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Hong Gil Dong, North Korean Hero 1986

Posted : 4 years, 2 months ago on 22 January 2016 11:25 (A review of Hong Kil-dong)

Hong Gil Dong is a legend in Korean history, many tv dramas has been made in the south of this great hero, only this film is North Korean, made by a South Korean director that got kidnapped to make this film.

Born with a mother as a peasant girl and father as a noble family emperor, Hong Gil Dong is forced t live as a servant boy with his mother. Until one day a group of bandit try to kidnap him and his mother. Luckily they are saved by a skillful and powerful old man, who take care of Hing Gil Dong and his mother, Hong Gil Dong beg the old man to teach him to become strong as the old man. The old man agrees, and years goes by and Hong Gil Dong has become a man, and he swear by his power he will protect his people from any harm, and protect a noble woman he love most even if he is not allowed to marry her.

How does this movie hold up as an martial art movie?
It's equal as any martial art, descent stunt choreography same as Hong Kong movie (but better) and exiting as a Japanese ninja movie. However somtimes the fight feels a little too friendly (except in the end, that was a little brutal) and as an audience you can feel it's safe for the hero too comfortable, however it's exiting as ordinary, 3/5 points

How does it hold as a plot movie?
Little mix feelings, it start like a family friendly film then it turn to kid film somtimes, then in the end it become a little too brutal when the Japanese ninjas arrive, and that takes away the movie a little, why are the Japanese ninjas so brutal while the North Korean bandits are kid friendly? That's odd, but it still is a descent story about love and betray and fight for what's right, so 2/5 points

How is the movie all in all?
If the ninjas weren't so brutal in the end then I would give it 6/10, but for the morale, I'm forced to give it 5/10, a good film that lost it touched when the North Korean morale kicked in (which seems to happen a lot with Chinese movies too) but still a good film, 5/10

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R2B, a South Korean top gun movie from 2012

Posted : 4 years, 2 months ago on 20 January 2016 06:54 (A review of Black Eagle (aka Soar Into the Sun))

If I told you that Rain the Kpop idol can act, would you believe me ? Well I have a good proof for you, R2B or Black Eagle or Soar Into The Sun (or whatever title it has) is flight action comedy similar to Top Gun.

Taehoon is a cocky show pilot, who got himself into trouble after trying a crazy maneuver at a demonstration simulation. Later he get transferred to combat unit where he will be trained with the best South Korean pilots. One day some North Korean freighters enter the sky border of the south to defect, and Taehoon is recruited with a friend to escort the NK pilots. But one of the pilots turned out not to be a defector and shoot out his teammate and go manhunt after Taehoon and his comrade. After the NK pilot shoot down Taehoons friend, it becomes personal vendetta for Taehoon.

Is R2B better then Top Gun?
It depends, as a plot, maybe not, but as a thrill yes absolutely, because when the action starts, it's a full throttle all the way, and when the NK pilot vs Taehoon is thrilling specially when they fly through Seoul and near the golden tower. But as a plot is too much comedy that feels unnecessary, the whole plot feels like a drama but then bozo the clown comes in to ease up the mood when he is not needed. So a plot Top Gun is better, but as an action, R2B is better.

As a plot?
Only 1/5 sorry

As an action flight?
5/5 right on!

How is the movie all in all?
It's a descent entertaining action drama flight movie that could have been more if they had skip the comedy, total score 6/10

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Sucide Club, a Japanese 2001 horror thriller

Posted : 4 years, 2 months ago on 13 January 2016 08:32 (A review of Suicide Club)

Normally I'm not into horror gore films, but when I saw this film I couldn't help liking it a little, and felt it had somthing going there until the end that made me feel nothing but question marks..... Sucide club is a 2001 horror thriller about how dangerous it can be to follow a kult.

