Thursday, 24 November 2011

Abel Kerevel’s Top 10 Iranian Movies

1. The Cow (Gaav), Dariush Mehrjui, 1969 | MORE INFO
2. Caesar (Qaysar), Masoud Kimiai, 1969 | MORE INFO
3. The Deer (Gavaznha), Masoud Kimiai, 1975 | MORE INFO
4. The Imperiled (Barzakhiha), Iraj Ghaderi, 1982 | MORE INFO
5. Bashu, The Little Stranger (Bashu, Gharibeh-ye Kuchek), Bahram Beizai, 1986 | MORE INFO
6. Gabbeh, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995 | MORE INFO
7. The Snowman (Adam-e Barfi), Davoud Mirbagheri, 1997 | MORE INFO
8. The Hidden Half (Nimeh-ye Panhan), Tahmineh Milani, 2001 | MORE INFO
9. The Lizard (Marmulak), Kamal Tabrizi, 2003 | MORE INFO
10. Santouri, The Music Man, Dariush Mehrjui, 2007 | MORE INFO

Top korean romantic films

My Sassy girl (2001) - If you haven’t watched this movie, then you haven’t watched a really good romance movie.  Needless to say, this is one of my favorite love films. Captivating, vibrant and worth watching…  A perfect date movie… A girl who has some past love issues was saved by a cheerful young man when she almost got caught by a train.  Fate played with them and the boy slowly became fond of her and decided that he would heal whatever that pain she has.  If I can marry someone like Gyeon-woo, I’ll be damn happy.  *wink

♥ Il Mare (2000) - Hollywood made a remake of this movie (The Lake house) but still I prefer how Koreans did it. A man and a woman engaged in a romance as they exchanged love letters and leaving it inside a mail box.  Time element executed perfectly. Addictive love story… Deeply touching and moving… *wink

♥ Daddy Long Legs (2005) - Ha Ji Won played a role of a radio scriptwriter who was always dreaming of meeting the guy who helped her pay her tuition in college. She accidentally bumped into emails that tells about a girl’s long time admiration over a guy. She finally had a chance to meet her daddy-long-legs and there she learned that it was his younger brother who asked him to do all the things for her. She also learned that it was her daddy-long -legs who wrote those emails, however he switched his gender when he was writing the emails. Daddy-long-legs lost all his memories including that of the girl’s because he was dying and he asked his brother to make the girl happy once he lost his memory. You’ll never get tired of watching it. Amazingly sweet and mesmerizing. *wink
♥ My Little Bride (2004) - An ordinary high school girl who worries about grades and has a crush on her school’s baseball team ace was forced to marry a guy out of her grandfather’s wish. Her being young and the hidden marriage made this movie so charming. Dandy, cheerful, playful… will let you remember that feel you have on the first person you ever had a crush on… *wink

♥ Daisy (2006) - I like how Jun Ji Hyun reinvents herself as an actress, that’s why I love all her films.  Set in Netherlands, Ji Hyun played the role of a street painter that will become the love interest of a secret service agent and a professional hitman… Thrilling, lingering, and romantic elements were put in splendidly… *wink
♥ Humming (2008) - This is good for those who are in current a long-running relationship. The lead actor was quite tired of the relationship with her gf. He was about to leave for Alaska to avoid her, but she met an accident and fell into a coma. He starts remembering the relationship he had with her. Will he discover the love he has never realized? Passionate, a bit tear jerker with a twist that you may or may not like…
♥ The Classic (2003) - Very nice, enthralling, amazingly unsurpassed romance… I can’t find words to dislike this movie, so just watch it. This is a love story that you will tell your grandchildren rather than “Romeo and Juliet”. 
A young woman accidentally bumped on her mother’s love story and she got deeply engaged with it.  The parallelism was well portrayed and there was just so much love in the air.*wink
♥ My BF is Type B (2005) - Nice girl meets a temperamental guy. Go figure what it would be like… Girls always fall for bad guys and you’ll know why. Lively, witty and mesmerizing… A sweet love that turns sweeter at every scene.  ^_^
♥ Heartbreak Library (2008) - Not really a romance movie for the lead actors… More of feeling the pain of someone who lost his love. A different kind of love story you should not fail to check out. Strikingly fresh and very charming. ^_^
♥ My Wife Got Married (2008) - I was really amused at this movie. Son Ye Jin was a player who hates marriage until she met a guy who showed her that it’s possible to enjoy being committed. Then she kinda like the idea of marriage so she asked her husband if she can marry another guy and there goes a kind of marriage you won’t think would happen in real life… So playful and mischievously flirty. *wink

