Antique (2008)

South Korea deserves a little love at the 2010 Terracotta Far East Film Festival and Stoo did indeed take the chance to take IN the 2008 comedy/musical. More on it below:

After suddenly quitting his job, Kim Jin-Hyeok (Ju Ji-Hun) decides to open a fancy cake shop called “Antique”, much to the surprise to his family as Jin-Hyeok openly hates anything sweet! His reasofor doing it though is to lure beautiful women into his shop so he can chat them up. He hires a highly talented pâtissier who also happens to be a “Gay Demonic Charm”, his looks and talent entices men, gay or straight! The team soon grows with a young boxer with a healthy appetite for cakes becomes their assistant. Everyone soon discovers a piece of Jin-Hyeok’s past when his family bodyguard turns up to look after him “The 4 Tasty Guys” business rockets, but there is a subtly brewing storm which takes you an unexpected direction…

Min Kyu-dong (Memento Mori) delivers a great, heartfelt comedy with musical montages and many delicious desserts that I won’t even attempt to spell. Based on a Japanese Manga entitled “Antique Bakery” (which has also spawned a Japanese television series) and this movie is also being touted as one of the most successful Korean movies ever made. It’s not all sunshine and lollypops however as there is a subplot of missing children turning up dead and our lead Jin-Hyeok struggles to sleep after continually being haunted by nightmare creatures (Ed Note: Sounds like a multi-mood experience a la Hong Kong then!)

It might not be a film for the blokes and don’t recommend this movie to your football buddies over the latest Tony Jaa action piece! But, ladies (along with their man?) taste and enjoy!

[Ed. Note; Podcast on Fire travel to various Festivals across the United Kingdom to provide reviews for our audience. We would like to thank Terracotta Far East Film Festival for their valuable time and effort put into this festival and support for Podcast on Fire]

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