Detective Kuroda is investigating an unusual sucide commit, made by 54 school girls in a train station. Later that night 2 nurses commit sucide by jumping of the window. The day after doesn't get easier for Detective Kuroda when another 11 school kids commit sucide, the witnesses tells him the kids were all cheerful and happy, those words puzzles Kuroda. Later Kuroda get a phone call from a woman who call herself "the bat" and reveal to him all the sucides are connected to a kult called sucide club, and that club is also connected to a kid girl pop group called "Dessert" by their songs performing live on tv sending out codes of when it's time for the next sucide, but who is controlling the kult and why? And how many people are involved with this kult? And worse of all, Kurodas own family are fans of "dessert", could they be the next victim of sucide club?

How does it hold as a horror movie?
Horrible, and this is typical horror movies no matter what year it's from, the trust in blood and gore, to make a good horror is to create the situation for the character, the blood can be used somtimes but don't let it take over your movie because it will only be disgusting and horror feeling goes away. As a thriller this movie do well but when the horror scenes starts it become too much blood and gore and I think it didn't need it, so I'm sad to say it's 1/5

How does it hold as a plot movie?
Very interesting in the beginning, and I feel it could have gone further but somehow it got lost in the end. What it does best is reflect kult life to today's society, for example Facebook, youtubers, Internet critics, and movies and pop cultures like Hollywood can take over your thinking, for example this movie is great because Hollywood says so. And another good reflect is the kid pop group "Dessert" who also reflect today's pop kult like for example Justin Bieber when he was 14, not only was he marketing for girls at his age but also mature women as well, as we call it a victim of pedophilia media marketing, and that's what "Dessert" reflects, in the movie everybody follows the group "dessert" including the detectives family and adults even though the group is membered by five 10 year old girls singing pop songs. But what the movie doesn't do right is the ending, I mean the whole build up about the bad side of kult and when the main villain is revealed is amazingly done but then it's just.....end, just like that. The whole build up with the villain of how evil the villain is by creating the sucide club is strong but when the villain get caught then it ends just like that, a big build up for nothing, it feels very disappointing. And also the build up with the Dessert pop group also ends quickly, so much build up with the group but it just ends without knowing what just happened, and also the leading role Kuroda turns out not to be leading role when it's 20 minutes left or so, so why why are we follow him and his family then? And there is another character who is named Mitsuko, a girl who lost her boyfriend because of the sucide club kult, but she also is unused, she is one scene the whole movie then she come back like in the end of the film as the main character, and there is no build up for her, it doesn't make any sense, for plot it get just 2/5

Why was this movie made?
I have a theory, even though the director said his reason during an interview but I think it's more then that. On the paper and IMDb it says the movie is from 2001, but if you look at the quality of the technology in the film and also the lifestyle it's looks more like mid 90s or at maximum late 90s. If you look at the phones and computers and other technology in the film, it's definitely before 1998 or 1996 so it's possible it was filmed in 90s but wasn't finished til 2001. My theory is then that the director wanted to teach the youth not to follow any cult or anything that can hurt you, because during the 90s there was a lot of problems in the youth society in Japan, a lot of kids turned to criminal kult gangs to do bad things, the director properly made this film to educate people not to follow anything just because it looks cool, because it might be your doom. That message is clear what he wanted at the end of the film when Mitsuko is in a theatre and a bunch of kids asking her who she is and she answer she is who she is and she is want to continue be that way, and also in the ending the "dessert" group talks to the audience and give their final message "live your life as possible", if that was the purpose of the film to teach people to no follow any kult, then I lift my hat to him and give one extra point, but could have been a better if it wasn't for the mix of bloods and gore and and the unbalanced ending for some characters.

