ON YOUR WEDDING DAY (2018) – people need people

There’s an old song called “People” sung by Barbra Streisand. It goes something like this…

People,
People who need people,
Are the luckiest people in the world

It’s a simple song with a simple premise – but boy does it deliver its message.

On Your Wedding Day is like that song. It’s a story about two people who come together, at different points in time and under different circumstances, and how their interactions change each others lives. It illustrates how they would not be the people they are if it weren’t for the other person. Whether good or bad or somewhere inbetween, their influence over each other’s lives can not be dismissed.

And that’s what this bittersweet romantic drama is about. The people you have united with, who you have loved, and how that changes who you are.

Park Bo-Young is adorable, as always. She’s probably the cutest actress in the country, with an almost other-wordly quality that reminds me more of an anime character than a human. And Kim Young-Kwang is a big, gangly guy with a genuine charisma that feels very familiar and relatable. He was perfect casting as the struggling dude who doesn’t seem particularly good at navigating his own life – but with the proper motivation can defy all odds and move mountains. The two had great chemistry together. Kim Young-Kwang, in particular, sold me on his boyish obsession with a pretty girl that carried over into manhood.

Life is a struggle. It’s easy to get sidetracked or waylaid. You are conditioned, by society and circumstances, to settle. To choose the path of least resistance. When you’re little, you believe you can do anything. And then life comes with a hatchet and carves away at your confidence and you start to wonder if maybe this is enough… or this? And the next thing you know, years have passed. Sometimes we need other people to remind of us the things we’ve set aside, to remind us of our past, of who we were and what we wanted before. Sometimes we need other people to ground us when we start living too much in our heads. Sometimes we just need another person to see us so that we can see ourselves through their eyes.

Relationships are a fundamental part of the human experience. People will come and go in your life, and it’s nearly impossible to know how long you will ever have with any one person.

This movie is a celebration of life. Of perspective. Of the understanding you gain from time.

You’ll fall in love, you’ll be curious, your heart might break a time or two. But you carry on.

If you’re in the mood for a very beautifully filmed movie about two very attractive people falling in love and growing up, then this film is for you.

RATING – 4/5 STARS.

Oh, and here’s Barbra.

Review – Oh My Ghostess

Review – Oh My Ghostess

Can I just say now right now that my favorite thing about this cute little show was the epic girl-friendship between the professor the shaman?  How adorable were they?  I loved that we had two older women coming together as friends with no common ground whatsoever other than the fact they were both lonely and needed a buddy.  Sometimes that is all it takes.  Their friendship made the entire story better, like having home made icing on a cake instead of store bought.  Sure, we were gonna eat that cake regardless… but now it’s just so much yummier.

Oh My Ghostess was a cute, supernatural romance about a shy young girl who gets possessed by a horny extroverted ghost – which both makes her life better and worse.  The horny ghost is convinced if she can lose her virginity to man of vitality, then she will let go of the grudge keeping her from crossing over to the next world.  When that man of vitality happens to be the shy girl’s boss and secret crush, hilarity ensues.

“Oh, Chef!”

Park Bo-Young was so adorable and funny in this show – jumping back and forth between a wide eyed innocent and a shameless rambunctious hussy with ease – that’s great acting prowess, right there.  Cho Jung-Seok played the male lead, a persnickety chef who’s a bit of a narcissist but also a surprisingly sweet romantic at heart.  His character transformation over the show was as just as impressive as the female lead.  Throw in a bunch of playful restaurant coworkers, a gigantic cop with a little boy’s smile, the dead girl’s family, and a murder mystery or two… and you’ve got a nice way to spend sixteen hours.

It was a fun little romance and I can see why so many people have recommended this show over the years.  Add me to the list.  I recommend it too.

Overall Rating – 8/10.  Don’t Die A Virgin In Korea.

Review – Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Review – Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon reminds me a lot of iZombie.  It has a playful “comic book” style that knows how to have fun.  Zap, Boom, Shabang!  Those over the top, tongue-in-cheek comics where though good guys fought off villains, no one was injured beyond repair and good humor ruled over seriousness.   Think… the bright friendly, child-saving Superman of the 1900’s… not the monotone angsty Superman of the 2000’s.  Do Bong Soon is here to save the day, damn it!  And you’re going to feel great about it.

 <-This NOT That-> 

I adored this show!  It had so much going for it… which I will be discussing with massive spoilers below… but above all else, it was romantic.  So, so soooo romantic.  Cute romantic.  First love romantic.  Original Superman romantic.  You remember… the big-grin fly me over the city romance of a hunky guy smitten with a feisty girl.

Overall Rating – 10/10.  Saved The Day.

Spoilers and Fangirling with Much Discussion Ahead!

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