there are a lot of great korean films out there but unfortunately The Garden of Heaven isn’t one of them. the movie is about a jaded doctor that ends up falling for a girl with stomach cancer. yup, the overused terminal illness plot device should have tipped me off from the get go. but i gave the movie a chance and sadly, it didn’t come through for me. the whole movie had an amateurish quality - from the stilted acting to the b-movie like editing. in fact, i’m almost certain there was a “missing reel” (a la Grindhouse) of some sort since an inexplicable plot twist occurs 3/4 of the way into the film with no build up or reason or logic. in other words, it was bad. not *so bad* it’s funny. just plain, bad. an utter waste of time in my book.

if you’re looking for some recommended korean dvd titles, be sure to look over my previous post about korean movies.