Movie 12: The Grudge 2 (2006)



I hate horror movies for two reasons:
– There’s a certain predictability to them.
– And yet in spite of the expected, they never fail to scare me.

The Grudge 2 isn’t especially chilling. It has its moments, but after a while, do you really expect me to be scared of a Japanese-looking woman who doesn’t know the concept of a comb? Moreover, it’s very confusing. It skips from one place to another without any real transition. But since you know they’re going to be related somehow, you don’t find it surprising when the weird neighbor turns out to be the new student who has moved back from Japan. Also, how is that old woman in the mountains able to speak English? It defies logic. Even the presumably well-educated nurses/receptionist at a modern hospital look at each other when Aubrey ask them a simple question: “Do you speak English?”

On that note, two things crossed my mind when the boy who played Eason shows up to help her out. First, OMGWTF he is cute. Second, He doesn’t even look Japanese. Do you people really expect me to believe he’s Japanese? Yes, I’m one of those people who can tell a Southeast Asian’s ethnicity by looking at his/her face. I was someone soothed when he turns out to be from Hong Kong. And I was mildly surprised when I found out the actor’s name is Edison Chen. The Edison Chen I’ve heard so much about? I’m understanding the hype now.

All in all, it was an okay movie. Not all that bad, but could’ve been better.

Movie 3: Musa: The Warrior (2001)



Whoa. I first saw this in 2005 and it’s still as beautiful as ever. I think they edited out some scenes in this version. Pretty sure there was a point during the journey where everyone gathered round and shared what they were going to do once they got home. I wouldn’t have felt so attached to them otherwise.Seeing this movie the second time, I understand the plot a whole lot better. I now see where the love story plays into this. If the general didn’t have a crush on the princess, he wouldn’t have bothered trying to save her. The whole group would’ve returned to Korea safely. I can’t help but feeling sorry for him anyway though. Toward the end when everyone is dying, the princess chooses to hold Yeosol instead of him. I guess dying with that in sight will just hurt.

In this version, Daejung is called Sergeant Jinlip. I don’t see the resemblance between the two names, but then I don’t know any Korean at all. Jinlip is still the wise one, the one who looks after the general without being obvious about it. He doesn’t want power; he just wants for everyone to get home safely.

The text in the beginning of the movie says this: “This is the story of those who were unable to return home [to Korea].”

Kind of makes you wonder if Jinlip was unable to make it home using that raft.