Review: Blind [2011]

Blind 2011Director: Ahn Sang-hoon
Screenplay: Choi Min-seok

Ha Ji Won as Min Soo-ah
Yoo Seung-ho as Kwon Gi-sub
Jo Hee-bong as Inspector Cho
Yang Yeong-jo as Myeong-jin

Synopsis (hancinema):
A female university student goes missing one day and later is discovered as a victim of a hit-and-run. Assuming the kidnapper and the driver are the same person, police begin investigating the case and find two witnesses who were at the scene: Soo-ah, a visually impaired woman who was once a very promising student at a national police university, and Gi-sub, a young man who happened to see the hit-and run. The case becomes even more complicated as the two witnesses tell different stories about the accident.

I Say…

I turned psycho as well while watching the movie. I wish I thought about watching it without the lights on. My favorite psycho-thriller of all time is Scream… but Blind isn’t comparable to Scream at all so it’s like nothing I’ve seen before. A known fact, Ha Ji Won is a great actress, I’ve seen her play several good roles before and this adds up to her long list. For a new comer like Yoo Seung-ho, he’s lucky enough to be granted with great projects, and Blind is a far cry from his former stint, 4th Period Mystery. The killer is so good you are going to think he’s for real. Yang Yeong-jo had very little to say, yet he played an integral part to make this movie a hit. Killers don’t have much to say, to begin with. They just kill, right? This actor didn’t carry a sinister face but he’s so d@mn good. Congratulations, man.. you didn’t fail to make my heart stop with your acting style.

Blind_Still-1The conflict began too soon as another witness turns up to contradict the other statement. Who would believe a blind person when there is someone who saw with his own two eyes? The rest is for you to find out. If you have a weak heart, I’m not recommending this movie for you to watch. Every turn of events made my palms and heels sweat. My favorite part of the movie was when Soon-ah and Gi-sub we’re using the two-way camera to escape from their killer in the subway. Technology is something… if a video phone can keep you safe it’s ok to invest. I’m buying that brand someday. 

Korean police have a different take on their CSI, and they know a lot. They seem to have luxury of time to go all out for a case, while here in our country a task force is believed to solve a crime faster. Our police might want to see this film to pick up some styles. In the end part though, they came too late… Korean or not, they’re still police. But at least their lead was good enough to drive them to their target.

So with all that I guess you may want to see Blind today, right? Again I repeat, this is not for the weak hearted. And for people who are on the animal welfare side.


Review: Fourth Period Mystery


fullsizephoto93615Korean Title: 4-kyo-si Choo-ri-yeong-yeok

Directed by Lee Sang-yong

Screenplay by Sin Dong-yeop

Yoo Seung-ho As Han Jeong-hoon

Kang So-ra As Lee Da-jeong

Jo Sang-geun As Problem child, Kim Tae-gyoo

Jeon Joon-hong As Professor – MBC, Byeong-soo

Jeong Seok-yong As Old unmarried professor, Kang Gook-man

Park Cheol-min As Professor – Crazy Dog, Han Kang-man

Runtime: 86 mins

Release date in South Korea : 2009/08/12

During fourth period, high schooler Da-jeong finds his classmate Tae-gyu dead in a classroom and Jeong-hun standing in front of him with blood on his clothes. In order to stop Jeong-hun from becoming the prime suspect, Da-jeong must help him find the real murderer, who is still inside the school building, under 40 minutes before period four ends.

I Say:

I actually liked it. It kind of reminded me of Detective Conan episodes I’ve watched a few times.You just kept looking at the time with them until 4th period is over. Pulse racing and all… as slowly truths and clues are told.

Knowing how weird Korean stories are, this movie is kind of brutal but I think their target audience of course are the younger ones, mostly teenyboppers. It kind of made me worry that they might happen in school at any given day. The younger generation imitate everything they see on TV nowadays. I hope not this one. Also, this movie showcases the twisted mind of a teacher. So please, let’s be patient with our teachers too… the same way they are patient with us. A good I’m-your-student-and-you-are-my-teacher relationship isn’t bad at all.

I’ve seen the even more brutal Battle Royale, and 4th Period Mystery is a whole lot milder than the former but still kind of dangerous, in my opinion. Although the story is 50 percent focused on a love story, there are still scenes not suitable for the young audience.A murder is still a murder story no matter how they try to mask it.