Beanie level: Errand boy

This animated Seoul Station would translate well into a live action movie. It’s even more intense and thriller like compared to TTB. Too bad the female lead isn’t that likable.
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I miss LNY and her calm and assured acting. She, like Won Bin, seems to have disappeared from the acting scene for so long. When will she return?

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HB works very well as an action hero. Hope he comes back in another action movie.

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I can’t believe the scientists would actually use physics to cook a bowl of porridge. Haha. The way they played with MK was so cute. And the reluctant way MK was forced to join in… lol.

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This movie is nice to pass time with, but it isn’t spectacular. I have seen this plot several times in other movies, and this movie tries too hard to be smarter than the audience.

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Scandal notwitstanding, this movie is a nice contemplative piece with striking cinematography. However, I don’t understand why the camera tends to focus on the female lead for copious amounts of time before panning to the partner she is having a conversation with. If anyone has any idea, please share your thoughts with me.

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I like HB ever since his MNIKSS days. Secret Garden was alright, not spectacular, but I think in this movie, he is good. And the plot twists… my brain!

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Read about KYH’s death and decided to watch this.He was superb, and had great chemistry with SYJ. SYJ’s acting in this movie is phenomenal. I think it’s even better compared to The Last Princess. The plot never loses itself, and the finale is daebak!

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    I wished more people watched this movie ! KDH, SYJ and the young girls’ acting and the plot was so good !

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      I meant KYH*

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      who is KYH.. and who died now?

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        Theere was a typo in the initials. It should be KJH. Kim Joo Hyuk. He died in October this year due to a car accident.

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      Yes, the overall ensemble was such a powerful one. I could identify with all the characters in the movie. SYJ’s acting was daebak though. I didn’t know she could do dramatic too. Her acting is usually on the subtle side.

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        Right a strong ensemble ! I’m not sure if the cast or the movie got rewarded . If not, that’s a shame. SYj has a wide range of acting and picks really projects so I was not one bit disappointed.

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Although most consider House of the Disappeared a horror film, I think it’s more of a mystery thriller, if you can call it that. I love Kim Yun Jin ever since she starred in Lost, and when I realized she is in this movie, I did not hesitate to give it a try. The movie is riveting and keeps you on your toes most of the time. Although marketed as a horror film, there are actually very few scares. It is based on a similar Venezulean film titled ‘The House at the End of Time’.

Ok Taec-yeon is grossly underused in this film though. I expected more character development from him, but the focus of this film is KYJ, so her character is more developed and rounded. I love Jo Jae Yoon’s portrayal of his character. Although he doesn’t appear frequently throughout the film, his few minutes on the screen is enough to carve out his character traits.

I enjoyed the film very much.

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I was pleasantly surprised at Jackie Chan’s role in The Foreigner, being more familiar with his action packed movies of the past. He manages to emote more and portray a grieving father gunning for revenge. Maybe as he gets older, he can focus more on these types of movies instead of the action packed ones. This is a really nice movie.

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    Ooooh, you should watch Shinjuku Incident (2009) and A New Police Story (2004), both quite old films of Jackie and both really really good. Completely different from Hollywood Jackie Chan. I think he’s quite well known for dramatic roles when it comes to his domestic (Hong Kong based) movies and I think The Foreigner is his first “foreign” drama film ^^

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      I watched A New Police Story, but I don’t think I have caught Shinjuku Incident. I will watch that. Thank you for the recommendation. Dramatic Jackie Chan is a nice change from the action one.

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Has anyone watched God’s Gift- 14 Days? I was suffering from CSW’s withdrawal symptoms, and thought to pick up one of his dramas to watch. This looks interesting, though traveling back in time is quite a common theme in k-dramas. Is this nice?

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    It’s a good thriller full of twists and turns, but the nonsensical ending left a sour taste on my mouth. But Jo Seung-woo and Lee Bo-young are totally killing their respective role.

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    God’s gift is one of my most favorite kdrama, in terms of mystery-thriller. The ending is a bit melodramatic, but trust me, you don’t wanna miss this one! 🙂 Also this comes from the writer of Black, so you would probably like that too. Lee bo young and JSW have awesome chemistry together. I hope they appear in some other drama in future, romantically. 🙁

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    There is a recap for it somewhere.

