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My exposure to Asian films has been gradual. Mainly because ... how can one watch what one does not have access to watch? Growing up in America, were it not for Bruce Lee, I am not sure I would have ever started watching real Chinese movies. Because I don't know if Chinese movies would have ever come to America. Before Bruce Lee, I watched movies about Charlie Chan but the guy who played Charlie Chan was not Chinese. I was in my twenties when I started watching Shogun theater which exposed me to Japanese cinema. But times have changed and the ways and means of making entertainment available to the masses has opened doors wide. Now there is streaming and the world is put right in front of you on the television screen.
Even though I started off watching mostly Chinese films and some Japanese, thanks to Netflix I was introduced to Korean films; mainly Korean drama.
“Commitment” (2013) was the first Korean film I watched. It is a spy thriller and it is intense!
STORY: The young man's father was a Korean secret agent. But the government betrayed him and branded him as a traitor. The agent's kids, the young man and his sister were thrown in jail. The wicked corrupt government officials tell the son, if you want erase the shame of your father and save your little sister, you have to work for us. So they train him and he is so good at his job that he becomes the best secret agent on the planet!! But of course, he's driven to be the best because he wants so much to save his sister. The wicked government officials figured that once his mission was completed they were going to screw him over the same way they did his father and kill him. Did I say that he became the best secret agent on the planet? Yes, I said that. But I'll say it again. He became the best secret agent on the planet!! It turns out, he wasn't so easy to kill. They may have deceived his father and killed him; but he was going to make sure that he saved his sister. That movie was HOT!
The young man who starred as the secret agent was Choi Seung-hyun, who was a member of a popular Korean boy band even before he started acting.
The young girl who played his sister was Kim Yoo-jung. She has been acting since she was very little. I like to call her the Korean Shirley Temple.
If you have never watched a Korean drama movie, I recommend that “Commitment” (2013) be your first.
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