Movie review: Sunny (2011)

Sunny! Wow this film is absolutely one of my all time favorites. This is the kind of film which will make you laugh and cry. It will definitely remind you of the fun times you had during your middle school/high school years.

The story revolves around new high-school transfer student Im Na-Mi, who comes from a small town in Jeolla-do to a new school in Seoul. On her first day at her new school she is bullied by others girls. But some girls are really nice to her and help her. The girls are Ha Chun-Hwa, known for her strong sense of loyalty & excellent fighting skills,  Jang-Mi  who really wishes to get double eye-lid surgery, Jin-Hee  who swears like a sailor, Geum-Ok who is interested in literature, Bok-Hee  dreams of becoming Miss Korea someday and Su-Ji  who is always arrogant and talks very less. Na-Mi quickly becomes part of their group. Their opposition comes in the form of the group who call themselves “Girls Generation”, Na-Mi scares them away (literally) with curse words she learned  from her grandmother. These seven girls then form their own group called “Sunny“. Boney-M’s song “Sunny” is the hit song at that time (during the 70s/80s) and that’s the song they decide to perform at an upcoming festival . But on the day of their performance a horrible incident occurs leading the girls to eventually go their own separate ways.

Years later, Im Na-mi wants everyone to re-unite! A reunion! But is it possible? How have the girls changed over the years? This film will take you through a trip down memory lane. The transitions from the present to the past (flashbacks) are handled effortlessly and move smoothly. The stories are woven into each other beautifully. The OST is also awesome! You will laugh with them, cry with them and dance with them! A bittersweet story which is bound to tug your heartstrings.

The film was released in May 2011, and it was the first film to sell over 5 million tickets in South Korea during the 2011 year and is the twelfth highest grossing film in South Korean history.

So don’t miss it! Check out the English subbed trailer here! My rating: 4.5/5

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Movie Review: Silenced/ The Crucible (2011)

I had heard a lot of great things about this movie from my Korean friends. I had also known that this movie had won great accolades and is one of the best movies of 2011. I thought of watching it and boy, was my mind blown.

First and foremost, this movie is not for the faint hearted. If you cannot handle explicit scenes, stay away from this one. If you can handle such stuff, read on!

This film (Korean name : 도가니) follows the journey of Kang In Ho (Gong Yoo) as he finds a new job at a school for the hearing impaired as an art teacher. What seems like a normal school, actually has a very dark underbelly. Gong  Yoo witnesses some strange and horrible incidents happening to some kids and finds out the ugly truth of what actually happens behind closed doors in that school. He soon realizes that the school’s principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth.

Once you start watching this movie, you’ll get drawn into it and feel every emotion that the characters in the movie feel. The acting is impeccable. The children had to portray such difficult roles but they did it and how! Baek Seung hwan is going to be a great actor in the future (he is an amazing child actor now!)

The fact that this storyline is based on a real life experience makes it all the more chilling. This movie doesn’t aim to entertain. It aims to tell you the reality – as it is. Gong Yoo’s acting is just superb so is Jung Yu Mi’s acting. When you finish watching it, this movie will leave strong imprints on your mind.

This movie is based on the novel “Dogani” written by Kong Ji-Young (published in 2009). The novel was inspired by a true incidents which occurred at a school for hearing-impaired persons in Gwangju, South Korea.

Again, don’t watch it if you’re below 18 or if you can’t handle explicit scenes. Here’s the trailer:

If you have watched this movie, let me know in the comments what you thought of it! My rating: 4/5

My Top 10 Favorite Korean Movies

Ahh I love Korean movies. Though I haven’t watched too many, but recently I did come across some amazing movies which touched my heart, made me cry and made me laugh super hard. One question : Why are Koreans so awesome in everything? 😉

Here’s my list of my favorite  Korean movies:

1. My little bride:

I LOVE Kim Rae Won and Moon Geun Young is pretty awesome too. This story of a 25 year old guy getting married to a 15 year old girl can sound like it’s a lil weird (considering morals and all) but the treatment given to this film is so sweet and endearing that we will fall in love with the young couple. Age doesn’t really matter in true love. I will never get tired of this film and the sweetness that exudes just warms my heart 🙂

2. He Was Cool:

Who doesn’t love Song Seung Hyun? At his hottest in this film (according to me that is :P) I LOVE his bad boy role in this film. The actress is pretty badass too. His ‘bad’ role actually makes us like him even more. Awesome acting, and awesome storyline. The ending made me cry. Enough said. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it like, now!

3. My tutor friend:

Ohh Kwon Sang Woo is a hottie.  His role too is a somewhat a bad boy who falls in love with his own teacher. But fear not, his teacher is the same age as him (since he has failed multiple times in a class and hence over age in high school). He gets pretty sweet during the movie and the ending is awesome!! Must watch film!!

4. My sassy girl and Windstruck:

I listed them together because they are almost similar. Windstruck is a ‘prequel’ of My sassy girl and Cha Tae Hyun also appears in Windstruck. I think Windstruck was more sad than My sassy girl but I enjoyed watching both! Jun Ji Hyun has similar roles in both and has acted well!

5. Project Makeover:

This one was named as Korea’s worst movies of 2007. I don’t understand why(probably they thought this movie was stupid, which it is, a little). But I loved the acting of the leading lady and the plot was interesting and handled well. This is a story of a woman in her 30s who has made some mistakes in guys and hence left alone when she’s supposed to be dating/married and settled down. She finds a way to go to her past to correct her mistakes. But can she do it? Watch and see 🙂

6. Temptation of wolves.

Jo Han Sun is another name for hotness. Two guys, Kang Dong Won and Jo Han Sun fall for a girl. But the twist is – the girl is Kang Dong Won’s sister. How will this complicate things? Who will get the girl? Don’t miss this movie. ‘Cause it’s epic 🙂 SO romantic oh my god.

7. Speedy Scandal:

Fun film which gets emotional towards the end. The lil dude Wang Seok-hyeon is ADORABLE to the max. A lil weird story but fun none the less. Cha Tae Hyun acts well and so does his ‘daughter’. Must watch!

8. Too beautiful to lie:

I love the acting in this movie! A female oriented film starring Kim Ha Neul and Kang Dong Won, this film is a laugh riot. A ex- con artist (Ha-Neul) loses her bag in a situation and in order to get it back, she lies. And lies more and more. Hence, the confusion. The script is tight and there are some real funny scenes. Don’t miss!

9. A millionaire’s first love:

A romantic film with lots of waterworks. Be ready with tissues when you watch this tearjerker. This is a story of how love and a disease changes the life of an arrogant millionaire. Awesome acting in this one too. Starring Hyun Bin and Lee Yeon Hee.

10. ...ing:

Ahh my Kim Rae Won again! A sweet love story with amazing detailing on the mother daughter relationship and a terminal illness. …ing with bring a tear to your eyes and a smile to your face too. Great acting again.

I have lots more movies to watch, this list might change then! 😛 Which are your fave movies?? Let me know in comments! 🙂