ANNOUNCEMENTS

20 MOVIES in 1 month challenge: 17/20

Next reviews: 30+ Single on Sale, Okja, Bloody Monday S1, Heroine Shikkaku, The Beauty inside, Terra Formars, Ayashii Kanojo, Secret Message, Vancouver's Asahi, Onmyuji ~The Yin Yang master~, Onmyouji II, Hajimari no uta, Dive to the future, The professor and his beloved equation, The Commitment, Maison Ikkouku 1,2; Very ordinary couple; Rurouni kenshin ~Kyoto inferno~, Attack on titan 1,2; I have to but new shoes; Blackboard 1,3; Beyond the memories; Gangnam blues;

Currently watching: Bloody Monday S2, Karei naru spy, Brilliant Legacy

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Personal Taste (2010)


Country: South-Korea
Format: drama in 16 episodes
Genre: Romance, comedy
Cast: Lee Min Ho, Son Ye Jin, Kim Ji Seok, Wang Ji Hye, Ryu Seong Ryung, Jo Eun Ji, Jung Sung Hwa, Lim Seul Ong, Choi Eun Seo, Park Hye Mi, Ahn Suk Hwan, Kang Shin Il
Synopsis: Park Kae In is an interior designer whose father is a well-known architecture professor. After dating Chang Ryul for years, she gets dumped by him the night before her bestfriend's wedding. While attending the wedding, Kae In finds out that the groom is no one else than her fresh ex-boyfriend Chang Ryul. At the same time, Jeon Jin Ho is architect who is struggling to win architecture competition against Chang Ryul's father. After many unfortunate happenings bring Kae In and Jin Ho to know each other, Jin Ho ends up renting a room from Kae In and moving into Kae In's modernized hanok (traditional Korean house) called Sanggojae. Everyone have their own reasons - Kae In is in a need of extra money and thinks Jin Ho is "gay". Jin Ho is there to learn about Sanggojae to use it as a base material for his competition work.
Rating: 4/5
Firstly, I admit that I was very disappointed in the drama as it is (at least was) hyped up drama and I was expecting a lot from it. Even though it took me years until I decided to really watch, I was hoping to see an awesome drama. What can go wrong when you have Lee Min Ho, interior design+architecture, doubts in sexual orientation and two totally different characters living together?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Kinkyori Renai (2014)


Also known as: Close range love
Country: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: romance, school life
Cast: Yamashita Tomohisa, Komatsu Nana, Mizukawa Asami, Kotaki Nozomu, Yamamoto Mizuki, Arai Hirofumi, Sano Kazuma, Furuhata Seika,
Synopsis: Kurirugi Yuni is top-marked student in her high school. Only difficult subject is English until new English teacher, Sakurai Haruka, starts to give her private tutoring in order for girl to reach the highest mark also in it. Things go a bit differently once Yuni discovers that she is falling in love with her teacher and that this might not turn out to be only one-sided.
Rating: 3/5
Based on same-named manga by Mikimoto Rin. The manga has huge fanbase and this movie was long-waited by many. Before the movie came out there was prequel drama-series what was about Haruka's high-school, before he became teacher and everything. The drama has different cast and movie cast does not make appearance in drama. (unfortunately have not seen yet)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gakkou no Kaidan (2014)


Country: Japan
Format: drama in 10 episodes
Genre: school
Cast: Hirose Suzu, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Ishibashi Anna, Suga Kenta, Mamiya Shotaro, Kaneko Nobuaki, Nonami Maho, Namase Katsuhisa, Asano Atsuko, Izumiya Shigeru,
Synopsis: Haruna Tsubame is young high school girl who got into prestigious high school thanks to their program for poor students to have a chance to get better education. One day she gets pushed to become the president of the student council. On the same day she meets a mysterious guy with excellent speech-writing skills. Compared to previous presidents, with his help Haruna sets out to change the corrupted high school forever.
Rating: 3/5
Well, what to say - Yanne forced me into watching it and I suffered all the way until the end. It was difficult for me to watch it, but at the same time it all was worth it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Billionaire (2011)


Also known as: Top Secret
Country: Thailand
Format: movie
Genre: true life events
Cast: Pachara Chirativat, Walanlak Kumsuwan, Somboonsuk Niyomsiri, 
Synopsis: The movie tells the success story of Aitthipat Kulapongvanich (Tob) who became one of the youngest billionaires in Thailand after dropping out of university and failing several businesses.
Rating: 5/5
If this movie does not make you get up from your bed and work for your success then I do not know what would. It is one of the most inspiring movies I have seen and to think, that it is the actual story of Tob's life, it is insane. Of course, there are some things added to the movie to make it more interesting for viewers.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Unfortunate Boyfriend (2015)


