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What was SO special about Mariko?!?!?!

my biggest question after watching The Wolverine! I enjoyed the movie quite well, it didn’t bored me, it hooked me and time passed by without I notice until it ended. Maybe because I’m looking forward to understand or to get answer of my biggest question for the movie: what was so special about Mariko? (I really need an explanation, I linked the dotes but that one hadn’t been solved yet)
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Just watched “Now You See Me” and so love it, It’s awesome! The idea, the character, the acting and the story are so good! And in the final I’ve been wondering so what happens with the Four Horsemen now?

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So In Love with Their First Time

I’m talking about The First Time (2012) movie, here :p It IS a sweeeeeet rom-com movies for its genre.

The movie is really talking about how their first time in a really good way, the chemistry was outstanding for me, played well. Which makes me fall for this High School’s movie, was the witty dialogue and smart-genuine conversation between Dave and Aubrey.

Everything about them, is so real and natural, make me reminiscence my own love story and my wanna be kind of how I want meet my own man.

When he’s talking-she listened, and otherwise it makes me smile, and when his heart beats fast – my face blush. Oh it’s been so long I haven’t watched this kind of romantic movie: simple, real, and not so complicated.

I can watch it many times and yet not make me bore. And both actors Dylan O’brien and Britt Robertson, it’s so nice to meet both of you! what a nice introduction ^^ Love both of you there.

note: picture credit to the owner.

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The Prestige: Are you watching closely?

Nope. But I’m so glad to finish the movie! The ending paid off my time.

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What can I say about The Prestige. It was my cup of tea but the presentation not really my favorite, but the taste is definitely one of my favorite. Confuse? me too.. hehehe. Basically the premise and the idea is one of my favorite kind a movie, a movie that keep you guessing, and twist all your thought in the end, that was my cup of tea kind of movie.

Basically it’s about rivalry between two magicians.The rivalry started by an incident which made it into revenge. How this two tried to beat one another with the best and innovative trick to amaze the audience.

I love the whole idea and the twist and all the discovery in magician/ illusion trick, I was amazed. But to tell the truth the package is a little bit boring for me. If I didn’t have the patient, I might be ending up not appreciate this movie at all, coz the whole idea, the main story and all the twist was in the end with slow pace in the middle about the rivalry and how they ruin each other show. It was too slooooooooow for me.

But the last 20 minutes were my favorite, starting to get what the idea behind the movie and the last 10 minutes was brilliant to ruin all the thoughts that I had made during my watching. It never occur to me how much crazy dedication did Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) has. And poor Robert Angrier (Hugh Jackman), he has such sad and apparently silly obsession toward his rival Alfred. Both actors acted well.

But I couldn’t understand John Cutter (Michael Caine) character here. Did he betray Angrier? Why I feel like he helps Borden in the end, when all this time he was so helping to Angrier? And Tesla (David Bowie), was he only meant to create the magic box, and then gone? Olivia (Scarlett Johansson) first quite interesting how she has her own characteristic and never one dictate her, but shamelessly she kinda disappears after worked under Borden.

The movie itself works forward-backward-forward-backward, hahhahha.. but that was good keep us thinking did this scene happen in the future or in the past or current situation. Love show that makes me think. smart.

The TWIST = LOVE IT SO MUCH! make all the hours watching this worth!

And once again I love all the twist! wish they make it more interesting pace in building the story to the twist.

pict credit to the owner *I made a little editing tho*

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Thundie and My K-Movies Plan This Weekend

I just finish reading Thundie’s blog and I realize that there are so many goodies for classic k-drama and k-movie reviews there. I dare to say that she/he has so many review for the 2003-2011 of both movies and dramas. And amazingly all my favorite and which I consider good to watch, she has it there.

It’s powered by many of guests blogger, which all of them really good in writing and put their heart on it. They make me marathon-ing for Sang Doo Let’s Go to School, Time Between Dog and Wolf, What Happened In Bali in even more exciting way.

Now, when I dig even more for the older posts, I found so many great k-movies review there. And NOW I have to do so many Rewatching after reading their posts. On my Re-watching List: King and The Clown (always love this movie, but her review make me wanna watch it again), Madeline (maybe I’ll back with this movie recap, since so in love with Jo In Sung, kekeke) and maybe I have to marathon A LOVE TO KILL again! hiks…

P.S hope Thundie will back really soon.. get well soon dear..

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A FROZEN FLOWER

I still can’t get my mind off of him, weak to struggle to get over from “In Sung” fever when my heart allow it even enjoy it. Jo In Sung is one of my fave actor who had quiet impressive filmography in his list, and many of them I’ve watched and enjoy.

