That Fool && The Shonen Merikensack

That Fool

Goo Dong Baek is an honest and good-hearted postman. One day he encounters with Han Ji Soo, a top celebrity. However, an ordinary man gets no chance to show his feeling to this top actress who everyone loves. Six months period of time with her elapses like a midsummer night's dream. But he cannot just end up his love like a "dream". Shouting out love! His love has just begun.

Goo Dong Baek received a pair of tickets from his sister in hopes that he could score a date. Little did anyone know that the tickets would do way more for him than that. Han Ji Soo, in order to hide her relationship with a son of a prominent political figure, asks Dong Baek to pose as her boyfriend when things went awry that night. Being what seems to be the nicest man on earth, he agrees to do it for almost next to nothing!

Han Ji Soo is a top actress in South Korea who is in a relationship with Kim Kang Mo. It is kept away from the public though since he is engaged to a woman that his father picked as to further his father’s political career. She seems like a decently nice girl but when it comes to her love, she will do anything to protect him. Even if it means hurting everyone else around her and herself included. It’s kind of weird because I don’t really feel like she even loves her job? I know she places Kang Mo above all else but… I would think she would turn to acting to stop thinking about all the stressful stuff I guess.

Goo Dong Baek works at the post office and fails to be able to get the notice of the woman he likes. He is a good-natured person who tries to view everything in a good light. He doesn’t ask for much in life and can never say ‘no’ to others when they ask something of him. That was especially the case when the actress Han Ji Soo, whom he much admires, ask for him to pose as her boyfriend.

Baek Sung Hyun from Stairway to Heaven plays Han Ji Soo’s brother, Han Sung Chul. He’s hotheaded and isn’t afraid to speak his mind whenever he wants. He does, however, do it because he cares for his sister and only wish the best for his family. I don’t really mind his character nor his acting. Lee Chung Ah who plays Dong Baek’s younger sister Goo Min Ji is another story. She’s one of those characters who overacts and acts pretty childish which I’m not really fond of. Every time she appears on the screen you know some sort of comedic scene is going to go down.

The story is quite cute and probably a bit predictable but, nonetheless, enjoyable to watch. There are times where you get really frustrated with Ji Soo and just shake her and tell her to either man up or get the hell out of the relationship, but Dong Baek comes in to save the day. I don’t quite believe Kim Ah Joong’s acting when she’s enjoying herself around Dong Baek. It does seem kind of forced. Jung Min’s portrayal of Dong Baek seems to be a bit childish at times but he’s more believable when it comes to his feelings. Overall I think the whole cast did a pretty good job making this a fun, light-hearted drama to watch!

4/5


The Shonen Merikensack

Young record company talent scout Kanna Kurita (Aoi Miyazaki) finds a video clip of an abrasive punk rock band on the Internet. Although she knows nothing about punk music or even likes punk music, she feels the band could be the next big thing and bursts into Tokita’s (Yusuke Santamaria) office to tell him so. Tokita watches the video clip and orders Kanna to find the band and sign them to a contract. This starts Kanna’s quest to find the band known as “The Shonen Merikensack” (which translates into English as “The Brass Knuckle Boys”). What Kanna doesn’t know, but will find out soon enough, is that the video clip was filmed 25 years ago and the band members are now all washed up middle aged men.

I was actually surprised to see Miyazaki Aoi’s character in this movie because I’ve only ever watched her in Nana where she plays this frivolous little thing that is obsessed with love. In Sounen Merikensack she is an unsuccessful talent scout that hasn’t found one talent that has impressed her boss. She was on the verge of getting laid off when she came upon the band Brass Knuckle Boys.

Although Kanna doesn’t want to lose her job and go work for her father’s sushi restaurant, she seems to understand that she doesn’t have what it takes to be a talent scout. She actually accepts the fact that her contract wouldn’t be renewed and hands over her tag without a fight. Her only regret is that she couldn’t push her boss into signing her boyfriend, Masaru, with the company. Her boyfriend is a singer/song-writer that seems to be getting nowhere with his career so he tries to get by with odd jobs.

The Brass Knuckle Boys clip gave her a new hope in continuing to be a talent scout. That was until she realized they were all way past their prime. But if she doesn’t make it happen, what’ll happen to her contract with the company?

In the beginning I thought the movie was going to be an enjoyable comedy, but I became pretty bored halfway through. Maybe because none of the male characters were great looking? But I’ve enjoyed dramas/movies even if I didn’t feel like the male characters were good looking so I’m not sure what it was. Perhaps the plot wasn’t exciting enough and none of the characters seem to have qualities that made me like them. Either way the movie was pretty much a disappointment by the end. I don’t think I was even paying attention to what was going on after.

2/5


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