Since his 18th birthday, Woo-jin has awoken each morning as a different person. His age, gender, even race can change. He has no way of controlling it and there is no known cure. Now almost 30, Woo-jin lives alone designing custom-made furniture. Only his mother and best friend are aware of his affliction.
Starting this year I have been lucky enough to land a regular movie review spot on RTHK Radio 3 here in Hong Kong, where I talk about the big new releases of the week with DJ Phil Whelan. I figured that readers/listeners of The Society For Film may well be interested in these segments too, so I’ll do my best to share them every week. Today’s show seemed an opportune moment to get started, as I discuss the film that’s on everyone’s lips right now – Fifty Shades Of Grey.
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Taiwanese teen romance about the college princess, worshipped by every boy on campus, who is rescued from a dried up lake by the most awkward geeky guy imaginable. However, this simple action invokes a college curse, wherein any boy and girl who meet when the lake has dried up are destined to fall in love. Try as they might to avoid each other, Kiki and Lucky can’t help running into each other again and again, until eventually they join forces to put an end to the curse once and for all…with inevitable consequences. Frequent co-stars Ivy Chen and Chen Bo Lin play the leads, with the gag being that Chen Bo Lin has been uglied up for the role, disguising his studly good looks with greasy hair, awful complexion and zero social skills to play the ironically monikered Lucky. While everything plays out much as we expect, with both individuals learning the importance on judging people on their character rather than their looks, a bizarre Fincher-esque third act threatens to dispel this message and shoot for something far more interesting, only for things to right themselves in time for the cliched coda to be enforced.
I had no interest in watching what appeared to be yet another post-Twilight supernatural romance actually turned out ot be one of the best examples of the genre. Aidan Ehrenreich plays Ethan, a frustrated Southern lad, who escapes his mundane small-town life by incessantly reading. When the mysterious Lena (Alice Englert) moves into town, Ethan is instantly smitten, but as Ethan soon discovers, Lena’s entire family is coven of witches – and Ethan’s own family has its fair share of secrets too.
The leads are likable, but its the heavyweight thesps in the supporting cast – namely Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson – who prove the real treat. Special mention must also go to Emmy Rossum, as Lena’s seductive cousin Ridley. The film was sadly overlooked at the time of release, but in this realm of YA fantasy, it proves a refreshing surprise.
After being introduced to Ethan Embry by his Cheap Thrills director Evan Katz, I made a mental note to myself to watch his breakthrough role in 90s teen comedy Can’t Hardly Wait as soon as possible. The gods were clearly shining on me as the film was playing in the classics section on my flight home from NYC.
It’s the last day of high school and the seniors are gearing up to enter the big bad world, after the party to end all parties. Embry plays the lovable lead who is determined to finally make his move on school sweetheart Jennifer Love Hewitt, who has just been dumped by her jock boyfriend. Seth Green, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Jaime Pressly and numerous others appear in this amusing and heartfely ensemble romp.