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Shijibganeun nal (1956)
Beautiful 50's film
A sweet little Korean movie about an arranged marriage, and the upcoming wedding ceremony. The bride is lovely and the groom is rich, though otherwise an enigma because the marriage broker, blinded by the groom's vast wealth, forgot to ask to meet him. Everyone connected with the bride is excited for her, until a troubling rumor gets out about the groom, and suddenly the bride faces ridicule, and the bride's family faces a dilemma. Should they proceed with the wedding to which they formally agreed, and return the rich gifts, or should they cancel it and lose face? Then one family member gets a brilliant idea...
This is one of those beautifully shot black and white films that looks better than it would in color. Somehow the cinematography reminded me of Black Narcissus and of early Ingmar Bergman films. The story is simple but engaging. The acting style and the story reflect the time and the place, so don't expect modern sophistication, but for me they were just fine. The only problem with the film is that the subtitles were provided by volunteers, and are slightly ahead of the speaker.
Nevertheless, I'm surprised at the mediocre (6.3) score on IMDb. Maybe it's not quite up to the 8.7 shown on Viki, where it is currently playing for free, but I give it a solid 8, because it's a movie I truly love and will probably return to more than once.
Splash Splash Love (2015)
A true gem of a movie
This can be watched on Viki as a 10 episode miniseries, or a shorter version as a movie. This review is for the second option.
What happens when a slightly spoiled girl who does not excel at math (and does not want to put out too much effort), is faced with a CSAT test that will determine the rest of her life? She avoids the test of course. By standing in the rain and getting wetter and wetter, wishing to disappear, then jumping into a big puddle of water, and poof, she's gone. Except that she emerges again, this time in fifteenth century Joseon, at the court of the young King Sejong the Great. Mistaken for an erudite boy due to her clothing, she is brought to the attention of the king, who is trying to solve several problems, such as the Pythagorean theorem and a three-year drought, in that order. The young scholar now has to do a whole lot of math, much of it at the tip of a sword, before the young king figures out her gender and... Well, you get the gist. It's a beautifully filmed movie, with lots of wit and sparkle between the protagonists, and never a dull moment, at least in the short version. Highly recommended.
0.5 Love (2014)
Slightly above average
At an hour and 19 minutes I consider this a full movie rather than a short. It's a film about two young couples who love each other deeply, but must make a choice about their relationship due to external circumstances. Will their choices be for the best for their partners and themselves, or will any of the four regret them?
The film is beautifully shot, well directed and well acted, but it's a character study with a somewhat thin plot. Worth seeing, but will not bring any surprises. I saw it on Viki, for those who would like to look it up.
Island of Grace (2009)
A young woman has a choice of two men after their plane crashes on a deserted island. The atheist is handsome, superficial, selfish and incompetent, the Christian is plain, judgmental, but all-knowing and all-sacrificing. Which one will win the girl?
Mediocre film with self-conscious acting, a poor script, and an obvious moral. It may appeal to Christians, who may watch it free on the Tubitv app, at least in the near future. The rest of the world may want to give this plodder a skip.
Poor choices by characters
This movie has a plethora of reviews that highlight the positives, and I agree with them and see no need to reiterate them. But in my opinion it does have one major flaw that spoiled the overall effect for me, and that is that every bad event in the movie occurs because of a stupid decision on the part of one of the crew members. There is one exception, I won't betray the surprise there, but in all other instances I was shocked at the lack of professionalism among the crew. It's sort of the opposite of intercession by the gods as a plot device.
I seem to be the only reviewer bothered by this, but for me it's a deal-breaker, even in an otherwise excellent film like this. I saw it to the end, but have no wish to go through the frustration of seeing it again.