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Senrigan (2000)
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Mizuno is the Best, 25 September 2003
5/10

Miki Mizuno shows off a variety of talents in this movie, among them are cute military uniform, kung fu fighting, detective work, English speaking, and leading the incompetent American army by their nose. Now, if the movie just had a coherent plot, it would complete the experience, unfortunately, it lacks this last element...

There are bits of clues throughout the movie, watch carefully, and one will discover the truth. Alternatively, just watch Mizuno-chan and forget about the hopeless plot.

A 6/10.

Swiri (1999)
3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Bullets Over Substance, 22 September 2003
5/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

There have been enough reviews about the plot of this movie, so I will skip the plot and dive right into the movie. As a whole, I am very disappointed - I was expecting very good entertainment value impeccable plot and logic, what I got was a lousy remake of well-known Hollywood concepts and a cheesy love story that wouldn't fly.

Allow me to take the movie apart... MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW

Why can't the South Korean army shoot straight? A whole army of "sharp shooters" with automatic weapons can't outshoot a single guy with a pistol? I can expect that concept from some cheesy Hollywood action flicks, but not a "revolutionary" movie like Shiri.

How the heck did Kim and her commander escape an army of soldiers? By taking a simple hostage? And then no one managed to follow them? And Kim was able to calmly take public transportation without changing her disguise when her picture was broadcasted on TV?

I can go on and on about all the plot holes. They have severly damaged the believability of the movie. I am not impressed.

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Great Romantic Comedy Movie, 8 September 2003
8/10

A wonderful romantic commedy starring the ever lovely Sammi Cheng. It combines romance and comedy beautifully in a simple but yet fulfilling story, with ghost element involved. Think of it as Hong Kong version of Hollywood's heat movie "Ghost" only that this one has more Chinese taste and is definitely better. The music is beautifully but yet not intrusive.

Without giving too much away, the movie has a slight twist at the end, though the observant audience would probably recognize it early on. The twist helps to tie the movie logically together.

Sammi gave a great performance as a newly-wed widow who transforms herself... She has trully become a magnificient performer and can hold a movie on her own shoulder.

A 9/10.

5 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Good Beginning, Bad Ending, 5 July 2003
3/10

With Hong Kong heart-throb Andy Lau and veteran star Ching Wan Lau, "Aau Chin" has everything going for it for the beginning part of the movie, unfortunately, the movie falls apart at the end.

Andy Lau plays a sophisticated thief who only has 4 weeks to live, but still has one thing unfinished... He pulls an elaborated scheme tricking the police into helping him... However, the police is hot on his tail.... Can he pull it off before being caught?

The build up of the movie is good. Bits of pieces of clues are left behind for the audiences to try to guess at the real intention. Unfortunately, the build up leads to a disappointed final showdown. It feels as if in the middle of the script, the writer has changed and that all the build-up becomes disconnected.

A 3/10 ....

Ju-on: The Curse (2000) (V)
2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
The Scariest Movie/Video Ever, 24 June 2003
9/10

Out of all the very good Asian horror movies recently: The Eye, The Ring, Dark Water, Phone, I consider this to be the scariest yet. The suspense build-up is excellent, the dark and creepy feeling, and as a bonus, thought provoking scenes that one has to tie together to get the complete story.

The movie is about a haunted house and how residents living in it are eventually affected. The whole story is presented in a series of loosely connected segments.

The first segment is about a social worker's visit to a child's house because the child did not show up at school earlier.

The second segment is about a home teacher's terror encountered in her student's house. The student also has a brother who has a gf recently.

The third segment is about the brother's gf's visit to the school. Very creepy.

The fourth segment is much shorter but it relies on the build up from the third segment. Saying anything will destroy this scene so I will not reveal much detail

The fifth segment is a continuation of the first segment. Some shocking revelations.

The final segment is about the real-estate agent trying to sell the haunted house...

