and waits. She remembers how her story began several years earlier, in 1938 China. She is not in fact Mrs. Mak, but shy Wong Chia Chi. With WWII underway, Wong has been left behind by her father, who has escaped to England. As a freshman at university, she meets fellow student Kuang Yu Min. Kuang has started a drama society to shore up patriotism. As the theater troupe’s new leading lady, Wong realizes that she has found her calling, able to move and inspire audiences and Kuang. He convenes a core group of students to carry out a radical and ambitious plan to assassinate a top Japanese collaborator, Mr. Yee. Each student has a part to play; Wong will be Mrs. Mak, who will gain Yees’ trust by befriending his wife and then draw the man into an affair. Wong transforms herself utterly inside and out, and the scenario proceeds as scripted until an unexpectedly fatal twist spurs her to flee. Shanghai, 1941. With no end in sight for the occupation, Wong having emigrated from Hong Kong goes through the motions of her existence. Much to her surprise, Kuang re-enters her life. Now part of the organized resistance, he enlists her to again become Mrs. Mak in a revival of the plot to kill Yee, who as head of the collaborationist secret service has become even more a key part of the puppet government. As Wong reprises her earlier role, and is drawn ever closer to her dangerous prey, she finds her very identity being pushed to the limit…

Also Known As:
Se jie
Director: Ang Lee
Writer: Eileen Chang
Runtime: 157 mins
Country: USA / China / Taiwan / Hong Kong
Language: Mandarin / Japanese / Shanghainese / English
IMDB Info:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808357/


The Diary of A Loving Wife Saucepot (Japanese) (2006)


Junko and Kohei were each other¡¦s first relationship, and got married. A white apartment, a white blouse, and white underwear; their relationship was pure. But then Junko put on conspicuous lingerie and a black dress, and went to attend a class reunion. Suspicious, Kohei followed behind her until she disappeared into a hotel with Okada, a former junior high school classmate. Kohei had learned from his mother to obsessively despise ¡¥filth,¡¦ and vowed to make Junko utterly filthy. So, he presented his own wife to a gang rape club…

Year:: 2006
Genre: Drama
Runtime 67 mins
Country:. Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Lost in Love (2006) (Korean)


Although slow, meandering, and more or less uneventful, Lost in Love overcomes the odds and makes for a surprisingly compelling viewing experience. Director Choo Chang-Min’s second film amounts to an excellent rumination on the perils of unspoken love and missed opportunities.

From writer/director Choo Chang-Min comes Lost in Love, a 2006 melodrama about two people who can never seem to get things right when it comes to romance – they either can’t adequately communicate their feelings to one another or simply lack the courage to even try. Unlike other recent films of this kind, rather than throw in a terminal illness or have someone fall victim to a car accident somewhere in the story, the filmmakers wisely avoid these K-drama clichés, instead delivering a film that feels anything but formulaic. The pace may be a bit slow, but it’s a compelling journey nonetheless.

Song Yoon-Ah portrays Yeon-Ju, a timid young girl who maintains a secret crush on her platonic male friend, Woo-Jae (Sol Kyung-Gu, from Public Enemy and Peppermint Candy). Her shyness frequently gets the better of her, and she can only stand idly by and watch as Woo-Jae suffers a broken heart at the hands of his ex-girlfriend and, consequently, get kicked off the school’s crew team due to his resulting attitude problem. Later, while Woo-Jae is in the army, Yeon-Ju visits him, hoping to spend the night with him. Unfortunately, just as in their school days, Woo-Jae is totally oblivious to her intentions, and a disappointed Yeon-Ju goes home.

Directed by: Choo Chang-Min
Cast: Song Yoon-Ah, Sol Kyung-Gu, Lee Ki-Woo, Lee Hwi-Hyang, Jang Hang-Seon
County.South Korea

Marriage is a Crazy Thing (Korean) (2001)


Kam Woo-seong is college lecturer Joon-yeong and Uhm Jung-hwa plays designer Yeon-hee. Whereas most romantic movies have their heads well and truly in the clouds, Marriage Is A Crazy Thing is resolutely grounded in reality. The film is as much an examination of contemporary attitudes to marriage and relationships as it is a love story.

Genre: Romance, Drama
Director:Ha Yu
Cast: Uhm Jung-hwa, Kam Woo-sung, Park Wong-sang
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Duration: 106 mins