Sad Kinda GoodI was craving a murder movie and found this. When I saw it was based on a true story, I dove right in. I love serial killer/psychological thrillers and "Based On A True Story" had me stoked af! Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat for me. I understand the crime scenes weren't going to be too graphic but I somehow expected more detail I guess. Keep in mind this was made in '03, so it might not be to everyone's viewing standards. Anyway, it was a bit stale in a few parts but it was definitely realistic with the police brutality and unlawful interrogation that went on.
As horrible as it sounds, this movie made me seriously think about with how infamous this case was that (since he was never caught) if the serial killer ever watched this film himself. The same goes for any unsolved murder that got recognition.
I'm pretty obsessed with the screaming halt/open ending (if that makes any sense). Worth the watch at least.
incomplete in perfection.finally watched my leslie cheung in a movie.
wish their "happy together" was shown for a little longer.. but that's how this movie is. that's how their life was.
love how chang beautifully shifted the mood of the movie.
i don't know what to think of the ending, he left ha po wing without a passport, i wanna cry ??
tony leung, he's an amazing actor. i really like him, i think he fits perfectly in his characters, with kar wai's style. he's just too good at showing little yet expressing it all.
i will rewatch it in hq. i think my rating will go higher then.
wong kar-wai movies are mine, it seems.
Real tear-jerking movie that makes me wanna hug my fatherI watched the movie randomly without any recommendation and found that this movie got a lot of award after. At first, the story kinda slow. The plot keep on switching the time, so it's kinda a turn-off. But I glad i finished watching the movie. I cried hysterically at the ending but yet beautiful ending!
The story is about the life of the main lead , which is the grumpy grandfather who has been going through a lot of hardships since child. He was forced to be the lead of the family since young after the lost of his father and worked his bone to feed his family while waiting for his missing father.
Kudos to the main lead for keep on playing the character until old ? but for real the movie really shows the struggle of the after-war generation where they had to survive and lived for their family.
Not a bad crime/comedy movieWatched this when I was in the mood for something fun and light. At first it seems that the story is going to be dark and cynical. But by the end you realize it’s not the case. (Ok, maybe it’s a bit cynical). Can’t really say too much about the plot without spoiling too much. It’s enough to know that it’s a heist movie.
The humour is plays a big part here. Some jokes worked and some didn’t. But enough of them worked in the end.
Lastly, this movie is quite old. Production values have increased a lot in twenty years!
Ueto Aya once again brought Azumi to lifeI don't know what to say with "Azumi 2: Death or Love". As the title suggest, and if you've watched the first movie, this is a sad ending for the story of Azumi.
Movies with sequels usually fail to live up with the original film, Azumi 2 is one of those rare sequels that was equal to or even surpassed the first film. The production was great and the background music were at the right scenes. The story was great, now that the background or introduction was out of the way, this sequel concentrated on Azumi and her hidden conflict inside: Death or Love.
Both movies are highly recommended. In fact, these two movies are closely tied-in together, it was as good as a single film. I'm glad they did not follow this up with another sequel "Azumi 3" because that would more likely not be at par with "Azumi" and "Azumi 2", though of course it would be great to see Azumi in action again.
And this is where I give Ueto Aya the highest praises, she was able to pull the exact same fierceness and one-mindedness when her character is in killing-mode. She did not force it, it was natural as if she was Azumi. Aya was born to bring Azumi alive.
Another perfect 10.
P.S. Time period aside, it would be an epic match if Azuri and Hitokiri Battousai met.
In memory of the original 10This is actually good! It's slow at first, building the story of the group of assassins. Then it picks up and showed us amazing sword choreography. Great acting by Ueto Aya and even though she looks beautiful and pretty, she was able to exude her character's fierceness and one-mindedness of a true assassin. I can not help but compare her to Battousai whenever Azumi the Assassin shows up.
In memory of the original 10, and the perfectness of the production, story, and cast, I give this a perfect 10.
Light hearted, simple and funnyTo be honest, I watched this due to the title. Only after that, I realised Song Kang is the actor. I knew him and loved him from Sweet Home. From my research, this movie is his break through to silver screen.
Anyway, back to the movie. It was a very simple easy to digest movie. From the plot to the humor and the cast as well. Just what I need right now. I watched this one to take a break from my hectic work and daily life. And it left me satisfied and refreshing.
I kind of understand why people might dislike this. The rush romance, the loose ending etc etc. And I am truly understand that. If you hate that kind of movie, please avoid this. As for me, this came at the right time.
And the music, it suits the movie well. They stuck in my head.
