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Movie reviews: 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant & My Boyfriend is Type B

Usually, I’d be on top of finishing up my summary on my trip to China..but that requires SOO much work..To be honest, I’d be surprised if I did go back to sum it up. It was a GREAT trip and I’d love to blog about it, but the thought of loading photos and etc makes me tired just thinking about it right nowhaha..we;ll seee.

This is the first time I’ve done a movie review on Koreans movie! yay! hope you enjoy!

Naesarang Ssagaji (100 Days with Mr. Arrogant)

Synopsis:

Ha-Young (Ha Ji-Won) is a high school student who was just dumped by her boyfriend right before their 100th day anniversay. While walking home, upset and frustrated, Ha-Young kicks a can that ends up hitting Hyung-Joon (Kim Jae Won) in the face as he is driving his expensive car and it ends up running into a wall and getting scratched. Hyung-Joon demands her to pay him back, but she ends up running away..but of course, she dropped her wallet! Hyung-Joon ends tracking her down the poor high school student and writes up an “Enslavement Agreement’ that allows Ha-Young to payback for the damages through 100 days of doing errands, cleaning and etc for Hyung-joon. She eventually figures out that Hyung-Joon lied about the price for fixing the car and eventually seeks revenge.

Movie Review:

100 Days with Mr. Arrogant is another over-the-top crazy Korean comedy romance that will definitely make you laugh. Anyone who has seen My Sassy Girl or My Tutor Friend will definitely not find this movie to be THAT great. Although it’s a cute romance, it’s not a well made one. Hyung-Joon, who is suppose to be an all time arrogant hunk… doesn’t seem as arrogant as he should have been, and as for Ha-Young, her nutty and outrageous personality sometimes are a bit too much and annoying. And even though Hyung-Joon has Ha-young under a 100 Day agreement for her to be his slave, the “dreadful” and “terrible” tasks that he gives her don’t seem all that bad, especially once the movie progresses and the expected happenings of a cliche love story start to progress. Ok..I seem to be bashing a lot on this movie, but I did actually enjoy it. There was excellent pacing, and not a single dull moment between the silly comedy and sad dramatic parts. Even though the ending was completely predictable, I found this movie to be quite fun to watch, especially with a group of people. The romance, although difficult to follow, is quite touching and fun to watch.

Oh, and is it just me..or are Korean girls in most these movies just SUPER extreme and spunky!?

My rating: 7/10
Should you watch it? Cute and predictable. If you’re in the mood for some over the top humor and a cute chick flick, go watch! It’s quite fun.

To check out other reviews on 100 Days With Mr. Arrogant check out the links below:
Imdb: 5.7/10
KFccinama: no number/letter rating
LoveHKfilm: no number/letter rating- but is poorly rated! Warning: This review has spoilers.

If you don’t have the movie and want to watch it streaming, click >here< to watch it on Crunchyroll.

B-hyeong namja chingu B형 남자친구 (My Boyfriend is Type B)

Synopsis:

Ha-Mi (Han Ji Hye) is a college student who believes the notion that a blood type determines a person’s personality and compatiblity. One day she encounters Young-bin (Lee Dong Gun), a heart throb of the school, by accident while riding the bus and calls it destiny. Problem is…Young-bin has a type B blood type, which is known to be a person who is selfish and irresponsible, a definite no-no for women!

Movie Review:

My Boyfriend is Type B is a cute and funny movie, but quite frustrating to watch. Young-Bin, played by Lee Dong Geon, although handsome and macho, is a complete arrogant and self-centered guy. Han-Mi, played by Han Ji-Hye, is the opposite however, and yet seems to fall head-over-heels for him. Perhaps I am more liberal than others, but I think Han-ji Hye’s level of tolerance was just beyond belief! The movie has it’s cute parts and can be enjoyable at times, but it is also another cliche love story of the ups and downs of going out. The acting is great, but the story isn’t top-notch in my opinion. Overall, I enjoyed watching this quirky-Korean romance- I got mad, sad, laughed and so forth, but it wasn’t anything THAT special.

