Siwing's Giveaway + Smashbox Sale + Weekend Ramblings

10.17.2010

One winner will get:
♥ Bath & Body Works Country Apple Lotion
♥ EOS Lip Balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew
♥ Hello Kitty mini notebook
♥ Hello Kitty Necklace
♥ Lancome Fatale 3d Comb-Mascara in Black
♥ Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Sting

Hi peeps :) The first thing I wanted to mention today is Siwing's 1st Giveaway ~ She's giving away a lot of nice things and she has quite a few ways to enter so :) check it out.   It ends Nov 5.

Fyi, B&BW Country Apple has always been my favorite scent; it was my first BB&W purchase actually way~ back in 1999?  Gosh, I feel old.... but the scent always evokes a lot of memories for me.  It's a wonderful aroma of sweet autumn.
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Also there's going to be a Smashbox Cosmetics sale tomorrow on HauteLook.  You can make an account on the main website or if you're feeling generous here's a referral link.  You never know what will show up ^_~ so if you be curious, check it out :D It starts at 8AM PT. 

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A Mini Movie Review/Rant


Also I just got back from watching Ajusshi (아저씨) or as it's titled for American theaters, A Man From Nowhere.  It stars the perpetually hot Wonbin (I swear this man never ages) as Taesik and child actress Kim Sae Ron as Somi.   It's very Leon the Professional/Man on Fire-esque, you know, the whole retired ex-CIA agent who breaks out his badass fighting skills to save a child.

While the story itself is pretty typical, I have to say the cinematography just blew me out of the water.   There's this one shot when Wonbin is falling backwards and lands on the nets they string over golf courses to keep golf balls within the putting course....the slo-mo capture of him falling with the rain just took my breath away. The music was above par and that combined with Wonbin's top notch acting skills (and looks) and gorgeous shots resulted in a very enjoyable experience.  It's a very good film but it's weakness is the unoriginality of the plot.  But let's be honest, we don't see action films to think too much xD   The movie has some very nice, gritty fight scenes (I think they were paying homage to Old Boy with Wonbin's interlude with the ax...or is that just me?) and they make a big effort to show how dark and dirty the criminal underworld can be.

Like I said, the cinematography is truly exquisite - it's the kind of movie I could watch on mute ;)    Also, despite the weak storyline, I would proudly recommend this movie to anyone looking to dip their toes into K-movies.  It's not the best thing to come out of Korea but it definitely ain't too shabby either.  It's being shown in a lot of movie theaters in CA and even in the Northern Virginia area (to my surprise) so it's definitely worth a watch.  Watch the American-release trailer below with subs :)


Warning: Rant ahead.

That said I have a bloody bone to pick with the dude who approved the showing of A Man From Nowhere in an American movie theater without subtitles!  I watched this movie at Fairfax Corner 14: Cinema de Lux, located in the Washington Metro area.  While there are a lot of Koreans in the area, it's still predominately non-Korean; also the theater is not one to show a lot of arthouse/indie/foreign films. Recently, however, Fairfax Corner has been picking up a remarkable number of foreign films (for reasons I'll state below) and being that FC is a very reputable, up-scale theater, it would've been a great opportunity to introduce these foreign films to an average American audience.

With this in mind, I just can't believe they would show a foreign film without a subtitle and NOT EVEN ADVERTISE THAT FACT.    I am all for the showing of great foreign films without dubs, but to show a Korean film in a heavily non-Korean area without subtitles just befuddles me in its sheer stupidity.  They are literally just chasing all potential Korean cinema fans away!  Would someone who paid $12 to see a film ever go back to see a foreign film at this theater again after sitting through two hours without a single subtitle in sight?

Not to mention this film has been out in Korea for months and showing in American theaters since September - there is no excuse for not having subtitles by now.   Even more infuriating is that CJ Entertainment (made the film) is a huge multi-million dollar film company in Korea; it just beggers the imagination why they wouldn't pay someone to write up some subtitles - for chrissake there are hundreds of fan-written subtitles online already! This is an action film that had the money to pull top paid actors and directors to make it and yet they couldn't part with a single dollar for subtitles?

Which brings me to my next complaint - why the freak did they not state anywhere in the theater that this film does not have subtitles?!   It should have said somewhere that this film does not have subs, especially with an innocuous American title, any curious non-Korean speaker could've just wandered in for fun and then have to sit through two hours totally confused if they didn't want to 'waste' a ticket.

