Friday, January 23, 2015

Film Review: Blood and Ties (2013)

Blood and Ties (Review)
Guk Dong-seok/Son Ye-jin/2013
Where to Watch:
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"...despite the very convenient story, the film is at least entertaining."

After watching a film about an unsolved murder, aspiring reporter Da-eun (Son Ye-jin) begins to suspect her father of the crimes...

Blood and Ties is an interesting crime-thriller. The film follows Da-eun after she watches the film. At the end of said film, a voice recording plays. The voice is eerily familiar to that of her father, Son-man (Kim Kap-soo). So, she suspects her father is the culprit. Her father has a way with words, though, so she doesn't believe it. Then, a man from her father's past arrives and she begins to suspect him again. That's essentially the entire film. She suspects him, she doesn't, she suspects, she doesn't, and so on. The climax and ending are interesting, at least.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Film Review: Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)

Kundo: Age of the Rampant (Review)
Yoon Jong-bin/Ha Jung-woo/2014
Where to Watch:
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Prime

"...a seamless blend of action, humor, and drama..."

In mid-19th century Joseon, the wealthy ruthlessly run society and a group of bandits fight for justice.

Kundo: Age of the Rampant follows this group of bandits as they fight those who take advantage of their authority. Dolmuchi (Ha Jung-woo), a poor butcher, eventually finds himself at odds with Jo Yoon (Kang Dong-won), who rules with absolute power. After some unfortunate events, Dolmuchi joins the bandits and is reborn as Dolchi. Dolchi then joins the bandits in a plot to destroy Jo Yoon's ruthless grip on the poor. The story leads to an epic climax and satisfying ending.