Owes Me!For starters, T.O.P was one of my first bias's when I entered the World of K-Pop, so when I stumbled upon this in the middle of the night I of course had to watch! If you like watching bullets fly and puddles of blood, you've come to the right place. South Korea sure knows how to highlight the dirty work North Korea does lol The ending almost made me throw my computer but it's all good over here! It's not as hardcore as I expected (given the theme) but overall I was on the edge of my seat and thoroughly enjoyed it all.
you either like it or hate it.I feel like this is one of those movies that you'll either really like or be left thinking "wtf did I just waste my time on?" I technically fall into the second category lol. I feel like the movie was trying to do one thing and then just had a personality switch towards the end (the last 10 mins that everybody is talking about) and from a storytelling perspective -- like I know what they were trying to do and I would have actually loved it if the transition was a little bit more seamless. But like I said you spent the entire movie in kind of this slow paced, somber mood and then bam! total reveal and I'm like WHY COULDN'T WE SEE THE QUIRKY HUMOR THE WHOLE MOVIE? I mean I guess they really wanted you to believe it was something it wasn't to increase the shock factor, it just fell flat on it's face for me. Which sucked because I was actually somewhat invested in the story line which I didn't expect to be.
It is art indeed.Stories like these can be disturbing but they just portray the dark aspects of this real world. I loved the movie. It had so much depth of thought. I was shook. I watched it at my prime sleep-hours and given the kind of person I am I can not continue watching boring shit during my prime sleep-time. This one kept me going. I wanted to know more. Even in the scenes in the beginning where the story had not unravelled, the acting, the emotions, the visuals kept me going. The characters are played so well that they made me curious about them, also the character sketches are intriguing in itself. The pacing is that way to suit the storytelling, to create the still dynamic and sudden turmoil inside you, it is perfect. It has layers of intent and heartfelt messages that it conveys. I loved the dialogues, her glares, his frustration and might. It was kind of nerve racking but beautiful at times. I don’t know why this movie has low ratings. I would highly recommend it to everyone (not kids). I have nothing but immense admiration and appreciation towards this movie.
Sexy, but too shortI enjoyed the interplay of the talented actors, I was just a bit disappointed that the ghost-human relationship didn't really get a chance to develop. Also I didn't understand some of the plot developments (what did Minwoo do to the ghost with that knife? Who was the guy with the horns?), but I certainly enjoyed the sex scenes, they were both very hot and integral to the story.
Overrated....If you are reading this review to decide if you should watch it or not then my suggestion is:-
Only watch it if you are okay with some mediocre level death games and doesn’t mind poor VFX complimented with some cheesy acting and dialogues.
May contain minor spoilers....
Things I liked-
1. First three death games were decent and will give some thrilling feeling.
2. VFX was decent in first 3 games.
Things I didn’t like-
1. Fourth and Fifth death games were boring with pathetic VFX.
2. Slow mo for showing main lead’s heroic moments were irritating.
Overall pretty average, nothing special. Death games were mediocre. It could have been better with better acting and VFX.
A great film but...I'll first get all the technical thoughts aside before I delve into some of the more vague and story-like issues that I have with this movie.
Overall, I adore the Pornographer (or "The Novelist") series. I fell in love so hard with the TV series and, to this day, I rewatch it again and again. It is a masterpiece, and truly a cut above all other BL series, and movies, that I've seen. Given that, I can wholeheartedly say I loved this movie! It was so great to finally be able to watch it. On a technical scale, it's beautifully shot and directed. The music is suburb and it features the very memorable score from the series,. It never falls into traps of awkward background music or forcing themes or feelings down an audiences throat through very explicit scores. I don't even think anything needs to be said about the acting! It felt real and raw, and the actors really spared no expense when it came to drilling down deep into their emotions. Not to mention, the more explicit scenes weren't overdone or panned away from. They were well timed, well shot, and they felt really appropriate to the characters and the story.
Those things aside: the story for this movie is where I have a couple of issues. I'll preface it by saying that I've read the manga, so I was aware of where the story was headed after the series ended and after watching Spring Life. Even then, I think the movie suffered from struggles typical to sequels....where, I just don't know why this movie had to happen the way it did. Or really, why it was necessary. As a fan, sure. I can always watch more of Kijima and Kuzumi, and Kido and all of them. They are great, and complex, characters. But...the way the series ended off was vauge in a good way. It set up Kijima on this path for self-reflection and a lot of inner character work. He had to face his insecurities, find his purpose in life, and wrestle with quite a large amount of trauma and inner demonds. Things could have remained the way they were, and the implication that Kijima went off on a journey of self discovery, and Kuzumi moved on with his life in some way or another (I dunno...in some aspect that grew him into more than Kijimia's stan).
