Movie Preview: “The Mimic” (Korean 장산범/ Jangsanbeom)

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“The Mimic” is a Korean Horror movie directed by Heo Jeong also known for the movie “Hide and Seek”. Will it be scary? I hope so!

Story

A family left the city life behind and moved into their new home in the countryside. The place is idyllic; surrounded by trees and nature. One day, Hoe Yeon (Yeom Jeong Ah) finds a little girl (Sin Rin Ah) in the woods. She does not seem to have a family, so she and her husband take her in. Her husband (Park Hyeog Gweon) is fascinated by the fact that she has the exact same voice as their daughter  Ju Hyeon (Bang Yu Seol). But soon people around Hoe Yeon start to go missing…

This is the international trailer:

Thoughts

The story of the movie is inspired by the legend of the Jangsan tiger, a mythical human – eating being which lures humans to them, by imitating the sound of a wailing woman or a stream. If you’d like to know more, I found this blog to be very interesting.

In principle, for me, every horror movie which entails children behave out of the norm to be creepy. If it’s “The Children”, the original “Omen” or “Village of the Damned”, a child behaving abnormally holds a different kind of horror than a psychopath wielding his chainsaw. I’m prepared to be creeped out by this and am looking forward to it!

The movie will be released on the 17th of August in Korean cinemas.

Pre-viewing thoughts: “Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo”

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This drama has flown a little bit under the radar. Let’s have a look at it.

Story

Heo Im (Kim Nam Gil) is an oriental doctor, acknowledged as the best in acupuncture and moxibustion in Joseon. His success is blocked due to his low status.

One day, Heo Im travels through time and finds himself in present day Seoul. He meets Choi Yeon Kyung (Kim Ah Joong). She is a doctor, firmly believing in only modern medicine.

Here are a couple of trailers which tvN released for this drama:

Actors and characters

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Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong at the press conference of “Live Up to Your Name”. (C) Tenasia

Heo Im (Kim Nam Gil) 

Heo Im is a doctor in the Joseon era. He’s proficient in acupuncture and moxibustion and is one of the best of his time. Due to his skills, he becomes wealthy and enjoys his new found riches. But not for long as someone decides to get rid of him. Though that didn’t work in the way it was supposed to. Instead of dying Heo Im wakes up in present day Seoul.

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Kim Nam Gil as Heo Im in “Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo” (C) tvN

Probably best known for his roles in “Portrait of a Beauty”, “The Pirates”, “The Shameless” and the 2016 disaster movie “Pandora”, Kim Nam Gil had his breakthrough as Bidam in “Queen Seondeok”. Not only is he an actor, but also a producer, singer, and philanthropist. He founded the non – profit organization ‘Gilstory’ which focuses on preserving cultural heritage, promoting arts and raising special purpose relief funds.

Choi Yeon Kyung (Kim Ah Joong) 

Choi Yeon Kyung is a cardiothoracic surgeon. She believes in modern science. She works hard and parties hard. Her and Heo Im’s paths cross and his influence will change the way she sees things.

Kim Ah Joong as Choi Yeon Kyung in her doctor’s attire.

Many might know Kim Ah Joong as the lead in “200 Pounds Beauty”. She received the Grand Bell Award for the “Best Actress” for her role in the critically acclaimed movie. She’s not only an actress but also a singer and model.

tvN further released a more in depth first look at the characters and the first episode:

And they also revealed a couple of ‘Behind the Scenes’ videos. Especially the one with the dog is adorable.

Thoughts

Honestly, after seeing the first teaser with Heo Im on the roof, I was already sold. The teasers at least seem to show a drama filled to the brim with comedy. So, yes, I will definitely watch it. I need a light – hearted and funny drama to fight off the heat!

“Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo” will air on the 12th of August at 9pm KST on tvN. What do you think about this new time slip drama?

First Poster and Teaser for Live – Action Adaptation “Impossibility Defense” (literal title)

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Tori Matsuzaka (C) Arata Miyatsuki / Yuya Kanzaki/ Shueisha 2018 “Impossibility Defense” Production Team

On the 9th of August, the first poster and teaser were released for the movie “Impossibility Defense” which stars Tori Matsuzaka as the male lead. The movie will premiere on the 1st February of 2018.

The movie is an adaptation of the manga “Impossibility Defense” jap. 不能犯 (also sometimes called “Perfect Crime in the western world), which is a joint project of Arata Miyatsuki (writer) and Yuya Kanzaki (illustrator) and serialized in Grand Jump (Shueisha). The story focusses on the mysterious “Usobuki Tadashi” (Tori Matsuzaka), a man who will and can commit untraceable crimes with the power of suggestion and cleverly arranged events, free – of – charge. All you have to do is leave a message in a certain telephone booth at a certain park. Soon afterward he’s said to appear and confirm the target. No request is denied, no matter who or why. The one opposing “Tadashi Usobuki” is Tomoka Tada (Erika Sawajiri), a female detective who cannot be controlled by his powers.

