About 3 years ago my parents got a divorce. That year was so hard for me. It took me awhile to understand. My mom was there for me when I needed someone the most.
KoreanImported Total admissions: During a drunken mash-up with his buddies, his best friend Ki-sang Yook Sang-yup: Next day, Hyuk-jin arrives at Jeongseon only to find himself stranded without his friends.
He reluctantly spends the night in the town, in a wrong guest house, as it turns out. To add insult to injury, his awkward attempt to "pick up" the next-door neighbor Kim Kang-hee results in an ego-damaging brush-off by her thuggish companion Tak Seong-joon.
But Hyuk-jin's troubles are far from over, as the weird locals he encounters, including a motor-mouthed woman with nasty temper Lee Ran-hee and a good-natured truck driver Sin Woon-seopbegin to pose threat not only to his financial security and mental stability but perhaps to his chastity?
Filmed extremely cheaply with the total budget allegedly under 10 million won over a couple of years by director Noh Young-seok with zero film-school background, Daytime Drinking won an A mother essay being a hero award at the Jeonju Film Festival and landed a robust distribution deal, even though its box office performance did not measure up to the mind-boggling success of Old Partner, another extreme low-budget indie feature.
Daytime Drinking is definitely not a good showcase of filmmaking skills on the part of director Noh: For instance, the camera seems to have trouble keeping a proper focus in some distant shots, resulting in blurred edges, as if we are seeing them through an opaque window.
What's funny is that these scenes, usually showing Hyun-sik stranded in the middle of nowhere, make him, in the context of this rough-and-tumble but strangely charming flick, appear sunk in the middle of a fish bowl, amusingly illustrating the character's exasperation and, shall we say, dork-ish qualities.
The film is full of these even-its-goofs-are-hilarious moments. Outwardly Daytime Drinking could be mistaken for a low-octane parody of a Hong Sang-soo film the main characters swig hard liquor like whales in both cases: Song Sam-dong as Hyuk-jin, even though barely "acting" in the technical sense, serves as the perfect foil for the languorously surreal characters he runs into.
Even when the troubles keep piling up, the doofus kid always stays one-and-a-half steps behind the right response, making his expression of slow-burn befuddlement, when done right, both droll and sympathetic.
The film only loses its bearing in the last thirty minutes or so, when Hyuk-jin finally meets up with Ki-sang and visits the "right" "pension. I wish the movie had a more dynamic, emotionally cathartic resolution that shows Hyuk-jin actively taking some initiatives against his tormentors.
I guess he does a tiny bit of that, off-screen Daytime Drinking may not be an earth-shaking masterpiece, but Noh Young-seok's no-budget comedy has its heart in the right place, and richly deserves the praise it has garnered from the viewers.
Be careful not to be ambushed by the film's end-credit music, also composed by director Noh a la John Carpenter. It's a sort of techno-ppongjjak, like ballroom muzak played for International Conference of the Organ Grinder's Monkey Association: I warn you, you won't be able to get it out of your brain once you heard it.
A bad gambling habit, however, ruins him financially. He gets willy-nilly recruited into a dope courier job for the gangster President Kang Jo Jae-hyun, HanbandoRomance.
The task seems to involve swimming past the Korea-Japan border with a string of bags filled with dope inside your intestines As I had suspected it would, the movie milks this set-up for ca-ca jokes, so sensitive viewers beware.
Kang is obsessed with his former colleague's daughter, a fruit tart named Yuri Park Si-yeon, Dazimawa Leeand naturally she and Cheon-soo fall in love with each other, after sharing several cosmetics-commercial moments of cocky stares and pouty insults.
Marine Boy is a typical commercial "action film" being turned out with a sense of foot-dragging futility by the Korean industry these days. It takes a premise and a plot vaguely reminiscent of a '70s or '80s Hollywood action thriller this time, it's Peter Benchley's The Deep, itself more than a little schlocky and illogical and tries to update them with slick visuals imported from TV commercials, while "Koreanizing" the characters by burdening them with arch-melodramatic gestures, dialogues and motivations.
Jo Jae-hyun and Lee Won-jong, both terrific actors, try gamely to bring some verve and finesse to their roles that seem to be defined more by their Kyongsang Province accents than anything else.
Director Yun Jong-seok, like many Korean debut directors, is competent if not inspired, and knows how to wrangle camera angle and editing to keep the pace up. Unfortunately, the ridiculously convoluted plot and motivations quickly drag down the proceedings.
Park Si-yeon, foxily charming in Dazimawa Lee, here has to grapple with a role that cannot decide if Yuri is just a spoiled brat with a drug problem or a manipulative femme fatale. And wasn't she supposed to be a serious addict? Or maybe that was a put-on, too, since we never see her once without looking like she just stepped out of a Vogue photo spread.
I suppose since she and Cheon-soo got to sip Pina Colada at Palua in the end, we shouldn't be asking these niggardly questions.
As for Kim Kang-woo, I still like his wild-cat hauteur with a dash of vulnerability, but he really should fire his agent or just stay away from whoever it is that advises him on choosing scripts.
I think I would have been more charitable to Marine Boy if it, like The Deep, at least had a good sense to regale us with beautiful underwater footage.
But no, the movie wastes most of its running time among boring characters jawing unconvincing one-liners and "tough guy talks," ensconced in chi-chi apartment living rooms, or seated in fancy cars barking into cell phones.
Where is "marine" in Marine Boy? Frankly, who gives a sardine's fin if President Kang is in love with Yuri? Was that the point of this alleged "action film? I somehow doubt that's what this movie's crew and cast had in mind while making it.
Second, Sang-in quits his high-end stockbroker job so that he can devote himself to his lifelong dream of running a fancy restaurant. Third, while shopping for an anniversary gift for Sang-in, Mo-rae sneaks into a closed gallery, where she encounters another illicit visitor -- a very handsome young man with whom she hides when the gallery owner turns up.
Mo-rae, overcome by heat and dizziness, has a sudden sexual encounter with the stranger, who then vanishes.Equally as important of a trait would be the ability to put someone else’s well being before your own in the face of danger.
The security of the people around them always comes first to true heroes. Ana, a beloved wife and mother of three is a perfect example of someone who is selfless. Heroes Essay. Add. New Reading List. Vote. Share Reviews: Aug 14, · My English teacher recently asked me to write an essay about what I think a hero is.
My Hero, My Mother. Being the hero that my mother is, she made me eat every last carrot, pea, and broccoli there was on my plate. At the time I thought that she was just a cruel parent forcing her kids to eat something utterly repulsive.
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Recall that “the padded mailer [received by the attaché] is postmarked suburban Phoenix area in Arizona U.S.A.” (36) Also, Orin mentions being “in line in the post . T he year opened in difficult circumstances, to say the least. With a global financial crisis exacerbating a two-year old crisis in the Korean film industry, expectations for the year were low.
Every Reason Why Your Mom is Your Hero. My mom is my hero. She is my mentor, my rock and my support system.
A mother's love is rare and wonderful; that nothing can replace the space she has in our hearts. She has been nothing but influential and the center of my universe.
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