Final result of the movie
I can't complain to much, I was exited at the beginning of the film and it was thrilling to follow the detective when he try prevent the kult of sucide club, but the unbalanced ending leaves me with a lot of questions eventough I can understand the movie but the ending could have been done better and it shouldn't have mixed with blood and gore, final point is 4/10

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Ichi a 2008 adventure film from Japan

Posted : 4 years, 3 months ago on 29 December 2015 10:32 (A review of Ichi)

It's the year 2008, it's time for our favorite blind Samurai Zatoichi to have a rest from the movie industry and allow a female version of him to save ancient Japan from bad guys, and who could be more appropriate then his own daughter Ichi to take over his hero part? Well she would if the movie knew where it was going.....

Ichi is born blind like her Father, she go to geisha school to train to sing and perform, also she is trained ninjutsu to protect herself, one day her father doesn't return home, and after Ichi been kicked out from geisha school, Ichi go on a quest to find where her father is. She accidentally rescue a clumpsy samurai named Toma from being killed by gang of bandits, but when the bandits rivals arrives, they believe Toma did it and want him to join forces with them to fight the bandit leader, but Toma is defenseless without Ichi, what will Ichi do? Shall she help him or will she continue with her request for her father?

How does this movie hold as a action samurai female assassin movie?

Well the action is spot on, I give them that, and Haruka Ayase nail the character Ichi on the dot, the editing and choreography is done well and I feel exited on every action scene, 5/5

How does it hold as a plot movie?

Well this is the weakest part of the film, and sadly that's what is important for every movie that the plot is doing alright, but the problem is it feels the screenwriter didn't know if it's gonna be a too serious movie or a too humorous movie, so it was put in as both, and that feels confused, one moment it's all serious next moment is humorous that take away the exiting feels of the movie, plus also Ichi get a kid as a side kick but this goes nowhere and it feels unessecary to put in, it would be more understandingly if there were less humor in this film so it would explain why the kid is there but because of too much humor the kid feel unnecessary, 2/5

How is the movie all in all?

Not perfect but it has many moment of samurai entertaining, great acting, beautiful colors and in time this movie can be a classic, we just have to wait and see, 7/10

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Azumi Japanese action adventure from 2003

Posted : 4 years, 3 months ago on 29 December 2015 09:25 (A review of Azumi)

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There is no doubt in my mind that Azumi is a movie that will live forever, a samurai classic made in early 2000s and is here to stay for many Generations.

As a child, Azumi lost her mother during the war. Out in the deserts she is found by an old Ronin and his gang of young kids that he has taken care of. He train them to become the ultimate samurai assassins, now fully grown, Azumi has become stronger and a fast trained assassin but she must be put to the test, the test is she must be willing to kill her lover or be killed by her lover. She succeeded unwilling and now she has become ready for her first mission, to find and eliminate 3 deadly warlords that want to start a war. On her way she is challenged by ninjas, bandits, warlords bodyguards, 3 crazy brothers, and one psychopath who love white clothes and roses. She also meet a beautiful actress named Yae who want to help Azumi from be a cold blooded assassin to a traditional woman, but will Azumi change her life and risk the nations safety?

How does this film hold as a samurai ninja action movie?

Spot on, every action scene is fast and quick and deadly, it's not about how well the characters knows Kung fu or other martial art, it's about survival, and you can feel it in this film, you feel every minute they fight who is gonna win and the excitement thrills your blood, well done action samurai scenes 5/5.

How does it hold as a plot movie?

Brilliant, you never feel lost, editing in this movie is more then well done, normally in some samurai movie, some scenes can be slow, but in this film it never feel slow, it's over 2 hours long but never feel slow at all, it's the first I feel 2 hours is too short for this film, that's how brilliantly they made this film, it get also 5/5.

How is this film in general?

Honestly, there is nothing to dislike about this film, wether you are a samurai fan or not, this movie can entertain and make me you feel touched at the same time, no doubt in my mind at all as this is a movie for all generations, long live Azumi 10/10!

