Covertly Grandly

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Secretly, Greatly | Kim Soo Hyun, Park Ki Woong, Lee Hyun Woo

A group of spies called the 5446 Corps were trained by North Korean elite special forces since their youth, ostensibly towards the lofty goal of unifying Korea. They are ambitiously dispatched to South Korea, where each disguises himself as a fool, an aspiring singer, and a high school student. Passing boring time without receiving any orders from the North, they gradually get used to life as ordinary neighbors in a small town until one day, their mundane lives are turned upside down when a “secret and great” mission is suddenly assigned to them. Due to the events of the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong, South Korea demands the names, location, and rank of 30 North Korean spies active in South Korea, promising financial aid to the North on the condition that Pyongyang turns in their spies. To prevent the elites from falling into enemy hands, the North Korean government orders dozens of active duty spies to take their own lives. Meanwhile their North Korean army instructor Kim Tae-won crosses the border to eliminate those who refuse to follow.

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Lee Hyun-woo - 청춘예찬 [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

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2014.05.27 - 50th Baeksang Awards

Kim Soo-hyun loved by his co-stars

  1. Jeon Ji-hyun, The Thieves and You From Another Star (I love how he looks so tense sitting next to her haha ^^)
  2. Lee Jung-jae, The Thieves (Three thieves reunited, yay!)
  3. Yeo Jin-gu, The Moon/Sun (Adorable Jin-gu brought him flowers,  KSH’s surprise is so cute)
  4. Im Shi-wan, The Moon/Sun (KSH gave him a bright smile when Shi-wan came to see him ♥)
  5. Taecyeon, Dream High (He gave him the New Actor Award, bromance in the air~~)
  6. Sohn Hyun-joo, Covertly Grandly (During his first speech, KSH’s confession “Sohn Hyun-joo-nim, I love you” made him laugh XD)

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Secretly, Greatly Review (Spoilers)

So I’ve gotten around to finally watching this movie because I’ve been wanting to watch this for quite some time. 

Before I start I should say that even though this was one of my most anticipated movies of the year, I did hear that the film didn’t get a lot of critical praise (but killed it at the box office) so I went in with low expectations.

The film is about Won Ryu Hwan, played by the quirky and charming Kim Soo Hyun, an elite North Korean Agent who infiltrates South Korea to carry out a mission to basically assimilate in a village as the village idiot under an assumed name Bang Dong Gu. 2 years past without any orders from North Korea until 2 other agents from North Korea come by and things start to get a bit interesting. These 2 agents are Lee Hae Rang (Park Ki Woong) and Ri Hae Jin (Lee Hyun Woo). Time goes by and the three undercover spies start to get use to their daily lives until an unexpected order comes. The order? To commit suicide and die with honor.   

The first half provided the comedic element of this comedy-action drama and it was hilarious watching Kim Soo Hyun as Bang Dong Gu/ Won Ryu Hwan run around and act like a complete fool. We get to see the basic lives of the villagers around him and we also get to see a bit of their backstories which provided an emotional element to the first half rather than be just comedy. It’s not until the second half that things start to become a bit darker once the conflict heightens. 

The three leads were absolutely great in their roles. The way Kim Soo Hyun switched from an idiot to elite spy was something to be awed by because he played both roles with such sincerity. You saw Won Ryu Hwan as the elite captain, loyal to his nation and then BAM, you then see Bang Dong Gu, just the typical village idiot. Park Ki Woong was awesome as always and I’m thankful that he didn’t overact like he did in Gaksital. Lee Hyun Woo was a total cutie and I thought he was incredible in the film, I didn’t think that this baby faced boy could make me cry but he did. 

Thinking back, I think that decision of going in with low expectations was probably for the best because this film, whilst entertaining, didn’t give me the sort of impact and impression I hoped it would. The ending had me going why?! I haven’t read the original webtoon so I don’t know if this ending was intended. How did their deaths provide us with any sort of message. Did the film actually have some sort of message that they wanted to convey to the audience? I felt like the film had a weak plot and was just there to cater to the teenage audience.

In saying that, this isn’t a bad film at all. There were moments that made me tear up and there were moments in the film that were really well done. Like the action scenes, they were cool and sleak to watch and felt cleanly filmed. Also I loved seeing the three interact and bond with each other and with the villagers.

Not the greatest korean film I watched this year but if you’re just here to watch 3 handsome actors act or if you just have 2 hours to kill, this is the film for you.

7/10!

Went and saw Secretly, Greatly today because it’s playing in Toronto (woot woot) (at yonge&dundas if anyone’s interested) and dayum, it was pretty nice.

Still thinking about the ending though. Such endings always end up impacting me for a long time, just like when I saw a wolf boy :( still upset over that too haha.

And hehehe KSH has a really nice body now and OMG I am so in love with Lee Hyunwoo squeaaal