I know the film is an adaptation, so it is limited to the source materal. Even in saying that, this film really didn't seem to do a whole lot. Things end in the film almost similar to how they start. Kijima's own growth is minimal to none, and Kuzumi is an accessory who doesn't seem to learn or grow much at all. He starts, and ends, completely whipped for a manipulative and insecure man. I suppose what bothers me most is the lack of believability in how they move past these issues both as individuals, and as a "couple". Kijima can do the bare minimum and be rewarded and forgiven, whilst Kuzumi can go above and beyond and remain quite unnoticed. It might be that chemistry, or dynamic, that made this film much harder to watch than the series. At least within the series, the dynamic between the two of them (although quite problematic and rife with the same manipulation as in this film) can be somewhat justified by the falling-in-love stages, and the subsequent vague "they met and now they will move on to better their lives" sort of ending. In the film, they are labelled as not quite seeing each other (because even at the end you have characters asking 'are you officially seeing each other?') whilst still being beholden to the same standards of a relationship - or at least, Kuzumi is. As a result, Kijima's own personal growth is awkwardly tied to Kuzumi somehow, or at least, he keeps showing up in it when really...you could cut him out and somehow, Kijima's trajectory could still be the same.
That might be the crux of my disatisfaction when it comes to this movie. Really, it was a struggle for the reason that the film couldn't justify why the two of them should be together. Kijima, after 2 and a half years (or so) had not changed in any way as a person, and the only thing that inspired some semblence of change was Kuzumi deciding to "leave" (if you can even call it that) him. Kijima barely explains himself or aims to rectify his actions (beyond an "i'm sorry") and Kuzumi, somehow, goes along with it. All I could think was, "It'd be so much better if they simply parted ways." By the end of the film, it felt like I was watching a lesser and less interesting version of the series. As though the strong story dynamics and big emotional features that made it compelling were severely watered down and muddled in the film. Another odd point was after Kijima's insane, massive, betrayal - the moment seems to fade so quickly? Or it loses it's impact. Such a momentous point in the story is never referenced directly after the scene ends, and instead, we're caught up in the story of Haruka and her son.
That brings me to the point of Haruka and her story. They are lovely characters, don't get me wrong! I think the actress who played Haruka is fantastic, and I could watch her all day long. But, I was constantly wondering why I was watching them. Shizuo was there to make Kuzumi jealous and Haruka...was just...there to get sick? And maybe drop a wisom bomb? They had such potential, but their story was so out of place and Kijima's sudden affection for the family felt the same. During most of their scenes, I couldn't really get behind any of their interactions or care much about them at all. Their purpose felt far too 2 dimensional, and it ended up taking away from the story of the film as a whole.
Overall, the film had a lot of potential. The story was rich in a lot of interesting themes that could've been explored in a much more griping way if there hadn't been 1 dimensional side characters, and restrictive love-tropes in the story telling. I wanted to root for Kuzumi and Kijima just as I did in the series, and get excited for their journey together. But, by the end of the film all I could feel was unsettled and unsure. The film tries hard to convince you that they are supposed to be together, but I couldn't quite see it. There were huge gaps in Kijima's character that needed proper time and space to address well (the issues with his family, his feeling out of place, his lack of purpose, his insecurity etc). The series set up that journey, and the film failed to deliver. Instead, there are bland side stories and underused side characters. In doing so, the film also sidelines the other "main" character - Kuzumi - into someone that is just an accessory. I suppose, one thought against that might be that this film takes place from Kijima's point of view, so Kuzumi's own character development doesn't really need to feature that much. I suppose...I can understand that, however, that still doesn't justify why Kijima is so lacking of personal substance, and why he and Kuzumi should end up together. I really wanted to love it as much as the series, and it is disappointing how much I felt the film was lacking...there was so much potential but...ah well.
It does still rate quite highly because, these issues aside, it is a good piece of work. However, I can't see myself rewatching it or fawning over it the same way I do with the series.
Honestly, i just want to watch my parents in here. Thank you.its quite interesting. i am a little bit sad that min tae gu died. i already make my own new scene for the negotiation 2 HAHAHA. i wish min tae gu didnt died so he can have a drink with ha chae yeon .
this movie is kinda make sense . that the "special people" is always the reason of everything. blunt to upwards and sharp to down. i need more support role in this movie like mr. ahn. the movie should be in a mini drama? because so many things that can be revealed. its a bit like a flat movie because too much scene that not to necessary. i learned new things from ha chae yeon as a negotiator. well yeah thats my opinion. overall its good to watch
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