Korean movies @ AMC Fashion Valley last week of August: “A Taxi Driver” & “Midnight Runners”

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2017년 8월 마지막 주, 샌디에고 AMC 패션 벨리 영화관에서 상영하는 한국 영화가 두편이나 있습니다! “택시운전사”와 “청년경찰” 입니다.

Looks like “A Taxi Driver” has been extended another week! According to the AMC Fashion Valley website, this movie is scheduled to be screened until at least Wednesday. It is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. And I wouldn’t be surprised if it were extended for another week!

Another Korean movie that’s been playing at AMC Fashion Valley since Friday, Aug 25, is “Midnight Runners”. Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJf3lqjosUo

Rotten Tomatoes link to “A Taxi Driver” here:

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_taxi_driver_2017/

Korean Movie in San Diego: “귀향” / “Spirits’ Homecoming” at AMC Fashion Valley

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*An update from Mon, Mar 28, 2016: 영화 상영이 3/30 수요일까지 연장되었습니다! The theater has extended the screening of Spirits’ Homecoming to Wednesday, Mar 30! According to its website, the film will play until this Wednesday, as its showtimes are marked as follows:

  1. 10:35AM
  2. 1:35PM
  3. 4:30PM
  4. 7:25PM
  5. 10:20PM

But be sure to check the website in case of time change: https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/san-diego/amc-fashion-valley-18

 

Original article:

A Korean movie titled “Spirits’ Homecoming” (Korean title “귀향”) will be playing at the AMC Fashion Valley from Friday, Mar 25 through Sun, Mar 27. There is a chance that if this weekend’s box office sales are satisfactory, the theater will extend the screening dates!

You can see screening times here: https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/san-diego/amc-fashion-valley-18

한국영화 “귀향”이 3월 25일 금요일부터 3월 27일 일요일까지 AMC 패션밸리 영화관에서 상영됩니다. 자세한 상영 시간은 https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/san-diego/amc-fashion-valley-18 웹사이트를 참고하시기 바랍니다.

Synopsis from Hancinema.net: Jeong-min, Yeong-hee and other girls similar to their young age are forcefully dragged to a service club by the Mokdan River and raped by Japanese soldiers. By the end of the war, Yeong-hee survives by herself and becomes an old lady. Through a sixteen year old exorcist who has a past like her, they both gather the souls of poor comfort girls who died on foreign land.

Fri, Mar 11 ~ 16: Korean Film in San Diego: A Violent Prosecutor 검사외전

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Now Playing at AMC La Jolla! Definitely will run until Wednesday, Mar 16, but if weekend box office ratings are satisfactory, then theater will  most likely extend screening dates!

황정민 . 강동원 주연 영화 “검사외전” 3월 16일까지 AMC La Jolla에서 상영!

Synopsis from AMC La Jolla website:

Continue reading “Fri, Mar 11 ~ 16: Korean Film in San Diego: A Violent Prosecutor 검사외전”

Last Chance to see “Let Me Out!”: Screening to be cancelled if more tickets are not reserved!

LET ME OUT US Poster 1Only a few hours remain to secure our screening of “Let Me Out”, the Korean comedy starring  Kwon Hyun-Sang (THE KING 2 HEARTS and QUEEN OF AMBITION) and K-pop star, PARK HEE-VON from SM Entertainment’s girl band, MILK and star of (GRAND PRIX, READ MY LIPS, FAMILY and GOD’S QUIZ SEASON 3). The film is written, directed and produced by Korean Americans,  Jae Soh and Chang Rae Kim.

To secure this screening in San Diego for Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00pm, please go to:

http://www.tugg.com/events/5388

I hate to see the message sent to the Korean film industry that San Diego is not the right place to show Korean movies. Show your support for Korean cinema!

Happy Movie Watching!

“Let Me Out” plays Sept. 25. Buy your tickets by the 18th!!!

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The Korean Zombie comedy,”Let Me Out” plays for one showing only on Sept. 25.

Theater: AMC Fashion Valley 18

Date: 9/25/2013

Time: 7:30pm

 

 

Buy your tickets by the 18th! Tickets are available for purchase at the following website:

tugg.com/events/5388

Soju DramaQueen Movie Review: “Abigail Harm”

abigailposterIt comes to earth, removes its robe, and bathes in the water. If you hide its robe, it follows you home; if you care for it, it loves you; and as long as you keep its robe, it will never leave you.

 

Presented this week by the Pacific Arts Movement Spring Showcase in San Diego, Abigail Harm is a vanguard film that confronts the stereotypical images and ideas of love. What is love? What is real love? What is love not? Director and writer Lee Isaac Chung brought to life an old Korean folk tale about a woodcutter and a faun, giving it a unique twist. Starring veteran actress Amanda Plummer as Abigail Harm and Tetsuo Kuramochi as The Companion, the story is intriguing in its honesty, refreshing in its ingenuity. Their outstanding performances were honest and poignant.

Abigail is a woman who exists on the fringes on society, one of the invisible people, rarely making eye contact, in fact, most comfortable with the blind. She makes a living reading to the visually impaired, and lives her life hidden in her apartment, watching life go by from the sidelines. Her only living relative, her father, is dying. The mixed emotions that she exhibits as she continues to insist that she needn’t come to his side, are telling of the difficult and complex relationship she has with her father.