There is one that impress me much, coz it was my first time introduction with him. And to be surprised when I first watch it, I’m not that into k-drama. So it was pure my first impression after watching the movie alone, the bonus is I met him and I fall for him, it was A Frozen Flower (I love the history story and it was edited/censored version).

It was 2010. My friend and I love to rent and watch movie together, and she brought AFF. My first impression was What A Gay Movie!!! In a good way. Why so shocked? We watch it right after we got up from bed, early in the morning. We taught a classic epic movie will be good for starter, but we never knew it was about same gender relationship. But thanks God we watch the censored one, if not we could have throw up for sure (not that we’re against it, it just we didn’t use to it).

So the movie set in Goryeo era, when there was a young King and his all male troops lead by Hong Lim (Jo In Sung) later on, and apparently they are in a “special” relationship. As a King (Joo Jin Mo), we have also a Queen (Song Ji Hyo), barely untouched by the King, since the King doesn’t have the ability to have sex with a woman. Since the ministers and Yuan Dinasty push the King to have heir (Queen came from Yuan), the King suddenly has this crazy and unbelievable non make sense plan asking his beloved Hong Lim to serve his Queen. Both Queen and Hong Lim against it at first, but King’s order is a must.

With hesitate both parties agree. Three night consummation were set. First attempt didn’t success but second succeeded in awkward feeling and the third attempts succeeded even they seemed enjoy it. After that Queen and Hong Lim, become attracted to each other, even they have to sneak around at library to meet and express their mutual feeling, which later effect the Queen to be pregnant, but the bad news is the King already knew the Consummation didn’t success on that time.

But King is not stupid, he become suspicious. Until one day he busted both of them in library in inappropriate act. Both Hong Lim and Queen defense other party and would like to take the blame for their self. King’s angst arises when Hong Lim said he love the Queen, then King order Hong Lim to be castrated (the whole scene hurt my heart, like i feel the knife through my skin).

Queen requests to Hong Lim’s fella to save him and bring him out the palace. Hong Lim agreed after to be told that Queen save and already outside. But then to be realized that it was all lies, Queen still in the palace. Hong Lim take the horse madly, but then realized he still didn’t have to power and go back to his fella, but now they were all dead. He went to the palace and saw all his fella heads hang outside palace with one lady head with a perfume sachet around the neck. He noticed the sachet since it was a present he gave to Queen. Now, what left to Hong Lim when everyone that he cared and loved died, nothing than a revenge to the King.

He under covered himself and get inside palace, and confronts the King. They have one on one sword battle. Good sword battle, and good emotion both actors played there. And in the end both men died. Before Hong Lim died he notice that Queen still alive, and then turns his head to the dead King. And the scene switched to King painting scene, but now with the King and Hong Lim, ride a horse in a savannah. The End. *sob sob sob*

Those last scene apparently become a huge debate whether Hong Lim loves Queen or King. For complete recap, can be read at Dramabeans (and don’t forget to read the comments coz it was interesting reading people inside for the movie and Hong Lim’s love)

For me, Hong Lim loves Queen. What He had with King is not love, since he was boy he already groomed by the King, he hadn’t have the chance to choice, he never met woman, he was with the King all the time. So that’s how when he did it with the Queen it’s surprised him and his heart. And it was not all lust, he cared for him, it showed. And Queen also cared from him.

Actually this movie remind me a lot with C-movie starred by Gong Li, it almost the same, it was about inside palace story, same as as sad as this one, the title was Curse of The Golden Flower. Full of intrigue movie, epic one!

From story premise and the actors acting, it is a good movie, classic epic one. The sex scenes lil bit bothers me, i know it was neccessary but the library scene for me is unnecessary. They can still meet and talk like other couple that would be more beautiful coz it shows more about the feeling grow between Queen and Hong Lim. And King, he was amazingly sadis person.. Hahahhaha.. Salute to Joo Ji Mo with all his jealousy acting here.

For a Jo In Sung’s fans is a must watch! ^^

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for the picture, full credit to the owner

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[What] An Ungrateful Friend!!

Yup! *relieved* that was my summary for this amazing movie: A Dirty Carnival. Okay, still in my emotional state toward “that” friend after watching this gangster movie, for the sake of my health, since I got a “In Sung’s fever” and thanks to his wonderful comeback drama project, That Winter, He Cried So Much in His Colourful Coats and That Unforgettable Red Pants But Yet He Still Frickin’ Awesome *big grin* I have to write something here!!!

