[Review] Train to Busan – 부산행


A divorced fund manager, Seok Woo (Gong Yoo), decides to take his daughter, Soo Ahn (Kim Soo Ahn) to her mother in Busan for her birthday.  They board the KTX train in Seoul which is occupied by a variety of passengers, including a tough working-class husband, Sang Hwa (Ma Dong Seok) and his very, pregnant wife, Sung Kyung (Jung Yoo Mi), a rich but selfish CEO, Yong Seok (Kim Eui Sung), elderly sisters, In Gil (Ye Soo Jung) and Jong Gil (Park Myung Shin), high school teenagers from the high school baseball team and cheerleading squad, Young Gook (Choi Woo Shik) and Jin Hee (Ahn So Hee), and a homeless man (Choi Gwi Hwa). As the train departs Seoul, a young woman exhibiting bizarre, convulsive behavior with a bite wound on her leg boards the train.  When a train attendant stumbles upon the woman, she tries to get help but ends up getting bitten and a zombie infection spreads throughout the train.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 9/26/16

I realize that Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds is making a killing in the ratings but if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I encourage you to watch Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.  I am enjoying both dramas but I have to admit that I’m loving the complicated characters of Moon Lovers, especially Wang So (Lee Jun Ki).

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[Review] Doctors – 닥터스


Yoo Hye Jung (Park Shin Hye) is a high school delinquent with a serious chip on her shoulder due to the family trauma’s she’s had to endure.  She keeps her heart shut away from other people but her life changes when she meets an optimistic teacher, Hong Ji Hong (Kim Rae Won).  When Hye Jung is unable to accept the death of her grandmother, who dies during a simple surgery, and rumors about Ji Hong’s unprofessional relationship with her surface at school, the two go their separate ways.

Thirteen years later, the two are reunited again as colleagues in the Neurosurgery department of Gookil Hospital.  However, Hye Jung is determined to uncover the truth behind her grandmother’s death and hold that person responsible.  As for Ji Hong, he returns to the hospital in order to maintain the integrity of his father’s legacy as the head of the hospital administration.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 9/23/16

It’s been almost two years since the boys of 2PM were performing together as a group.  You’d think they were in the army or something, which is going to happen in the coming years.  But no, the boys were busy working on their solo projects and now I’m glad to see them back together again.  They’re the fun, party animals you always want to have at your house party.

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[Review] The Wailing – 곡성


In the small town of Gokseong, a bumbling police officer, Jong Goo (Kwak Do Won) is called to the scene of a string of violent murders.  At first the police suspect the victims were poisoned by wild mushrooms as their bodies are covered with boils and sores.  However, Jong Goo meets a mysterious woman named Moo Myung (meaning no name in Korean) (Chun Woo Hee) who tells him that the murders involve the Japanese stranger (Jun Kunimura) who lives alone in the woods.

As Jong Goo enlists the help of another officer and a local priest (Kim Do Yoon) who speaks Japanese, they investigate the stranger’s home in the woods and shocked to discover that he has pictures of the infected and murdered residents in the town and even some of their personal belongings.  The house’s guard dog breaks free and begins to attack the intruders and the stranger arrives soon after to calm his dog down.

Despite their suspicions the group is unable to find proof that the stranger committed the crimes and leave but on the car ride back to the village, the other office informs Jong Goo that he found his daughter’s, Hyo Jin (Kim Hwan Hee), shoe there.  Hyo Jin begins to act erratically and display the same symptoms as the other sick residents.  At his mother-in-law’s behest, he hires a shaman, Il Gwang (Hwang Jung Min), to exorcise whatever is ailing Hyo Jin.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 9/19/16

The Emmy Awards were this weekend.  But more on that later.  It was also Chuseok last week, which is known as Korean Thanksgiving.  And that meant a lot of Chuseok related programming which includes shows that you could watch with your families.  Superman Returns released an X-Files edition which typically includes never-before-seen footage with your favorite kids.

The special episode starts off with holiday greetings from the families.  Some of the kids are clearly too young to understand the tradition of bowing and other kids can’t resist being the mischievous pranksters that they are.  I like how each family brought their own personalities to the mix.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 9/16/16

There are just some artists that I have to be in the mood to listen to.  Sometimes it’s their bubble gum pop style that’s just too perky for my sarcastic personality.  Other times, it might be their provocative persona as an artist that distracts from making them just another sexy artist to one that’s innovative.  And yet, I like these artists.  It’s just that the timing and the mood has to be just right.

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