My rating: 6/10
Should you watch it? Predictable and frustrating to watch, yet…cute? It is a very Korean movie, with all of it’s silly quirks and humor that get you laughing, so if you’re in the mood for a typical chick flick with lots of ups and downs, onward you go.

To check out other reviews on My Boyfriend is Type B check out the links below:
Imdb: 5.6/10
MovieXclusive:(there are 2 reviews) B- by W. Lee or 2.5/5 by Linus T.
HanCinema: 9.22/10

Oh, and if you want to read more about blood types, click >here<!

If you don’t have the movie and want to watch it streaming, click >here< to watch it on Crunchyroll.

For other movie reviews that I have done, click >here<.

Whoot! I have sooo many movies to watch still! but if anyone has any recomendations, please let me know!

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Movie Review: Nobody Knows

Ahh. It’s good to be on Summer Vacation.

Dare mo Shiranai 誰も知らない (Nobody knows)

Synopsis:

Nobody Knows is based off a real event that occurred in Japan tagged the “affair of the four abandoned children of Sugamo.” Although the story is fictional, it gives a bases of the actual event; the movie covers the story of 4 children who all have different fathers and their survival after abandonment. Only the oldest boy Akira (Yuya Yagira) was registered at birth, so when they move into the new apartment, the landlord only knows of the existence of him and the mother, forcing the other 3 children to be sneaked in. Eventually, their mother ends up leaving a few hundred dollars and abandoning the 4 children in the apartment, leaving Akira, who is only 12 at the time, to fend for his siblings.

Review:

Slow paced and heartbreaking, this movie truly captures the sense of abandonment and heart of a child. Unless you have the patience to watch this movie, you won’t be able to grasp the beauty of it and the resilience of the children. It’s a simple and realistic film which doesn’t have any high and exciting moments, but definitely not boring since the cinematography and actors/actresses do an amazing job of portraying these light-hearted children who seem to be stuck in limbo. To say the least, this film is warming yet heart wrenching. I really don’t have anything bad to say about this movie besides it being quite slow and long. Overall though, a VERY well made movie, but definitely not for everyone.

My rating: 8.5/10
Should you watch it? If you have the patience and the time, it’s a lovely movie.

To check out other reviews on Nobody Knows check out the links below:
Rotten Tomatoes- 96%
Imdb: 8.2/10
Yahoo: B

If you’re interested, you can watch this movie with English subtitles on Crunchyroll by clicking >here<

As for the true story, please follow these links below if you are interested:

Wiki: Affair of the four abandoned children of Sugamo.

Shisso: scroll down to where it says “if you are interested in the real story that happened back in 1988″ to read about the event.

Straight: An article about the movie and real story- click >here<

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Movie Review: Rainbow Song & Summer Time Machine Blues

So…even though it was finals week, I watched a whole bunch of movies! It was a good excuse to not study I suppose. Now that I am finally on summer vacation, I will probably overwhelm everyone with how many blogs I put out until I have to leave on my trips! well here are 2 movie reviews! Actually..there should be 3. I was going to review Stardust , but these reviews already took me way too long lol..plus you can find TONS of reviews for Stardust if you look them up, unlike these 2 movies below! Please look forward to a bunch more reviews coming up though!

Ooo 2 weeks and I’m flying out to Vietnam and Thailand, how rad is that??

NO SPOILERS! – I’ll never write spoilers…why? because I HATEEE reading spoilers..whenever I read a review that has spoilers, I get pretty upset.. lol so I’ll try my best not to write them =D

Niji no Megami 虹の女神 (Rainbow Song)

Synopsis:

As best friends, Tomoya Kishida (Hayato Ichihara) and Aoi Sato (Juri Ueno) are students of a film club and although they both love each other, neither has the courage to confess. Tomoya Kishida finds out later that Aoi Sato dies in a plane crash while going to pursue her dream in the film industry. Rainbow Song tells is a reminiscent movie about a love story that never had.

Review:

Rainbow Song is a pretty sad movie to watch, but at the same time, I think it’s a story that many people could relate to, especially since confessing your love for someone will never be an easy task. Ueno Juri and Hayato Ichihara were great picks for their roles. Not only are they unique actors that each have their own styles, but they’re both very convincing in this role. Although there were some really good laughs in this movie, especially at the beginning when Tomoya Kishida was being a stalker, it turns into a pretty mellow movie. The downside? I thought there was a lot of unnecessary side stories that could be left out. Overall, it’s a story thats heartbreaking and very realistic. I found myself having mixed reviews about this one, but in the end I did like it, especially how it was filmed.