Here is a first teaser of the movie:

Source: Modelpress

Pre-viewing Thoughts: “Manhole: Pil’s Wonderland” (kor. 맨홀-이상한 나라의 필)

(C) “Manhole: Pil’s Wonderland” KBS2

I’ve posted a couple of times already about this drama. If you haven’t heard about it yet, keep on reading. If you’re already in the know, check out a couple of the new trailers!

Story

Bong Pil (Kim Jae Joong) has been preparing for his civil servant exam for the past 3 years, but he is not enthusiastic about his studies. He becomes disappointed that his lifelong friend Soo Jin (Uee) will soon get married. He has loved her in vain for the past 28 years. Bong Pil then falls into a manhole and travels through time. He struggles to prevent Soo Jin’s imminent wedding.
The manhole isn’t something he can control. It will open up randomly and also send him randomly back in time, as far back as 7 days. After 12 hours have passed, Bong Pil will be automatically sent back to the present.

Here are a couple of teasers and trailers for a better first look:

Characters and Actors

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From left to right: Kim Jae Joong, Uee, Jung Hye Seong and Baro (C) Celltrion Entertainment

Bong Pil (Kim Jae Joong)

Not the brightest candle in the world, Bong Pil is a sweet 28 years old man who’s taking the civil service exam. He’s not very assertive, one of the reasons why he hasn’t done anything about his crush on his best friend and neighborhood beauty Soo Jin. After she suddenly announces her marriage, he falls into a manhole and lands back in time. He now tries to change the future, so that Soo Jin doesn’t end up marrying, but every action has a reaction and the butterfly effect takes place.

At the presentation of “Manhole: Pils’ Wonderland” (C) Photo Planning Team of ‘The Fact Korea’

Kim Jae Joong might be best known as the former member of the idol group DBSK and now a member of the idol group JYJ. He acted in dramas such as “Sunao ni Narenakute”, “Protect the Boss”, “Dr. Jin”, “Triangle” and “Spy”. He also appeared in movies like “Heaven’s Postman” and “Jackal is coming”. “Manhole” will be his first drama after his finished military service.

Kang Soo Jin (UEE)

Kang Soo Jin may look sophisticated and elegant on the outside, but inside of her, she has a sloppy side. Her marriage is a sudden out of nowhere decision, which leaves her friends baffled. Her relationship with Bong Pil (Kim Jae Joong) is complicated, but she sees him as her best friend.

At the presentation of “Manhole: Pils’ Wonderland” (C) Lee Jung Min

UEE may be best known as former member of the idol group After School. She starred in dramas like “Queen Seondeok”, “Ojakgyo Family”, “Jeon Woo – Chi”, “Golden Rainbow”, “High Society” and “Marriage Contract”.

Yoon Jin Sook (Jung Hye Seong)

Yoon Jin Sook is the smartest in the group of friends, but also the craziest one. She’s straightforward and no – bullshit person who doesn’t hold back to speak up when Soo Jin (UEE) suddenly announces that she’s going to marry. Her nickname is Sook – prite, which is a wordplay on her name and Sprite.

At the presentation of “Manhole: Pils’ Wonderland” (C) Photo Planning Team of ‘The Fact Korea’

Jung Hye Seong only had smaller roles up to this point. She appeared in “Oh my Venus”, “Remember: War of the Son” she gained wider recognition with her role as Princess Myung Eun in “Love in the Moonlight”.

Jo Suk Tae (Baro)

Jo Suk Tae is the ultimate package. He’s not only Bong Pil’s (Kim Jae Joong) best friend. He also used to be his biggest enemy. And he never got rid of enjoying Bong Pil fail. On the outside, he seems shy and kind, but if he sees the opportunity, he will stab even his friend in the back.

At the presentation of “Manhole: Pils’ Wonderland” together with Kim Jae Joong (C) Photo Planning Team of ‘The Fact Korea’

Baro may be best known for being a member of the idol group B1A4. He starred in “Reply 1994”, “Angry Mom” and “God’s Gift – 14 Days” for which he received critical acclaim.

Further information

Here are a couple of ‘Behind the Scenes’ videos:

This one is the ‘Behind the Scenes’ from the first hilarious teaser.

This is some random and cute footage.

Thoughts

“Manhole: Pil’s Wonderland” has been on my watchlist since Kim Jae Joong has been cast. After the first teaser, the deal was sealed. It looks crazy and funky and I do love it when Tv – shows play with the butterfly effect. Pil seems to get himself into outrageous situations and my life motto is, the crazier the better, so this is a must – watch!

“Manhole: Pil’s Wonderland” will start airing on the 9th of August on KBS2 at 10:00 pm KST. Do you find this is a must – see or a skip? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

 

New Stills for Upcoming KBS Drama “Manhole” Released

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The promotion is starting to pick up speed for the upcoming KBS2 drama “Manhole: Feel So Good”. Kim Jae Joong and UEE are posing together as their characters in front of the camera. Their clothes (and hair in Kim Jae Joong’s case) keep the funky retro vibe which we’ve seen in the previously released teaser. It’s the first drama for Kim Jae Joong after his military service ended in the beginning of this year. For UEE it’s the first drama in the year 2017. Last year she received a “Best Actress Award” for her work as the female lead in the drama “Marriage Contract”.