Country: South-Korea
Format: drama in 16 episodes
Genre: romance, comedy
Cast: Yang Jin Sung, No Min Woo, Yoon Hak, Han Hye Rin, Kim Eun Jung, Yoon Joo Sang, Kil Yong Woo, Ahn Eun Jung, Lee Yong Joo, Park Jin Joo, Kim Jin Geun, kim Hye Sun, Kim Dong Hee, Lee Sang Gu, Heo Jae Ho, Kim Do Yeon, Kim Hee Won, Kim Eun Jung, Ahn Ah Young
Synopsis: Woo Ji Na is woman from a ocean side who is willing to do everything to succeed in life even if it means little white lies. She becomes intern at IM Cooperation in Seoul where ill-fate brings her to meet with Mr. Unfortunate already before arriving to the interview. Mr. Unfortunate is one of a kind guy who is too pure to understand how the world goes round. When everybody are having some secrets in their pockets and trust is something rare, Mr. Unfortunate is ready to show that sometimes its the smallest things that really matter.
Rating: 4/5
Woah! It has been a long time since I made a marathon! Okey, in reality I watched first episode in late May, but I watched all other episodes now in a row. It is definitely one drama you should not drop just after watching first episode.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Huntresses (2014)

Country: South-Korea
Format: movie
Genre: action, comedy
Cast: Ha Ji Won, Son Ga In, Gang Ye Won, Song Sae Byeok, Joo Sang Wook, Ko Chang Seok, Choi Seung Min, Jin Ji Hee, Chae Sang Woo
Synopsis: Jin Ok, Hong Dan, Ga Bi are bounty hunters in Joseon times. They receive a job offer to find a man, who in action dies and girls are made into killers. While they try to find the real killers, then understand that problems go much deeper and way back in years than they could think of it.
Rating: 3/5
Despite that Yanne's opinion on it was "lousy story and built-up on action scenes", I really enjoyed watching it. Of course, after all these weeks of watching "low-quality" horror movies, it was delightful to watch something not depressing.

Friday, July 17, 2015

One missed call (2006)

Country: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: horror
Cast: Kuroki Meisa, Horikita Maki, Jang Geun Suk, Itao Itsuji, Asakura Erika, Kamiwaki Yu, Oshima Karen, Tsuneyoshi Rie, Tochihara Rakuto, Kawamoto Takanori, Hashimoto Mami, Morioka Ryu, Takagi Koto,
Synopsis: High school student, called PAM, makes a suicide after severe bullying case. She is left in coma, while all other students go to Busan, South-Korea to have fun on school trip. One by one students start to receive death message saying that only way to escape is by forwarding it to others. Panic arises when students actually start to die to horrifying deaths.
Rating: 1/7
While I was hoping that third movie is at least better than second then I was totally wrong. Despite having famous cast playing the main characters, movie itself was more than disappointing.

Monday, July 13, 2015

One missed call 2 (2005)


Country: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: horror
Cast: Mimura, Yoshizawa Yu, Chisun, Seto Asaka, Peter Ho, Ishibashi Renji, Shadow Liu, Okubo Hakobu, Kobayashi Toshie, Wanibuchi Haruko, Koizumi Nana, Oshima Karen,
Synopsis: One year has passed from the death of Yamashita-san and the chain has started again when a man dies after picking up the call meant for her daughter. It goes on with group of friends of the daughter. After police starts the investigation, they find that this time there is no jawbreaker candy. but only goal dust in the stomach. Threads lead them to old Chinese goal mine every things might have started.
Rating: 1/5
This is the least known movie from "One missed call" series, because they have really unknown cast also. I had know idea what to expect from it and it turned out to be even worse than my no-expectations, but it sure was funnier  than the first movie.


Monday, July 6, 2015

One missed call (2003)


Country: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: horror
Cast: Shibasaki Kou, Tsutsumi Shinici, Kazue Fukiishi, Nagata Anna, Ida Atsushi, Tsutsui Mariko, Imai Kumiko, Oshima Karen, Shimizu Sena,
Synopsis: One night while being out Yumi's friend Yoko receives weird phone call from her own number. The phone call is from 2 days into the future. When exactly the time arrives, Yoko dies from suspicious reasons. Few days later same happens to Kenji. Yumi understands that there is some creepy thing behind the deaths of her friends and with the help of ex-detective whose sister died the same way, Yumi decides to find the way to stop it.
Rating: 2/5
Sunday night is horror night! Just kidding! I bet most of you know already that I am really bad with horror movies - I am easily scared and I just hate watching scary things. Luckily I can say that the first movie of "One missed call" did not make me feel any kind of emotion at all. Though it would still be scary to receive a call from my own number. I rather have my ex calling me after 2,5 years to say that he misses me than have a call from myself (story of today).

