Ok, as previously noted I like most Korean movies. Attack the Gas Station! was definitely a disappointment however, even moreso because it had come recommended as a “must see”. Well, there’s no accounting for taste I suppose. The whole film seemed rather pointless, psuedo-violence and sight gags repeated repetitively. For a film that I imagine was intended as a comedy (ok, Wiki says “satire”), the laughs were few and far between. The Netflix cover indicated it was a commetary on the “social turmoil in contemporary South Korea” (it was filmed in 1999). I must have missed that part. It took me two nights to get through it, as I fell asleep half way through. Here’s what Wikipedia had to say. If you appreciate what passes for comedy on Korean TV, perhaps you’ll like this film. As for me, I’ll give it a 1 rating, because I thought it sucked.
The other film I watched (again courtesy of Netflix) was Ditto. I knew what to expect from this one, as I had watched the American remake The Lake House. There were some pretty significant plot changes between the two, and I found the American version more satisfying. Anyway, the story is about a young Korean woman attending university in 1979 who is able to communicate with another student in the year 2000 via HAM radio, through some Twilight Zone type magic. What I found most interesting were the references to events in Korea during the late 70s of which I was vaguely familiar. Seeing them dramatized was pretty fascinating. I really didn’t like the ambiguous ending, but had I seen this version first, perhaps I wouldn’t have expected more. Anyway, other than being even a tad more melodramatic than the Korean norm, it was not a bad watch. Solid 3 from me on this one.
With this post I’ve innaugarated a new post category I believe is aptly named “movies”. Up next: Please Teach Me English. Bet you can’t wait!
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