Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Windstruck (Korean, 2004)

Original Title: Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida
Directed and Written by Jae-young Kwak
Starring Gianna Jun, Hyuk Jang and Su-ro Kim

Whether you like it or not, one of the most highly revered South Korean movie was 2001's My Sassy Girl (Yeopgijeogin). The movie's director Jae-young Kwak, as well as actor Tae-hyeon Cha and South Korea's 'It Girl' Ji-hyun Jeon's fame skyrocketed. Before 2001, romcom (romantic comedy) movies were nowhere to be found in the South Korean film industry. Through My Sassy Girl's success, South Koreans started to appreciated this kind of genre.

Thus it was not surprising that people expected a LOT from Windstruck (Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida), after learning that it was the reunion of My Sassy Girl's director and lead actress. Surprisingly, despite being one of South Korea's highly successful movies, it hardly became a runaway success that its backers had been expecting.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Grave of the Fireflies (Japanese, 1988)

Original Title: Hotaru no haka
Directed and written by Isao Takahata
Base from the novel of Akiyuki Nosaka
Starring Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi and Akemi Yamaguchi

Movies are usually described as "moving", "powerful" and "nice", but Grave of the Fireflies is just one of the highly revered movies that perfectly fit those three aforementioned adjectives.

The sight of the two children caught in the peripheral effects of war makes Grave of the Fireflies a painful yet beautiful movie at the same time. It is indeed an allegory of the two children who struggled for survival after their parents got killed in the war. Produced in the late 80s, the animated one gave simple actions and focused on scenes that portrays beauty and innocence, enhancing the big differences from the harsh realities of life experienced by the two main characters.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bangkok Traffic Love Story (Thai, 2009)

Directed and written by Adisorn Trisirikasem
Starring Sirin Horwang, Theeradeej Wongpuapan and Unsumalin Sirasakpatharamaetha

One can find love on any place at any given time. Take this Thai movie as an example. Who would have thought that one would found her one and only in a seemingly odd place - right inside Bangkok's sky train?