So last Friday I was absentmindedly flipping through the newspaper when something caught my eyes: it was Lee Byung Hun in his Joseon king attire for Masquerade! As it turned out, there was a Korean Film Festival in town, and I just couldn’t pass up the occasion to check out the selection of movies offered. I thought it’d be a great occasion to kick off my series of summer posts :D. Come along as I dragged my cousin for the Canadian premiere of the heartwarming box-office hit Miracle in Cell No. 7, as well as our visit to my favorite Korean ahjumma in town!
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The screening I went to was actually for the the inaugural movie of the festival, so there was a special prize drawing and a speech by the consul-general of Korea himself. Sounds pretty pro!
Miracle in Cell No.7 is the poignant story of Lee Yong Gu, a mentally challenged man, and his daughter Ye Sung. One day, Yong Gu happens to be the unlucky witness to the police commissioner’s daughter’s death, and is wrongfully accused of the girl’s rape and murder. He is sent to cell no.7, which is populated by gruff inmates. However, those rough criminals are quickly won over by Yong Gu’s child-like sincerity and decide to help come up with a plan to sneak Ye Sung in the prison to see her father.
I won’t go into details about the movie (that’s NewKDramaAddict‘s job!), but I do want to stress the fact that THIS.MOVIE.IS.PURE.AWESOMENESS. It was so heartfelt and poignant; now I understand why it was such a hit in Korea. The father-daughter relationship was just so pure and loving that it just gets you straight to the heart. It made me laugh as much as it made me cry, and that in itself is a feat. In addition to the winning duo of Ryu Seung Ryong (Yong Gu) and Gal So Won (Ye Sung), you also get a set of familiar faces playing the gruff inmates of cell no. 7. Seeing these men turn into a bunch of teddy bears in front of Ye Sung was just plain adorable!
Of course, you have to leave your brain at the door and not dig too deeply into the logic because then it will probably just ruin the flow of the movie for you. Yes, a lot of stuffs that happened is just too easy to be believable, but the core of the story is the beautiful father-daughter love between Yong Gu and Ye Sung, as well as the inmates’ continual care to keep said relationship alive despite the odds. On that score, it was masterfully done. What a wonderful and heart-smashing movie (thank God for waterproof mascara!). I can’t recommend it enough!
You can check out the trailer here.
After the movie, the organizers had a prize drawing, but a lot of people had left already. Luckily, I stayed and walked away with a box of Shin Cup Ramyun LOL! I just couldn’t help but laugh because Ryu Seung Ryong (who appeared in 4 movies presented at the festival!) also did this ramyun CF.
And now to some other random stuffs I did today:
It was actually pretty hot outside (36ºC/97F with a lot of humidity), so I started off my day with a slush bubble tea. It was honestly not really good, but at least it was refreshing! Then, I happened to walk through the festival district in the middle of the International Jazz Festival! It was pretty lively and also had a live band playing. At the kids’ area, there was a band playing the jazz version of Gangnam Style LOL!.
You may notice that the signs are mostly not in English. That’s because I live in a city where the official language is French!
Right after the movie we went to the Korean market near the theater. I was looking for the soda that Mi Ho drinks all the time in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, but they ran out of stock today. Instead, I walked away with a box of Pepero sticks and a cinnamon punch that was way too sweet for my taste. I actually wanted to get a box of Pocky sticks (from Japan) instead of the Pepero, but I figured that I should stay with the Korean theme :P.
It was dinner time by then, so we headed to my favorite Korean restaurant in town called 5000 ans (which means 5000 years, as in 5000 years of Korean culture). It’s a little restaurant run by really friendly people, and I go there all the time!
We were starving, so we ordered a BBQ combo for two, which comes with miso soup, a salad, a serving of meat that we can grill by ourselves, as well as a bibimbap in a stone-pot. And because we’re pigs, I also decided that I wanted a kimchi pancake, ha!
I really wanted to take a nice picture of the bibimbap before everything was mixed, but the waitress was too efficient! I was also a little bit distracted by what was playing on the flat-screen TV… You see, 5000 ans always has some kind of k-pop or ballad MVs playing, and today was no different. As the waitress was trying to find a spot on the table for the bibimbap (because the table was full of food!), I turned around and saw… Lee Seung Gi‘s face! Hahaha I kid you not, it’s as if they knew I was coming! So uhh… what was I saying? Oh yeah bibimbap!
Like I said, I come to this restaurant really often, and I’ve tried other plates as well. So just because I’m a little mean, I’ll post more food torture! This picture comes from a previous visit. It was during winter time and my friend had a spicy beef stew. There’s also a plate of spicy rice cakes in front of me 😛
We actually managed to finish all the food on the table! So of course, it was time for dessert! We walked a few blocks away to go to an ice cream place called Les Givrés (I guess the loose translation would be something like “Frosty”). I really love that shop because everything from the cones to the marshmallows (and of course the ice cream and sherbets) are home made. I was pretty full by then, but I can never say no to ice cream.
I made a “modest” choice: coffee & matcha (Japanese green tea) ice cream.
My cousin, on the other hand, decided that his dessert had to be worthwhile:
This is called the “Campfire”. Rock of brownies, with chocolate & homemade marshmallow ice cream, covered in whipped cream, sprinkled with crumbles and drizzled with caramel sauce… Then you add the cookie sticks and the freshly grilled marshmallow to reenact a campfire :P.
Once again, we finished everything :p. I can’t believe that I ingested that amount of food in the span of a few hours! I did that just for you, Twinkles (
and certainly not because I’m a pig or anything…) Now I’m not going to fit in my Ninja outfits anymore! *dramatic sigh*
Needless to say, we needed a stroll to help to digest all of the food. Luckily, there was a park nearby! That’s it for today, Twinkles. I hope you enjoyed! See you next time, maybe 😉