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Zorro, tv series from 1990s

Posted : 4 years, 3 months ago on 17 December 2015 07:09 (A review of Zorro)

Buenas noches signores, now it's almost Christmas and now I'm going to make a review of my childhood hero Zorro, my first toy I ever got was Zorro, my first tv series I saw was Guy Williams zorro, and this was the tv serve I grew up with, and I have a lot of memories with this as a child, but now I'm viewing with adult eyes and find it still great but not master piece as I remembered it.

In the 1800s Los Angeles is a small pueblo, and in control by a ruthless Alcalde and his soldiers. Don Diego live with his father and his adopted deaf servant Philippe. As Diego he pretend to be a spineless weakling who cannot fight with a sword and prefer books, but at night he has secret identity as the guardian of the people who steal from Alcalde and give to the poor, the name of his secret hero identity is Zorro, dress head to toe in black with a cape and a mask and hat and with a black stallion named Tornado, he rides at night and fights the injustice soldiers, greedy thieves, and ruthless murderers, pas buena suerte el Zorro!

How does this tv series hold as an action/adventure?

Depends on the episodes, some episodes are a little goofy, like the Pirates episode, but then it's more serious like the horse race, double entendre with a man who copy Zorro to dirty his name, and my favorite episode is when Diegos father is dating a woman but turn out to be a big sceam, so some episode has it moments, but the small problem is that some episodes are not serious and get a little too goofy, plus some acting changes of the roles can sometimes lose the reality of the show when one character is played by two different people. For the plot and action and adventure I can't complain but it is perhaps too many seasons for a series that didn't know if they go serious or goofy, 2/5

How does it hold as a plot?

Well at first, it does hold up as a Zorro story, it does follow like the other Zorro movies and tv series before that. But it's a little odd though that in every series the characters has different name, the villain in the old Disney series was called Monastario and the comic relief fat sergeant was called Garcia, here the villain is just called the Alcalde Ramone and the Sergeant is called Mendoza, in the filmation cartoon the villain was also named Ramone but the sergeant was named Gonzales, and the love interest in the cartoon was named Maria, here she is named Victoria, and the deaf servant is named Bernardo in the old Disney series and is older but here he is young boy and named Philippe, in cartoon he is not deaf but a masked side kick named Miguel, so many changes in name and characters but the plot is the same, it's good plot they follow the original unlike the block buster movies, but sadly too many episodes has too many family friendly style, and it lose the seriousness in the series, but those episodes that are good are really good, so I give it 3/5

One special Bonus: the music

Oh my god the music is amazing, it has classic style of Latin orchestral score, and actually put you in mood for South American adventure feeling, sometimes the music doesn't fit in some scenes, but mostly it does and I give extra point for that

How is the series all in all?

The first season is great, then the 2nd season it starts to fall apart and it has totally 4 seasons, but the adventure is decent, beautiful Spanish locations, and great music, not a complete masterpiece but satisfying, so total 6/10

Action/adventure: 2/5, plot: 3/5, bonus: music 1 point, total: 6/10

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Satomi Hakken Den, a 1983 fantasy movie

Posted : 4 years, 3 months ago on 16 December 2015 06:33 (A review of The Legend Of The 8 Samurai)

Satomi Hakken Den or The Legend Of The Eight Samurai is a beautiful classic master piece that somehow got overlooked, not many people mention it so it's a broken Jewel that the world forgot, but not anymore thanks to Internet and people like me who will now give you a helpful review as I can for this great film.

Princess Shizu manage to escape an evil witch and her soldiers, since Shizu is soul survivor of her family she must find help to destroy the evil witch. On her way she encounter a robber named Shinbei. When Shinbei find out Shizu is the escape princess he try to arrest her to claim the reward but she is rescued by a ronin named Tadatomo. Tadatomo tell the princess a story about the legend of eight samurais that lived in a heart of an ancient princess that released them in glowing marbles, each samurai that has this marble is in destiny to destroy the evil witch and protect the princess. Tadatomo show her his marble that glow she now knows she must fine the other warriors that has a same marble, they are the only ones who could rescue the world from evil. Meanwhile Shinbei returns to his home and he finds out the witch he is working for has destroyed his village and killed everyone who lived there, now he join forces with the princess and Tadatomo to the quest for the other samurais, but can he be trusted? And is it possible that he could be a samurai as well?

