It’s great to see the rise in interest in South Korean movies lately.
Not that i have anything to do with it. but maybe this will eventually
lead to more screen time for asian actors and actresses. back in high
school and college while taking a couple of drama courses, i had the
urge to pursue acting. (yeah, don’t laugh too hard!) but i thought
about all the roles available to asian actors… you know, a drug
dealing asian mobster, a waiter in a chinese restaurant, one of the bad
guys in a Steven Seagal movie or maybe play a distant relative of
Margaret Cho in her TV sitcom on ABC….oh, wait, it got cancelled
after a couple episodes. So, i went the ’safe’ route and majored in
science instead. anyway, recently in the news, Queen Latifah signed on to star in an upcoming hollywood remake of a korean film called ‘My Wife Is a Gangster‘.
i think it’s the first korean film to be adapted into mainstream
hollywood. of course, the new film might end up having little to do
with the original after going thru the process of rewrites and stuff.
maybe they’ll even throw a bone to the korean community by letting a
few korean actors be cast as extras in the movie. in the meantime, i’ll
try to locate the korean version of the film at my local blockbuster
(wish me luck!). Here’s part of Kyu Hyun Kim’s review on koreanfilm.org
about the flick:
My Wife is a Gangster in many ways deserves its infamy: it is a
bloated, ludicrous, in-your-face blockbuster, rather like a half-pound
hamburger, grilled in sizzling animal fat, and served with thickets of
French fries and a beer mug full of Jolt Cola. At the same time, I
cannot deny its sheer entertainment value. It is even possible to
appreciate the care and professionalism that went into the final
product (the movie does make me look forward to the director Jo
Jin-gyu’s next project)–it’s just that you should not expect anything
really nutritious.

Ever since elaine’s recent addiction to watching the korean TV drama, Ms. Mermaid
(Inuh-agassi), i’ve been looking into getting a hold of some korean
flicks. since i live in the ’south’ they are pretty hard to come by
locally but i’ll get my hands on them someway or another. I’ve recently
purchased the highly acclaimed ‘The Way Home
on DVD at the local Best Buy for my uncle’s birthday. i haven’t watched
it personally but maybe i’ll get to borrow it from him later on. two
other’s on my list to look for is My Sassy Girl and One Fine Spring Day. i’ll be sure to post an update on my quest for korean movies in the near future. :)