♥ A Millionaire’s First Love (2006) - Hyun Bin was a millionaire’s heir but in order for him to have his fortune, his dead granny forced him to finish High School in the suburb. There he discovered the past that he erased in his mind, and the truth that money can’t save the life of the girl he loves.  Passionate and bewitching. *wink
♥ Windstruck (2004) - They said it was a sort of like the prequel to My Sassy Girl, but I say otherwise. Unconventional storyline, wondrous but will make you cry in the end. 
♥ My Tutor Friend 1 (2003) - lazy school boy meets the tutor he would never dream to have. Sweet bickering and a proof that people can accidentally be in love.  Breezy and Fascinating.

♥ My Tutor Friend 2 (2006) – A touching story of two completely different students from two completely different worlds who fell in love with each other. Bright, exuberant and charming…
♥ 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (2004) - After dumping her boyfriend just before their 100 day anniversary, she met a college guy when she accidentally kicks a can that hit him in the face and caused him to scratch his Lexus. He demanded she paid him $3000 on the spot and wrote up an “Enslavement Agreement” for her in order to pay for the damage to his car.   She got into a nightmarish slave life for 100 days, cleaning his house, running his errands, doing his homework and cleaning his car. Ooops.. I almost told the whole story… Upbeat, enchanting and one of my favorites. *wink

♥ He was Cool (2004) - A cheerful high school student clumsily left a message on the school website to reply to the school bully’s post. She was then stalked by the school bully and while trying to evade him she accidentally kissed him after she jumped in the school’s back wall. Bouncing, breezy and gorgeous.
♥ Romance of their own/A Wolf’s temptation (2004) -  Two hot guys fought for a sweet naive, girl.  (I swear you would want to trade places with the girl on this movie.)  The twist of the story is quite surprising, and I’m warning you that you might cry.  Tender, passionate and love-affirming. *wink

♥ My Girl and I (2005) - A heartwarming story about true love and happiness.  A guy returned to his hometown after ten years to attend a reunion with his high school friends. In his return, he also remembered the sad story of his one great love. Nostalgic and will crawl in your emotions.
♥ Unstoppable Marriage (2007) - Sweet and easy-going girl who grew up in a normal middle-class household with a strict and traditional father met willful plastic surgeon who was born into a wealthy family, and has the ego to match his income. Their two worlds collide quite literally when they met through a paragliding accident. It’s a classic case of opposites attract as they fight, falter, and fall in love, but their incompatible families are determined to break them apart.  Fancy and Fun.
♥ Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006) – The lead girl was a believer in true love and always very dedicated to her current boyfriend.  However, men always break up with her. Distracted by the latest break-up, she bumped into a car and a man stepped out of it - He turned out to be her new boss. He has very clear ideas about a relationship and love: both are a game of power and she sought advice from him, as she doesn’t want to get dumped again.  Alluring, seductive, sexy and playful.
♥ Jenny and Juno (2005) - The plot centered on the relationship of a 15-year-old couple, Jenny and Juno who met in school and fell in love. When Jenny discovered that she was pregnant, she and Juno decided against having an abortion, opted for parenthood instead. They tried to conceal the pregnancy from their families for as long as possible, but the truth was revealed eventually, and their parents do not approve. Unprecedented, yet strangely addictive. 
♥ Speedy Scandal (2008) - I loved Cha Tae Hyun in My Sassy Girl, and he made me fall for him again in this movie. It’s a great watch with your family or friends. Nice humor, storyline and a really feel good movie. Gladdening, vivacious and upbeat.  Cha Tae Hyun works as a local radio celebrity who is sort of a player.  His world was moved when a young girl claimed to be her long lost daughter along with her son.  An instant-father-and-a-young-grandfather, this family will make your movie time so worthwhile.*wink

