"Revolution is good because it makes you dream, but revolution is also sad because it always fails in reality."
-Choi Seo Yoon (Lee Yo Won)
And it fails in reality because of one thing: one cannot stop his greed.
'Once there was a hamster who kept on running on his wheel all day. He seemed tired after all that running. Maybe he thought that it will be over after just one more run. Stupid hamster. It'll all be over if he stops.'
And that’s the story of the Characters of “Empire of Gold”. The 24-episode Korean Drama is about their battle for justice, power, and money.
Jang Tae Joo (Go Soo) is an aspiring lawyer but his plan for revenge started after his Father’s unjust death when a fire broke out during a crackdown. He vowed to win against the people behind it (Choi Family) and devour their company (Sung Jin Group), change the way it runs so that no more people will suffer what his Father experienced under the hands of the powerful.
Tae Joo was backed up by three people, former enemy Jo Pil Doo, friend Na Choon Ho, and lover Yoon Seol Hee. It was good that Tae Joo was so ambitious that he won many times against the Choi Family but it was also saddening to see that he became too ambitious to stop. He thought that it’ll all be over after just one more round, little did he know that it’ll only be over if he stops. Just like the hamster.
Did he win in his battle? Maybe yes, because he got to fulfill his Father’s wish to have their own house and noodle shop, he got to send her sister to College, he gave the people who supported him food, comfort, and ways of living. But he also lost in his battle. He lost most of his money because of his greed, Seol Hee left him because he was becoming the monster like the Choi Family is, and he lost big time because he failed to protect the poor from suffering what his father had experienced.
Choi Seo Yoon (Lee Yo Won) wanted to become a teacher but his Father, the Chairman of Sung Jin group was dying and wanted her to take care of the Company after he dies. She followed her Father’s wish but after her father died, she wanted to protect the Company so bad that she wants to handle it all by herself, limiting the first born son and the rest of the family to mere company affiliates.
But she envied Tae Joo’s dining table—a dining table which has laughter and happiness. The kind of dining table she thought she had but in reality she didn’t because all the people sitting there hid their motives behind their smiling masks. Tae Joo told her that she can’t have both a dining table filled with laughter, and the Sung Jin Group. As much as she wanted to have a happy family, she chose Sung Jin Group. This made her worse, she sent her beloved younger brother to prison only to get what she wanted, she sent his older brother to prison only to get what she wanted, she drove the trustworthy Company Director to go to prison to get what she wanted, and the rest of the Choi family members away after acquiring their Company shares. She became an expert of driving people away.
Did she win in her battle? Maybe yes because she got to protect the Company and kept her Father’s portrait hanging there. But she lost because she’s got no one anymore. Her family left her because of her greed. She now sits alone in that dining table and she probably regrets most of what she did.
Yes, revolution is good because it makes a person have ambition and it makes him do everything he can just to make his dreams come true. But when a little greed comes, it will stay there and grow to the point that you can’t stop and become a monster you weren’t supposed to become. And that makes revolution sad because it is, yes, always fails in reality.
I don’t know why I only watched this movie now. I should’ve watched it years ago. Like seriously.
I’ve been hearing stuff about this movie since I became addicted to KBS World. I’ve heard it several times on “The Human Condition” and lately while I was watching 7th Grade Civil Servant. So for me, that was it. I had to watch it to see why they fell in love with this movie. And maybe it had the same effect on me because I loved this movie.
THE MAN FROM NOWHERE is a South Korean movie starring Won Bin which is about a man who uses his fighting skills to track down the organization who kidnapped this little girl who’s really close to her.
This is the kind of movie made for men! I mean, Won Bin is really loved by women and nobody can deny it, but this movie is really suitable for men. The guns, the story, the blood, the gore, the theme, the fight scenes, everything! This is the kind of movie men can watch with his friends. Of course women can watch and fall in love with this movie but it will have a different effect on them but from a guy’s POV, it will bring men adrenaline, action, and excitement.
Won Bin’s acting was really amazing. He spoke too few lines but they made sense. They mark the minds of the characters and the audience. People will keep thinking what has made Cha Tae Sik (Won Bin’s character) like this because Won Bin gave the perfect mysterious aura suitable for the movie.
His fight scenes, his crying scenes are both so strong that it will take you to the edge of your seats and will make you want to punch the villains on the movies.
What I really love about the character Cha Tae Sik is his determination and drive. His determination to find So Mi and fuck anyone who gets in his way is really overwhelming. Imagine risking your life for a person who isn’t really your blood relative.
