Movie Monday – Hot Young Bloods (2014)

Starring: Park Bo-Young as Young-Sook, Lee Jong-Suk as Joong-Gil, Lee Se-Young as So-Hee, Kim Young-Kwang as Gwang-Sik, and Park Jung-Min as Hwang-Kyu

Rating: R, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 121 min

Twinkies: 3 stars

Synopsis: The movie is set within the early 1980’s in Heongseong, South Korea and depicts the rivalries, friendships and secret crushes held by students at a high school in Heongseong.

Young-Sook (Park Bo-Young) is the feared leader of a female gang at the high school. Although she is known for her toughness, she has a secret crush on Joong-Gil (Lee Jong-Suk). Meanwhile, Joong-Gil is the school’s playboy. He attempts to woo all the girls at his high school except for Young-Sook. That’s because Gwang-Sik (Kim Young-Kwang), the feared leader of a rival school’s male gang, views Young-Sook as his woman.

A new female transfer student (Lee Se-Young) from Seoul arrives at their high school. She’s different from the other girls and beautiful. Joong-Gil falls for her instantly, while Young-Sook attempts to prevent the new girl from encroaching on her secret crush. Trouble also brews for Joong-Gil as Gwang-Sik becomes aware of Young-Sook stepping in between Joong-Gil and the new transfer student.

Musings: I admit to being slightly bored at the beginning as I distinctly remember reading that this was also a comedy; however, putting aside the fact that for me it wasn’t amusing, it slowly became a decent movie. What was really surprising to me was how this was supposed to take place in the 80s and truthfully, I really didn’t see much difference in the time periods between a movie that takes places in the 70s (like Classic) or this.

Fair warning, this is not a cutesy movie about coming of age. There is violence (lots), sexual innuendo for days and abuse of women. Joong-Gil was such a weakling, it was really hard to watch his character. Talk about wanting to reach in and beat someone up! Yes, you can imagine that Gwang-Sik’s character fit that bill to a tee! I admit the one time I laughed was when Joong-Gil called himself working out to get back at Gwang-Sik and the silly boy came to their territory. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. This is definitely not a movie for the kids. Did I forget about the language? How could I? One thing for sure, you will definitely see Lee Jong-Suk in something different.

One more thing, how many thought of “An Officer and a Gentlemen” with that ending?!! Right down to the music and the white suit!! Make sure you watch through the credits!

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites to include Dramafever.

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Next month for May, I’m featuring movies that are all available either through Netflix or Dramafever. The available movies on both websites have been growing in leaps and bounds!!

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