♥ She’s On Duty (2005) - Gong Yoo and Kim Sun Ah were secret agents who played a role of High Schoolers for their police mission. Perky, funny and not tiring to watch.  Great chemistry between the lead actors.
♥ My Girlfriend is An Agent (2007) - Kim Ha Neul always brings something new from her sleeves. Sexy, charming and enjoyable to glued at.  And Kang Ji Hwan, you are so hot, we really need to hang out sometime.
♥ Someone Special (2004) - This is REALLY a nice watch… the movie you will force that special someone to watch with you before you decide to tie the knot… *giggles very witty, heartwarming, extraordinarily sweet, comfy and appealing…*wink

♥ Baby and I (2008) - Jang Geun Suk played the role of a young High School student from a well-off family who loves to brawl and a typical mischief maker.  His mischievous life will stop when he got a surprise basket of a baby with a note suggesting that he’s the father.  From there he started his young father adventure trying to give the best life he can provide for his instant son.
♥ Doremifasolasido (2008) – an engaging, nostalgic and heart-tugging teen movie about a girl who fell in love with the guy who was first mean to him.  They slowly began to fall in love, but a person from the girl’s past who was also connected to her boyfriend will force them to choose between love and friendship.
♥ Antique Bakery (2008) - Lively characters, new, fascinating and stimulating. You’ll love how this movie will capture you.  Joo Ji Hoon played the role of a bakery owner who was once abducted when he was a child.  The trauma from his childhood and his unique bakery made this film worth skipping your Sunday nap time.
♥ A Moment To Remember (2004) - A couple striving to keep up their relationship against the struggle with the wife’s Alzheimer’s disease… A love story of a devoted husband who stayed with her wife even when she was slowly forgetting that he happened in her life.. Poignant, deeply moving, and I cried buckets of tears here. *wink
♥ The Beast and the Beauty (2005) - Enticing and pleasing, with a lead actor you can’t help but be fond of.  A not so handsome guy created a different look of him to her blind gf, when the girl was able to see again, he will struggle to fight for his one true love.

♥ Babo (2008) - Classic Cha Tae Hyun, he doesn’t fail to amuse me.  Ha Ji Won was at her usual best… A story of a mentally challenged man whose optimism in life will move you to tears… Full of love and so heartwarming. *wink

♥ Almost Love (2006) - A typical love story of two people who overlooked how they felt toward each other because of the fear that it may just complicate their friendship.  Bubbly, Amusing and gripping…
♥ Perfect Couple (2007) - I love Lee Dong Wook, that’s why I watched all his projects.  It’s a love story set behind police curtains and eccentric phobia, but the characters were fun and I just convinced myself I have to finish it. At some point I didn’t get entertained, but the characters were fun. Fast moving and free spirited.

♥ Changing Partners (2007) -  A quadrangle romance of misplaced love… With that one-liner who wouldn’t try to sneak a peek on it?  Sexy, Seductive and Surprising…
♥ Too Beautiful To Lie (2004) - This is one of my Kim Ha Neul’s favorite portrayal.  Here she played the role of a woman with an excellent deceiving ability who was imprisoned but was able to get a parole to attend her sister’s wedding. 
But cupid played with her and a province guy and they settled to a false relationship arrangement. Light and breezy. Comic cast, will surely grow in your hearts.
♥ Marrying a School Girl (2004) - weird storyline, actually I really can’t say if I enjoyed it or not, but I can remember the story so at least, the movie made an impact on me.  A novelty, quite amusing, sporadic kind of love tale.
♥ Ride Away (2008) -  Slow moving in the beginning but I was affected in the end.  A relationship surrounded by dreams, being hopeful, and always not failing to trust in love.
♥ My Mighty Princess (2008) Fun, exciting and entertaining.   A quirky martial-arts-with-supernatural-spike-love-story that will capture you in so many ways.
♥ The Art of Seduction (2005) - Amusing, playful, and refreshing… a mischievous tale of seducer and seductress who got eventually a dose of their own medicines…
♥ Frozen Flower (2008) – I didn’t know what it was before I watched it, but because I’m midway on the movie when I realized that the sex scenes are overly done, I just ended up finishing it. Nevertheless, less the sex scenes, if you’ll look at the love story itself, it’s realistic and appealing…
♥ Lover’s Concerto (2002) - Stellar acting and a gorgeously written script…  A deeply immersing love story…  Tied with friendship, secret adoration and almost love, this is a little charmer that will fill you up with rose petals. *wink

