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More than Blue is a lyrical film crafted by Korean poet turned screen writer and director, Won Tae-yeon . It is the story of two individuals, who came together as orphans, nicknamed "K" (Kwon Sang-woo) and "Cream" (Lee Bo-young), and their relationship. While viewers most likely will shed some tears, it is not a tearjerker in the traditional sense, I feel - as the movie is more of a celebration of their lives and the love they shared. I also thought that Won Tae-yeon, in his story-telling, tried to "distance" us somewhat, and remind us that we are an audience, looking at their lives. He does that by the fact the movie itself, is a story telling. The movie opens with two producers looking for a song, and when they stumbled on a song by "Cream," one tells the other the story of her and "K." Also, the camera-work, there are shots that remind us that we are the viewers... One shot in particular allows us to look at them engaging in their daily life together, as if through a screen.... We know pretty early in the film that "K" is sick with cancer, and he tries to make sure that "Cream" is married before he dies, so that she is not left alone in the world, again...Won Tae-yeon takes his time in showing us the beauty of their relationship how comfortable they are in each other's company and the deep intimacy they share. I have loved Kwon Sang-woo in previous drama I have seen him in, but this was the first I have seen of Lee Bo-young – and I was totally hooked. I don't think this movie would have worked as well as it does, if it were not for their fantastic acting, and character development. Add to that beautiful cinematography, smart writing, and the result is a quiet masterpiece.
Ying zi ai ren (2012)
Disappointing overall except for performances
I have been looking forward to this movie.
Overall, I find the movie disappointing. There was no real depth to any of the characters.
The story-line is thin and predictable.
What kept me going was the excellent performances by Kwon Sang-woo and Cecilia Cheung (in a dual role...).
If it were not for them... I would not have stayed with it...
I had wanted to see this film ever since I heard about Kwon Sang woo going to make a movie in China. Frankly, I think he sold himself short. He is such a fine actor. He deserved to show his craft in a better film than this. Same goes for Cecilia Cheung..