Yesterday I was kind of in a funk and did nothing but watch TV series and movies all day. The last film I saw was A Werewolf Boy (늑대소년) starring Park Bo-young (Scandal Makers) and Song Joong-ki. I didn’t have any big expectations and only picked it since I like Park Bo-young, but it was surprisingly good.
The movie takes place in the 60’s and is about a family (a mother and her two daughters) that moves to the countryside because the eldest daughter (Sun-i, played by Bo-young) has problems with her lungs. At their new house they come across an orphan boy who can’t speak and behaves like a wild animal. They decide to let the boy stay with them for a while until they hear back from social services about finding a home for him. Sun-i gets tired of the boy’s wild behaviour and starts to train him according to a book on training dogs.
The main draw of the movie (for me, at least) is Park Bo-young. Watch it if you like her. Joong-ki also does a good job as the wolf boy. This type of movie can easily become cringe-worthy if the actor isn’t good. The film is a melodrama, so it’s kind of sad.
The same night I also watched Cloud Atlas. It’s an American movie, but Bae Du-na plays one of the main parts. It’s kind of hard to summarize that movie. It’s about events that take place and people that meet in different lives and times. It’s an interesting movie. I might have to re-watch it when I’m more focused. Watch it with subtitles, because some of the dialogue is in a made-up future dialect.
A week ago I was at the South Korean embassy again for a film night. That time the movie was Gone With the Wind/The Great Heist (바람과 함께 사라지다). It’s a period film where the story surrounds the supply of ice. The main character is played by Cha Tae-hyun (My Sassy Girl, Scandal Makers). It’s a bit over the top and silly at times, but I thought it was pretty funny. I actually preferred it to The Thieves that they showed the time before that. It’s about Tae-hyun and another guy, who has been wronged by the corrupt people in charge of the ice business, who round up a gang of “experts” to steal the ice from the storage caves. I recognised the child actress Kim Hyang-gi from this movie when I watched A Werewolf Boy. A rising starlet it seems.
Somewhat similar to Gone With the Wind was The Thieves. I was going to watch this movie before xmas, but I didn’t have any good subtitles at the time. That film features Jeon Ji-hyun (My Sassy Girl, Windstruck) and Kim Soo-hyun (Dream High) among others. It’s kind of Ocean’s Eleven-like and is about a group of thieves that are getting together for one big heist. It was just OK, in my opinion. It’s a fairly complicated story and not all that much actual drama.