♥ Love so Divine (2004) - This is my favorite Kwon Sang Wo’s movie.  A seminarian meets a charming girl who will let him choose between God and love… It’s like the feeling of eating your comfort food after a very stressful week. Mesmerizing and sweet…
♥ Hello Schoolgirl (2008) - Reminiscent of a May-December love affair.  Extraordinarily sweet and arresting… plenty of love vibes and heart flutters…
♥ Naked Kitchen (2009) - I’m really a fan of movies that are beyond the box, so that’s maybe why I like this film. A dangerous love triangle filled with excitement, addictive attachment and somewhat bliss… gripping and worth your time…
♥ 2 Faces of my girlfriend (2007) – falling in love with a person with on-off character… stunningly funny and playful… nicely done and never a dull moment.
Love Impossible aka Love of North and South (2003) - A love story blossomed between a North and South Korean… will it work out?  It’s not really a movie that will leave an impression, but it’s not boring either. Average, but quite interesting.
♥ Romantic Island  (2008) – I watched it because I got curious that it was shot in my country. Very typical, will sometimes let you feel the emotions, but over all something that will just pass by to your movie veins.
♥ White Valentine (1999) - I almost fell in it, but when it ended I was talking to the dvd player to tell me if it’s really the end. I was left there between the limbo, absorbing what happened and convincing myself that if there was any consolation it was a Jun Ji Hyun movie.
♥ Madeline (2002) - Realistic and strangely touching… The couple played their characters so well.  My favorite Shin Min Ah project. Emotion filled and absorbing.
♥ Spy Girl (2004) – Predictable, light, sometimes amusing… sometimes annoying.  If not for Gong Yoo, I would have not stayed afloat.  A North Korean spy got involved in a romance she can’t have.

♥ Doremifasolasido – a nice teen movie. a pure, heart tugging teen romance film.
♥ 200 Pounds Beauty (2006) – Brave, sunny and worth watching with your friends… A voice talent who has weight challenges worked hard to lose weight.  She became prettier and avenged her broken heart.  A love story full of courage and never failed to hope for what love can really offer…

♥Insadong Scandal (2009) – It explored the world of Korean art forgery and treachery… A well portrayed characters and Kim Rae Won at his usual best… Entertaining, provoking, pristine storyline…
♥ 26 Years Diary (2006) – Sad and moving with ear-pleasing music… Not extravagant but worth your time… This is a true story.
♥ Virgin Snow (2007) – Nicely done depiction of the feeling of falling in love for the first time.   Great chemistry between the lead couple… A Korean boy fell for a Japanese girl even with their language barrier.  The blossoming love was cut short though because of misunderstandings.
♥ (2003) -  A young woman secluded herself to her own world because of her frail body and deformed hand, but she met a photographer  who helped her step outside of her world…  Tear-jerker, but worth your time… simple, but not dragging…
♥ Crazy First Love (2003) - Endearing, nostalgic, and a classic I’ll-be-what-you-want-me-to-be-to-prove-how-much-I-love-you love story.  It will remind us of the foolishness we all did when we first fell in love.
♥ Now and Forever (2006) – Quite typical, at times romantic, sweet but not falling apart.  A rich young man who can easily lure girls with his hand fell in love for the first time with a cheerful but dying woman. 
♥ Finding Mr. Destiny (2010) – very nice, worth your rest day if you are going to watch it.. gives that first-love-why-can’t-i-forget-you and maybe-it’s-time-to-move-on vibe… simple and captivating…”The first love doesn’t necessarily mean the first person.”