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fabulous 30 (2011)


Country: Thai
Format: movie
Genre: romantic comedy
Cast: Aum Patcharapa Chaichue, (Ken)Phuphom Phongpanu, Peter Corp Dyrendal, Nithit Warayanon, Warinda Dumrongpol, Aornarnitch Peerachakachonpat, Sasipint Siriwanij, Benjawan Peantumdee, Aorada Arayawuthi, Nutthapong Pibolthanakred,
Synopsis: Ja is celebrating her 30th birthday when her boyfriend announces that he wants a time-out. Year later, a young guy Por appears at her birthday and he has a plan to make everything he can to make her fall in love again. As a successful woman with strong belief she has met her rival in life who is willing to change her life.
Rating: 3/5
Thai film industry is really good at several things: youth, horror and love. "Fabulous 30" is definitely one movie that every girl who has gotten her heart broken should watch.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Love Forecast (2015)


Country: South-Korea
Format: movie
Genre: love, comedy
Cast: Lee Seung Gi, Moon Chae Won, Lee Seo Jin,Haw Young, Jung Joon Young, Son Ga In, Park Eun Ji, Lizzy, Park Si Eun, Kim Kap Soo, Lee Kyeong Sin, Kim Bu Seon, Hong Hwa Ri,
Synopsis: Joon Soo does not have luck in love.Whatever he is doing for the girl she is dating, in less than 100 days he gets dumped. His best friend is Hyun Woo who is stunning weather-caster, but in reality has a vulgar personality with though talking manner. They have been friends for 18 years, been for each other in good times and bad times, knowing each other the best.What if the most suitable partner has been next to them all this time?
Rating: 3/5
Woop woop woop - best friend love! Funny thing is how me and Yanne watched it. We wanted to watch it together but as Yanne is still in Japan and I am in my country it is kinda tricky. So we pushed play button at the same time and continued to give opinions in FB chat, because we have a bad habit of commenting everything. Still it was really nice way to "watch together". For me it is much easier to watch movies/dramas together than alone.

Monday, April 6, 2015

White haired witch of Lunar Kingdom (2014)


Country: China
Format: movie
Genre: supernatural, action, romance
Cast: Fan Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming, Vincent Zhao, Wang Xuebing, Ni Dahong, Tong Yao, Li Xinru, Cecilia Yip, Yan Yikuan, John Do, Lai Xiaoshen
Synopsis: It is Ming Dynasty and the Imperial court is corrupted as tyrants are holding the power. War is imminent, as everybody are waiting to take on the weakened empire. Sorceress Jade Raksha from Lunar Kingdom is fighting against corrupted government official which makes her most wanted "criminal" by the government. Life brings her together with Zhou Yihang, new leader of Wudang martial arts who gets framed for killing governess. He who is able to melt Jade Raksha's frozen heart, but their love becomes on the edge of events when he finds out that the woman of his life is said to be the murderer of his grandfather.
Rating: 2/5
I watched it on a plane on a way back from Japan. I am really into supernatural things, but I must say that it was not what I expected, maybe it would have been better in 3D, because the quality of the movie on the plane was really really bad.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tazza ~the hidden card~ (2014)


Country: South-Korea
Format: movie
Genre: action
Cast: T.O.P, Shin Se Kyung, Kim Yun Seok, Yu Hae Jin, Lee Ha Nui, Kwak Do Won, Lee Kyoung Young, Yeo Jin Go, Ko Su Hee, Park Hyo Joo, Oh Sung See, Lee Dong Hwi, Kim Joon Ho,
Synopsis: The nephew of Go-Ni follows the steps of his uncle by having a talent to gambling. Dae Gil has being gambling for all his life starting from game tokens for children and finishing with big money. After a deal gone wrong incident he must flee his childhood city and enter to the underground world where people are not meant to be trusted, money has the biggest value and life can be as easily lost as a game. 
Rating: 5/5
I watched it in the plane while travelling to Japan and because I fall asleep on plane really easily I was unable to watch more than one movie on this 12 hour flight.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dakishimetai (2014)


