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The Relation Of Face, Mind And Love ;; Hero

The Relation Of Face, Mind And Love

Handsome, successful, and talented, life is good for Kang Tae-poong, a world renowned architect who seem to live the dream of all men. But one day an automobile accident leaves him with a visual impairment that makes unattractive women seem attractive to him. Right then, Wang Soh-jung, a homely looking pet magazine reporter comes into his life. Kang thinks she is a flawless beauty until his ailment is cured and he is no longer able to recognize the woman he has fallen in love with.


I’m actually a big fan of Kang Ji Hwan so I wanted to check this movie out. He was really good in Capital Scandal! I watched Lee Ji Ah before in Beethoven Virus. The movie was obviously predictable, but did it have a unique spin on story? Not particularly.

I don’t really know if it was because of the quality of the movie that I had, but I couldn’t see Soo Jung’s imperfections. Aside from her non-perfect teeth I couldn’t really see anything on her face. Which is why I couldn’t really understand why everyone was so turned off by her in the movie. What I could understand was a factor for people being turned off are her weird impersonation of animals ::blinkblink::.

I don’t feel like Ji Hwan played the conceited, pretty boy role that well in this movie. Which is kind of weird since he played that in Capital Scandal. Perhaps it is because Capital Scandal has action in it too so he’s not completely limited to that role. I think when he found out that Soo Jung’s actually not as attractive as he thought she was while he was suffering from a visual impairment, it was a little over the top. The fact that she was right in front of him and they were on the phone with each other? Not believable. The fact that the doctor told him he has a visual impairment and even used the exact example of seeing an ugly girl as beautiful, but he doesn’t seem to hear that?? The ending in general was just so-so. I thought it was so stupid when Soo Jung had to experience the impairment and the way she reacted. A forgettable movie that didn’t bring a unique spin on a story that’s been told countless times.

2/5



Hero is the story of Korea's top reporters and ordinary citizens fighting against the society elite's abuse of power. Working as a reporter for a racy tabloid called the Monday Seoul, Jin Do Hyuk uses any means necessary to get a scoop. One day, he goes to interview Jo Yong Deok, the boss of the Axe gang, who suggests that they start their own newspaper. Do Hyuk lies about the credentials of his former co-workers when he introduces them to Jo Yong Deok as potential hires for the newspaper venture. With his former co-workers on board, he is able to launch the Yongdeok Daily together with Yong Deok. But the newly hired reporters soon find themselves sucked into a huge conspiracy that could utterly ruin their lives.
I was excited to watch something with Lee Junki again since the last time I watched one of his dramas was Time Between Dog & Wolf. This drama didn’t receive much attention though even with Junki in it. I guess I can understand why since it’s definitely not one that would deserve an award or anything. Initially I thought this drama was going to be a more light-hearted comedy. That was what I was looking for anyway. Instead it turned out to be sort of a crime/drama genre. Do Hyuk later learns of a big secret that changes his life and he decided he had to right the wrong.

Jo Yong Deok probably had the easiest part in the drama. He didn’t have to do anything. Aside from one of his first appearances in the drama where he flips out on Choi Il Doo, he literally has no emotions at all. All he does is stand there with an indifferent face and occasionally smiles. He doesn’t give off an air of authority, which I think was what he was going for when he has on his face void of any emotion.

Kang Hae Seong’s character is a bit confusing too. I don’t quite understand his huge hatred of Do Hyuk. I’m guessing he’s just jealous and doesn’t want any one to get in his way, but it’s not like Do Hyuk would’ve really gotten in his way to success in life. I also don’t get why he didn’t team up up Do Hyuk later on either. He just has to be stubborn and go his own way even though there’s a solution that doesn’t involve hurting himself so much.

3/5

Mulan && Heaven’s Postman ;;

Before this entry, I actually talked about some other j-movies I watched but I had to switch it to a private entry because it was bringing in unwanted traffic from …racy search terms -_-. Mostly because they had some mature topics in them.. at least these ones don’t.. LOL.

