Movie Ratings


Disclaimer! Not an exhaustive list. List is updated with both old and new whenever I feel like it.   

 KOREAN MOVIES 

200 Pounds of Beauty (2006)
Rating: C
Overweight woman getting full-body plastic surgery for a man sounds incredibly bad, but Kim Ah Joong is delightful. For the way the story is wrapped up, I don't think it deserves all the criticism it gets.

A Werewolf Boy (2012)
Rating: A-
Though it leaves some questions unanswered, the film fulfills its potential as a beautiful and moving fairy tale where a wolf boy falls for a human girl. Song Joong Ki broke my heart.

An Introduction to Architecture (2012)
Rating: C
Contemplative and beautifully filmed, but not much rewatch value. Jo Jung Suk's brilliant side-character performance is probably most memorable thing about it.

Bleak Night (2011)
Rating: A
True to it's title, this is a very bleak movie about a boy's unexpected suicide that drives his father to look for answers. Execution is near-perfect with complicated human conflicts and nuanced acting. 

Chilling Romance/Spellbound (2011)
Rating: C
It tries a bit too much to be funny, scary and serious all at once that it fails to make all these themes work together. Lacks certain oomph, but I loved the look of it.

Death Bell (2008)
Rating: C
Because Korean university entrance exams weren't scary enough already. Personally, I wasn't very impressed with it, but I figure it can be an entertaining horror flick for some tastes.

I'm a Cyborg, But That's Okay (2006)
Rating: B+
Peculiar love story between a girl who thinks she's a cyborg and a guy who believes he can steal souls. Plot can be disorienting, but the insanity of it is oddly captivating. Great artistic value.

I Saw the Devil (2010)
Rating: A-
Extremely violent, but superbly filmed, directed and acted. If you have seen Kim Jee Woon's films before, you know exactly what to expect.

My Annoying Brother (2016)
Rating: C
A tearjerker disguised as a bromantic comedy. I could appreciate the moving message and emotional performances by D.O. and Jo Jung Suk, but in truth it wasn't what I signed up for.
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My Girlfriend is an Agent (2009)
Rating: C
It's a fairly fun watch, although the romance is meh and story predictable. Watched it for Kang Ji Hwan and wasn't disappointed: he's hilarious. 

My Little Bride (2004)
Rating: C-
There are so many things wrong with this pedo-romance, but if you can get over the ick-factor it can be a fun guilty pleasure flick. Wouldn't cater to my current tastes, though.

Little Black Dress (2011)
Rating: F+
No clue what sort of message this movie is trying to convey, if at all. And man, did Yoon Eun Hye look uninterested in being part of it.

Old Boy (2003)
Rating: A
You really have to watch it to get its brilliance. But it'll also leave you plenty disturbed. 

Penny Pinchers/Penny-Pinching Romance (2011)
Rating: C
I wish the film had a clearer idea of what it wanted to be and sticked to that. I did enjoy it, but it's hard to recall why.

Sunny (2011)
Rating: C+
Times spent with the colorful group of girlfriends back in the past is loads of fun, but the adult story framing it lacks the same touch. Discounting the ending, it's nevertheless an enjoyable nostalgia trip.

The Man From Nowhere/Ahjussi (2010)
Rating: A
Thrilling but moving quest of a man who's lost everything to rescue the little girl who had befriended him at his worst. Violent and dark, with memorable villains.

The Relation of Face, Mind and Love (2009)
Rating: F-
This is a piece of crap. Trust me.

The Silenced/Crucible (2011)
Rating: B+
It's a story that needed to be told, but the painful injustice will leave you despaired. Very hard to watch.

Time (2006)
Rating: D+
To be honest, I didn't get it. The ending might offer interesting interpretation opportunities, but it just isn't much of a viewing experience when you're completely lost on what's going on.

Train to Busan (2016)
Rating: B+
Offers a refreshing take on the same-old zombie apocalypse by confining it into a train and following its passengers' desperate efforts to outrun and outsmart the infected. While not revolutionary, it's a thoroughly thrilling, emotional ride.

White: The Melody of the Curse (2011)
Rating: C-
As far as scares go, it's quite lacking. The horror elements are forced and largely ineffective. It does, however, have some value for offering a critical look into the K-pop world, whether you buy it or not.

 JAPANESE MOVIES 

Cyborg Girl (2008)
Rating: C
Wasn't exactly sure what I was watching as the romantic comedy it starts out as takes an unexpected turn for sci-fi and then suddenly enters disaster movie territory. It's unique, I'll give it that, but it's also quite jarring.

Helter Skelter (2012)
Rating: B+
A fascinating look into a starlet's fall into madness as she is faced with the repercussions of her extensive plastic surgery. Erika Sawajiri delivers a compelling performance, but the movie is most of all a visual experience.

Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
Rating: C+
Regrettably, I watched it years after seeing the American remake, so it didn't really get me anymore. However, Grudge-ghosts with their gurgling sounds are one of the creepiest things ever in film, and that alone earns the Japanese movie (or rather, the entire franchise) a frickin' applause.

Kairo/Pulse (2001)
Rating: C-
It's a Japanese horror classic, so I can understand how it contributed to the genre at the time. Nevertheless, I didn't find it very scary and the story dragged on for too long.

Kimi Ni Todoke/From Me to You (2010)
Rating: C
It's puppy love to the point that I felt too old to be watching it. It entirely lacks conflict, but the couple's innocent courtship is admittedly very sweet. It also looks lovely.

Koizora/Sky of Love (2008)
Rating: C-
Classic Japanese tearjerker that's actually a very messed up makjang where the lovers suffer every tragedy imaginable. But I guess there's a soapy appeal to it. Probably not wise to rewatch.

Paradise Kiss (2011)
Rating: C-
Fails to capture the essence of the manga/anime, although it makes a decent effort at including its most important story elements. Mostly, the film format simply feels too short to fully develop the characters and their relationships. Forgettable.

 TAIWANESE MOVIES 

Miao Miao (2008)
Rating: C
The chain of unrequited love, both heterosexual and not, is beautifully sad. But the tone and plot is a bit too low-key to leave a lasting impression.

Secret (2007)
Rating: C+
 Gaps in logic aside, the mystery can be fun to figure out but the romance lacks the punch it needs to elevate the story. Jay Chou is dull onscreen, unless he's playing the piano.

 HONG KONG MOVIES 

Chungking Express (1994)
Rating: B+
Melancholy movie about love, filmed with great attention to detail and set to a dreamy soundtrack. Thought-provoking and mesmerizing.

The Eye (2002)
Rating: B
Creepy and atmospheric horror mystery about a woman who regains her eyesight, only to realize she can now see ghosts. Well-executed scares, a hint of sadness and an ultimately very fitting ending make this a spine-chilling viewing. But look out for hidden ghosts.

 THAI MOVIES 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2010)
Rating: C+
Naive, but endearing. There isn't much of a story to talk about and the ending is lame, but at the time I watched it, I found it very cute.  

Shutter (2004)
Rating: C
A bit too predictable for my seasoned horror tastes, both in terms of the story and the scares. However, I did like the ending twist, even though I kinda saw it coming.

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