How does it hold up as a fantasy movie?

Beautifully, it has aged well, you feel strongly every scene, some scenes might feel a little dark but it's so intense and exiting and beautifully done, I give this movie 5/5

How does it hold as a plot movie?

For a fantasy movie, you never feel lost, and that's good, most of the fantasy movies are concentrated on the environment instead of the characters, but in this movie do it both beautifully. Every character is like able, the witch is scary as she is beautiful and the action is spot on, with a lot of monsters and soldiers and action and explosion, also a 5/5

One little bonus notice

There is a song for this film called "I don't want this night to end" sang magesctly by English singer John O'Bannion, great song that fit this movie.

The movie all in all?

I don't know why this film is overlooked! Maybe because it was made in 1983 and at that time most of the world was occupied by Hollywood (and why not? At that time Hollywood wasn't so much crap as it is today, for example the old Star Wars movies and Blade Runner) but still I think the world should have notice more of this film, a total 10/10 this movie is a masterpiece.

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Godzilla (Gojira) 1984 a nostalgic monster film

Posted : 4 years, 3 months ago on 16 December 2015 05:42 (A review of Godzilla 1985 (1985))

Gojira from 1984 is not a sequel to other Gojira films from the 60s or 70s, it's a sequel to the first Gojira film from 1954, and same as the first, when it came to out to America the movie was changed for the American audience by adding an extra scenes with an American actor as pretending to be leading role, but I don't recommend that crap version, it only remind us how rasist hollywood use to be back then (and maybe still is) now I'm gonna focus on the original.

Goro Maki is a journalist that goes out in the ocean to track down a missing fish boat that disappeared near a volcano blast. He find the boat with only one survivor, his name is Hiroshi Okumura, and he tells the story about A monster name Gojira that attacked his ship and is on its way to Tokyo. Only his sister believes him Naoko Okumura and her boss Dr. Hayashida who is investigating Gojiras weakness. Meanwhile a soviet submarine get in Gojiras way by accident, and Gojira destroy it. Now the Sovietunion is on manhunt after Gojira and plan to destroy him with or without Japans help, but will they succeed or can Dr. Hayashida find another way before Gojira returns to Tokyo ?

How does this movie hold up as a sci fi monster film?

First of all, it's great that Gojira has return to the villain role as he was in 1954, and why not? It was the 30th anniversary for the first film. But as a sci fi is ok although since its been over 30 years since this movie released and it shows the quality hasn't aged well, specially with the Gojira design, and speaking of Gojira, I am more afraid for the life of the stunt man who played the role of of Gojira, every now and then you can see in the destroy Tokyo scenes he has hard time to walk or move his arms and some time his body language looks like he is about to past out, however the movie is nostalgic with typical 80s and a lot of action, and it is dark and intense so I give this movie 3/5

How does it hold as a plot movie with characters?

It's difficult to do characters in a Kaiju movie, but this one and the first movie succeed brilliantly, Dr. Hayashida is a great hero character and Naoko is an innocent girl who do anything to protect her brother and the icing on the cake is the Soviet Union is also involved try to fight the Gojira and that's also cool. But some part there some unnecessary comic relief that takes this movie to a different level, although in this case it's perhaps ok since this tone of this film is dark, so I give it 4/5 for plot and not US version included, just watch the original.

How does this movie hold all in all?

It has it flaws but then again is there a movie that doesn't have? Anyway the movie is more then a guilty pleasure, with nostalgic 80s sci fi monster style with great characters intense action and Cold War, I give this movie 7/10 totally.