I like this film, I like the actors in it, I think it's well-made and that American audiences could enjoy it a lot.   And that just pisses me off even more that Korea fumbled a chance to show American audiences what they're made of due to simple laziness (or terrible management).  To rub salt on the wound, it's a Korean American that selects the films to be shown at Fairfax Corner.   You'd think as a KAm that has lived in Northern VA for years and has made a name for himself as having impeccable taste in films would be a little more in touch with theater goers in America and make sure it's being subbed.

In his defense, he has slowly been bringing in a lot of quality foreign films into Fairfax Corner and he brings them in really fast and in impeccable quality.  Up till now K-films (actually almost all foreign films except the few huge Chinese flicks like Hero etc) were only shown at downtrodden, old theaters several months, usually years, after their release in Korea.   Since he's bi-lingual Korean films have particularly benefited since he can directly negotiate with Korean film companies to bring in popular movies.  But somehow, this golden opportunity to introduce a K-film to mainstream American audiences was completely squandered...in my eyes, this kind of carelessness is inexcusable. 

The Korean movie industry is dying to get their foot in the door in America...yet they don't even seem to be giving it their 100%.   I am sure in other theaters in other parts of America are showing A Man From Nowhere with subs or dubs. I am sure there are many people who have become interested in Korean films on visual appeal alone.  But right here, in this little slice of Virginia, the Korean film industry just took a step backwards.

Or maybe not. Not many people can resist this :)


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Anyway, enough ranting :P  To end this post on a happy (though not many things can make me happier than a shirtless Wonbin xD) note, I give you....

Dunno why my feet look so...duck-ish here.
Yes, it has little ears :)!   Buuuuttt that's not the best part ;) Check out the bottom of the socks....


On the left, "100% Honest the Panda" - the Engrish makes it even better :D  On the right, it it says ggorangnae or "stinky."  If I want to be classy, I'd say I love the attention to detail but honestly, I straight up just like the cheek of putting the word "stinky" on a pair of socks :) 

Have a great Monday everyone!

11 comments :

  1. thanks for sharing that movie with us! i love watching foreign films. :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks for telling us about the giveaway.

    Wonbin is so attractive. ^^ Buuut I would be peeved too if I saw a foreign film in theaters without subtitles, they should have told customers. Bad policy.

    Cute socks!

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  3. ooo hot guy lol love the socks, too adorable =]

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  4. Gawd look at that body! Socks are too cute!

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  6. Oh My God! I have those panda socks too. exactly the same! >_______<
    hahaha... I got quite shocked to know that you got the same things as mine =D
    it's really2 cute, though, super like it.

    sorry for deleting comment, I posted with my other account. hu2

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  7. ohhhh won bin is absolutely eye-candy <3
    *drooooollll*

    i'm definitely a kpop/ film/ drama fan that requires english subtitles so yah... i never really understand why theaters don't have subtitles when featuring foreign films, or sometimes they sub things that don't require to be subbed and leave the important parts...

    btw SUPER cute socks =D

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  8. oh God, Wonbin is one of the most gorgeous creatures in the world! I fell in love with him when I saw Friends (with Kyoko Fukada) and he's been one of my favorite Korean actors ever since :D

    I agree with you on the subtitles. Though I never watch the movies in theaters, I get frustrated when I can't find a Korean/Jap drama online with english subtitle! Gimme my drama with subtitle!!! hahahaha :D

    Good call posting that last picture of my man (aka. Wonbin) hahahahaha :D

    www.monochromachic.com

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  9. OMG !! Those panda socks hahaha made me laugh =p

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  10. 1. Wonbin was the 1st Korean actor I fell in love with. I'm so glad he is back...I've been so out of the loop and didn't even realize it.

    2. I'm a subtitle whore granted I'm not korean but still. I swear I'm partially deaf or something, I always have to have subtitles on. I watch subtitles w/ everything even american movies. I just understand the movie better, kinda like reading a book. I completely agree with your rant and would join you in it if I was there. How dare they do that to my Wonbin?!

    3. Your socks are too cute for words. I'm glad you posted up the pictures.

    4. I'm really glad I'm following you b/c your blog oodles of fun.

    5. Sorry for the super long comment. Wonbin has that kinda of effect on me. Oh and so does Taeyang from BigBang....lol

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  11. Oh My God! I have those panda socks too. exactly the same! >_______<
    hahaha... I got quite shocked to know that you got the same things as mine =D
    it's really2 cute, though, super like it.

    sorry for deleting comment, I posted with my other account. hu2

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