AH tubWhen Abigail rescues a mysterious man on the run, he offers her an unusual reward for her kindness – the love and devotion she has never experienced before. Embarrassed and confused, she declines at first, but finally seeks out his intriguing advice.

“The creatures still gather in this location. It comes to earth, removes its robe, and bathes in the water. If you hide its robe, it follows you home; if you care for it, it loves you; and as long as you keep its robe, it will never leave you.” Doubt and disbelief soon give way to hope as she makes her way to the designated location where she is confronted with a beautiful young man. He reclines in a tub. The robe lies on the floor. She quietly slips forward, snatches the robe and is away. Life changes.

Exif_JPEG_PICTURE“Are you real?” Her voice carries a pleading tone. “Are you real?” Faced with the idea that the creature loves her but is “tied” to her, Abigail must grapple with her own concepts of love. The death of her father jolts her into another dimension of reality and she finds herself questioning what she wants from life and love.

What makes love real? Is love conjured with a potion real? Is love that develops between two people tied together through fate real?

It comes to earth, removes its robe, and bathes in the water. If you hide its robe, it follows you home; if you care for it, it loves you; and as long as you keep its robe, it will never leave you.

The robe. The metaphorical tether that ties one person to another. To tie your love down.

 

Happy Movie Watching!

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Soju DramaQueen Movie Review – “Oldboy”

An Intense Psychological Thriller

oldboy1I really don’t watch as many Korean movies as I should and I don’t know why. The instant gratification factor is sure there, so when a friend recommended that I watch “Oldboy”, a 2003 psychological-mystery-thriller directed by Park Chan Wook, I decided it was time to expand the old horizons again. Watching “Oldboy” comes at a great time because Spike Lee is set to release a remake October 11 of this year (according to IMDb, which couldn’t be wrong, right?), starring Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen. It’s always a good idea to watch the original first and in this case, the original is a must-see. But please, adults only, yes?

 Storyline/Synopsis: My rating 9/10

Oh Daesu is pathetic drunkard who can’t even make it to his little daughter’s birthday party on time. After being bailed out of jail by a friend, he is mysteriously kidnapped, framed for murdering his wife and locked up in a room with nothing but a television for companionship for 15 years. As mysteriously as he is kidnapped, he is suddenly released. He now has 5 days to find his captor and seek revenge.

oldboy-octopusScript: My rating 9/10

Disturbing. Voyeuristic. Violent. Intensely visceral. “Oldboy” contained amazingly gory scenes that made the viewer cringe, but were completely necessary to the plot. This is by far the most sexually explicit Korean film I have ever viewed, but there was nothing gratuitous about the sexual content. Every dark, gritty scene was critical to the development of the story. The script is intense and well written. Although there are many gruesome parts (it may be awhile before I can go back to the dentist and eating octopus is totally out), the overall feel is that of a fast-paced mystery thriller. The timing throughout was extremely well done, providing a few ambiguous clues here and there, allowing the uncertainty to deepen.

oldboymidoThe storyline was attractive not just because of the characters, and certainly not because of the brutality, in and of itself, but due to the ability of the writer to honestly depict human nature. The disturbing qualities avoided creepiness by being genuine. The idea of a revenge fantasy is common to human nature, so the concept appeals at a visceral level, but the intensity at which the fantasy is played out is what makes “Oldboy” a satisfying, if sadistic pleasure. There were scenes that touched something much deeper within, as well. Just after Oh Daesu is released he saw his first human being in 15 years, a man about to commit suicide. The momentary intense, physical interaction between the two conveyed all the anguish of 15 years of no physical contact, unbelievable yearning and disbelief in his own senses.

The movie was deliciously surprising at all turns. The ending was delightfully ambiguous. In no way did the ambiguity detract from the finale – the ending was perfection.

 Acting: My Rating 10/10

oldboy2How do you play a half-mad man imprisoned for no apparent reason for 15 years? Choi Min Sik made is work Oh Daesu in such a convincing manner that it was easy to get wrapped up in the story. He apparently went through a grueling routine of gaining and losing weight, depending on the film schedule in order to create an authentic character. Kang Hye Jung played Mido, the young girl that Oh Daesu falls in love with after his release. Her vulnerability contrasted sharply with the psychotic violence rampant around her. The evil mastermind behind the imprisonment was Lee Woo Jin, played by Yoo Ji Tae. The alarmingly creepy voyeur of the film, Yoo Ji Tae finessed smaller the role into something memorable. All parts, major and minor, were credible to the extreme. It was impossible not to become invested in the characters created.

 Cinematography: My rating 9/10

The cinematography is very edgy, so much so that I have to remind myself that this is a 2003 film. Scenes are very bold and brutal. Filmed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, viewers are left stunned at every turn.

 Overall Charisma: My rating 9/10

“Oldboy” is more of a powerful experience than a movie – a dark, throbbing, enigmatic, primitive experience. A film that makes your pulse race, your eyes bulge, your thighs twitch. The grit of this movie appeals at an instinctual level, entangling the viewer in its demented web. While I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, the fact remains that it is a brilliant piece of film making.

