Bromance: Cheesiness, but Amusing

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While the cheesiness is off the charts in Bromance, I am amused. I don’t know how long I will be amused by these cliches, but so far the idol drama has kept me entertained. As a genderbender drama, Pi Ah Nuo is a girl who has lived as a man for the past 25 years of life due to the suspicions of a fortuneteller. On her 26th birthday, she would have passed her “dangerous” time and can return to live as a female. However, before then, she must keep her gender a secret from everyone. One day, she happens to rescue a mob boss named Du Zi Feng and his sister due to his fast reflexes and fighting skills. The sister falls in love with Ah Nuo, who is actually a girl. Ah Nuo is considered a “flower boy” and is especially popular amongst the ladies. Due to the sibling’s mother’s manipulations, Ah Nuo becomes Zi Feng’s sworn blood brother and future son-in-law prospect for her daughter. Throw in Ah Nuo’s cousin, who is acting as his girlfriend, we have all sorts of misunderstandings happen as the cousin tries to set up Ah Nuo and Zi Feng together as she of course knows that her cousin is a girl. As the motley crew boards a cruise ship for vacation, we see more situations where Ah Nuo’s heart flutters in proximity to Zi Feng while Zi Feng just likes to tease Ah Nuo for being so delicate. With her 26th birthday approaching, I wonder how Ah Nuo will be able to solve her situation.The drama is so chalk full of fangirl-y bromance moments, that sometimes it does give me minor goosebumps and makes me wonder how oblivious the main male lead could be. I guess I am just waiting for the period where she will need to decide whether to reveal her feminine side or just be more comfortable with her masculine side.

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The Huntresses

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The Huntresses

The common theme for me while watching this movie was the phrase, “What?” Coming into it, I thought I was going to watch an action thriller with Korean “Charlie’s Angels”. However, it turned out to be an odd mash up of 80% comedy and only 20% of serious action. Jin-Ok, Hong-Dan, and Ga-Bi are three beautiful bounty hunters who work with Moo-Myung, who brings them job assignments.

Each of the three has unique personalities. While, Jin Ok (played by Ha Ji Won), seemed to be the leader of the three with a traumatic past, Hong-Dan (played by Gang Ye-Won) was the long-suffering wife with pin-throwing skills. Ga-Bi (played by Ga-in) was the tom-boy who doesn’t really care about anything much except for her fellow fighters and will finally discover love in an unexpected place.

One day, the group receives a job to deliver a stauroscope from China to the King of Joseon dynasty. Secret envoys on this mission have been dying one by one after being attacked by assassins on the Chinese side. Of course the three musketeers take up this dangerous mission for the big monetary reward at the end. Add in a dash of a past lover/servant of the family who of course has amnesia and doesn’t remember Jin Ok, and we have ourselves a mashup of an almost comedic trope of star-crossed love with one side busy trying to kill the other.

Though the movie does deliver a few laughs and does have excellent special effects, especially with the fighting scenes, the plot is extremely loose. I had to often pause the movie and make sure I hadn’t missed a section. Then again, perhaps I came into the movie with too high of expectations since I was used to Ha Ji-Won’s serious thrillers, and this comedic piece threw me off kilter. To be honest, this movie is more akin to a Kill Bill movie where parts are exaggerated and exude an almost comedic affect with it’s craziness.

-phoenix