Movie Monday – Highway Star (2007)

Starring: Cha Tae Hyun as Bong Dal Ho, Lee So Yeon as Cha Seo-Yeon, Im Chae Moo as Jang Joon, Jeong Seok Yong as Jo Seung-Ho, and Lee Byung Joon as Na Tae-Song

Rating: PG

Running Time: 116 min

Twinkies: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Stuck in a small town, aspiring rocker Dal Ho makes a living reluctantly playing trot at local clubs. When small-time recording company head Jang offers Dal Ho a contract, he eagerly grabs the opportunity, believing that his time has finally come.

After he signs, however, Dal Ho discovers that he won’t be rocking after all. Instead, he will be singing trot. Unable to back out of his contract, Dal Ho takes to the stage behind a mask to hide his embarrassment, and ends up an overnight sensation. The wannabe rocker seems to have found his true calling, but doing music he dislikes. With the help of Jang and a certain cute trot singer, maybe he’ll actually learn the passion of trot.

Musings: What a surprise this movie was. I went into the movie, not knowing anything about trot singing and what it meant. I’m not really a big fan of Cha Tae Hyun as I haven’t seen him in much except for My Sassy Girl and the drama, Jeon Woo Chi. I’d watched a few of his earlier dramas and didn’t like either of them. So, being bored on a Sunday afternoon, I was in the mood for a nice musical movie and this had been on my list for quite awhile and so with little or no expectations, I started to watch this.

What a BIG surprise I got in finding out that the man can SING!! He has a very distinct voice and I really wasn’t expecting it. The story was nice because it really got into the evolution of a singer from starting out, improving in his craft, dealing with his popularity and the fact that he hadn’t realized his true dream: to be a rock star Overall, it wasn’t a bad movie! If nothing else, it is a movie that you can watch that is stress-free and also that rare movie that I watch that DOESN’T contain violence! Yes, I said it!

Trailer is available on Youtube Website. The movie is available on Netflix and other streaming websites.

In the U.S, we are celebrating today as a remembrance to those that have served this country with dignity and distinction. Take a moment to reserve and also to remember all of the men and women of all services that fought and died for this country honorably. Go Army!

For the month of June, I will honor fathers as Father’s Day is coming up and watch movies that feature Korean fathers at their best!

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