It will be interesting to see what Spike Lee does with this film. Good luck, man.

Happy Movie Watching!

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Follow-up on the “Countdown to Lee Min Ho”: The L.A. Fan Meeting Review

Cheryl and Jini survive L.A., the media, and the fans of Lee Min Ho

Starbucks coffee cups in hand, Jini and Cheryl set off on the I-5 Sunday afternoon for the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to meet Hallyu star Lee Min Ho. The event, sponsored by Toyota, was a 4-hour extravaganza that began with an hour-long wait outside the hotel with excited, yet polite fans waiting patiently for doors to open. Jini and I arrived shortly after 2:00 pm. The folks at the front of line? Some had been there since 9:00 am, some since 5:00 in the morning. The doors were set to open at 3. This was a by invitation only event, 250 lucky ticket winners, their guests, a few VIPs and, of course, plenty of media.20130310-153652.jpgCheryl and Jini survive L.A., the media, and the fans of Lee Min Ho.

The media frenzy began with interviews of fans waiting in line (including those without tickets trolling for guests without friends!). Since gifts were allowed, they seemed particularly interested in what fans were gifting their beloved idol. Yours truly designed and hand knit a dashing alpaca scarf . We’ll just hope Min Ho actually sees it! Lol  Others were

Cheryl Jinibringing hats, college sweatshirts, etc.

Upon admittance to the event, we were handed given color-coded wristbands, our official NIF super secret agent badges and sent on three missions: Save Sohee (test drive a Camry – Jini drove), Find Solid Evidence

Nation Intelligence Force Agent - How official is this?
National Intelligence Force Agent – How official is this?

(Take a picture with Lee Min Ho in a photo booth) and a Code Hunt (scan a QR code to learn about Camry’s engine.) Completing the missions earned you stickers. The stickers gained you the raffle ticket needed for the prize drawings. Free sodas, juice and small pastries were served. Want to see Jini test-driving the Camry? (aka saving Sohee?) New camera – poor video, sorry! The Crystal mentioned below is also in the car with us!:

Next we were ushered to the upper level according to wristband color. Those at the front of the line had a different color from those at the back. I believe there were about 4 or 5 color sections plus a VIP section. Toyota welcomed us, presented a compilation of the “One and Only” series which was met with appropriate ooh’s, aah’s and out and out laughter.

20130310-181315.jpgTension built when Lee Min Ho was finally set to take the stage. Fans were somewhat taken by surprise when he entered from the back and walked through the crowd, affording many the opportunity to shake hands with the star as he made his somewhat arduous way to the stage.

Unfortunately, the sound quality in the room was abysmal. Even with the limited size of the venue and a polite, attentive audience, it was extremely difficult to understand the questions and answers by the MC, Lee Min Ho and the interpreter. Lee Min Ho was, however, charming, adorable and is, indeed, very good looking in person. He also looked extremely young!

Yes, his first word was “Hi” and the crowd went wild. The MC turned and said “Hi” in a similar fashion and feigned disappointment that his greeting wasn’t met with the same fervor.

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How to make you feel like a celeb

The raffle prizes? 2 robot toys featured in the “One and Only” commercials as well as a hug from Lee Min Ho and an opportunity to asked him a question, and 20 chances to go up on stage, get a hug from “Oppa” as well as a signed poster.

No, neither Jini nor I won any of the raffle prizes, but our new friend Crystal won a poster and a hug. (Yea! Crystal!) Still and all, it was indeed fun and exciting to be so close to an actor that I’ve admired for so long!

The event ended, somewhat abruptly, right after the signings at 6:45pm. Although fans were disappointed to see it end, I saw nothing but happy, smiling faces as we exited the venue and headed for the parking lot.

At this point, however, Jini and I were pretty darned hungry having eaten nothing but a tiny pastry all day… Stay tuned for a review of our “layover” in Irvine on the way home…

[Movie] R2B: Return to Base

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Friday, August 31st, at the AMC Mission Valley

 

According to fandango.com, screening times for Friday, August 31st.  – will play until Thursday, September 6th.

 

Guys, guess what? Look at this awesome Korean movie that’s gonna be in theatres on FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST through Thursday, September 6th, called Return to Base and guess who plays the lead guy? RAIN!!! YES. And the main girl is Shin Se-Kyung and she was in some drama I’ve watched before, lol. Anyways, the trailer looks like an awesome action movie. It’s gonna be at AMC Mission Valley (1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108).  I’m totally gonna try and go! Maybe we should all try and go! (≧∇≦)/

CJ E&M’s Official Press Release:

9월 3일, R2B가 샌디에고로

<알투비>의 심장 뛰는 리얼 고공액션!

숫자로 봐도 익사이팅하다!

 

지난 8월 14일 한국에서 개봉해 올 여름 최고의 기대작으로 자리매김하고 있는 <알투비:리턴투베이스>가 13,000m 상공,서울과 군사분계선과의 거리 30km등, 숫자로 보는 짜릿한 고공 액션을 공개한다.