Archive for May, 2009

East of Eden, episode 7

Short summary:

DC made contact with DW. DC became friends with Mike and got a job at the casino, then Mike took it all back. Grace/Young Ran/Guk Ja, who wins the prize for most names  on this show, becomes enamoured with DC, despite Mike being in love with her. Tae Hwan arrives in Macau. Nurse Yoo arrives in Macau. A lady named Janice (Mike’s business rival/sister-in-law) also arrives in Macau. DW tells Chun Hee the truth about the fire.  Chun Hee disowns Ji Hyun after Myung Hun claims her for his own despite no encouragement from Ji Hyun. DW gets a new suit from his mum, paid for by DC, and new shoes from Ki-Sun. Both these items are ruined when some sort of riot breaks out on his first day of uni. Myung Hun flys to Macau, because Tae Hwan wants him to hook up with Guk Ja.

Comments:

  • I loved that phone call, although I think Dong Chul went one ‘DONG WOOK-AH!’ too far.
  • And the truth finally comes out. Good on you Dong Wook, although, now you’ve made your mother feel like a real bitch.
  • I really like Guk Ja (I’m using the name that came from her own mouth, although if DC starts calling her different, I’ll swap), she’s cute. I hope Dong Chul falls for her.
  • Mike’s good looking in that typical American way, but ‘She is my queen!’ I LOLed.
  • What’s the population of Korea? What a small world running into the same people and in a different country too. I love it when characters just avoid meeting, as long it  doesn’t happen too often. I hope Dong Chul sees Tae Hwan first, but the previews seem to say otherwise.
  • I think they should have had a close up of that Lee family picture.
  • Though the Ji Hyun and Dong Wook kiss was the standard lip press, it was one of the most passionate I’ve seen yet.
  • Ji Hyun’s even more annoying this episode. She’s coming across as a Jung Ja in waiting, and now she’s got a real rival . Will she end up settling for Myung Hun and pining after DW for the rest of the show? I really don’t want to have to watch that.
  • Also, I have no idea how the Ji Hyun/Myung Hun relationship has developed over the past ten years, when he acts like they’re already married and she acts like he’s an annoying stalker.
  • Janice is very beautiful.
  • What! Nurse Yoo is back already? Why am I so surprised? Maybe the truth about the baby swap will come out sooner than I thought.
  • I love how Dong Wook said ‘please live a long life [until I can get my revenge]’ . He’s my main eye candy for this show now that Kim Bum’s gone (not that everybody else on the show isn’t also attractive. I just like this guy the most).
  • What was that at the university? It seemed so random that I have come to think it must have been an actual historic event. How crazy.
  • So, DW’s found himself a fourth for his love square. I like her shoes, but that’s all I can say about her at the moment.
  • I think that I can only enjoy the atrocious English because of some very kindly subtitling, so no matter how indecipherable it is, it doesn’t affect my understanding of the show.

Picture Fiction 1: Lichtenstein’s goldfish bowl and golf ball

Roy Lichtenstein, 1972, Still life with goldfish bowl and painting of a golf ball

Roy Lichtenstein, 1972, Still life with goldfish bowl and painting of a golf ball

Not every picture is worth a thousand words. I could only get 149 out of this one.

A TALE OF THREE FISH, word count: 149

Steve knocked his head against the glass and drifted backwards. 

‘Wotcha doin’ Steve?’ asked Archie. 

Steve knocked his head against the glass and drifted backwards. 

‘What is he doing, Archie?’ asked Jasper.

‘I donno, causin’ brain indry.’ 

Steve knocked his head against the glass and drifted backwards. 

‘What is that Archie?’ asked Jasper.

‘Wot’s wot?’

‘That giant, yellow thing.’

‘Wot yella fing?’ 

Jasper knocked his head against the glass and drifted backwards.

Archie knocked his head against the glass and drifted backwards. 

‘It’s a golf ball,’ declared Jasper.

‘Wot?’

‘It looks like a yellow golf ball.’

Jasper swam around. ‘See, it has the same small indentations covering its surface as the golf ball in that painting.’

‘Wot ’bout its wonky shape?’

‘Golf is a brutal sport.’ 

Steve knocked his head against the glass, drifted backwards, turned on his side and floated to the surface. 

‘Where’s Steve?’ asked Jasper.

‘Who?’

No Tomorrow, Chris Hemsworth and Red Dawn remake

So, I was searching Chris Hemsworth because I heard that he got the lead role in some big movie about Thor, and I was surprised to discover that he’s also been cast in a remake of Red Dawn.

What?

A Red Dawn remake?

I can’t believe they’re remaking that crappy movie when they still haven’t made a film version of Tomorrow, When the War Began.

I mean, if you want Chris Hemsworth to help defend his country against invaders, he would have made a decent Kevin.

How long will I have to wait for this film?

East of Eden, episode 6

So, I think I’m just going to comment on this show now, rather than a full summary/recap/review as I don’t have time to bother with that anymore. 

So, comments on this episode, I’ll start with the cast: 

Song Seung Heon as grow up Dong Chul.