The stills down below are from scenes of the actual drama. Previously we’ve seen the exact same scenes from Bong Pil’s (Kim Jae Joong) perspective. Now we can see Uee’s character Soo Jin gently apply sunscreen on Pil’s face.

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Pil seems to thoroughly enjoy her hands on his face and they share an endearing look between each other.

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“Manhole: Feel So Good” is a comedic time – slip drama. Main character Bong – Pil is a 28-year-old civil – servant exam partaker whose been in love with the neighbourhood beauty Soo Jin his whole life. Suddenly she declares that she’s going to get married. Depressed, Bong – Pil falls into a manhole. But instead of just falling into it, he fell through time. Exactly one week back. Now he’s trying to prevent Soo Jin from marrying, but the butterfly effect takes place and the changes in the future are graver than he bargained for.

The drama will premiere on the 9th of August.

Source: ENews and Enews

KBS Reveals Descriptive Character Posters for Upcoming Drama “Manhole”

On July 31, KBS2’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama “Manhole: Feel So Good” released character posters of the four main leads, JYJ’s Kim Jae Joong, UEE, Jung Hye Sung, and B1A4’s Baro.

“Manhole” tells the story of an unemployed man named Bong Pil (Kim Jae Joong) who falls into a manhole by accident and ends up traveling back in time. The subtitle of the drama, “Pil in Wonderland” (tentative title), demonstrates how crazy and unusual Bong Pil’s adventure will be.

The drama has already gained attention with its hilarious video teasers:

Kim Jaejoong will take on the role of Bong Pil, the strange time traveler. His 28-year one-sided love for his “friend” Soo Jin (UEE) is forced to come to an end when she announces her marriage with someone else, and he falls into a manhole during that moment of despair. The actor has a cute pout on his face (see image above), while his poster reads, “You think you can leave me alone and get married to another guy?”

UEE will play Bong Pil’s one-sided love, Soo Jin. She’s the official beauty of the neighborhood, but in addition to her chic and sophisticated visuals, she also has a sloppy side to herself. The poster reads, “You’ll come to my wedding, right? You’re my one and only best friend,” indicating the complications in her relationship with Bong Pil

Jung Hye Sung will be Jin Sook, the straightforward “Sook-prite” ( a wordplay on her name and Sprite) of the group. She’s the smartest out of all of them, but at the same time, her craziness is also unrivaled. Her poster says, “You used to say bullshit about having a blind date! Now you’re saying you’re getting married?

Baro will play Jo Seok Tae, who is both Bong Pil’s best friend and an old enemy. He appears to be kind and shy, but he’s someone who can deceive with his smiling face and stab his friend in the back. He says, “No matter what, I’ll definitely win over you! As long as you go down, my life is a success!”

Meanwhile, “Manhole” is the work of PD Park Man Young of “All About Marriage” and “The Vineyard Man” and screenwriter Lee Jae Gon of “TEN.” It will premiere on August 9.

Source: Soompi

Weekly Movie and Drama Release Preview

Movies

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (Japan)

Release Date: August 4, 2017

Genre: Action/Comedy/Fantasy/Live – Action Adaptation

Set in the fictional town of Morioh. A high schooler, Josuke Higashikata (Kento Yamazaki) called Jojo and his friends are thrust into a new world they never knew existed. He’s the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar. He possesses a Stand (super power) called ‘Crazy Diamond’. The power allows him to restore or fix broken objects or animals.having to face off against deadly Stand users whilst trying to uncover the mysteries of the mystical Arrow and how to stop its wielder.

I’ve never read the manga. Even though a lot of people recommended it to me. But from a non – fan view, it looks good.

 

Drama

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Fall From the Sky (Korea)

Premiere Date: August, 2017

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Paul is a half – angel. Born to a human mother and an angelic father, he used to live in heaven. Until he was punished and fell to earth. There he has to fight against a multitude of evil beings with his powers of positivity. He’s invisible, but there is one human woman, able to see him: Seo Hee.

This is the adaptation of the popular Korean web comic “Fall from the Sky” (kor. 하늘에서 떨어진 폴) by writer Nam Ji Eun and web artist Kim In Ho published on “Comico”. Due to its popularity, it has been published in book form and receives now its TV – adaptation as a mini – series.

I couldn’t find a lot about this. There is no trailer yet and it’s only known that it’s going to air sometime in August. The only ones casted so far are Yoon Hyun Min who previously starred in OCN’s “Tunnel” and An Woo Yeon who had roles in “Circle: Two Worlds Connected” and “Strong Woman Do Bong Soo”. But their character assignments haven’t been released yet.

As soon as there is more information, I’ll post an update.