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I was itching to watch a blockbuster movie that is not in the league of DC or superhero movies, and I happened to chance upon this 2012 movie starring SYJ. It’s touching, heroic, and dramatic at times. SYJ is so pretty in this movie, even in her dirty garb. I love it! 🙂

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I miss FOS, and can’t help rewatching the drama one more time! Is S2 already in the works? I miss SM, his quiet mature demeanor and the small hints of emotion behind his blank expression.

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    I can’t get over this drama, all this “end of the year lists” made me want to rewatch it.

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      Yea, I watched it after reading the year end list on this site. CSW is gold! I cannot wait for him to reprise the character in Season 2.

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This manufactured angst on MK’s part because of the mistaken realization that human AJI3 is merely programmed with responses to specific situations is so sad. Jo, tell him the truth fast!

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I like Black, despite the albeit incoherent narrative that gradually plays itself out in several episodes. Where in the past, I had problems connecting with SSH’s acting, I find myself used to his acting style now. Not that he is portraying a difficult role. How difficult is it to look arrogant, look as if every human is beneath him and such. Though I think Kim Tae Woo (I think that’s his name) does that far better than he does. Now my problem is with GAR, who has a pair of dead eyes and a constant constipated look on her face. Her eyes don’t speak a thousand words, and her facial expression doesn’t change, which makes it really jarring to watch because it doesn’t suit the mood of some scenes at all. Even when she smiles, the constipated look and dead eyes still remain. Nothing changes. I am not enamored with her acting at all. If she isn’t the female lead and commands most of the narrative, I would have fast forward all her scenes.

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    I call her acting style (if it’s actually a style of acting) The “Kristen Stuart/Bella Style”. Boy is it annoying or what?

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I didn’t like the stalker trope the writer used in this drama to bring out the protective instincts in SH. It seems too dramatic and dark for a light and instrospective drama like this. And I don’t like the fact that JH has to be reduced to a damsel in distress when she was able to stand up for herself very well in front of the rapist director and writer. Why can’t SH tell her about the suspected stalker status, and let her do something about it on her own? Who knows, she might even quit her part time job at the cafe, and look for a job somewhere else. Therefore, I wasn’t that enamored with the last scene where SH went to her rescue. Sure, it showed a progress in their relationship, but I thought there could have been other ways to bring about the progress without resorting to a possessive second male lead or a stalker-like male lead. Can’t the second male leads be normal?

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I love the low key vibe of this drama, and how subtly the characters connect with one another through simple gestures or mundane actions.

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I am shipping the stepson with JH, not as in hoping they would get together as a couple. But i hope they would leave the toxic family, and build a family unit of their own, as mother and son. They are so cute together, and their chemistry! Daebak!

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I love how each episode begins with a small tidbit about each tourist’s life, and develops the story from there. It gives the drama a more intimate and real feel.

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I cringed when JH scooped up the cat before SH did, and even named the cat. And turning up at SH’s workplace, making him the subject of teasing… I think she has overstepped her boundaries too quickly into the fake marriage. Man, I would feel uncomfortable too, if my contract marriage spouse does the same thing, and would draw the line as SH did. I also think JH has overreacted to him emphasizing the line between them because they both knew the fake marriage came about because they were the perfect flat mates, not because they love each other as man and woman.

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    Oh, I agree with this so much! With the work thing she did try to bow out before going up–she just didn’t succeed. But, who goes around thinking its perfectly ok to name someone elses pet? It would be rude and wrong if it were a tiny kitten that he had owned for 7 minutes but its extra, SUPER, wrong to rename a pet that he’s had for LONG before he met her. And while Cat isn’t a great name–Audrey Hepburn named her cat “Cat” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s sooooo—you just take yourself a couple of seats, lady, and sit on down somewhere.

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    I agree about the cat, but not the work visit. She didn’t go to visit him, but was dragged in by his colleagues. It would have been awkward to refuse their invite. Of course he didn’t know that, so I still understand his reaction.

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    I agree but at the same time, it was only human of her to get ahead of herself – especially after SH was so kind and supporting on their wedding day. I understand and empathize with both sides.

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