My rating: 7/10
Should you watch it? Although I didn’t like this movie as much as when I watched it, I would recommend it. The more I think about it, the more I like it. Don’t watch this expecting flare though, it’s pretty calm.

To check out other reviews on Rainbow Song check out the links below:
Lunaparks- Editor & user ratings: 7/10
Imdb: 7.3/10
Yahoo: B+

Sama Taimumashin Burusu サマータイムマシンブルース (Summer Time Machine Blues)

Synopsis:

Summer Time Machine Blues revolves around 5 guys in the sci-fi club and 2 girls in the photography club during the summer. Both clubs share the club house and after fooling around 1 day, coca-cola ends up spilling all over the air conditioners remote control. A time machine ends up appearing out of now where, and in order to save their summer days from the unbearable heat, they set out to rescue the remote control by traveling back in time!

Review:

This is a entertaining movie that really makes your mind work. It’s not GREAT but really well thought out. The concept of time travel is confusing enough as it is and this movie took it to its limit! The director and writer of this movie are brilliant! There is also an excellent twist of love in the movie that although is predictable, it wasn’t too corny. Cons? I found myself getting really frustrated throughout the movie; we all understand that if you change something in the past, it would of course, change the future right?? well, some of the characters in the movie just didn’t seem to understand this concept until it was slapped across their face. Overall, it was an OK movie, but I liked it a lot because of how well it was made.

My rating: 6.5/10
Should you watch it? It’s definitely interesting, but not GREAT. I wouldn’t say you had to rush out and see this, but if you have the time, try it out.

To check out other reviews on Summer Time Machine Blues check out the links below:
Asian Movie Reviews: 8/10
Imdb: 7.8/10

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Wing Luke Asian Museum

Wow..Already June 1st! One more week of school, and then finals week right after. Yay for summer (but too bad there hasn’t been any nice weather though…).

For any of those who can, please go to the Wing Luke Asian Museum! I went with a bunch of friends today to catch lunch and then headed to the re-grand opening of museum. Everything in there is amazing! It’s sooo interesting! It’s not totally complete yet but they have enough stuff to keep you entertained for hours, especially if you are interested in Asian history, particularly Asian-American history and the hardships of immigrating to America.

We arrived at about 12:30 or so we only saw a brief part of the Lion Dance before they departed. The drumming/music made it really lively though! Here are some photos from it =D

Lion Dance

Vietnamese Artwork

You can’t tell in the photo, but there are 8 beautiful carvings of Chinese men and women

This was hanging on the ceiling like a chandelier, and there is actually a 2nd part to the artwork where you take these huge fancy fans and fan them, causing the chimes to ring.

This was the last exhibit. In actuality, this is a backdrop to a theater room.

The Wing Luke Art Museum ROCKS, especially because it made me really appreciate my major in International Studies of Asia.

Ooo and since I don’t ever do this, thank you everyone for commenting and visiting my blog! I always look forward to reading what everyone has to say =D

Btw..does anyone know how to install google analytics to wordpress?! I tried downloading stuff, etc etc..and nothing is working for me ;___;

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Life is an Adventure

My college years have been an adventure and I’ve been fortunate enough to encounter people from all over the world to keep my life even more spectacular than it already is.

Money is earned to be spent right? Well, that seems to be the case especially for me in 2007-2008. So here’s the plan:

I have amazing friends! Some of which choose to be my travel buddies =D Although everything is still in the making, Janeemebe, Em and I will be volunteering in:I believe Hanoi, Saigon Vietnam for 10 or so days to do volunteer work, then taking a 5 day tour through Thailand, and finally spending a week or so back in Saigon, just moving at our own pace.

Although I’ve been to on the Thailand tour, I will be accomplishing a goal of mind, which I mentioned before on an earlier post (link >here<), and that is to return to old vacation spots and take actual photos since I have a real camera now, and not a 1.3mp video camera.