But what is really likable about the film is the flow of the story. It is not on a slow pace it is not dragging and it will not make you feel drowsy because there’s always something to look forward to. Even the scene when Won Bin shaves his hair is something you should not miss because that signals that he is done playing games and should get to business already.
The scene which started the change is where he said his famous line "You only live for tomorrow. The ones that live for tomorrow get fucked up by the ones living for today. I only live for today. I’ll show you just how fucked up that can be."
The scene where he went berserk was really unbelievably cool, exciting, simply DAEBAK! JJANG! That one’s really a show stopper! It’s like you can’t even literally catch your breath or get a good breathing or even wink because you may miss something good. WOW. JUST WOW.
And the last few scenes was simply moving. All the action that happened, all the adrenaline came down to a good conclusion.
I have nothing but praise for this film. Seriously, watching this is probably one the best decisions I made this month regarding the films I watch. I usually love horror films but this one, I really love. And although the concept of kidnapping and revenge is not really original because there are a lot of movies with the same concept, the execution was really awesome. It doesn’t tire you, and it will just keep your appetite for action as big a wolf’s appetite.
So yeah watch it. You won’t be disappointed. It’s action-packed yet also moving. The kind of film you want to watch—balanced.
Everyone should be afraid of what a mother can do just to seek justice for her child. Even if it means putting herself in danger.
"Don’t Cry, Mommy", referred to as the most controversial South Korean film of 2012, is a story about a high school student who got raped by other students the commits suicide. After her tragic death, her mother seeks out revenge, bypassing the legal system and everything that is related.
I’ve already read some comments online saying that this movie is somewhat like the Japanese movie “Confessions”. To be perfectly honest, it might seem like that but the difference is, this particular film is more realistic because it tackles a very sensitive issue and it is full of emotion.
According to the movie’s director Kim Yong Han, he wanted to raise awareness about sex crimes by charting “the tragic course of the lives of victims and their families as vividly as possible. Sexual abuse is like devastating a human’s soul.” With what I’ve seen in this film, I think director Kim achieved his goal big time. This movie can serve as an eye opener not just to people living in South Korea, but also to every single person in this world.
I also commend the actors who are in this great film. Yoo Sun (Yoo Lim, the rape victim’s mom) did a great job on portraying the character of a mother who lost her dear daughter. The way she say her lines just sounds so real. Nam Bo Ra (Eun Ah, the rape victim) acting was also good because she looked really vulnerable. The male actors really look like teenagers who won’t do anything good.I think they couldn’t have chosen better actors for this film. Long story short, the cast is PERFECT. I couldn’t even think of other actors who can play the characters better than how this cast did.
To summarize, I think this is one movie worth watching for. I was watching it earlier with my mom, my little brother, and my two girl cousins and all of us were just into the film. Our whole attention was undivided and we just focused on watching. I can’t compliment this movie any longer. Just see it for yourself. And see how good this film really is.
So instead of expressing my review in the normal way, I’m going to do it in the Charlie-esque manner.
Here it goes!
September 28, 2012
I am writing this review to you because I once overheard her tell her friends in the hallways that you listen and you understand, and you don’t sleep with the girls at the party even though you could’ve. I just want to know that people like you still exist.
Today, I watched my most-anticipated movie for two (maybe three) months titled "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". This movie is based on the critically acclaimed novel with the same title written by Stephen Chbosky.
The movie focuses on the life of high school freshman and introvert Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is trying to cope up with school life after the death of his best friend Michael.
Charlie finds high school “bull shit” but as the days turned to weeks, and as the weeks turned to months, he finds his Advanced English teacher Bill Anderson (Paul Rudd) as one of the few persons whom he can count on alongside his newly found best friends Patrick a.k.a. “Nothing” (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) who are step siblings. I don’t even know if there’s a term such as ‘step siblings’ or if it is even appropriately used here, please do forgive me.
Charlie develops a crush on Sam and he tells his older brother Chris (Zane Holtz) about it. But little do they know, Charlie is being hunted by a past that his subconscious might have hidden for a long time. He sees things that are from the past which torments him to the point that he would collapse, and it is getting worse by the day. His condition worsens after all of his best friends graduates from high school leaving him all alone.
He then calls his sister Candice (Nina Dobrev) and tells her about their dark past.
Charlie is admitted to a hospital where his parents (Dylan McDermott and Kate Walsh) discovered the truth about Charlie’s relationship with his ‘most favorite person in the world’.
