Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Daisy (2006)

Daisy (Review)
Andrew Lau/Jung Woo-sung/2006
Where to Watch:
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Prime

"...impressed at how this film developed its sense of love and intimacy."

A love triangle revolving around artist Hye-young (Jun Ji-hyun), her secret admirer and professional killer Park Yi (Jung Woo-sung), and Interpol detective Jeong Woo (Lee Sung-jae).

Daisy shows the three different perspectives of the three main characters. Park Yi falls in love with Hye-young at first sight, and secretly shows his feelings by delivering a pot of daisies to Hye-young everyday. The love becomes distorted when detective Jeong Woo stumbles upon Hye-young, incidentally with a pot of daisies, and Hye-young believes he is her admirer -- and he won't let her believe otherwise. The story continues to focus on each character and their internal conflicts, and each character faces a genuine issue. A bit slow at times, and occasionally uneventful, Daisy leads to a strong ending -- many hopeless romantics will hate it, especially with those accustomed to the fantasy romance films we are constantly fed, but it's as honest as it gets.

Daisy is a very effective romantic-drama, with some great action sequences; the action sequences are limited, but they help the film pick up some speed and their greatly choreographed. I didn't know there were two versions of the film prior to watching it, and I watched the Netflix stream. Anyway, I found it interesting and was even impressed at how this film developed its sense of love and intimacy. Through the dialogue, the facial expressions, and their actions, you can see chemistry in the characters; and, this was developed without a single sex scene or any tongue-wrestling. There are many heart-aching scenes, really making you wish you can scream some sense into some characters, but, that's love, ain't it?

It was difficult to empathize with one character considering the circumstances, but you can see it was done purposefully to create this complicated love triangle; depending on how you see the character, he may come off as irritating and frustrating, though. Aside from that, the film has some pacing issues and often feels unnecessarily bloated, almost repetitive in its formula; at under 1hr 40min, Daisy feels like a 2 hour film. It kept the me interested, but it felt like it could've been cut down, or fine-tuned for a more effective experience.

Jung Woo-sung steals the show with his charismatic, charming, and complicated performance. Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Sung-jae are also great with some incredibly emotional scenes, especially the former. The supporting cast also does well in supporting the wonderful leads. The music is memorable, blending an original score and some classical music. The film is beautifully shot with great cinematography and engaging camerawork, despite lacking a high-definition version. Andrew Lau directs Daisy and delivers a great melodramatic romance film with great tension and chemistry throughout the story.

Overall, Daisy is a great melodramatic drama. It's a complicated yet well-developed love triangle, with genuine chemistry between the leads. It is has a slow pace, though, almost too slow for its own good; and, its further deterred by some uneventful plot points. Regardless, if you're looking for an emotional trip with a powerful destination, sit back and enjoy Daisy.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Some strong violence and blood.

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