More movie madness! I actually watched 2/3 of these films some time ago, but like a certain nerdy spy in My Girlfriend is an Agent of the 7th grade, you just can’t keep a good film/bumbling superspy out for long. With previous movie editions I would attempt to tie the seemingly dissimilar trifecta of films together, usually thematically. Well considering I couldn’t have picked three different films if I tried, then might as well do it again! Here goes… All three deal with a deconstruction of society/humanity, one be it through the literal end of the world, one through the purpose of manufactured identities via country, and the other through marriage. See, I can attempt deep thoughts…. And now your about to witness silly portmanteau’s with movie titles and ponies sooo enjoy!
This set of several satisfying or sensational serieses, seriously satiated my Sinema soul. Each saw some sadness, sweetness, satire and swearing. So much swearing. There was more swearing in a film about teenage girls then a KJH film about finding out your girlfriend is a super spy. Seriously though, 2/3 of these films are going on my all-time Korean films list. Which one do you think will lose out on such an distinguished honor. Only one way to find out…
This batch of films actually contains some thematic resonance betwixt the three, which was quite the serendipitous delight. In all films the male lives in a sort of stasis (be it forced, voluntary, or super secret supernatural somethings), with the effect of such meaning they all demonstrate infantile or devolving behaviors not befitting for “normal” society. Isolation becomes another key theme, and it’s not until they establish a firm connection with someone (namely the female), that they may finally start to feel human again. Now I’m beginning to wonder if this is random happenstance, or a common occurrence in Korean cinema. Even Kang Ji-hwan in My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a Secret Super Spy, seemed to be a bumbling genius till he met up with “girlfriend” and became a bumbling genius in a tux. (Was that a stretch..nah)
Anyway, it may be hard to believe but there were some slight differences as well. Which means onto the reviews!
It’s movie review time again, and this batch was conspicuously engaging and entertaining. This has me worried, where are my patented bad movie Monday’s that I can hate watch and rant about? Even that My girlfriend is a 7th grade Super Spy was innocuous enough to not make fun of (especially with double doses of nerdy and suit wearing Kwan Ji Hwan). Guess complaining about films being too competent are why I can’t have nice things. Oh well let’s Go-go!
These days I hardly watch any movies outside of going to the theater, which also means I have little to no knowledge of Korean film. So I’m slowly working my way through a list of critically acclaimed films. Problem is, now that I need to satiate my thirst for my fav K-Drama actors, it’s led to some questionable movie watching decisions. Also known as watching My Girlfriend is an Agent before Old Boy. Here are some mini reviews (and with all my reviews, they shouldn’t be taken too seriously;)