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The Swordsman 검객, trailer, reviews and more


Visuals of a Joseon Idol

I can’t wait to watch this movie! The Swordsman, directed by Choi Jae-hoon (최재훈) and starring Jang Hyuk (장혁), Kim Hyun-soo (김현수), Joe Taslim, Jung Man-sik (정만식) was filmed in 2017 but due to some production/financial complications, it was only released las month in South Korea, in the midst of a pandemic and with relatively little promotion. Still, like a true underdog, the movie managed to take second place among all movies released that week (release date was Sep 23rd) and 1st among domestic releases.

My baby against the world.

With new movies released during Chuseok, The Swordsman went down a few spots but hey, it’s still out there fighting the good fight and it has gotten mostly positive reviews from press and audience. From what I could gather, the general concensus would be 1) Predictable story but moves at a good pace 2) Good acting 3) Amazing action sequences

It has been compared to other action movies like Taken, The Man From Nowhere (also from Opus Pictures), The Professional (aka Leon), etc. The movie has been sold to 55 countries and here is hoping a major streaming service also picks it up soon.

Jang Hyuk, king of sageuk is back!

Here is some more good stuff to get you as excited as I am (but beware of spoilers)

TRAILER:

TRAILER: CHARACTERS

MUST WATCH: Impressive action sequence, all in one take. This is what got me the most excited!

THE MOVIE BEATS REVIEW: A thorough review but practically spoiler free. It focuses on the action sequences

“The right blend of of exciting sword-wielding action, drama, and warrior’s code to satisfy the appetites of more die-hard genre fans“.

Full written version:

https://www.themoviebeat.com/the-swordsman-2020-korean-movie-review/

Hancinema review: A good read, with some analysis of the character’s motivations. It contains spoilers

https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-film-review-the-swordsman-145684.html

Visit the Soompi movie thread for more information:

https://forums.soompi.com/topic/400935-current-movie-2020-the-swordsman-%EA%B2%80%EA%B0%9D-jang-hyuk-joe-taslim-kim-hyun-soo

About Volcano High – interview and behind the scenes


Volcano High

Christine posted this recently on youtube and I thought it would be interesting to share here

It’s an old and long-ish interview but it gives good insights into the mind of younger Jang Hyuk. (Spoiler alert: It turns out his passion, and meticulous character analysis was always the same)

But what impressed me the most is how tough the filming for Volcano High was. I had heard before, that JH lost consciousness while filming the action scenes with wires but it is one thing to hear it and another to actually see it 🥺 (I admit, I was shocked by the footage below)

Here is hoping k-ent industry has improved when it comes to safety measures. And I guess kudos to JH for his amazing tenacity (but I guess I’ll always stress out, like a mom, about his dangerous stunts

Lastly, let’s watch together this FMV of Volcano High with the song “Creep” because, why not?

We at SOH wish you the best. Stay home, binge some Hyuk dramas/movies and keep safe! 😘🙏❤️ Love you all!

My heart’s shattered – Review of the Epic Drama Chuno


No words can express how much I love this Chuno review by Zhaoul from kdramadreamer

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Chuno (The Slave Hunters)

Welcome to the world of Chuno (The Slave Hunters). It’s a world that you enter into rather than just sitting and watching a drama. You get engrossed in their world. It’s a painful world, full of disappointment and anguish. Not an ideal world. A world where everything can change at the drop of a hat. One minute noble, next minute slave – One minute slave, next minute noble, then boom! Dead. Noble to slave hunter – Happiness to sorrow. This is a cruel world, but my heart was captured by it. It was captured in a way that I could imagine myself a part of this world, as cruel as it is. It’s not often that a drama truly haunts me afterwards – Where the remnant memories of what I witness follow me and truly affect me. Truthfully, my heart was captured by Dae-gil, the Slave Hunter. The beauty and pain…

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Real Men – Ep 24 – Military police training – The Get Smart episode


I won’t be able to recap every episode of Real Men since I’ve fallen behind, but I’ll do my best to at least show you highlights of my favorite moments.

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On ep 24, we see our guys training at the Military Police Unit (I’ve googled but I have not been able to identify what the equivalent would be in the U.S Military world, not that I know much about that either. I’m sure our korean friends will be able to guide us) Anyway, the most important thing is, we see our guys dressed in nice swoon inducing uniforms and even in suits (a la James Bond) *swoooooonssss* And we get to see Jang Hyuk doing some gloriously badass martial arts moves but we also see his “humanity” once again when we find out, the man can’t tell left from right lol! Yup! Jang Hyuk could very well play a new SUPER HOT and ADORKABLE version of Maxwell Smart (from the series and movie Get Smart)

VIDEO: Jang Hyuk, Real Man in action

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Robbers – The action scene that never happened – video and gifs


I’m re watching Robbers, so I’ll be making some more gifs from this series. Now I’m learning to make them lighter so they can also be posted on tumblr. The next step is to make them “prettier”.

The scene that only happened on Oh-Joon’s head was kick ass

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