Mulan (2009)

When I knew back then that there was going to be a ‘live-action’ movie of Mulan I was kind of excited. One of my favorite movies when I was child was Disney’s Mulan! I’m sure most people know the Mulan folklore about how a girl secretly joins the military in place of her father. She ends up being a high ranking general and brought a lot of glory to China.

I actually stopped watching the movie in the middle of it. Half because it was quite long and I couldn’t watch it in one sitting and half because it just couldn’t keep my attention long enough. It was… quite boring. I felt more emotion watching the Disney version LOL.

Vicki Zhao is so feminine I had a hard time believing nobody could see through that!! That’s usually a major problem in films where girls are supposed to be mistaken for a guy. Yoon Eun Hye played a pretty good female getting mistaken for a male in Coffee Prince. Maybe it’s because in older times both men and women left their hair long so that doesn’t help. Another is her voice! I don’t think she even tried to lower it! Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know, but just her look and her higher voice.. even without the guy finding out about her boobs I’m pretty sure you can tell she’s a girl =_= LOL.

I really couldn’t get attached to any of the characters. It’s just the way the story is told. I just kept seeing flashes of things happening to show that time goes by as the war rages on… LOTS and LOTS of those flashes. The audience is almost forced to just fall for Mulan and Wentai’s love. I just couldn’t feel it. I don’t think it’s Vicki’s nor Kun Chen’s fault because they did a pretty good job with their characters.. think it’s the director’s fault.

The worst thing about this movie is its ending… LOL. Let’s just say… you won’t be smiling at the end like for the Disney one. A very different take.. but then again all Disney movies pretty much have a happy ending haha!

1/5. Wouldn’t recommend this to anyone unless you’re planning to make your friend suffer.


Heaven’s Postman (2009)

Jae-jun delivers letters to heaven from those who can't get over the loss of their loved ones. One day Ha-na, who writes to her late boyfriend, discovers Jae-jun's secret identity. He offers her a part-time job assisting him, and they set off on a 14-day journey.

I remember when I read about how Jaejoong was going to be starring in a movie. Already I was apprehensive because from the taste of his acting I got in Banjun Theatre (Korean variety show), it wasn’t so good haha! I wanted to give it a try anyway and plus the synopsis seems interesting. I’m always interested in these fantasy sort of stories.

Not sure if Jaejoong’s character was supposed to be a very serious one or what. He had one expression pretty much throughout the whole movie. I don’t remember him laughing at all. Don’t lovers usually enjoy each other’s presence and laugh and have fun? Moments where it seems the character should express themselves through tears, there weren’t any from him even when Hana was bawling her eyes out at him. Especially when he was in danger of losing Hana.

I was 3/4 of the way done when I decided to search up summaries of the movie because there was something I wasn’t really sure of about Jaejoon. That’s when I read people’s introduction to the movie and it made me wonder if some movies had a different intro?? Don’t want to give anything away so I’m just going to say that some people said he was talking to someone at the start, yet mine wasn’t like that. Mine started off with Hana narrating. Anyway, don’t do what I did because it kind of spoiled it for me a bit.

Jaejoon also revealed that he wasn’t allowed to reveal the truth about himself so I’m a little confused as to why he decided to break that rule. He revealed it right when he met her. If he had revealed it after he got to know her I thought it would make more sense. So was it because of the letter she wrote that he decided to use that as a way to soothe her? Or did he just fall for her right then and there and just wanted to let her know?? LOL. The only thing he really kept from her was the way he disappears.

I read about how some people cried watching this movie. I did feel a bit melancholy during the movie because it does deal with the death of people’s loved ones, but I didn’t really feel teary eyed until Hana lost him **don’t worry.. that doesn’t spoil the ending**. Anyway, okay movie to enjoy with friends or when you’re in the sappy mood.

3/5