Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…
A Man Who Was Superman
Small miracles can change the world
SONG Soo-jung is a producer going on her third year at a small company. Her specialty is human interest stories. She is driven to produce these shallow stories for the sake of her ambition of one day becoming Korea’s own Oprah Winfrey. However, she is reaching the end of what’s left of her pride. One day, after months of not getting paid, she leaves her office with the company camera to produce a story on a lion apparently refusing to eat its meal. On her way, however, she comes across a robber, but she is saved somehow by Superman in a Hawaiian shirt. “Superman” claims he’s unable to tap into his supernatural powers as the bad guys have placed kryptonite inside his head. However, he doesn’t let that get in his way from helping others, from saving the world from global warming to saving a lost puppy.
The South Korean film A Man Who Was Superman from 2008 seems to be the original "grounded" superhero movie about a real person being (or becoming) a superhero. With charming and heartfelt performances it's also easily the most moving and best out of that superhero subgenre.
Jun Ji-hyun plays Song Soo-Jung, a producer for a small television production company who excels at human interest stories, but grew sick of making these a long time ago. On her way to the next story a robber tries to take her equipment but she gets saved in clumsy, hilarious yet successful fashion by Superman.
And Superman is Hwang Jeong-min wearing a Hawai shirt, telling her his enemies placed a piece of Kryptonite in…
So while we all stand around talking, the girl that will eventually get saved will be harder to save as the building gets hotter and weaker by the second, and she'll probably have severe asthma now since you decided to build up your grand entrance.
I really didn't understand that scene at all. We all know he will go in and save her. It's not some grand plot twist, so it's super irritating watching a build up to finally doing it.
The first two thirds are great and unique in their building of it's super character, but it's slow, tiresome, and flawed final sadly loses it for me. And it's emotional impact it was building toward fades rather quickly. Well acted as always from Hwang Jung-min and Jun Ji-hyun. A strong premise, but it loses sight of itself.
Heart-wrenching and emotional, The Man Who Was Superman may come out of left field because of how surprisingly sad it is. But it doesn't change its powerful message that anyone can be hero.
I enjoyed Hwang Jung-min's performance in New World, and A Man Who Was Superman fit in with one of this month's themes: South Korean Films in Genres I Generally Despise (in this case inspiring tragi-comic love story of a mentally ill person*).
Good performances from the two leads (particularly the charming Hwang Jung-min) helped keep my suspension of disbelief willing through the rather dark turn this film takes in the second act. The destination is telegraphed fairly early, and the finalé setpiece drags, but I found it an entertaining, emotional ride.
*Technically brain injury in this case.
It's been a few years since I heard about A Man Who Was Superman, but you know how those things goes. My watchlist is huge, and I don't always get around to those I should find time for. It's a shame, because I can't for the life of me remember who recommended it to me back then or where I read about.
Before Kick-Ass, before Super and even before a personal favorite, the Canadian Peter Stebbings-movie Defendor, there was a man who was Superman in South Korea. It's a distant cousin of Defendor, more dramatic than comedic, and with a huge heart pumping life into the story. It also makes my mind go to movies like K-Pax, Sling Blade and…
This movie is so overwhelmingly saccharine, but that's a good thing. Beyond the intriguing premise that pulls you into the movie right away, the sweetness compounded by the heart-string tugging soundtrack will make you emotionally invested for certain. There are some questionable visual choices, though. Some random slow downs don't look so good, those shots would've looked better in real time, and the part where it slows down to an actual slideshow is just terrible. I started worrying that there was something wrong with the file before I realized it was a deliberate quirk of the film.
O filme acaba perdendo um pouco de força no terceiro ato ao querer explicar todas as lacunas causadas por esse estado estranho de alguém acreditando realmente ser o Superman. Mas fora isso apresenta umas sacadas estéticas ótimas, o trabalho do ator Hwang Jeong-min é incrível e o final é bem marcante.
It was so good up until the middle...
Then it got a bit too mellow, it felt like they were trying to just make me cry with the scene with his daughter and several other scenes hence forward.
However, the truth is, the world would be a much better place if we actually let real life superpeople inspire us to do something selflessly good.
A Man Who Was Superman was great. I went in expecting something light-hearted but by the end found my eyes welling. It was really funny and moving in equal measures and Hwang Jeong-Min was absolutely fantastic in the titular role. Korean TV's really inconsistent with censoring smoking though, it seemed at various points that it was only censoring men or possibly only censoring smoking indoors? Because there were definitely a few shots of cigarettes being brought to the mouth that weren't censored.
It wasn’t impressive. It was rather boring at times. But… Jung-Min Hwang, though… he’s got something. This sweet film was saved by him.
Its a very unique, fun and heartwarming take on the superhero stuff.
Some scenes, especially towards the end are kind of odd and unnecessarily drawn out, but its worth a watch if you are interested in a movie more about the idea of a superhero thats not actually very super.
This one felt a little all over the place but it just about hit the right notes most of the time making this a strange , silly but kind of powerful and uplifting film without it ever being too overly melodramatic with its climax. The story is very original , dealing with themes of loss , love and life throughout its 90 minute run time. Hwang Jung-Min is thoroughly fantastic as the mentally unstable "Superman" as his charismatic personality shines through his over top,hilarious and energetic performance. Visually , I liked the way this film looked. It's colour palette was bright and fluid which was a feast for the eyes unlike some other Korean films which tend to go for…
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