11 January 2011 | commentingjay
It was a cute movie. Let's be gentle!
The movie was not as bad as I have read from some foreign friends who might have been living a frustrated life surrounded by a bunch of "nationalists" in South Korea. I know how you guys must be struggling trying to mingle with them. I myself am not very fond of Korean movies either but thanks to you guys, I watched it and am probably giving it a higher rating than it may deserve. Your unnecessarily harsh reviews ignited my urge to protect this silly movie.
As an individual movie reviewer, it would be quite safe for me to say that I loved this movie and the rather ridiculous persistence of this "proud" director Shim in continuing his work. Harvey Keitel's brilliant performance also added a good flavor into this movie. What he's doing may not be manufacturing a fantastic blockbuster, but he has his messages and Koreans seem to understand them more than enough.
Once again, this movie may have disturbed some non-nationalist minds though unintentionally. Or it could be that he's using nationalism to hide his inability to be a great director he wants to be? Or you could just let him keep trying instead of trying to humiliate his works and all Koreans who are not against his movies? Above all, I couldn't stand that all Korean movies and what Koreans do to help its movie industry grow are severely criticized because of this one director and this one movie... maybe two lol If you should say this director's nationalism could have been more bothersome than some of you guys' colonialism or imperialism in ancient times, exploiting defenselessly small countries, depriving them of many opportunities those countries could have had earlier, I feel deeply sorry for you guys. That's of course now all in the past but it may help you people understand the Korean culture and its people if you intend to continue living in Korea, while they're rising to catch up with all their lost opportunities to be a winner.
Koreans do seem to have a weird culture which occasionally puts them all together even when what they're doing isn't quite objectively fair or logical, but after all I found them and this very controversial movie even cute. This movie may be targeting the Korean spirits and it may be time that we let them have the best time of their history.