Wednesday, March 01, 2006

2009 Lost Memories, A Review

I had to see this movie twice before I could actually figure out how to review it. Why? Well, the movie could really be "2009 lost memories" or it could be "2009, lost memories."

It is a Korean flick with a good amount of action and an underlying story of a Korean special forces cop and his Japanese partner. In this futuristic adventure, Germany received the nuclear bomb and Korea is ruled by the Japanese.

Japan is a world power, even rivaling the United States in its strength and intelligence agencies.

At one point the Japanese partner says, "I don't think of you as Korean."

It appears the Japanese found a time traveling stone and went back into history, to 1909 and stopped an assassination. This changed history into what 2009 currently was. Now the Koreans, who know the truth because of someone who was pulled into the new time line and explained what happened. Thus an underground movement was born to reclaim the real history of Korea and its people.

The Japanese do not want the real time line, they prefer the one they currently have and Korea and Japan going at it head it head is exemplified in the two partners who are now thrown onto different sides of the board.

Sometimes the symbolism was so intense it was quite easy to get lost in it and not find a link in the movie's action itself. Was this really a story about perceived history and the history the victors write, or is the real story about living life, the life you are given, without regret? It is a hard call.

See it and tell me what you think of it.

I give it *** out of 5 stars.

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