Young-min and Mi-young are a young couple who get married after graduating from college. Following the honeymoon period, they begin to bicker with each other. While waiting for her husband ... See full summary »
Joseon's top detective Kim Min attempts to track down those responsible for circulating massive amounts of counterfeit silver bullion in Joseon. He also tries to find the missing sibling of a young girl.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, this dramedy follows two psychiatric patients- one schizophrenic, the other sane and committed against his will - who forge a bond of friendship and hatch a plan to escape.
A widowed father and taxi driver who drives a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising, soon finds himself regretting his decision after being caught in the violence around him.
The English tile is given as 'A Million' and the subtitles regularly refer to the characters competing for one million dollars. The titles however show the number 1,000,000,000 (one thousand million / one billion) and the same number is seen as a banner on the contest website on the director's notebook computer. See more »
Gi-tae sees a leopard at night outside the hut. Leopards are not native to Australia. See more »
A token reality-based South-Koren thriller. Although not as simple as first thought. Sure the concept is routine and fairly drawn out, but it does offer up an impulsively shady twist that actually comes off. By virtually turning everything upside down. Even if the screenplay is ludicrous and possibly forced, but further along the story goes, the more engaging the plot becomes. After somewhat a bland beginning.
Eight strangers are given an invitation to become part of a survivor type reality TV show set in the remote desert of Australia with the winner taking away one million dollars. But it doesn't take long for the contestants to realize the game has life or death consequences.
The story starts backwards, kind of switching back and forth between time lines. I thought it was going to be a smarting social commentary with psychology brushes on the manipulative nature of reality TV and society's unhealthy obsession in becoming nothing more then a spectator, but that's left behind when the twists occur. Still the selfish side of humanity plays a big part in the story's progression and revelations.
I think the biggest problem here, is the characters themselves. They're are poorly written character arches and quite unlikable. You don't really connect, but you feel like you're suppose to. You're simply compelled to what's the bigger mystery (the motivation) to it all, not for their well-being. The performances are hard to judge because of it. The choice of location is effectively brought across on the screen. Dangerous, forlorn and open, but still with a great sense of isolation. Direction is competent, even with its cheap look. However the director doesn't really generate much in the way of suspense, even his attempts of violent shocks lack any real impact. It's mean-spirited, but there's no real punch to it. I just got that blank feeling.
Curiously watchable, if senseless survival thriller.
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