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Flowers! If it's one thing you'll take away from this movie, it's gonna
be the flowers. They feature so prominently and are used as plot
devices, you'll become an expert in identifying with daisies and black
tulips by the time the movie ends.
Set in Amsterdam, Daisy tells the frustrating love triangle story between 1 girl and the 2 men in her life. One a professional hit-man eking out a living, the other an Interpol agent. Featuring a Pan-Asian cast (Korean, Hong Kong) and crew (director Andrew Lau from Hong Kong, writer from Korea, and a Thai post production team), I could imagine the headaches in coordination.
Park Yi (Jung Woo-sung) is a hit-man who found a soft spot for painter Hye-young (played by the pretty Jeon Ji-hyun). It's love at first sight in the meadows of daisies, where her clumsiness caught his attention. However, being shy and ever mindful of the dangers of his professional career, he can only admire her from afar, do little (or perhaps big) things for her in an anonymous fashion, but the one that takes the cake is sending her potted daisies everyday without fail at 4:15pm. He becomes her guardian angel from afar, shielding her and keeping her safe from harm.
Hye-young is in love with this mysterious stranger. She is constantly waiting for him to appear, but I really wonder how difficult could that be given the almost punctual daisy delivery. Nonetheless, she's terribly moved, and touched by this sole act. However, as the stars would have it, interpol detective Jeong Woo (Lee Sung-jae) chances upon Hye-young at a town square during one of his undercover missions, and he too is captivated by her. In a similar fashion, because of his profession, he is doubtful if he should make the first move.
Which is where the audience would find it frustrating. The lady obviously would fall for the wrong guy (then again, it's the "good" guy), Park Yi being infuriated by Jeong Woo's pursuit, but yet still refuses to step out and identify himself, and Jeong Woo being the opportunist in grabbing the free anonymous identity unwittingly. It's almost as if you wanna give everyone a slap to wake them all up.
That aside, it is precisely this tension that keeps you intrigued. And it is wickedly fun to watch the two male leads finding it tough to fall in love without jeopardizing their careers, or their loved one. But fret not action fans, there are enough cat-and-mouse revelations and unsaid camaraderie in the mould of Infernal Affairs, as well as ample gunfights, although I felt the ending could have been scripted tighter.
What rocks is the clever editing. Telling the story in a non-linear timeline (no worries, it ain't that bad, you'll still be able to follow the narrative) from the points of view of all the leads, keeping you in suspense, and culminating in a three way split screen showcasing all their emotions in a single converging event, which I thought was extremely well-done.
It's a beautiful film in terms of landscapes of lush meadows and busy city squares, with plenty of classical music to sooth the soul. As with romance movies, all the leads are eye candy - the girls will have a field day with the two handsome male leads, while the guys have to make do with a somewhat pudgy-faced (argh! OK lah, at certain angles) Jeon Ji-hyun.
If you're into a romance movie with an equal balance in the action/tension department, then Daisy would be your choice. If you prefer a more conventional weepy, then the other Korean movie making its debut here at the same time, You are My Sunshine, would be your alternative. And yes, I totally dig the ending scene, which I thought only the Koreans do it best? Kinda reminded me of the JSA one.
I saw the Korean version of Daisy first. It came across as a simple
love story that flowed nicely from start to finish. I saw it 3 times as
I waited for my copy of the director's cut to arrive.
Then I got the DC and watched it. Wow! I think this is the first REAL director's cut I've ever seen. Amazing how detailed the editing is in both versions! The DC is laid out like a hardcore thriller, with the love story in the background. It moves at a slower pace than the Korean version.The variations between both versions are so drastic, it seems like two totally different movies. I thought I would be worn out watching the movie again, toughing it out just to look for the added scenes. That wasn't the case. It really felt like I was watching a whole new movie.
While the DC is 20 minutes longer than the Korean version, you'll be hard-pressed to pinpoint where or what has been changed. 2 seconds chopped off here. A second added there. An entire scene added here. Another erased there. In both versions, scenes have been added, omitted or chopped up and reordered. In some scenes, entire lines of dialogue were replaced or reordered - while the scene itself was untouched. Even simple sound effects were added/omitted from each version - having a major impact on the mood of the film, and sometimes even changing the outcome of a scene. What comes across as a tender moment in the Korean version is a sad, somber one in the DC. The endings of both versions leave room for interpretation. As far as I can tell, both versions end a LOT different, and were intended that way.
