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Love and Other Drugs (2010)

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway

Plot: Maggie (Anne Hathaway) is a Parkinson’s patient, but she is a confident woman who never lets anything defeat her. Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a confident salesman and also a ladies’ man. Wherever he goes, women are attracted to him. When they first meet, they’re only interested in each other for hitting up. However, they start to fall in love with each other more and more, but Maggie refuses to have an official relationship with him…

I watched this movie on the plane because I was bored, and I hated it.

This movie was just bad. Half of the movie was about having sex and half of the movie was about her disease. As you can see, the plot line is a typical chick flick, with typical characters: a free-spirited, confident woman and a player who’s met his match. I don’t suggest this movie to anyone, unless you’re in love with Anne Hathaway, or Jake Gyllenhaal. Everything from the plot, settings, and the characters were just bad. If their intention was to make this movie a romantic comedy with some serious, emotional moments, they failed. It was just a horrible movie.

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Korean Movie – Cyrano; Dating Agency (2010)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Cast: Um Tae Oong, Lee Min Jung, Choi Daniel, Park Shin Hae

Plot: Cyrano Agency is a secret agency which helps people who are not experienced in dating get the man/woman they love. It aims for 100% success, and it works like a movie production company with the highest technology such as mini-microphones, scripts, secret plans, etc, etc. The Cyrano Agency crew often follows their clients to their dates and works at the back to make sure everything works out perfectly, even making rain if they have to.

One day a man named Sang Yong (Choi Daniel) visits their office and asks them to help him a woman named Hee Joong (Lee Min Jung) love him back. Sang Yong is wealthy, intelligent, and famous for being a young, successful financial trader, but he is inexperienced and a little bit slow when it comes to women and dating. Things start to get complicated because Hee Joong is Byung Hoon (Um Tae Oong)–who is the leader of the Agency–‘s ex girlfriend, and Byung Hoon never got completely over Hee Joong. One of the agents Min Young (Park Shin Hae) notices it and tells Byung Hoon to get professional, but he can’t quite let go of the past.

This is the trailer.

I couldn’t find one with English subtitles :(

 

This  movie was a big hit in Korea when it came out. All the actors and actresses did a good job, and I liked the plot of the movie as well. The ending was pretty strong too, compared to most Korean movies that have endings that leave you thinking, “…so what?” It reminded me a lot of the movie Mr. Hitch (https://rachels13.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/mr-hitch-the-cure-for-the-common-man/#more-187) because both movies are about a secret agency or agent helping inexperienced people get the love of their lives.

Recently, a Korean comedy show actually tried being a “dating agency.” They recruited a few people, and tried to help them by telling them what to say through mini microphones, watching them through mini cameras, and giving them a complete make over, just like the Cyrano Dating Agency. They showed 2 cases on TV, and unfortunately, both cases failed. No matter how systematic their plans were, there were always flaws, and it’s pretty hard to change someone’s mind so that they fall in love with a certain person. I guess it’s only in movies that this exists, but I still think it would be cool if we actually had these secret agencies. What do you think?

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Korean Movie: Psychic (2010)

Genre: SF, Thriller, Action

Cast: Kang Dong Won, Go-Su, Jung Eun-Chae

Plot: Choin (Kang Dong Won) is a psychic who can control anything with his eyes. He can control a mass of people at the same time and even freeze time. When Choin goes into a pawnshop and freezes time while to steal some money, he sees one person that’s still moving–Kyu Nam (Go-Su), an employee at the shop. Choin panics, kills Kyu Nam’s empolyer, and runs away. Kyu Nam is unable to chase Choin because he is in too much of a shock of Choin’s psychic power. From that day, Kyu Nam begins to pursue Choin, who’s ruined his peaceful life, while Choin seeks to kill Kyu Nam because he is the only one in the world who Choin can’t control and also the only one who knows his existence.

Trailer!

I’d first like to say that I’m a very very big fan of Kang Dong Won. He’s my favorite non-Hollywood actor, and every Korean girl’s dream. I was really excited for this movie to come out because it was the first time for him to be in a movie as an antagonist. I had waited for this movie, which was released in November, since September and I watched it as soon as it came out. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed. Although Kang Dong Won looks hot and Go-Su is a good actor, the movie itself isn’t that great. I only enjoyed it because of Kang Dong Won. Some people might disagree, but I think that the plot line and the ending were a bit weak. If they had a different ending, the movie might have been better. Personally, I think that people who don’t like Kang Dong Won as much as I do wouldn’t like this movie very much.

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