Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thanks to my little sister and her keen and undying love of bacon for discovering such a hidden jewel.
What? You want to buy some?
Go right ahead!
Send me a box, too.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Five years ago, I saw a shocking and morbid movie. It was the first Korean movie I had seen in a theater, as it came out here.
I was fascinated, I was amazed, I was impressed by how great the movie was (it took me a good three days to snap out of the haze that the movie put me in).
The story was intense and riveting, and full of the usual Korean madness-- plus, this guy lives off potstickers for 15 years. (It makes sense if you actually watch the thing). I couldn't believe how gripping the movie was, and how simultaneously disturbing.
It gave me a newfound appreciation of Korean filmmakers and a belief that the "Hallyu" phenomenon was real. It made me see how Korean movies could be watched and acclaimed by different countries, as I watched it and loved it through my strange Americanized Korean perception.
The premise of the movie is deceptively simple: A man is kidnapped seemingly at random one night and held captive for 15 years, then released, also seemingly at random. He is out to figure out who kidnapped him, why he was held against his will, and whether or not he wants to seek revenge.
It's beautiful in its portrayal of emotion (as a woman, I found it a fascinating view into the male psyche) and how nurture (or lack thereof) can distort one's nature.
I thought it was perfect as is, though the English subtitles seemed a little off at times. There wasn't enough dialog for the subtitles to bring a viewer out of the movie-- the whole thing could be watched without dialog, just the music and sound effects, and it would still work (I thought so, anyway).
Now I read that "Oldboy" will potentially be remade into a Hollywood movie.
Steven Spielberg is supposedly going to direct, with Will Smith playing the role that Choi Min-Shik (최민식) was absolutely perfect in. No offense to Will Smith, but he's not exactly the rugged, been-through-tough-times, got-locked-up-for-15-years type. I know Choi Min-Shik didn't actually go through those things, but he really looks the part. Or maybe he's just a fantastic actor, I don't know.
I'm torn between wanting to work on this movie and keep that desolate, hopeless sensibility that Koreans love, and wanting to boycott this movie for remaking something that is already really great.
I guess I'll wait and see how the movie shapes up...
Friday, November 07, 2008
I discovered today that my great-uncle has a Wikipedia page in Korean, here.
He is my mother's father's older brother, and I can't believe I found him online, of all places. I couldn't be prouder of my family, all the members (with perhaps just two or three exceptions), Wikipedia'ed or not.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Congratulations and good luck to Barack Obama.
My roommate and I were watching CNN together last night, waiting to see who won, and were discussing presidential assassinations.
Oddly, we both felt like the Secret Service has to be more careful with Obama than with any previous president. Whether it's a race thing or just the fact that this year has seen the worst emotions being brought out in people, I don't know.
I hope he and his family are kept safe, and I hope that this country becomes a better place with less struggles.