I'm assuming most people will be acquiring the director's cut of the film, and will find the movie pretty decent, but a little long and boring. If that's the case, look for the Korean version. Same movie, but different feel. I think there's a deluxe 3-DVD version that contains both cuts of the film - not sure.
The versions compliment each other so well that as a pair, I'll watch Daisy more often than I do any of my other favorite Korean movies. Alone, I'd say the Korean version is a nice love story that I'd watch once in awhile. The director's cut, I'll watch maybe once or twice, then never again, as I find the pacing dull. But they just go so well together! For what I consider the best experience, I'd say watch the Korean version first. Then watch the director's cut to help fill in the gaps of the story that you were curious about.
The editing is the real star of the film.
A young Korean artist lives in Amsterdam. She is a bit of a loner and has never had a serious relationship, insisting that she is "waiting" for the right person. She works in the public square, drawing portraits for passersby but, for herself, she also indulges in painting her favorite flowers, daisies. But, all of a sudden, she has a secret admirer. Flowers are delivered to her residence every day at 4:15, usually daisies, yet she can not catch the sender in the act. This is because, unknown to her, her beau is a Korean hit-man, and he wishes to remain hidden, for now. One day in the square, however, another attractive Korean man sits for the artist and happens to be carrying a pot of daisies. She concludes that he is her shy hero and, also, the man she has been waiting to find. This second gentleman, too, has a secret; he is an Interpol agent. The assassin can see everything that transpires in the square, due to having an apartment close by. Naturally, he is disturbed that another man has entered the young girl's life. How will this shadowy love triangle play out? This is a beautiful picture to watch. The setting in Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside is very, very lovely. Add in three most attractive young Korean actors and, visually, any viewer has a stunning panorama in front of them. The story is quite nice, too, being a mixture of drama and action, with a dash of the unexpected. Costumes are very fetching and the production values, high. In short, anyone searching for a quality foreign film with a compelling story and great scenery would find this movie a wonderful choice for a diverting evening. Should you have someone's hand to hold during the view, so much the better.
No matter I love you or not, I use my life to proof the long time
waiting. In the last moment, my life just likes the daisy blooming in
the picture. This is a typical Asian movie, which combines the element
of the South Korean's tragedy and the element of china's action movie.
It gives you a feeling from the deep heart. May be you are a litter
puzzled about the detail, however, use your heart, you can experience
The views and pictures in this film are so beautiful. It's a traveling for your eyes. If you like classic music, you also can be satisfaction by the movie. Yes, although there are some raw skills in this film, they didn't affect it become a good and moving movie.
Using your heart, your eyes and your hearing to feel the different kind of love coming from the other side of the world.
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Daisy is a great film. It has a mix of action, drama and romance. It is
a movie that tells an awkward love triangle between a naive painter, a
cop and an assassin. It touches themes about the difficulty of
confessing one's love due to difficult situations. The movie is a
collaboration of Chinese and Korean filmmakers. That is why the love
story was great due to the Koreans,who are well-known for their classic
romantic films and the cops and criminal story was just as great due to
the Chinese,who are well-known for making great action films.
The acting was superb in this film.Gianna Jun was spectacular as an actress despite of not having a speaking role for 3/4 of the film. She can convey emotions without words extremely well which definitely proves that she is an exceptional actress. The same can be said for both Korean actors Lee Seong-jae and Jung Woo-sung,who acted as the cop and assassin respectively. This film was made in Amsterdam which made the setting of the film was truly fabulous. The direction of Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and the screenplay of Kwak Jae Young (My Sassy Girl,The Classic,Windstruck) were definitely extra-ordinary.
Since this is the director's cut version, the film may be kinda of slow as the first one-third of the story is a narration from the perspective of the three major characters. But inspite of this, I still find the positive qualities of the film far too overwhelming as compared to this one flaw.
A highly recommended film.This film defines what a great Asian film is all about.
Again, I'm late 6 years to watch a good Asian movie. This makes me think why cinemas in my country only play Hollywood summer blockbusters when there are many better non Hollywood movies out there. Anyway... This movie really reminds me of HK Chow Yun Fat's The Killer (1987). There is a romantic killer and disable girl as his love interest. By then, the girl was blind after the shoot out and in Daisy, the girl can not speak after the gun fight. Both killers are decent man and have a good self consciousness (I doubt there is really a gun for hire out there like our lead actor). But that's all of the resemblance. The tone of Daisy is drama, so action is not very intense. Even at the end, when the final show down between the killer and the villains, the intensity is not very high. But one thing differ this movie from its predecessor, it's Jun Ji Hyun. She's really a good actress, capable of drawing our sympathy, feel her love and pain even though she does not speak nearly for half end of the movie. When she discovered the truth about the man whom she really loved, deep down in our heart we really wish happiness for her, even though some of us maybe know what's coming. Definitely 8/10
I don't know how to comment or how to express myself after watching
"Daisy". The first review of this movie helps me a lot but I can't tell
that it's right! I watched first the DC and I think it's greater than
the Korean version. It is more natural and lovely. And I can't also say
that my review is right. Hehehehe. All I can sure is that you better
watch the DC version and Korean version of Daisy and you will not
regret any single moment crying and laughing while watching. No matter
how many edit done in this movie still you will feel the heart of the
story. It's really amazing, until now i can't get over.
