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.

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.

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.

Train to Busan (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Climactic zombie train chase scene
2) Ma Dong-seok as Sang-hwa – bad ass – Walking Dead Stuff.

 

Cons –

 

1) Nothing new to offer – generic zombie film
2) Predictable plot – Any episode of Walking Dead will be better than this.

 

Quote –

 
N/A

Memories of Murder (2003)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Cinematography – it’s a bible for people who are learning cinematography.
2) Elements of  black comedy
3) Though the climax is ambiguous, the movie is gripping unlike Fincher’s criminally long “Zodiac“.
4) Chase sequence

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Detective Park Doo-Man: It’s said, Korean detectives investigate with their feet.”

The Host (2006)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) Little Miss Sunshine: Korean Monster Edition

 

CONS –
1) The confused storytelling. Is it a monster movie and or a comedy?
2) Average CGI monster.
3) Terribly over-rated movie.

 

QUOTE –
“Park Hie-bong: When a parent’s heartbreaks, the sound can travel for miles.”

Snowpiercer (2013)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) One of the most influential post-apocalyptic dystopian film.
2) Tilda Swinton as Mason
3) The Train: Cinematography
4) John Hurt Twist
5) Namgoong Minsu and Yona
6) Yekaterina Bridge
7) CW7
8) Chris Evans final monologue

 

Cons –
1) Too many questions left unanswered; an ambiguous climax

 

Quote –
Edgar: They’ve got no bullets!