A Dirty Carnival, is a movie about a gangster and his childhood friend who wants to make a gangster movie. Our main character is Byung Do (Jo In Sung did a marvellous acting here, love him here, so manly!), a gangster which hold tight at his gangster philosophy about family. He is loyal towards his boys. And apparently in a gangster life there are so many hardship to take in their life like as an ordinary people they also can be a jobless, this is what Byung Do deals he need work to do, a settle one, to feed their gangster family and his own family. But his boss, Sang Chul, seems didn’t give a d*mn about his hardship. Thats why when the bigger boss ask Sang Chul to help him finish attorney Park, Byung Do volunteers himself to bigger boss to do it. He and his minion successfully did it. And as his boss become suspecting him to kill attorney Park, Byung Do and his boys did the cleaning and kill his boss. So apparently a gangster have to do his job clean to the root!

Meanwhile, Min Ho (Byung Do’s friend) had been busy interviewing detectives to collect a data for his gangster movie, so happy that he finally met Byung Do again. As to get information about a gangster life, Min Ho made a plan to get close with his dear friend Byung Do toward a school reunion where there went also Byung Do’s first love. When things not going well with Byung Do and his first love, since the girl keep her distant and scared of him because he is a gangster, Byung Do got drunk and ask Min Ho to pick him up.

Min Ho piggy back Byung Do (I love this scene, coz it stood up their friendship the most) to his apartment. A reluctant Byung Do bubbling about how shitty his day and how this is the first time he wish he wasn’t a gangster. Min Ho, in the other hand getting more curious about his best friend gangster story, and intentionally digging more information to his drunken fella. And poor Byung Do spill the beans about how he murdered attorney Park.

Byung Do’s gangster life turns up getting better this day, that also works for his love life. And Min Ho’s movie got approval to produce. So basically now is calm before the storm. Byung Do happy, Min Ho success in making his gangster movie believable, Bigger Boss happy, everyone happy.

Until this Bigger boss watch the movie, and order Byung Do to watch Min Ho’s movie also. And shock is when you did shitty job and then you actually watch it in that very detail way. Yup! Our dearie friend using attorney’s Park murder as one of his scene. Betrayal. The happy life now is over. Bigger Boss wants Byung Do to clean it up. But Byung Do is a gangster with a heart, couldn’t kill his friend, instead he threatened Min Ho to keep silence, coz he is one of us, he said.

But Byung Do’s boys couldn’t believe that Min Ho will shut his mouth so they went kidnapping Min Ho and showed him how a gangster would act. Angry Min Ho can’t take it and spill the bean to a detective.

In the other hands a happy Byung Do (coz he thinks his problem fixed) plan to propose his first love, until it being interrupted by the police. And he managed to run away. He called his boys to catch Min Ho and finish him. He did the chasing and the boys did the field guard. Min Ho run away but to be caught by the boys. Byung Do go to the meeting point but surprisingly get attack by a bunch of gangster. He keep struggling and asking “who are you?” Our Byung Do survived and glad to meet his boys until he got stabbed by them. Another betrayal. That’s a gangster life, clean it to the root.

Byung Do’s right man bring Min Ho somewhere until someone called him and he turned his car. Another scene we saw Byung Do’s mom funeral, and his family didn’t have a clue that Byung Do already died also. Then we saw our ungrateful friend with his stiffen face, drinking with Bigger Boss, then came in Byung Do’s right hands boy and this ungrateful friend looks surprise but do nothing. And then the Boss sing his song. And that’s our journey end.

And I’m about to throw my ipad seeing that ungrateful friend!! Okay, already told the story, but watching the movie is another journey that worth the time. Poor Byung Do he is a gangster by situation!

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LOVE (2012) – What A Sweet Movie!

Okay, I just finished digging more information about Zhao Wei’s filmography when I found this movie. It is also her latest film before the Painted Skin: Resurrection. As per my curiosity and my boredom attack, I managed to watch this movie without any expectation. And that’s what kicked me, this movie is actually good as a romantic movie. (Yup, any movie that at least captivated me to watch from the beginning till the end, I consider that one good!)

So this movie is a three love stories mixed in one, with a little tiny string attached between the characters to relate the story, surely. So this is the Taiwan’s Love Actually version, which for me much warmer.

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The movie begins with a girl, Li Yijia (Ivy Chen), discovered that she was pregnant. She showed the test pack to Kai (Eddie Peng), which of course made him not happy at all. Then Ni (Amber Kuo), Li Yijia’s best friend swoop in and kissed Kai (woops). And she turned up to be Kai’s girl friend. Having a mood swift, Kai excused himself, and ride on his bike. Losing his concentration, Kai almost got hit by car, driven by Mark (Mark Chao), a handsome business man.

