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Door Lock

July 15, 2019


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Title : Door Lock / Doeorak / 도어럭
Runtime : 102 minutes
Genre : Thriller, Horror
Released year : 2018
Country : South Korea
Distributor : Megabox Plus M
Cast : Gong Hyo Jin, Kim Ye Won
Plot :

Kyung Min lives alone in a studio apartment. One day, she realized that someone had broke into her apartment but when she reported the case to the police, they took it lightly. One day, her colleague came to her house to return her purse that was left in his car. Suspecting him to be the one who broke into her house, Kyung Min immediately went to the lobby and called the police. However, when they went back to her apartment, the man was found dead.

I had been waiting for this movie to be released ever since I watched the trailer on YouTube. All I got to say is, it definitely worth my wait. Seriously.

SPOILER ALERT

Honestly, I hate watching horror movies but I guess I can put an exception for this movie. From the first scene of this movie, my heart was already ran miles. I was seriously nervous about watching this movie. And guess what, my hands are shaking while typing this. Lol. I was planning to watch this right after I begin my break but the door lock of my room was broken, hence I decided to postpone. Such a coward, I know.

The horror genre of this movie are not the ghost-type of horror. It is human type. A horror with a psychopath and to be honest, this type of horror are scarier than the ghost-type. The one who broke into Kyung Min's apartment are seriously scary. He really does looked nice but who knows that he changed when the night comes. The fact that he, himself knew that he is a psychopath make it scarier. 

The plot are really well plotted and smooth. Even though I had my hands clutching in front of my face with my eyes tried to peak out behind it all the time, I definitely still could grasp on every scene. At first, I was confused to why should he broke into her house in the middle of night and make it like his own. He took a bath in her bathroom, had few of his things in her cabinet, few of his clothes in her closet  (I still didn't know how can she not notice that) and even slept beside her on her bed with his arm around her ! But then it was revealed that he did it all because he loves her. He had feelings for Kyung Min that he is willing to kill. Toxic type of love, if you asked me.

This movie got me scared to have my own house (not that I am planning to buy my own in the near time). I mean, the door lock system in South Korea are improved but he still got the access to her house. If another horror movie will took place in a large, palace-like house, this one only happened in a studio apartment. The smallest size of an apartment. She had no place to hide and will immediately got caught.

The most terrifying scene was the one when Kyung Min found a house in a desolated area with the same passcode as her apartment. I seriously felt like cursing when she, bravely went into the house. Scream typical horror movie. Another one was when Kyung Min was abducted by the psychopath. I still couldn't get his word to Kyung Min out of my head.

What he said was,

"If you want to run away, then do. But, if I was able to catch you, I will cut off both of your arms and legs."
Crazy ? I know. I didn't even realize that I was holding my breath until my mom came into my room. I had to take a break from this movie for a moment before watching the last scene. It was too intense for me.

For all of the thriller lovers, take this shot. I'm out. 9/10 for this movie. I will leave the trailer that make me wait for so long. 

 

-thes

k-drama review

Item

July 13, 2019

Assalamualaikum !! Today is quite a special day because I'm officially started my lesson to take licenses ! Cheers for me ~ I had wrote this in advance last night and scheduled it for today. I hope you guys can enjoy this review !


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Title : Item / Aitem / 아이템
Episodes : 32, 30 minutes per episode
Network : MBC
Genre : Fantasy, Crime, 
Cast : Ju Ji Hoon, Jin Se Yoon, Kim Kang Ho
Plot :

Kang Gon is a prosecutor that full of justice and had a warm heart. He lost his only family on the day he became a prosecutor. After the death of his brother, Kang Gon take care of his niece, Kang Da In. One day, Da In was put into a vegetative state due to an item with supernatural power. Kang Gon then works with a detective profiler to collect items with supernatural power in order to save Da In.

This drama is an adaptation from a webcomic with the same title.

SPOILER ALERT

I think this is the first time that I came across a story with crime-related mix with fantasy. Or is it just me ? Even though I am not a big fan of fantasy, I got to say that this drama is well made. All of the CG used in the drama are really looked like a real things. The power of technology.

The plot of the drama is similar to few crime-related drama that I had watched. You know the usual ? The good guys became a bad guy with the power that the real bad guy possessed. However, unlike the usual, similar drama that I had watched, this time I was actually losing hope that Kang Gon would able to win over Jo Se Hwang because of the items that Jo Se Hwang possessed.

