July 2, 2022

5 Korean Movies of 2021 You Must See or Not See

If despite all the current platforms you don’t find what you are looking for or what suits you, we have five 2021 films for you to enjoy. Enjoy it!

Guimoon The Lightless Door

Executed by Shim Duck-geun
Release date 25 August 2021
Duration 85 minutes
Country South Korea
Distribution Kim Kang-woo, Kim So-hye, Lee Jung Hyung

Story

In 1990, a manager murdered all the people present in a training center. Do-jin, director of the psychic research institute, enters this center 30 years later to discover the secret of his mother’s death. He finds three students who had gone there to shoot a video. The situation is complicated when the doors close… and disappear.

Our impressions

Yes, something to be afraid of. The eras merge. The characters, more than the ghosts in question, manage to convey to you an anguish that slowly settles in crescendo. Kim Kang-woo walks around like an improvised Mario, looking for a door that will allow him to level up. But… but… but despite all the déjà vu and a rather fragile scenario, it’s a film that lets itself be seen and that fans of the genre (and Kim Kang-woo, it must be said) will appreciate. A good evening in perspective.

The Odd Family Zombie On Sale

The Odd Family Zombie On Sale

Executed and written by Lee Min Jae
Release date February 13, 2019
Duration 111 minutes
Country South Korea
Distribution Jung Jae-young, Kim Nam-gil, Jung Ga-ram, ParK In-hwan

Story

A family welcomes a “Chombi” (Korean zombie pronunciation) who likes to eat cabbage. Its bite causes unexpected abilities among seniors …

Our impressions

Absolutely sassy film that will inevitably make you wonder “but who could have directed such a scenario and above all, who could have written it?” Anyone on LSD? »Tinted with humor with British aftertaste, mixed with derision Korean sauce, what more can we hope for? The funniest part of the story is that we get caught up in the game and laugh throughout the viewing. Jung Jae-Young and Kim Nam-Gil, who have rather accustomed us to serious roles, appear completely crazy making the film even more fun.

A very good time to spend

Hostage: Missing Celebrity

Hostage: Missing Celebrity

Executed par Pil Kam-sung
Screenplay by Pil Kam-sung (Based on Saving Mr. Wu, by Ding Sheng)
Release date August 18, 2021
Duration 94 minutes
Country South Korea
Distribution Hwang Jung Min, Lee Ho-jung, Ji Nam Hyuk

Story

A very famous actor is kidnapped. He will do everything possible to get away.

Our impressions

The worst thing that can happen to an actor is to believe that through his acting, that’s it, he has managed to transmit everything. The character disappears and we only see the actor. Someone must have told Hwang Jung-Min that if he positions the bottom of his jaw forward, it immediately makes a man angry. He had reason to be angry but his expression was the same all the time, making him a B series actor. Was that intended? Impossible to pin down the thing. After all, Hwang Jung-Min is playing his own character.

Hwang Jung-Min plays Hwang Jung-Min, a celebrity who gets kidnapped. All in an execrable editing and a scenario so disjointed, already seen and predictable that it becomes almost transparent. Finally, transparent at all. Bad guys like “we’re the bad guys, we do whatever we want” (Ha-ha-ha).

Remake of the Chinese movie Saving Mr. Wu, a 2015 Chinese action thriller movie directed by Ding Sheng and starring Andy Lau, Liu Ye, Wu Ruofu and Wang Qianyuan. The film is based on a real kidnapping case of which actor Wu Ruofu was the victim. Leaving Andy Lau what belonged to Andy Lau would have been the wisest decision.

A waste of time.

New Year Blues

New Year Blues

Executed par Hong Ji Young
Written by Ko Myung-joo, Ham Hyung-kyung
Release date February 10, 2021 (South Korea)
Length 114 minutes
Country South Korea

Distribution
Kim Kang-woo, Yoo Inna, Yoo Yeon-seok, Lee Yeon-hee
Lee Dong-hwi, Chen Duling, Yeom Hye-ran, Choi sooyoung

Story

Four couples, four stories. They had decided to spend the New Year together, but things don’t always go the way we would like.

Our impressions

Romantic comedy without too many spoons of honey (come on, a few anyway), very suitable for a cold and rainy evening, well sheltered, under a thick blanket. If you’ve been in the mood for an action movie, drop it. New Year Blues will bore you to death. But, if you had in mind a fresh and light comedy, without fuss, stuffed with clichés without falling into heaviness. If you want to have a little quiet time and you liked Like for Like style movies, New Year Blues is the movie for you.

A very pleasant moment.

You Are So Precious To Me

You Are So Precious To Me

Director: Lee Chang Won, Kwon Sung Mo
Issued: May 12, 2021
Duration: 100 min.
Distribution : Jin Goo, Kang Shin-Il, Kim Tae-Hwan

Story

An over-indebted man finds himself unexpectedly with a deaf and blind seven-year-old girl. He will decide to take care of her despite the circumstances.

Our impressions

A touching story between an unscrupulous man and a handicapped little girl. Hoping to make some money, Jae-sik takes charge of the daughter of one of his deceased co-workers. We have known that from the start. We know it but we want to. We know that this man is going to fall stiff in front of this cute and helpless little girl. We know we’re going to cry but we let ourselves be taken by this beautiful story.

Other directors have ventured into the tandem of adults and children with severe disabilities. Bruce Willis and his award for worst actor for his performance, in Code Mercury. Jung Woo-Sung in Innocent Witness. The result was only mediocre and doomed to tumble, outright failure. What do these three films have in common? Children with disabilities? This is just a detail. The common point is the absolutely false representation of disability. The spectator is not fooled. Even if he doesn’t quite know what we’re talking about, that rings false. Like when your child looks you straight in the eye with a smile and tells you that he has no homework.

A blind little girl should know the place where she lives by heart. We had to be groped for grace, as if it was the first time she had been in the area. She doesn’t realize there’s someone in the room. As if she couldn’t smell the smells. But hey, let’s move on. This is not the purpose of the film.

His junk of scenario directs us little by little towards the reality of a little girl cut off from the world, towards the efforts of this man to communicate with her. Of the impossibility of leaving her, despite the heavy burden she could represent in her life. You Are So Precious To Me shows us that it exists. And that there are still countries which do not recognize this situation.

A very beautiful film. An initiatory journey.