One of my favorite movies! You should watch it!
To have Andrew Lau's name associated with a film like Daisy struck me
as rather peculiar upon completion of my original viewing, for unlike
many of his other works, notable often for their action, the romantic
storyline could almost be comparative to a film helmed by Wong Kar Wai.
Though the film conveys a similarity to Mr. Lau's Bullets of Love, the
strong focus on the three lead characters, each of whom experience love
and loss in equal measure, their narration, that assists in scaffolding
their feelings and perspectives, is unlike what Mr. Lau has previously
showcased. However, his vision can often be seen during the quick cuts
exhibited within the infrequent fight scenes, that are often times
frenetic, yet at the same time, focused on the segment's most important
The themes of love, death, beauty and art are accentuated by the poignant soundtrack that adds to the atmosphere, while the exceptional song, uniquely used for lead character Hye-Young (Jun Ji-Hyun), further emphasizes the words and opinions that she does not personally give voice to, which makes for an even more emotive setting. An artist, originally from the South Korean countryside, this location, alongside the streets of Amsterdam where the film is primarily set, heightens the artistic beauty of the world Hye-Young inhabits, making a living by temporarily working at her grandfather's antique store, while dedicating the majority of her life to her artistic endeavors.
Ms. Ji-Hyun brilliantly encapsulates her character's passion for art, and equally gives life to her pain and frustration. The antique store helps emphasize her grandfather's fear that Hye-Young, if she does not find an acceptable suitor, will soon end up much like some of the unwanted items in his store, and though she refuses to accept such ideas, her initial thoughts on love, that are perhaps overloaded, do evidently stress her desires. Her heart, in secret, already belongs to a man she has never met, Park Yi (Jung Soo-Wung), who frequently sends her daisies, though does not have the courage to reveal himself to her, after dedicating himself to the life of a contract killer.
Hoping to one day find her secret admirer, Hye-Young coincidentally bumps into Jeong Woo (Lee Sung-Jae), an Interpol detective, who, after forming an attachment to her, doesn't have the heart to reveal he is in fact not the man who sends her daisies after she suspects him to be the man she's longed to meet. Park Yi has only the capacity to sadly watch, there being a deep seeded sense of hopelessness evident in the feature that is used to great affect, and though each character is open to love, they, at the same time, are scared of hurting the other, especially as both the assassin and the detective begin to come closer to unmasking the other's identity.
Despite one's initial assumption, that this part of the plot would presumably add much tension to the story, a violent, bitter struggle for Hye-Young's heart is not what actually occurs. Instead, the tension is developed through character choices, as viewers are continuously left wondering which of the two men Hye-Young will choose to dedicate her love to, and whether or not she still longs to meet the man who sends her daises, or if her heart has instead settled for another.
Although the film executes its ability to leave the audience guessing, due to deliberate gaps in the plot (that are filled over the duration of the feature), and through a narrative that isn't always chronological, the characters are so well developed, viewers will potentially be able to predict the directionality and outcome regardless, though this never takes away from the emotional intensity of the feature.
Despite Daisy's length, which could be evaluated as longer than necessary, alongside potential accusations about its slow pace, the scenes and accompanying visuals never feel forced or out of place, their meaningful, evocative intent successfully being channeled towards the viewer until the film's conclusion. Though the film's often sombre atmosphere is undeniable, its beauty lies in its advocating for, and strong admittance of, love, forgiveness and acceptance.
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1 The love I've been dreaming of
is all so close to me. But all I can
just watching you without words. 2 In this city of strangers
I lived day by day painting love. Waiting and hoping that you'll be
with the scent of daisies. 3 It is too late but now
recognize you. But maybe we were not meant to be. I never wanted to let
this love fly away.
