Wednesday, September 12, 2007

아이언 팜 - Iron Palm

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I'm watching this movie cause it's on early this morning here and, frankly, when it came on I was too lazy to change the channel. However, it's really cute and funny. I wouldn't say it's a cinematic masterpiece but with so much English in it, I "think" I even get some of the Korean parts.

Here is the description from the Han Cinema website. The grammar is horrible, but it's either post it or describe it myself. Here it is. Iron Palm (2002):
A man named Iron Palm arrives at L.A. airport holding a rice cooker. He has come to the States with the sole hope of finding his first love, Jinnie. Five years ago, he and Jinnie were in love but one day, she left for L.A. alone. After she left his life, Iron trained himself in a shaolin way, 'the Iron Palm', to calm his yearning for his love. He would put his hands into a hot rice cooker whenever Jinnie was reminded. That's how he's got 'iron palms'.

Five years have past, and Jinnie cannot live without soju even a single day and now works as a bartender dreaming to open a trendy soju bar in L.A. Jinnie is going out with a yuppie, 'Admiral', who runs his own business and is rich enough to make her dream come true. But all of a sudden, Iron Palm shows up and interferes with her well-planned future by insisting her on marrying him. With everything on the verge of breakdown, and the two guys starting to fight over Jinnie, she suggests an unusual solution.

"How about seeing both of you by rotation? Iron on Mon, Wed, Friday and Admiral on Tue, Thurs, Saturday. Sunday is off, no wonder".

Who is gonna be the man of Jinnie?
Now it's completely unrealistic in many ways. A bartender who breaks her leg, drinks soju constantly ends up homeless, fired and in AA dealing with her alcoholic lifestyle. She does not end up holed up in her very nice apartment for a month being pampered by the two men that love her on alternate days.

Oh, the scene that's on is funny. He's at a tae kwon do school in L.A. showing his iron palm technique and, well, it's silly. It's the silly moments that make you swallow the complete lack of reality going on behind the story.

But it's a movie. It's make believe and for a mindless morning movie, I'll take it.

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  1. Hi Expat Jane:

    I love your blog! My comment is not really about this post. I'm just wondering how do you insert the "Read More" or "Summary Only" lines in HTML on the blog? I would LOVE to put this option on my own blog postings. Thanks!


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