One thing that I couldn't make sense up until now was how the items got their own supernatural power. Maybe it was mentioned during the flashback on the day of the fire incident at the Dream World and I am too dense to realize that. I love how they unfold how the individual possessed the items they had. However, I still couldn't understand how Jo Se Hwang figure how to used the album before using it on his own father. 

The cliche things about the plot of the drama is how every cases committed and reported were related to the case of Dream World fire incident. And everything happened were because of Jo Se Hwang. And it ended with him as well. When he planned another big scale cases, Kang Gon and his team were able to stop the incident. Right after that, the item are slowly losing its power and they disappear at the end. 

I really hate when I had to question the ending of this drama. Yes, Kang Gon able to save Da In and Jo Se Hwang was caught. However, the very last scene definitely had me questioning either Kang Gon able to go back to the real world or not. The scene whereby he, Da In and So Young sitting together, singing while watching the sunsets might only be an imagination or dream and it might be a reality. I couldn't differentiate that.

I am wondering whether there will be the second season of Item or not because Jo Se Hwang was found dead, hanging up, in front of his cell. Strange, aite ? Well, one woman came to him in form of the prison guard with a special item. That's why I was wondering will there be another season or not. I am not complaining if there is but I prefer this drama as a stand alone. But who knows.

So, for the conclusion, I am really satisfied with this drama. It got me thinking what if there is this kind of item in this real world, then, what would happen ? Putting that aside, I will rate this drama as 8/10.

k-drama review

Reply 1988

July 08, 2019

Assalamualaikum, so last week..or not, I have done the second series of Reply. So, here is the last series of that. If I were to compare between all series, I prefer the first one and the second is my least favorite. So, I hope this review can help you enjoying the drama ~

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Title : Reply 1988 / Eungdaphara 1988 / 응답하라1988
Episodes : 20
Network : tvN
Genre : Family, Romance, Drama
Related : Reply 1998, Reply 1994
Cast : Hyeri, Go Kyung Pyo, Ryu Joon Hyul, Lee Dae Hwi, Park Bo Gum
Plot :

The drama started in the year of 1988, where Olympics were held in Seoul. For the 18 years of their life, Duk Soon, Sun Woo, Jung Hwan, Dong Ryung and Taek had live together in one neighborhood and befriend with each other. The family of these five teenagers are also closed with one another. Even thought living in a half-basement house, Duk Soon remain bright and happy. Sun Woo is a model student in his school together with Jung Hwan, whose family became rich overnight. Dong Ryung is a teenager who loved dancing and gave up on his academic even thought his father is a teacher. Lastly, Taek is an international go player. He had given up on school and only had the other four as his friend.

So, this is the last season (as of now) for the Reply 19s seasons.

SPOILER ALERT

I personally like this drama better than the last one but still it could not beat the first one. Hehe. As I said, I am not a fan of a spin off. But, here I am. Unlike the other two season which only focused on the family of the main female character, this season had all family of the teenagers involved. I guess that was how the old time was like. Give and take between the neighbors.

And once again I am thankful to the director, producer, writer and basically all of the production team to keep Song Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa in this type of drama. Honestly, they really suit with each other. Their character really kick off well. I think I can enjoy just watching them arguing over and over again. As for Hyeri, I had never watch her acting but I can say that she really suited this kind character.

Just like the last season, this season had many potential husband for Duk Soon. The first one, Sun Woo. I always thought that the first man that the female lead shows interest in is the person who she will ended up with. Because, as far as I remember, the previous season showed so. But then, Sun Woo was actually interested in Duk Soon's older sister. Poor girl. Then, we had Jung Hwan who acted all cold towards her but actually loved her. I honestly thought and hoped  that he would be marrying Duk Seon because I personally liked his character. Who had thought that Taek will be the husband of Duk Soon. Well, it is Park Bo Gum we are talking about. And in my very personal view, I didn't actually enjoy this pair being together. Maybe it because these two lacked heart-fluttering scenes. Maybe.

For me, I liked the plot and how the story carefully arranged and unfolds. However, there are too much things going on. And with that on board, the runtime of one episode almost went to two hours. And for that reason, I once again had to double and triple the speed. 

Unlike the second season, I can say that I had more joy while watching this drama. And for that, I would gladly rate this one as 8.4/10.

-thes

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