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Sunday, February 25, 2007

CGV Movie Theatre, Korea

Suwon's CGV in Cine Park, located near Home Plus and Galleria department stores:

Tae Hun was nice enough to carry my paper towel rolls from Home Plus! Men are very chivalrous in Korea. And no-- it isn't toilet paper, thank you very much.

You're assigned seating at the movies in Korea, like at a live performance. Korean movies rarely have English subtitles. I wanted to see one, anyway, but Babel got incredible reviews. Brad Pitt is Hae Hun's favorite actor and Cate Blanchett is high on my list, so we decided we couldn't lose.

One thing I was aware of during the film were cell phones. Even on vibrate mode, people couldn't resist answering.

The movie was compelling. Rodrigo Prieto's cinematogrpahy was stunning. The color and use of light were skillful and artistic. The intermingling plots were thought-provoking and the pacing was great-- until the second half, where it dragged on, almost painfully.

Not only was it long but emotionally draining! At the end, Tae Hun and I sat there until the everyone piled out of the theatre. We almost couldn't move. By no means is it a light film-- not that I expected fluff from the trilogy to Amores Parros and 21 Grams!

My Ticket: 7 USD. Go in the morning and get a 2 dollar discount.


Craig said...

I just watched this on dvd last week. It was a movie that I liked more after seeing it and thinking about what I saw (if that makes any sense).

Eric said...

Peggy & I watched this on DVD Friday night as well! We both found it very draining ... I was physically tired at the end. It seems like every scene has you waiting for something horrible to happen. But it was a good movie.

Did it have English subtitles or did you watch it entirely in Korean?


Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Craig- yes, it's definitely a movie to reflect on.

Eric- Only KOREAN movies don't have English subtitles. Generally sound isn't dubbed onto English movies; Korean subtitles are added to them.

But there were, what, 4 languages in Babel? At least!

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