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Antartica, a classic Japanese survival from 1983

Posted : 4 years, 3 months ago on 14 December 2015 07:25 (A review of Antarctica)

Antarctica is a classic survival film based on a true story of two dogs Taro and Jiro who were abandoned in Antartica but the two dogs manage to survive, with orchestra score of the legend himself from Greece Vangelis

Prof. Ushioda and his friend Oichi leading a discovery patrol with their 15 sledge dogs in Antartica, however a bad storm is about to enter Antartica and the two professors are forced to leave their dogs behind, months goes by and Ushioda still is haunted that the dogs might be alive but no one believes him, meanwhile in Antartica it turns out Ushioda theory was right, 8 of the dogs are still alive and are now fighting to survive the hard condition in Antartica, but will they all manage to stay alive ? And will someone rescue them?

How does the movie hold as an survival movie?
Well it's about survival, but it's the first time I see it's about dogs who are survival and how they fight to survive, that makes it interesting but also sad for dog lovers and sensitive viewers, but the survival point is well played by the dog actors, so for that I give 4/5

How does this movie hold as a plot movie?
Strong, every character can be felt miles away, one feel for both the humans and the dogs, the team did a good job to get the feeling of how dangerous Antartica can be, also it's sad this plot is based on true story that this happend is really sad, score 4/5

How is the movie all in all?
Very sad, and I cannot recommend this film for dog lovers or sensitive viewers but if you like a good survival film, and like to know the history of Taro and Jiro, then this movie is for you, I give this movie 8/10 not my top 20 list but I give it high rating for its well done and masterpiece music from Vangelis who is know for scoring other great films like Blade a Runner and Alecander.

Total Score: plot 4/5 survival 4/5 = 8/10

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2009 Lost Memories a South Korean What if? Movie

Posted : 4 years, 3 months ago on 14 December 2015 01:05 (A review of 2009: Lost Memories (2002))

This review is not gonna be easy, sure I liked this film at first, but then after rewatching it 5 more times the anti of the plot start show its true colours.

2009 Lost Memories is a South Korean action what if ? Film from 2002 that's about a changed future if the Japanese emperor had won WWII.

Story begins at 1909 in Korea when it belonged to China, where an assassin failed to kill an important diplomat, and because of that failure history as we know it has changed, it's only one country now that controls the world. Sakamoto and Saigo are two detectives at the year 2009 in Seoul that is now Japanese. During an investigation of a attempt terror attack by an Korean resistance group in a museum, they discover clues what they are after, exactly what they don't know. But when Sakamoto investigate more he discover his true roots that he tried to hidden for so many years, Sakamoto is a Korean and when investigate more, he finds out the history has been changed in wrong direction, and Seoul his beloved city should belong to a country called South Korea and not Japan, but South Korea doesn't exist in this time line and he must find a way to save Korea, but what can he do? And can he betray his old friend Saigo?

How does this movie hold as an action film?

Excellent, everything it does as an action film is great, well done choreographing, a lot of explosion and great acting talent, for that 5/5

How does it hold as a plot film?

I'm sorry, I cannot give this film any points, at first I was ok with the plot but after watching it again and again, the anti-Japanese started to reveal to me more, and I don't like that, sure a what if? Movie will do that but it screams too much anti and it feels unnecessary and too much, sure Chinese makes a lot of anti Japanese movies but they make sense because their movies take place during WWII when the occupation happend, and my first review was a Chinese WWII movie that was more ninja movie but still made sense because it took place in WWII history, but this film is a futuristic film, it doesn't make any sense why this plot exist, and what if? Movies are difficult to make, and this plot is too concentrate on the anti, and therefore I cannot give any points 0/5

How is the movie all in all?

Well if you forget the plot then this movie is very thrilled, good action, always the edge of my seat, and great acting, it's just the anti grows more and the revealing of what the plot is trying to do makes clear for more you watching it, there fore I can only give it 5/10, before I rated it high but now I change my mind.

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