♥ Summer Whispers (2007) - It won’t linger, feel good when you are watching it, but you’ll forget it when you sleep… almost plain… gives that typical love-is-just-beside-you-all-along spirit..
♥ The Warrior’s Way (2010) – Okay I’m guilty that I watched it because Jang Dong Gun is hot and because the producers were those who produced LOTR… but it didn’t give me the beat nor the depth… fight scenes are okay… but at the end of it, I would have picked a different movie…
♥ Surprise Party (2002) - funny with a cute twist… will take a few minutes to attract you but will catch you eventually… perky characters and candidly sweet story of love and friendship..
♥ Grand Prix (2010) - I watched it because of Kim Tae Hee, but I should have not… well it gave me a glimpse of the horse-racing world but still I don’t like how they wove the story. It’s just all over and plain, but not boring cause I was able to finish it.
♥I’m a Cyborg but that’s okay (2006) how do I put what I felt for this little darling… well for a change it’s something raw for me to have watched such a unique love story of intellectually challenged couple, nonetheless, it crept in my heart slowly and surely…
♥ S-Diary (2004) - I was not familiar with Kim Sun Ah yet when i first watched this movie… I re-watched it, and I guess at my age right now, I can sort of relate… contemplating, sassy and engaging.. a charmer that will poke you as well if you are single at this moment.
♥ The Recipe (2010) – very pretty and engaging story telling… splendid and impressive shifting of the storyline… and seriously I was also intrigued by how that stew tasted after the movie… guess I’ll try it some other time with my Korean friends… lavish love story portrayed…
♥ Petty Romance (2010) – Okay, I like Lee Seon Kyun, but I was really stoic the whole time I was watching it.  I just felt that the romantic elements were not properly placed.  There were some playful memories but you see the premise was so catchy, and they failed unfortunately to nail it.  There was just a nudge missing, it was a very nice storyline but then again you can’t get the best of both worlds I guess.
♥ Love Phobia (2006) - So I finally got the chance to watch this movie without interruptions.  Who wouldn’t fall for this darling?  I was so fond of the lead couples when they were children and loved them even more when they grew up.  So sweet, priceless and worth remembering.  Watched it with my mom, and she loved it.  It’s a  charmingly woven love story.. and although it will make you cry in the end, I’m pretty sure it will be one of those love movies you will highly recommend.  *wink

 Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006) - I watched it because of Kim Ok Bin.. It’s a novelty because it’s the first K-musical movie I saw, I don’t know if there are any other out there produced though.  Fresh, fun and flirty but it did not leave an after-effect to me.
♥ Love me Not (2006) – Tamper the concept of love for a never-been-into-romance-blind-heiress, and feel the pain even more after doing that.  I like that it presented the dark facet of love for a change because we normally get the ever-after kind.  It depicted misplaced trust and love. 
♥ Closer to Heaven (2009) - A perfectly portrayed and a moving story of understanding the pain that comes when loving someone and loving someone when you are in pain.  With solid acting from Kim Myung Min and Ha Ji Won, this will touch your heart and will make you cry. Quintessential yet saddening, poignant and affecting…
♥ Maundy Thursday (2006) – A brave and painfully sweet love film in a “suppressed setting”.  It is a romance of a convicted murderer with an emotionally disturbed woman at a wrong place and time with the right intentions and love.  How life affirming this can be?
♥ Cyrano Dating Agency (2010) -  I really love the casting for this movie, but this is really mediocre, and heaven knows I tried to connect with it but it really failed to engage me.  The only thing I will remember would be the bubble gum scenes, but as a whole it was not plain but it’s far from amazing.
The Man From Nowhere “ajusshi” (2010) So I finally sat down to Korea’s top grossing film of 2010, and it blew me away.  This was a different kind of love you will see, the kind of love that sprang from almost losing hope that you can find love again.  Won Bin and the girl’s performance will stir up something inside you.  I’m very picky when it comes to action films, and I was proven wrong when I took time to munch this beauty.  Excuse me city hunter, I think I equally like you and ajusshi.  *giggles *wink
♥ Jeonwoochi (2009)  Superb visual effects, a nice watch with your little nieces or nephew, action-packed in a Jumper-meets-inception kind of way. . Undeniably worth killing your time…
 Heaven’s Postman (Postman to Heaven) 2009 - a very pretty and serene love story of moving on from the pain of a broken heart.  This was a breather from the recent k-movies I got a copy of and I tried to watch.  It has a very simple storytelling but with completeness that will touch the side of your heart that was once broken, and that was able to bounce again because of not giving up to the idea of finding love.  It’s one of my favorites from the movies of 2009.  *wink