I can say that Stephen Chbosky proved me right. This adaptation is one hell of a movie (maybe because Chbosky himself directed it) as it focused more on Charlie and not on other stuff like wild parties, family reunions, graduation blues, pot sessions, sex, abortion, and other things that were on the book.
I think they could not have found a better actor to play the role of Charlie because I think Logan was molded for the role. I think he was born to play Charlie.
Emma Watson broke out from the Harry Potter-Hermione Granger realm and made a new name for herself as she portrayed the role of Sam. She proved that Emma Watson is not just for witchcraft.
I commend all the other actors (especially Nina Dobrev and Ezra Miller) for not disappointing me because in my opinion, they really gave the book justice.
I suggest you read the novel first before you watch the movie, or watch the movie then read the book. I don’t care because both are great anyway.
All in all I suggest that you go watch it.
I’ll give it two thumbs up, 10 out of 10, 100% and whatever numbers that may help describe the word “perfect”
I just hope that you get to enjoy the book and the movie as much as I do because I wanna watch it and read it all over again.
"Premium Rush" is a 2012 American action film directed by directed by David Koepp and written by Koepp and John Kamps. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, and Jamie Chung.
Wilee (Gordon-Levitt) is a New York bike messenger who almost got killed for more than three times in 2 hours while delivering a very important envelope.
For me, this movie is the only movie that gave that much adrenaline rush! The bike riding is just hell awesome. I can’t do that myself. The movie is filled with rush and excitement that you can’t afford to even blink.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one awesome bike messenger and Michael Shannon is just perfect for the role of a gambling-addicted NYPD officer.
With that said, I’m gonna give this movie two (if I have three I will gladly give it all) thumbs up! I think you should watch it. I think this movie deserves more recognition than what it was given.
X Factor is still hostless. I think they should have a host by bootcamp or else people would be bored.
OK, here it is. Demi is still boring. She needs to improve her judging style. She needs to learn if not from Simon or LA, from Britney. Britney so far is honest she’s just not the Simon Cowell type but I can live with Britney’s style than Nicole’s or Paula’s.
I only found two amazing contestants today. The first one was the one who sang “New York State of Mind”. We shouldn’t really judge a book by its cover. I thought that that guy would be shooed of the stage after four lines but I ended up wanting more from him!
Next is the young girl who sang “Feelin Good”. Hell yeah that girl’s got talent!!! I think that’s the wrong phrase for this show but, nevermind that :) She’s amazing! I can see her go places!
When I said last night in one of my tweets that the premiere of Glee season 4 will probably wow me than X Factor season 2 did, I really thought it will be. But I was wrong, it did more than just wow me! It literally gave me chills!
The search for the new Rachel. This is an issue brought to you by the one and only Jacob Ben Israel. Personally, I would’ve also given that title to Blaine, but after hearing the new comer Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist) sing "New York State of Mind" with the original Rachel Berry, I thought WOW! She’s the new Rachel!
The badasses. Jake Puckerman (Jacob Artist) had a voice that I never imagined he would possess. I understand Jake—he doesn’t want to live in the shadows of his half-brother. Brody Weston (Dean Geyer), I think, will be Finn’s biggest competition. But is Brody better than Finn? If he is, then there is that big possibility that him and Rachel can be the hot new item. Kitty (Becca Tobin) looks like a cat. She’s nothing like Quinn Fabraym in my opinion. Quinn is still the bichiest girl on Glee (not counting Santana), no doubt about that.
Kate Hudson. Is. Hot. Well? What can you expect from THE Kate Hudson? She did a great job of playing Cassandra July, the dance teacher that will make Rachel’s every waking moment a living hell. That’s it. I want MORE Kate Hudson.
The Glee Project. I wonder why Ryan Murphy is giving more spotlight to Wade “Unique” Adams (Alex Newell) than Joe Hart (Samuel Larsen). Samuel won TGP season 1 and in my opinion should continue to get more attention. If Ryan’s gonna do that, I think he should also bring back Harmony (Lindsay Pearce), give her a better storyline; and Rory Flanagan (Damian McGinty) even though I think he didn’t contribute to the improvement of Glee season 3. Let’s see if Ryan has bigger plans for TGP2 winner Blake Jenner who will play Ryder.
Next episode will be Britney 2.0! Well, that’s Britney, bitch. But I think I want more Madonna songs from Glee.
All in all, "The New Rachel" for me is the best first episode Glee had since season 2. I hope this keeps up!