And, on the silver screen:
Midnight Runners (청년경찰)
The s&h duo (sexy & handsome, y’all, get with me here) all over one feature length film. I already told ya so. Kang Ha Neul and Park Seo Joon play two bumbling police academy cadets that witness a crime. Buddy cop comedy with these two? I’m in. If only it could get to the US faster..sigh.
The Battleship Island (군함도)
Veteran’s helmer Ryu Seung Hwan returns with some familiar friends for a graphic and violent feature portraying the forced labor of Koreans by the Japanese during that war which split a nation in two, and provides seemingly endless cinematic fare, of late.
Hwang Jung Min’s the desperate father, trying to save his daughter from the danger and uncertainty of life during colonial occupation. Song Joong Ki spends much of his time bloody and dirt-faced (as most of the characters do) as a soldier secretly sent to free an independence fighter. Particularly impressive are a beautifully choreographed and gut-wrenching fight scene with So Ji Sub and Kim Min Jae (both nearly naked in the shower), and the visual artistry of Song Joong Ki’s first reveal on the island.
And, a reason to look forward to September:
I Can Speak
Lee Je Hoon’s gonna be there. ‘Nough said.