Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oki's Movie

Last weekend I saw Oki's Movie during its showing at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. I'd heard of it before, as it stars two well-known Korean actors- Jung Yumi and Lee Seon-kyun, the latter of whom I'd seen in dramas. I went in without expectations and found it to be an overall rich, thought-provoking 80 mins. Below are my general impressions of the film:

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Jade Palace Lock Heart / Gong

It's been years since I watched a Chinese drama in its entirety. Out of all the major Asian dramas, Chinese ones are in my opinion the most poorly produced in terms of plot, characters, and aesthetics (I'm ethnically Chinese, so don't take this personally). Not only are the topics fairly dry and limited- most involving the imperial age or communist war, but the acting is also exaggerated and the voices nearly always dubbed. In fact, even for Gong, the things I dislike vastly outnumber the things I like. The only reason I watched it was because the main actors had good chemistry and because of my long-lasting affinity for Hana Yori Dango.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sunny Happiness

This drama is the first TW one I've watched in a while. Generally they're either so cheesy, fake, or badly acted that I can't sit through more than the first episode, but Sunny Happiness showed enough strength, especially in its first half, to inspire me to near-addiction levels. Sadly, this tapered off once the typical drama mechanisms of noble idiocy, useless time-filler scenes, and annoying second leads came in.