Parasite (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Hollywood studios busy with recycling exhausted plots and making reboots can learn a lot from South Korean cinema. Director Bong Joon-ho returns with a complex thriller which is hard to be described in a single sentence. A social commentary in the form of an engrossing thriller.
2) The jaw-dropping basement revelation scene.
3) The birthday party murder rampage
4) Ki-taek’s Plan monologue.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Ki-taek: You know what kind of plan that never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned.

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The Man from Nowhere (2010)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A Korean ex-secret service agent living a reclusive life, got John Wick-ed to save a little girl.
2) Treat for fans of movies like Taken (2009) and John Wick (2014).

 
CONS –
1) No extraordinary action sequences. One time watch.

 
QUOTE –
Tae-Sik Cha: How many cavities you have?
Man-seok: What?
Tae-Sik Cha: I have a pawn shop… and I take gold teeth. I take the gold teeth… and chew all the rest.

Ode to My Father (2014)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A lifelong story of self-sacrifice chronicling the journey of a man from Hungnam Evacuation to German coal mines to Vietnam war and finally to Busan.
2) Mak-soon reunion scene – a grand tear-jerker
3) A central theme very similar to Forrest Gump.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“This is no playground. We’re not going for fun. Grab my hand tight”

Lucy (2014)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A fast-paced action-packed sci-fi flick with a lasting effect on the audiences.
2) The comparison to Limitless (2011), Akira (1988), and 2001: A Space Odyssey is inevitable. However, this movie got a life of its own.
3) Presence of legends like Morgan Freeman and Choi Min-sik.
4) Astounding CGI – especially towards the end of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) The climax will make you ask the reason for making this movie. The ending is not ambiguous but reduces the entire movie to a science documentary with a Korean mob sub-plot.

 
QUOTE –
Lucy: Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge.

Okja (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A social satire on big food corps and also on animal-rights activist
2) Strong star-cast
3) Nancy Mirando final monologue

 

Cons –

 

1) The most probable message of this movie is “GO VEGAN !” which is the problem.
2) Bong Joon-ho fans will be left disappointed

 

 

Quote –

 

Jay: Translations are sacred.

The Wailing (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The open ended story with all sorts of interpretation.
2) Biblical references, Shamanism vs Christianity, Faith – a roller-coaster plot. All credits to the writer-director Na Hong-jin.
3) This movie is a melting-pot for several movie genres like fantasy, horror, zombie, super-natural, thriller and it keeps the audience confused.
4) The movie will get confusing for viewers after a second viewing.
5) The village backdrop with rain – brilliant cinematography.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Il-Gwang: If you go fishing, do you know what you’ll catch?
Jong-Goo: No.
Il-Gwang: He’s just fishing. Not even he knows what he’ll catch. He just threw out the bait, and your daughter took it.