Also known as: I just wanna hug you
Counrty: Japan
Format: movie
Genre: drama, true life
Cast: Nishikido Ryo, Kitagawa Keiko, Kamiji Yusuke, Saito Takumi, Hirayama Aya, Sato Eriko, Sato Megumi, Kubota Masataka, Kunimura Jun, Fubuki Jun,
Synopsis: Yamamoto Tsukasa is left into wheelchair after car accident at age 17. She is still suffering form the aftereffects, but she is trying to live her life as fullest as she can. She meets with taxi driver Koyanagi Masaki and they fall in love. Despite all the difficulties they decide to create their own happy family.
Rating: 4/5
I was a bit disappointed with the movie, but I give credit for one of the sweetest kiss scenes I have ever seen. The movie is based on true events and there was a documentary on real couple in 2011.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

After School Bokbulbok (2013)


SEASON ONE
Also known as: After School Lucky or not
Country: South-Korea
Format: 12 episodes
Genre: youth, comedy
Cast: Kim So Eun, Seo Kang Joon, Gong Myung, Lee Tae Hwan, Kang Tae Oh, Yoo Il, Jung Woo Shik, Im Hyun Sung, Guests: Hello Venus, Yum Jung Ah, Yoon Seung Ah, Kim Sung Soo, Joo Sang Wook, Kim Suh Hyung, Jung Gyeo Woon, Lizzy, Robert Holley, Kim Sung Kyun, Jung Kyung Ho, Kim Young Ae, Choi Won Young,
Synopsis: Suddenly one day Kim So Eun recieves an invitation from a pigeon to join Bokbulbok club - so called "Choosing Club" where they pick a task for a day and try to complete the challenge. She meets with 5 guys in the club, each of them has unique personality. But why she was invited? and why is there are club like it?
Rating: 5/5
I loved that it was enough funny, surreal and sad.
Yanne sent me the link and said "Don't ask, just watch it" and after first episode I was "Guys WHAT THE RAMEN??" It made absolutely no sense and yet it had a charm of interest to watch another episode. And oh yeah the episodes are only 15 minutes long, so it takes only 3 hours to watch it.

Sukitte ii na yo (2014)


Country: Japan
Format: live-action
Genre: romance, youth
Cast: Fukushi Sota, Kawaguchi Haruna, Ichikawa Tomohiro, Adachi Rika, Nagase Tasuku, Nishizaki Rima, Yamamoto Ryusuke, Yagi Arisa, Miura Toku,
Synopsis: Tachibana Mei is gloomy girl who keeps distance from other people. Her life changes when she hits Kurosawa Yamato who happens to be the most popular guy in the school. By saving Mei from a stalker with a kiss, Yamato wants Mei to trust him and be at least his friend, if not even more.
Rating: 4/5
It is based on same-named manga by Kanae Hazuki. I can already say that it is a shoujo-manga, so be ready for some overly lovey-dovey unrealistic scenes.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tonbi (2013)



Country: Japan
Format: drama in 10 episodes
Genre: family, drama
Cast: Uchino Masaaki, Sato Takeru, Fukiishi Kazue, Tokiwa Takako, Asou Yumi, Nomura Hironobu, Kato Takako, Otoo Takuma, Bengal, Emoto Akira, Takahashi Kazuya, Hashimoto Mami,
Synopsis: Ichikawa Akira is successful young man who was brought up by his father Yasuo after his mother passed away from an accident when Akira was 3 years old. Raising Akira was not an easy task for Yasuo who did not have parents around in his childhood, but with his love for Akira everybody knew that one way or another they will survive.
Rating: 5/5
Drama is based on same-titled best-seller by Shigematsu Kiyoshi. The cast is amazing for the drama.
Yasu is not the smartest pencil on the box, but I can say that he makes it up with some other things.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Loser Lover (2010)


Also known as: Sudkate Sakateped
Country: Thai
Format: movie
Genre:romance, comedy
Cast: Arak Amornsupasiri, Ramita Mahapreukpong, Kohtee Aramboy,
Sudarat Butrprom (Tukkie), Toni Rakkaen, Pongsthep Anurat,
Synopsis: While going to the audition to become singer, Sukane falls in love with Mayom on the first sight. Sukane is ready to take on desperate measures to make Mayom really notice him and his honest feelings.
Rating: 3/5
It might be one of the weirdest comedies I have seen lately. It made me laugh so much because of its stupidity.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Find someone special (2014)


Country: Thai
Format: Short movie (only 18 minutes)
Genre: romance, youth
Cast: Pachara Chirathivat (Peach), Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha (Patti), Narikunn Ketprapakorn
Synopsis: Sometimes you think
Rating: 5/5
I actually watched it a months ago last year, but I did not make a review about it as I thought it is too short. Now with new year beginning I made summary of year and I discovered that I should make a review of it. So here it is as the first review of the year.