♥ White Night (2009)- Thrilling and will get you interested and involved at every scene, although I have slight issues with the pacing.  Your multi-tasking skills will come in handy because shifting time elements were happening throughout the story.  You will learn how dark and twisted a person can be all because of an emotional trauma and love. 
Yo-han and Mi-ho (Lee Jia) were victims of a dark past.  When Yo-han’s father was murdered, it left them intertwined with police investigations, murders, deceit and a hope of brighter future for them. 
I watched it after watching Criminal Minds so I have to infuse myself with true love vibes after and got my Sungkyunkwan Scandal CD. 
A film realizing how sad you can be by being consumed over a sin you have to do at that right moment but will not justify the evil act you took.  A sad and stirring film…
♥ The Day Before (2009) – I was watching it for 20 minutes and I still didn’t know what was happening… There was a glimmer of magic tricks, sex and infidelity… then someone killed someone, someone surrendered, someone got imprisoned, someone got sick, and someone escaped prison.  Go figure!  Then a faint ray of light emerged, and the story suddenly happened, after another 10 minutes it became pitch black.  I have a soft spot for Kim Nam Gil, but the movie was really dull, everywhere and boring.  It has such a feeble storyline and an exhausting acting but still not sufficient enough for you to hate it.
It is a love story between a fugitive and a woman with a haunting past who started having a connection amidst their emotional baggage and damaged existence.
♥ Secret Love (2010) – I’m beginning to declare this month as “infidelity month” *giggles as I have been watching a lot of love triangle even square love movies.  After coming out of “The Day Before” I took this movie and I was thinking if I’ve done wrong lately that’s why life is giving me confusing Korean movie pills.
But it was short-lived like 10 minutes to be exact because the story picked up its bearing, and with the hot actor I was left uncomplaining and drooling. 
A woman has to deal with the hardship of taking care of his husband who was in vegetative state.  Her husband’s brother helped her coping up, and eventually they engaged in an affair.  But her husband woke up and the three got entangled to the “who-deserved-to-be-together-game”.
Bold, brave and beautiful…
♥ Maybe aka Rabbit and Lizard (2010) - slow paced, not so good and you don’t know what’s really going on.  If not for Jang Hyuk I wouldn’t have finished it.  The right intention to capture the watcher was there but the execution was lost somewhere.  I can’t remember any lingering scene.   The acting was there but the story wasn’t.  Didn’t like it and it’s disappointing.  *pout
A man with a rare heart condition met a woman who was searching for her past. 

♥ April  Snow (2005) – I’ll make this simple but firm… the film was sad, slow-paced and the proverbial melodrama, but it did not make me cry.  The premise of the story should make your mind and heart should stir undeniable pain if it happens to you, but I remained poker heart, and I even watched it in the dead of the night.  It lacked emotion it should have.
A man and a woman met in a hospital and discovered that their spouses were together in a car accident.  They soon learned that their spouses were having an illicit affair but they still decided to take care of them.  They soon got entangled in a relationship while they were nursing the angst and disappointment they felt after realizing their spouses’ betrayals.  It was a relationship that will never work out given the circumstances of what brought them closer together.
The man’s wife woke up but the woman’s husband died.  In the end the woman, opted to leave and start a new life, as the man ended his marriage and commence a new life too.
The conclusion was not a happy ending, but I like how it ended.  Although their love for each other can suffice for them to choose to be together, if that love was never good enough for them to begin with, settling to keep that love close in their hearts while giving up on it was an act of really knowing how to love.
♥ Meet the In-laws (2011) – A typical rom-com but not enough for me to adore it and place it before my hall-of-famers.  I love the dorky male lead, he’s what make the movie cute I think.  Nevertheless, it is sweet, light and at times hilarious.
The main conflict lies from modern-day Romeo&Juliet whose families came from the opposing regions thus their romance will not be permissible.  The man tried to win the girl’s family’s approval more so of her dad who despises anything with Seoul molecular content. They will struggle to fight for their eventual marriage amidst their opposing families.
Worth your afternoon break, but I doubt if it will be listed as one of your favorites.