The Naked Kitchen

AKA: 키친 (Kitchen) AsianMedia | HanCinema

Cast: Shin Min Ah, Kim Tae Woo,  Joo Ji Hoon

Happy first anniversary to newlyweds Mo Rae (Shin) and Sang In (Kim)! Mo Rae goes to an art gallery to find a gift, and meets a dashing stranger. They are forced to hide behind a screen to avoid being caught, and unexpectedly have sex. Mo Rae can’t bear the guilt and confesses to Sang In. He refuses to let her speak of it after that night, instead focusing on the opening of his restaurant. He has always wanted to be a chef, but lacks training. So he hires a young Korean professional from Paris to live with them and teach him. It turns out to be Du Re (Joo), the man from the gallery, and a risky game begins.

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Boys Love

Contains homosexual situations and nudity

“This is not a tragedy. This is a story of love…”  -Mamiya Taishin0

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Where to watch: Youtube

Starring: Kotani Yoshikazu,  Saito Takumi, Matsumoto Hiroya

Mamiya Taishin (Kotani) is a reporter who gets the chance to interview popular model Kisaragi Noeru (Saito). Kisaragi is a high school student with a bad attitude and bad habits – the worst of which is bedding a different man every night. A restaurant chat turns into a sexual encounter in the bathroom, and ends up with Mamiya alone and bewildered in his flat. Shortly after, Kisaragi’s modeling agency calls and complains about Mamiya’s arrogant behaviour during the interview, and demands that he make a personal apology. When the two start getting close, Chidori (Matsumoto), a childhood friend of Kisaragi, becomes jealous. Will he threaten the blossoming relationship between model and reporter?

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April Snow

AKA: 외출/Outing

Should we have an affair, too? That’d make them flip!” – Seo Young

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Starring: Bae Young Joon, Son Ye Jin

In-su (Bae Young Joon) is a lighting director whose life completely changes with a single phone call. His wife has been involved in an accident, and is in a coma. In the hospital he meets Seo Young (Son Ye Jin), and they discover that their partners were having an affair. As they wait for their respective spouses to regain consciousness, the two gradually become closer and decide to have an affair of their own…

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Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru

[AKA: ただ、君を愛してる, Heavenly Forest]

I want to be fooled by your lies just a little while longer. -Makoto

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Starring: Miyazaki Aoi, Tamaki Hiroshi, Kuroki Meisa, Koide Keisuke, Uehara Misa, Munetaka Aoki, Oonishi Asae

Sagawa Makoto (Tamaki Hiroshi) has an inferiority complex due to the fact that he suffers from what seems to be a form of eczema. He chooses to skip his university entrance ceremony due to his fear of large crowds and meets the strange and childlike Satonaka Shizuru (Miyazaki Aoi). She manages to get him to open up to her, despite the fact that he’s secretly in love with his beautiful classmate Toyama Miyuki (Kuroki Meisa). Shizuru loves Makoto, and wants to love anybody that he loves and becomes friends with Miyuki. She develops a love of photography because of Makoto, and when he asks her what she wants for her birthday, she asks for a kiss. Shortly after, Shizuru completely disappears from Makoto’s life, leaving only letters and postcards from abroad as a trail for him to follow, only to discover tragedy.

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Spider Lilies

These flowers are the gateway to hell.” – Takeko

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Starring: Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong

Webcam girl Jade (Rainie Yang) lives with her grandmother, and is a free spirit at heart. Takeko (Isabella Leong) is a foreigner whose family was shattered when her father was killed in an earthquake, and her younger brother recognizes no one except for the tattoo that his father always wore. In hopes of bringing his memory back, Takeko gets that same design tattooed on herself. When Jade enters the shop, she is entranced by the design of spider lilies on the wall, and begs for the same. Takeko refuses, but Jade leaves her business card anyway. Takeko sees them as flowers of death, but to Jade they are reminders of her first love. Will the two be able to understand each others’ hearts?