=) Thank you everyone for…everything! Whether it’s from eating out, reading my blogs, traveling, casual hang outs, playing video games, or what not,my life has been a great adventure.

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Current Events: China’s Pollution

It’s been awhile since I have done a blog in relevance to current events, so here we go!

Below is data from 2004 (link).

Rank Country Annual CO2 emissions
in thousands of metric tons
Percentage of total emissions[4]
- Flag of World World 27,245,758 100.0 %
1 Flag of the United States United States [5] 6,049,435 22.2 %
2 Flag of the People's Republic of China China 5,010,170 18.4 %
- Flag of Europe European Union 3,115,125 11.4 %
3 Flag of Russia Russia 1,524,993 5.6 %
4 Flag of India India 1,342,962 4.9 %
5 Flag of Japan Japan 1,257,963 4.6 %
6 Flag of Germany Germany 808,767 3.0 %
7 Flag of Canada Canada 639,403 2.3 %
8 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 587,261 2.2 %
9 Flag of South Korea South Korea 465,643 1.7 %
10 Flag of Italy Italy [6] 449,948 1.7

As of 2006 China has surpassed the United States and is the leading country in CO2 emissions according to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Although China’s environment has consistently been hostile, it has only become prevalent in the current news because of the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games. As stated in an article in the NY Times, “Thursday did not bring good news. The gray, acrid skies rated an eye-reddening 421 on a scale of 500, with 500 being the worst. Friday rated 500. Both days far exceeded pollution levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization. In Beijing, officials warned residents to stay indoors until Saturday, but residents here are accustomed to breathing foul air” (link). The polluted air routinely endangers the lives of the civilians and will most likely impede on the performances during the Olympic Games.

According to an article in Japan Probe, “Beijing’s horrifying air pollution has driven 20 nations to have their athletes undertake pre-Olympic training in Japan instead of China” (link). Countries such as Britain, Finland, Germany, the United States and so forth are taking precautions and are choosing to hold training camps in countries other than China.

Major crack downs in China have occurred in order to prevent further environmental damage; they have banned the use of plastic bags, closed down factories, instigated food safety measures and even limiting vehicles on the streets. How legit these are is quite questionable though. Will the factories really shut down? Assuming they do, will they shut down for good or is this just a temporary decision made for the Olympics?

China has a long ways to go before it accomplishes any goals toward improving the environment. However, in China’s defense and in retrospect to the United States and other developed countries, it should have been obvious that China was going to have to endure high levels of pollution. China is currently a developing nation that has been going through radical changes in the past decade toward modernization. Moreover, China holds about 1.3billion people and is the largest country in the world. With just that, is anyone surprised that China only recently surpassed the US in CO2 emissions? Like any other country going through urbanization, pollution goes hand in hand.

There has been no country in history to emerge as an economic power and not create a detrimental impact on the environment and their citizens. Some cities in China rarely see sun, children are more prone to become ill, shorter life expectancies, lead poisoning, and etc; these are few of the dangers that have emerged. Like China, other countries such as Japan, Korea, Russia and the US have all suffered from the effects of environmental degradation for sake of an industrializing. Each of these current powerful nations have endured drastic public health issues, the only difference today is that China’s industrial revolution has come at a time when media is at its’ peak and global warming has become a serious issue.

Due to this, it should be no surprise to anyone that China’s environmental problem is so profound. Pollution in China is so vast that it has caused acrid rain to fall on even Seoul and Tokyo. So my point, since I’m now tired of typing, is that the Chinese environmental issue is obviously something to be concerned about, however people need to realize China isn’t alone when it comes to high levels of environmental degradation and pollutants that result in poor health conditions.

OO..and a discrepancy:

  • According to the NY Times article, the US is still leading in greenhouse emissions.

“Experts once thought China might overtake the United States as the world’s leading producer of greenhouse gases by 2010, possibly later. Now, the International Energy Agency has said China could become the emissions leader by the end of this year, and the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency said China had already passed that level” (link).

Other things to look at: Kyoto Protocol

So..there were a lot of other points I wanted to get to…but this blog would become ridiculously longer than it already is …plus, I should probably be doing homework or something >__<

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