Though the video is only 70 minutes long, the director has done a wonderful job in putting so much together on such a low budget

A 9/10.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Plenty of Humor with no Depth, 31 May 2003
5/10

"Master Q" is a popular comic book series character in Hong Kong. Each comic book is usually made up of many different situational stories, with 8 frmaes making up a story in 1 page. In short, it is like the newspaper comics that you see in America but in a book form.

The comic style does not translate well into a movie of course, due to the length of a movie. So, the quiessence of "Master Q" has pretty lost in the movie. Insightful comments and thoughts have been translated into humor without depth in this movie adaptation.

The movie is about how Master Q and his 2 friends Mr. Chung and Potato are out looking for jobs but accidentally cause an traffic accident for Mandy (Cecilia Cheung) and Fred (Nicholas Tse). As a result, both have lost their memories and due to circumstances, they have become enemies... but then, true love will eventually reunite (with a lot of help from Master Q and Potato).

There are multiple subplots going on but they pretty much lack any depth. The humor is also very elementary and lack any sophistication. One gets the feeling that whether the movie could have done just as well without the cartoon characters as they become a sideshow merely to showcase the 3D CG technology.

A 4/10 on my book.

12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Good tension, weak plot, 26 May 2003
6/10

The movie is about a crew of anonymous sailors controlling the top secret Korean nuclear submarine known as the Phantom. Our main character became an unwilling crew when the government officially erased him from existence...

The premise of the movie is good, though it would make even a more interesting movie if that idea was exploited more. The war scenes involving the several submarine were rather unrealistic. Why didn't the Japanese submarine use active SONAR to search for remaining but had to endanger itself? I guess it is pretty typical to portray the incompetence of Japanese army in a typical Korean movie.

The acting was good. The tension was good.

One side note. This was probably the 3rd recent Korean movie that portrayed America negatively. I sense the rising Korean patriotism may be fueling this displeasures towards formal colonial master... Life imitates arts, and the changing attitude of Koreans towards America is showing...

Tomie (1999)
4 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Headless Horror, 24 May 2003
3/10

Tomie tried to imitate the recent brand of Japanese horror movies such as the Ringu but failed miserable. Non-sensical jumping around scenes, psychological horror not working, just some of the bad points about this movie.

The scariest moment came very early in the movie, that was, in the opening scene when an eye stared back at the viewer. Unfortunately, this picture was also at the front-cover of the movie, so you could just get the same scare by staring at the front-cover and skip the rest of the movie.

Poorly directed, poorly put together, poorly plot development. A passable horror...

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Love and Loneliness, 24 May 2003
8/10

"Holiday in Seoul" is made up of 2 stories, loosely related to each other. In the first story, a bellboy falls in love with a leg model who stays at the hotel with her boyfriend, then her boyfriend dies in an accident... The second tale is about an insomanic taxi driver who finds love with a phone operator who loves a married man....

The movie is about the emptiness and loneliness that modern citizens experience, despite being in the company of people. Love is fleeting, capture every opportunity because it won't be there forever. Our heros are unable to speak from the hearts and therefore see the chances disappearing...

There is not much going on plot-wise. If you can relate to the experience of taxi driver and the bellboy, then you will enjoy this movie. If not, you may think it is stupid that why they didn't do something...

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Dark and Morbid Fun, 24 May 2003
7/10

The storyline: A Korean family bought a lodging hotel for bargain basement prices in a desolated location. Hotel guests were hard to come by but when the first guest finally arrived, he committed suicide. More guests started to show up... but things did not turn out the way they were hoping... A classic case of be careful what you wish for, because it may actually come true in unexpected ways...

Think of this as Korean version of the "Addams Family". This movie is a showcase of dark humor while several parallel subplots are going on. I especially like the acting of the youngest daughter Mi-na, her looks and mannerism epitomize the dark humor of the entire movie.

Not the funniest movie to come out from the Korea movie industry in recent years, but nonetheless quite enjoyable for those who like dark humor movies like Beetlejuice or Addams Family.


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