But I am sorry I have to leave with you still breathing here. 4 Every day in the same time you always nearby me, Only I didn't recognize stupidly and you passed through me *3 It is too late but now I finally recognize you. But maybe we were not meant to be. I never wanted to let this love fly away.
But I am sorry I have to leave with you still breathing here.
Love is all about timing and it's no good meeting
the right person at the wrong place and the wrong time. Well, at least
for a good 100 minutes of Daisy it seems to be heading towards that
way, but then all of a sudden director Andrew Lau takes a complete
U-turn and goes for anything is possible "the future can be changed".
The result is weird, confusing, unbelievable and a tad too long.
Running at 110 minutes, Daisy is at least 20 minutes too long, and the
effect on the audience is straining and dragging on and on, which isn't
exactly the right type of emotions to have. Without doubt, this is an
Andrew Lau film, the director who helmed a production called Infernal
Affairs, but somehow, it plays more like a typical melodramatic Korean
film and adding some spices of Johnnie To's Fulltime Killer. The end
product isn't original and the overall feeling is pretty much
unconvincing and when the only pros are the beautiful backdrop of
Amsterdam, the pretty painter and good production values, you can tell
that a lot of things are heading the wrong direction.
The movie goes like this: "Daisy" is a story about the inevitable showdown between a detective and a killer who fall in love with the same woman. In the story, Jeon plays a street artist who dreams of opening her own exhibition someday, while Jeong portrays a killer who loves her but cannot confess his love to her because of his profession.
Sometimes, you wonder how the hell a director like Andrew Lau can co-direct films like Infernal Affairs and Young and Dangerous, and then go on and create crap like The Park, Wesley's Mysterious Files when left alone.
Whatever the case, in Daisy, Lau isn't just unconvincing, but also disappointing. It is extremely unfortunate that the bright spot of Korean cinema is now resorting to cliché and Lau does nothing new, but reinforces that fact. Adding to the wound is the casting of hugely popular Jeon Ji-Hyun from My Sassy Girl, further enhancing the fact of how the hell did this movie turned out so boring.
Jeon Ji-Hyun is alongside, Ha Ji-won and Song Hye-kyo as Neo's favourite Koreans and while her performance here is hugely different from her loud mouthed fame from My Sassy Girl. She offers nothing new or fresh to the mute role and frankly it is a role that can be done by any other actresses. Muting a talkative girl is as much a pain for her to stop talking, let alone for the audience to endure through it. Nonetheless she is an extremely likable character and possessing pretty face to go with it. Lee Sung-Jae performs far better than the Andy Lau wannabe - Jung Woo-Sung. Lee shows some good acting chops and his chemistry with Jeon is romantic to watch. Perhaps it is the moment that he disappears from the screen that the movie becomes a tad too long and leaning towards boredom. In some way, his eyes resemble a Tony Leung Chiu Wai with a Korean flair and in an ironic contrast, Jung parallels an Andy Lau. Perhaps it is Andrew Lau's fault in filming them as if they are HK superstars, rather than letting them be themselves, but nonetheless, it is a shockingly crap performance from Jung and his encounters with Jeon is stupid and utterly unbelievable.
As I mentioned before, there is a spice of Fulltime Killer within this film, and certainly Jeon's role is not unlike Kelly Lin and Jung being the Andy Lau and Lee as the cop. However, despite Fulltime Killer being flawed itself, it was still highly enjoyable and utterly and stylishly cool, but Daisy is just far too uneven and more importantly unconvincing. Sure, there are bits and pieces in the first 90 minutes that is worth watching; especially the scene where Lee encounters Jeon in the middle of the beautiful backdrop of Amsterdam, their awkward moment of romance is a beautiful moment to endure. Unfortunately those moments are far and in between and the rest is just predictable and unconvincing.
All in all, Daisy isn't bad movie, but it is utterly unconvincing. Even typing this review, right now, I realise that I have been typing one word over and over again unconvincing. It is rare that I keep using the same word over and over again to describe a movie, but it is exactly the reason why the movie didn't work. Andrew Lau has yet to prove that he can handle a movie by himself, and if it takes a co-director for him to have any success, then he should stop directing alone. Sometimes, a director really needs to know what the hell he is aiming to achieve, so that the audience can understand the message that he is trying to put across. It is no good, emphasising the point of missed opportunities and meeting the person at the wrong time and place for a good portion of the movie, then all of a sudden turning 180 degrees saying that it doesn't really matter. The effect is that of leaving the audience feeling stupid and more unbelievable than believable. Perhaps one word can sum up the whole film and you probably already know what word it would be unconvincing
I rate it 6/10
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