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07:02 pm: Save The Green Planet
This is a really unusual movie. It's South Korean and our protagonist, Byoung Gu (we'll go with B), believes that aliens are on Earth and plan to destroy it. He captures Mr. Kang, the owner of the factory where his mother was made comatose, because he thinks a chemical factory would be a good alien front. He and his girl friend Su-ni (S), who appears to be mentally disabled, shave Mr. Kang all over and torture him. We don't see much of the torture, but we do see the results. Mr. Kang lives through an awful lot of torture. B says Mr. Kang is just one of many and we do see jars full of hands and other human parts.

Mr. Kang keeps saying there are no aliens and eventually offers money. B only wants $4K and is seen on a security camera from a bank getting that much. Detective Chu puts it together when B pays $3xxx to catch up on his mother's hospital care, and decides to catch him himself and get the honor. He heads off to the rural area and is killed by B.

Detective Chu's replacement, Detective Kim, puts the same stuff together again, tells the squad leader who says they've just caught the guy (wrong guy, of course), but manages just to get caught by B. At this point, Mr. Kang admits to being an alien and tells B why they're on the Earth.

*His 75th ancestor saw a beautiful planet and called it the Green Planet. It was ruled by dinosaurs, but they accidently killed all of them with a virus, so they put people shaped like them on Earth, and we start seeing pictures: the monolith, tower of Babel, Atlantis, genetic changes, atomic bombs, water-covered world with Noah's Ark, baby with monkey face but blue human eyes, then an ape pounding with a bone while we see seconds of wars and recent historical violence, starting with Nazis. So now they tried experiments and have decided to destroy the planet. They have a brief discussion of relativity and B believes him. They leave Kim with a bomb and take Mr. Kang to the factory to set up a discussion with his son, the Prince.

Mr. Kang manages to kill S and think he's killed B but is attacked again when Kim arrives and shoots B. The squad leader turns up, takes all the honor, and we see the police and Mr. Kang getting into a car. Red bolts come from the sky and hit the detectives, then, erm, a UFO descends to take up Mr. Kang who berates his son for not rescuing him earlier. The son says he wasn't called and Mr. Kang says the son should have remembered he can't do telepathy without long hair. This is not the end and be sure to watch through the credits (no need to watch the actual credits unless you read SK ideograms).

So this movie has the results of torture, some almost slap-stick bits, and not quite what you expected at the end. Very weird, and highly recommended.

*I watched this again a few times -- Chapter 10, 1:30-35 -- and still couldn't identify all the wars.



Date:August 13th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
SK ideograms

Korean is written in an alphabet (called Hangeul), not ideograms. It's just that the 'letters' are arranged so that each syllable makes up one square. Thus Byounggu (or Byeonggu) is written 병구 (ㅂ=b ㅕ=yeo ㅇ=ng; ㄱ=g ㅜ=u) and Suni is written 수니 (ㅅ=s ㅜ=u; ㄴ=n ㅣ=i). There are patterns among the shapes of the letters according to their point of articulation; a foreigner can fairly easily learn how to read Korean within an hour (though obviously reading it fluently takes practice, and understanding it takes longer).
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Date:August 13th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
They didn't look like that in the credits, but I didn't really try to read them, either.
Date:August 14th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
If it was being produced for consumption throughout East Asia they might have used Chinese, I guess. Korean itself doesn't really use Chinese-derived characters in the way Japanese does - they crop up here and there, but it's kind of the way a French word in italics might crop up in English. Or you see them in street signs (along with English).
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Date:August 14th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Let me know how you like it, if you get to see it.
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