Tuesday, January 27, 2009

La Belle Flashback

Caps of the first meeting between the model and the writer. What a mysterious woman...
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Typhoon Fengshen

To my friends and readers from the Philippines,

I am deeply saddened and distressed to learn of Typhoon Fengshen, and of the resulting loss of lives.

It is also true that many are waiting for word of the lost. My dearest wish is that your loved ones will be found alive.

I convey my deepest condolences to the families who have suffered deaths of their loved ones.

There are no correct words for this.

You mean so much to me. My comments here are not hollow. I grieve with you, not only for lives lost, but also, for all the pieces of your lives you may have lost.


Thursday, May 01, 2008

Seduction impending...

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Screen caps From La Belle

How can a woman, through the simple act of putting on lipstick, imply so much danger?

It is in a scene like this one, Jee Ji Hyeon shows her stuff as a professional. She was about 22 years old at the time, and her capability was shining with immense light.

I would love to see the day come when she is offered a role of merit, and in one gigantic leap become famous for her talent. Too much to ask of Korea, which never forgets.

Their loss.

Supine and bored...

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Screen cap from La Belle.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Running 7 Dogs - without getting bitten.

A tasty dish, but is it for you?

Recipe: Take a pissed off mob boss, a desire for revenge, and incompetent employees. Mix well.

Then sit and laugh yourself silly.

Simply put: South Korea meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

This is one of the darkest black comedies to come along in a while. It has the accidental disaster atmosphere of Pulp Fiction, peppered with discord between two enforcers, which leads to a very funny scene where the pecking order between them is reestablished.

Add Lee Ji-hyeon (La Belle co-star, and absolute best actress in the world when it comes to droll deadpan), and it gets better and better

There will not be spoilers here. So you don't get a synopsis out of me.

You either like insane, slightly twisted Korean humor, AND have a strong stomach for gore (not as gory as American gore BTW), which makes you a category one, or you're squeamish and don't find whacked out twisted Korean humor funny. If you're in category one, jump in and have a laugh or ten. Category two? Watch something else.

The ending is typically Korean in a delicious way, and fits the crime.

I absolutely refuse to put a morality-tale spin on this commentary. I picked up on one elsewhere, and it gave me a strong desire to rant about the descent into mediocre thinking we have become so placidly accepting of for too many years now.

I love the flick, have watched it a lot of times, and will close by saying, it is just plain bloody funny. And bizarre. And outrageous.

By A. Murray

Running 7 Dogs available at:
HK FLIX:$9.95


: Used (2) $8.34 + $8.37-New $9.03-$12.99
Type title into search bar at Amazon

Available also through eBay and Half.com. Prices vary.

Shipping costs at e-Bay are always an issue for me.

Best buy used: Half.com at $5.00
Set shipping rate 1st DVD/VHS $2.99 via Media Mail. Additional movies shipped from same seller, same transaction, $1.89.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Lee Ji Hyeon being introduced.

The manager of the salon introduces "Cherry" the new hostess.

From The Boss X File
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Saturday, October 28, 2006

An unexpectedly charming sight.

Taken during the filming of La Belle.
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

With infinite tenderness...

She kisses Oh Ji Ho in this scene from La Belle (2000)

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Lee Ji Hyeon meets Jung Woon Taek...

She emerges unscathed. He is overwhelmed.

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Photos from The Boss X File 2002