  • His english is very good, which I’m happy about. I can’t comment on his chinese or vietnamese, but I’m impressed by Dong Chul’s language knowledge, and his card shuffling abilities also.
  • I really feel that his DC is the grown up version of Kim Bum, particularly when he teared up over that news article. I think the character continuation on this show is great. I was a little worried about Dong Wook, but that scene in the previews with him crying over the phone to DC was so DW.
  • I still miss Kim Bum though, his voice the most actually. I think his screaming voice is better than SH’s, ‘DONG WOOK-AH!’ I love the flashbacks.

 Yun Jung Hoon as grown up Dong Wook

  • There’s something about this guy. I already like him a lot, and I can feel my heart’s allegiance slipping from DC to DW in future eps. 

Jun So Min as grown up Ki Sun

  • This character has pretty much been a non-entity in this show and I’m still unsure of her purpose. I hope she gets one. Jung Ja and the aunt too. 

Lee Mi Sook as Chun Hee

  • I still love her. Her acting has calmed down a lot from her first scenes in episode 1, where I thought she was a little over the top. Every time she dismisses Dong Chul with that hard look on her face, it just breaks my heart (Dong Wook’s also). 

Park Hae Jin as grown up Myung Hun

  • Looks like Myung Hun succumbed to the evil side at least a little (this observation is based on his silk PJs of course).
  • The actor’s cute. He looks younger than DW. He also looks more like DC than DW. I thought that about the younger actors as well.  

Han Ji Hye as grown up Ji Hyun

  • She doesn’t seem to have grown up from her princess stage. I find her a little annoying. I hope it doesn’t last.
  • I like that Ji Hyun still in love with Dong Wook and doesn’t seem the least bit interested in Myung Hun, so hopefully that triangle won’t be based around a fickle female. 

Jo Min Ki as Shin Tae Hwan

  • Twenty-years has done nothing to him. He looks like he hasn’t aged a day.
  • His guy still seems so shifty and weaselly, which I guess is what they’re going for in his character. 

Wang Gun

  • I couldn’t find this guy on the cast list I found, which makes me think he’s not going to last very long.
  • The older Wang Gun looked younger than DC. Actually, is it the same guy? Damn moustache.
  • It’s sad how he holds a grudge against DC. I’m hoping it’s all a set up, but then WG’s highest priority grudge is against President Guk, so why hold onto a friendship you had for a few months ten years ago when revenge is so close. 

Dennis Oh as Mike Packer

  • He reminds me of Jerry O’Connell.
  • While his english was excellent, his acting was not so much, and the girl in that scene with him was awful. Actually that whole scene was cringe worthy–well, until DC saved it.
  • Looks like he’s going to be friends and/or love rivals with DC.
  • A guy named Packer running a casino in Macau. Simply coincidence?  

Lee Yeon Hee as Guk Young Ran (Grace)

  • I completely missed this in the episode, but if her surname is Guk, does that mean she’s related to Casino guy?
  • She’s not much of a character yet, but I see a love triangle in her future. She might be that fickle female though. 

Other comments: 

  • Doesn’t it seem like Dong Chul’s having a far better/easier time than his family? I mean Dong Wook’s breaking his back delivering coal and studying, and DC’s having a grand old time riding bicycles in beautiful Macau.
  • What was with the weird dancing from President Guk?
  • Oh, and turns out Dong Chul did not knock up some Chinese lady. She’s the wife of his good friend. I loved how she made him seaweed soup for his birthday.
  • The grand dame of the loan sharks (who is not a Madam, like I thought from first glance). Is she TH’s actual mother or is that just out of respect. She doesn’t look that old, but all the ages on this show are a little skewed.
  • Who is Jae Woo? And what is his relationship to TH and DC? Also, who was the dude in black watching DC as he read the news article? Was that Jae Woo? Was he the wharf boss?
  • Still no news about Uncle. 

Hopefully, the Lee family is reunited next episode.

I just watched Revolutionary Road

I am reeling from watching this picture.

This film was so depressing. Wonderfully acted and directed. Great script. Lovely cinematography. And I just need to believe that what happened to April was unintentional.

I am completely thankful that I’m young and my future is full of options. I think if my life were anywhere near the Wheelers…I don’t know, maybe I would be contemplating suicide right now, or maybe it would spur a change in life direction. I wonder if the period setting of the film was to create distance between the subject matter and the audience. It still hits really hard, and I’m not even at that place.

East of Eden, episode 5

It looks like this is the last episode featuring Kim Bum (sad, but suddenly glad that K-dramas love to overuse flashbacks). 

 So, the episode begins with Dong Chul succeeding in his first treasure hunting mission, under the guidance of a man who likes to eat live squid and who I’m just going to call Uncle, as I can’t remember his actual name. Dong Chul then delivers the money he earned to Dong Wook and instructs his younger brother to save their mother, which he does. Yeah! (I like Chun Hee more than Jung Ja). The gang leader, Wang Cho/chu/gun, whatever his name is, bonds with Ki Sun, and with Dong Chul as well, whom is soon calling Wang Gun ‘hyung’.