Then the camera lead us to where the Mark’s car heading. On his way, his friend called for invitation to hook up with Japanese’s models in a villa. And unhappily, Mark had to pass this chance since he will fly to Beijing this weekend. Then, we arrived at this hotel in Taipei. He got in to elevator and followed by a bunch of noisy ladies. One of the elevator’s passenger was Xiao-Ye Jin (Zhao Wei), she was here in Taipei for her duty trip? (it looks like it).

Mark got off the elevator and knocked in a room, which opened up by this sexy lady, Zoe Fang (Shu Qi). She greeted him with a kiss and a hug asking for a made up session. He seemed to looking forward to this moment, but he kept restraining himself. As she kept sending him smooches, he lead her near to window, and closed the curtain.

Then the camera bring us to room upstairs, where Xiao-Ye Jia, holding a name card, and picked a phone like she would make a call, but she didn’t. She left the room and bumped into Kuan (Ethan Juan), a part time worker servant. And suddenly we followed him into an elevator to a hotel kitchen. we heard his friend talking about Zoe the actress, whose rumored just checked in this afternoon. They were talking about how small Zoe’s feet (duuhhhh???). Kuan made a delivery of champagne to a room, which actually is Zoe’s room. Mark opened the door and told Kuan to leave it there, and Kuan managed to spot Zoe in the room.

After Kuan’s left, Mark asked about the champagne, and she looked unhappy, she said after all this long flirt, finally they have this chance. But Mark seemed hesitate to this situation. He said he is serious to her, but she cut it asking him what those flirt meant. He had no choice but to flirt her again. She stopped him by saying stop flirting if you do not dare to touch. (Ouuuuchhh!)

He kept denying, and she kept throwing facts. Ultimately she asked him did he love her, which froze him, couldn’t answer her. Shockingly she took it light, and said her finale goodbye, “The inability to love is more pathetic than impotence.” 1-0 for her. She left and called someone to pick her. Then we realized she wasn’t happy at all with her discovery.

She waited in the lobby, and caught Kuan took her picture without permission, she snatched Kuan’s camera, and saw her picture and then another girl. She asked why then he answered his friend said her feet is small, and then we realized that Kuan is a stammerer (adorable one though). He wanted his camera back and she gave it back to him but deliberately let it slip and fall down. As he took his pity camera she got in to a car.

And there was sit a middle aged man, Mr. Lu (Doze Niu), commenting on her behavior in throwing paparazzi’s camera. She is not in the mood in answering then she lean to him and asking him to marry her (and what’s wrong with her, she just in one man embraced and now asking this old man to marry her?). He looks quite shock (happy?) but he managed to keep silent, and he saw the car’s window and now we saw a flying balloon. the red balloon brings us up into the open sky, and then there was a text LOVE completed by the balloon as “O”.

And that’s how the movie introduced us to the 8 main characters, which later on, would tell about three main stories about love. How each of them will fall in love and describe love itself.

What an introducing, rite? hopefully I could tell the rest of three stories in my next post. Bottom line it’s a beautiful, sweet, warm and funny movie about love.

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The Longest Night in Shanghai

Just bumped and got enchanted by this movie, and it’s worth the time, yet *spoiler ahead* not quite satisfied by the ending. But overall this movie successfully freeze me in front my laptop from the beginning till the end.

It starred by my favorite C-actress Zhao Wei, and it was a join production between China and Japan (forgive me if I’m wrong). Since it was joined production, sure we deal with language barrier, but in this movie it was so needed and not disturbing at all.

As per the movie title, the story about one night in Shanghai, when a japanese famous make up artist Naoki Mizushima went to Shanghai to work for an event. After the event he accidentally get bumped by Lin Xi’s car (Lin Xi herself is a taxi driver). As per apologize, Lin Xi volunteer herself to take around Shanghai. He with his own language and she with her own language. At the same night Lin Xi got news that her dear befriend who she also got crush on, would get married tomorrow. Meanwhile Naoki burden with his unwillingness to communicate with his girlfriend to fix their relationship.

Both two people, by situation force to spend the night together since Naoki apparently didn’t know where his hotel was and didn’t bring any ID nor money with himself. And by pity she couldn’t just abandon her. In this time through language barrier they spoke up their mind and comfort each other.

Ahh that was too long for resume I guess. Okay, overall I love the idea of this story. And I always fond with the trans-races kind of love. And in here it told sweetly. The relationship build nicely, I know for sure that he admires any of her behavior, and she finds himself comforting. And the ending, I wish the writer spoil us a lil bit. That was okay, but a hug will be welcome so much. *oops did I spoil to much*

*for pict cr to the owner, ahh sadly I cant find a better poster to put in here.