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The Art of Seduction

“Seduction isn’t an art – it’s a science.” – Min Joon

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Starring: Son Yeh Jin, Song Il Gook

If the quote above the picture is the very first line in the movie, why didn’t you name it The Science of Seduction? Anyway, it seemed like an interesting concept, so I decided to check it out. I was very pleased to find Hyun Young in it as well. She was the chick that chased after Dal Gun in Bad Family, and she’s got a very recognizable sort of squeaky voice. Not to mention that her round face gives her a bit of a look. In any case, she’s hilarious. She was ditzy in Bad Family, and she’s a bit spicier as the best friend of the female lead.

Han Ji Won (Son Yeh Jin) and Seo Min-joon (Song Il Gook) are dating gurus. Both have an established and foolproof strategy to make the opposite sex fall for them…and it works every time! But when one sets eye on the other, they are shocked to find that their methods no longer work! The pros have met their match, and now it’s a battle to see who gives up and gives in first!

Ji Won is a private bank accountant, so she deals with rich people all the time. One of her most loyal customers buries his money in his farmland – all the size of football fields. It’s cruel but funny how she leads him on (he has an obvious crush on her, despite being much older). Her method is to act cute and innocent. His method is to portray the tortured widower who needs someone to relieve his pain.

This is true romantic comedy, especially when you get into their heads. Since both have their pride at stake, they imagine this battle of wits as a historical battle between warriors (expect running on water and swordfights!) Though if you asked me, it totally looked like Ji Won had the upper hand. But you know, I like it when I get to witness one half of a couple become hopelessly devoted. There’s a strange and funny twist at the end, too! I dare you to imagine yourselves in that situation and then tell me how you’d feel!

Overall, witty and funny with a pinch of romance without being overtly sweet.

Rating: 3/5

Speedy Scandal

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Starring: Cha Tae-hyun, Park Bo Young, Hwang Seok-Hyeon

Recommended by a Korean friend, I was attracted to the idea of it being purely comedic without romantic undertones. Cha Tae-hyun in My Sassy Girl was my very first look into Korean culture, and I think I’ve always held him in my heart as that funny yet loveable guy.

Nam Hyun-soo (Cha Tae-hyun) was an idol in his day. He’s now in his thirties, and host of a popular radio program. All of Korea is gripped by the moving story of a young, single mother in search of her father. When she calls into the show for advice, Hyun-soo tells her to not be afraid and confront her father. Not too long after that, Hwang Jeong-nam (Park Bo Young) shows up with her son, Gi-dong (Hwang Seok-hyeon) in tow, claiming to be Hyun-soo’s daughter. He tries to hide the facts, which leads to speculation that the two  are a couple!  In the midst of the scandal, all parties learn some valuable lessons.

Cha Tae-hyun is comedic gold, people. I don’t think I can ever take him seriously again! He is perfect for that plot with a seemingly ordinary man thrust into extraordinary situations, and he gives that character a larger-than-life feel. Hyun-soo believes that he’s still an idol, and thus worries what will happen if the news that he’s a father and a grandfather gets 0ut. What he doesn’t realize is that the public quickly loses interest and turns its attention to the up-and-coming instead. He learns that sometimes it’s better to branch out of what is comfortable.

Park Bo Young is a pretty new face in the Korean acting scene, and she’s absolutely adorable! She takes on the role of the sweet-faced, foul-tempered young woman that blows mediocrity out of Hyun-soo’s life! As his daughter, she inherits her stubborness from her father, and the two get into fights often. She has always been angry at her father for not being there for her, but she learns that sometimes, people aren’t at all what you expect. Her character’s dream is to be a singer, and I’m not sure if she actually sings for the movie, but what a powerful voice!!

Gi-dong surprises the audience by having a pretty big role in bringing together the family. You want to write off the cherubic face framed in curls, but beneath the sweetness lurks a little devil! He is quick to charm, but will gamble you blind! Add onto that antics that mimic  his grandfather’s hilarious personality.

This is seriously not a movie to miss! Make sure you’re in the mood for comedy with a bit of a lesson, or you’ll find this boring and predictable. The lesson that I got out of it was to practice safe sex! Accidental parenthood is no laughing matter.

Rating: 3.5/5