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The Beast And The Beauty (2005)

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I like Ryoo Seung-bom – he’s a very talented actor, and he has an engaging charm in the right role. In Arahan, for example, his gormlessly likeable character made it clear he wasn’t the standard Saviour Of The World, regardless of his special skills. And in Crying Fist, he gave a damn fine showing as a bundle of unresolved tensions always on the verge of exploding.

But you’d never call him handsome. True, he’s not a beast, but … (read more)

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The Art Of Seduction (2005)

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Rom-coms have such a tried and true formula to them that when one tries to move away from the genre tropes and distinguish itself under its own merits, some kudos must be given to the attempt. A shame then that Art of Seduction plays quite true to form, and what little it does do to separate itself from the multitudes actually sucks the fun out of it and makes it a chore to watch.

Art of Seduction suffers from being … (read more)

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