Link to the Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHZ8H0xJaOI (Part I of movie, English subbed, just click on CC) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDd_mNsc4lo&feature=related (full-length movie link)
Musings: Some of you may be a bit surprised by this week’s movie selection since I don’t usually watch violent films, but there was so much hype surrounding this movie that I just had to watch it to see what the buzz was all about. I mean, it was even showing in American movie theaters here in Southern California!
When there’s a lot of hype, one wonders how truly great the movie is. The film features Won Bin, whose performance reportedly caused many fights among Korean couples who went to watch the movie together; apparently, the women in the audience couldn’t stop exclaiming throughout the movie: “He’s so awesome! He’s so handsome! He’s so muh-shi-suh!” So a part of me wondered if all that Won-Bin love from the female fans didn’t have an effect on the hype that was swirling around this movie.
Nope. It lived up to its hype, although the eye-candy certainly didn’t hurt. LOL
At first, it reminded me of Taken, starring Liam Neeson (2008), but the only similarity is that an ex-trained operative fights to rescue someone he loves. Beyond that, the movie–despite its harsh look at violence, sex-trafficking, murder, etc.–is about a man who is simply trying to exist through life and a little girl who desperately wants a father figure/friend. They form an odd relationship that is touching and rare. Now, some of you may think that this movie brings nothing new to the table, but since I don’t usually watch these types of movies, I found myself flinching in horror, moved to almost-tears (I rarely cry when watching movies/shows), and pondering the depth of the relationships in my life and whether I would go to these lengths to protect those I love.
All in all, I appreciated the movie and was proud of the fact that Korean movies have come such a long way, especially in this genre to compete in the international movie industry. HOWEVER, this movie is NOT for the faint-hearted. As much as I found this movie worth two hours of my life, I don’t think I will ever watch it again…it’s too gory for my taste. No, I take that back; I would watch it again but fast forward through all the sick, violent parts. LOL.
Anyhow, if you are not fazed by violence and haven’t seen this movie yet, you may want to take a peek at it since it garnered such critical acclaim, especially for the young female actress who portrayed the little girl. And yes, there are a few comically moments, which brought a smile to my lips. LOL.
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