Anyway, after delivering the money, Wang Gun and Dong Chul are hanging out outside the casino when the casino owner (President Guk) walks out and we learn that Wang Gun hates the guy because he supposedly stole the casino from Wang Gun’s family, or something like that. Soon after Guk walks out, Shin Tae Hwan (I always think Shere Khan whenever I hear the guy’s name) walks out of the casino and we learn that Dong Chul still hates that guy.

Meanwhile, Dok Sa (the gang dude who liked Dong Chul to do things first) and other disposable characters have backstabbed Uncle (literally) and although he only just met the guy, Dong Chul reacts like it were his best friend. Anyway, Dong Chul carries the wounded Uncle on his back and saves his life, thus earning Uncle’s eternal gratitude. Wang Gun, however, didn’t earn Uncle’s eternal gratitude as he was quite fine leaving the guy to die ( I thought some envy and resentment might boil up in Wang Gun turning him against Dong Chul, but nothing ever came of that so it’s ok). 

It was about this time when I was wondering why DC was still wearing his prison clothes. It seems a little conspicuous. Anyway, Uncle works for some union head who …something, yeah, I need to pay more attention to the business manoeuvrings. I think political office was mentioned, so after the time jump, the dude’s probably going to be a minister or mayor or something. Anyway, what I do remember is the guy is obstructing Shin Tae Hwan’s building project, and TH is not happy about it (nor is TH’s dad).

So, anyway, Dong Chul (looking sweet in staff uniform) had to fetch this union guy from the casino after Uncle had been stabbed, and while he was there he seemed very interested in all the goings-on of the casino, ie. the money. So, he later asks for a job at the casino and becomes wait staff ( he wanted to learn cards, but uncle said no). Oh, also, Dok Sa pretended that he had been forced to backstab uncle, so the union guy didn’t send him off to jail with the other traitors. Dok Sa, however, has developed a strong grudge against DC, and takes Tae Hwan’s offered money to do DC in.

Dok Sa hires some guys to kill DC, but they only manage to cut him in the arm, and when DC arrives back to gang headquarters and sees Dok Sa there, he is pissed beyond what we’ve ever seen him. He was quite scary and I thought he might kill Dok Sa, but he only grievous bodily harmed him.

The scene then cuts to some time later, and Dong Chul has gone from James Dean to Fez from That 70s Show. Seriously, he’s stolen Fez’s whole look, and it’s really hard to take DC seriously with that hair (luckily they don’t allow that poncy crap in Macau, so Bummie’s back to being hot, actually he’s far hotter, once he moves there later this episode).

DC goes to visit Dong Wook at his school where the uniforms are scarily militant. Unfortunately, Dok Sa has followed them and witnessed their exchange of brotherly love. So after DC leaves, Dok Sa kidnaps DW and later calls DC telling him to meet him at the wharf or somewhere. DC uses his brain though, and sends Wang Gun and his mates to capture Tae Hwan, so Dok Sa’s blackmail becomes a hostage exchange. Poor Dong Wook looks really beat up–he’s only 10 years old you bastards! Anyway, although I think they look nothing alike, Kim Bum’s performance in this scene, particularly his facial expressions, were highly reminiscent of Song Seung Heon (Older Dong Chul) from Episode 1.

At the end of the exchange, DC sends DW home, but DC stays to get arrested by the police. He is saved, however, by Uncle, who is now on his way to Macau on business for that union guy, and decided to take DC with him, on account of that whole eternal gratitude thing. DC, however, didn’t want to leave Korea until Uncle reminded him that he could better protect his family by staying away for the moment. Uncle also tells DC that he’s going to act as his father since DC doesn’t have one, which is a nice sentiment, but Uncle was really just setting DC up for greater pain later on when Uncle is kidnapped in Macau and DC fails to save him. Also, I love you Kim Bum, but I think I’ve hit wailing overload, because instead of tearing up during your boat cry scene, I laughed.

We don’t find out what happens to Uncle, because the scene then skips ahead to older Dong Chul who seems to have become a wharfie/amateur actor in Macau. It also seems like he’s already helping the conflict span generations as he waves intimately to a pregnant lady.

I’m sad Kim Bum’s gone, but I’m glad the adult storyline has now seemed to have started and I can soon get to know all the real stars of the show. I hope I like them as much as their younger counterparts. Also, I assume that the developments in the Wang Gun character this episode mean that he’s going to turn up in the adult storyline despite seemingly disappearing at the end of the episode, maybe Dok Sa as well. I wonder about the Uncle though.

I can’t wait to see Terminator Salvation

I’ve been waiting for John Connor to meet Kyle Reese since I first saw the original movie. I hope they don’t stuff it up. The small meeting in The Sarah Connor Chronicles was awesome, but tSCC is tantamount to fan fiction really. Also, Anton Yelchin and Christian Bale are dream casting.

The trailers having been playing up the Marcus character though and I’m not sure about the whole sympathetic terminator angle. I prefer my terminators as killing machines, or at least having no cylon/i-robot intelligence thing going on. Still, I hope Sam Worthington’s received warmly. What a crazy ride his life must be lately. It would suck if he were to suddenly fall, particularly before Avatar comes out.