Monday, May 10, 2010

WHITE VALENTINE (1999)

Ji-hyun Jun's first movie is nice. Nothing special and not bad, just OK. My biggest problem is everybody just beats around the bush and never gets down to business.

As a teenager Ji-hyun Jun somehow (it's never explained) becomes pen pals with a soldier. He comes to visit her, but since she lied and said she was a older woman she chickens out. The correspondence stops.

Years later she's 20 and the man has moved to her town. He opens a bird store and by chance his favorite pigeon gets loose and lands on Ji-hyun's window. She doesn't know it belongs to him and slips a message in the pigeon's message holder and lets it go. It flies back to him. That is the start of their second relationship and you would think that might tell these fuckers they were meant to be together, but instead the movie just goes on and on without either one putting 2 and 2 together and hooking up. It was very frustrating.

Another thing I found irritating was the lack of close-ups on Ji-hyun Jun. WTF? Yea, she might not be a star yet, but she's the lead in the film and one of the hottest women on the planet you think the director would fucking put 2 and 2 together himself and get some fucking close-ups! Grrrr.

Nice movie, but it left a lot to be desired. Worth watching if you like romantic movies, but don't expect too much.