[FILM REVIEW] Intimate Strangers: A Fundamentally Realistic Film With A Twist


This movie stars a ton of familiar faces, namely Yoo Hae-jin, Cho Jin-woong, Lee Seo-jin, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Ji-soo, Song Ha-yoon, and Yoon Kyung-ho. Just 4 days into its release in the Korea box offices, ‘Intimate Strangers‘ has already surpassed over 1,000,000 in ticket sales. Even till now, the film is still doing impressive on the Korean movie charts so this definitely speaks volumes about its quality which we will be talking about today.

Intimate Strangers‘ was a really enjoyable yet thought-provoking film to watch. The casts’ realistic portrayal of their characters along with the great chemistry between them was definitely one of its main selling points. While it has a fairly easy plot to digest thanks to its comical nature, the movie touched on some deeply rooted societal topics that shroud the world today. Think gay acceptance and the like. Overall, it is a lighthearted film that slowly orchestrates itself into a drama with each sequence (To simply put, it’s very exciting).

The story kicks off with 7 longtime friends gathered together over a meal at a housewarming party. Wanting to prove how well they knew each other and how each of them had nothing to hide, the group starts to play a game where they have to reveal any incoming calls and texts up front, no objections allowed. As the game progresses through the night, the cast find themselves in an unpredictable limbo as their secrets are spilled and their true selves are being forcefully revealed.

As the movie progressed, it was evident that the actors were able to integrate into their roles seamlessly and the plot was engaging enough to leave viewers satisfied. However, there are a few scenes in the movies that left me a tad bit unsatiated. Though I must add, this boils down to personal preference and should not affect your perception of the film!

While the acting and plot was on point, the film had an open ending and like most moviegoers, the lack of proper closure leaves me with a sense of uneasiness because I cannot help but think of it the entire day… Another issue was how the film normalizes the social problems mentioned above. Maybe because I had expected them to talk a bit more about it in the film but somehow it kind of felt like it was a touch-and-go. But hey, talking about it is already a step in the right direction so who am I to complain!

In a sense, ‘Intimate Strangers’ made me realize how much of a role a smartphone plays in our everyday life. It controls and affects our emotions, our relationships and most importantly, holds many of our deepest darkest secrets. Watching this show brought me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions – One minute I was laughing at the jokes in the film, the next minute I would be feeling sad. Would I watch this show again? For sure because this movie is the perfect marriage between comedy and drama, and I felt 2 hours went by in the blink of an eye because of the rush of excitement.

And if there’s one thing I took away from the film, it was this phrase that was written at the end of it that struck a chord within me – Everyone has three lives, a public life, a private life, and a secret life. So if you were in their shoes, would you be ready to expose your secret life now?

Actor’s Appeal: ★★★★☆
Plot: ★★★★☆
Cinematography: ★★★☆☆
Sense of Satisfaction: ★★★☆☆

Total: 3.5/5

Intimate Strangers’ opens in GV cinemas 22 November 2018. Watch the official trailer and find out more about the film here:

[K-MOVIE] Unravel Secrets with “INTIMATE STRANGERS”, The Fastest Korean Comedy of 2018 To Surpass 1 Million Moviegoers

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[K-MOVIE] Unravel Secrets with “INTIMATE STRANGERS”, The Fastest Korean Comedy of 2018 To Surpass 1 Million Moviegoers

Your phone is your life and soul but what happens if your deepest darkest secrets were to be revealed? Join a group of friends as they unravel their secrets to one another over a housewarming meal! Featuring a phenomenal cast consisting of many popular actors such as Yoo Hae-jin, Cho Jin-woong, Lee Seo-jin, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Ji-soo, Song Ha-yoon, and Yoon Kyung-ho, INTIMATE STRANGERS is sure to knock you out with its jokes and unpredictability through the actors’ hilarious acting.

This comedy film has achieved a milestone as the fastest Korean comedy of 2018 to surpass 1 million moviegoers in four days after its opening at the Korea box office, and it is packed to the brim with surprise twists and turns at every corner.

Back with his latest film after a 4-year break from his previous movie, INTIMATE STRANGERS is directed by renowned drama director Lee Jae-kyoo, who is well-known amongst the Korea public for his fantastic directing in the hit drama Beethoven Virus and The King 2 Hearts. With his outstanding insight and ability in capturing unique perspectives, this movie is set to strike it big with the audiences once again.

Film Synopsis:

“Wanna play a game? Put your cell phones on the table. Let’s share all our messages and calls during dinner. All notices. Even emails.”

Someone suggests a game during a dinner party with life-long friends to put their cell phones on the table and share everything from phone calls to texts and emails. As secrets from the friends who started the game for fun become exposed, the night spirals out of control beyond prediction and imagination!

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Yoo Hae-jin, Cho Jin-woong, Lee Seo-jin, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Ji-soo, Song Ha-yoon, Yoon Kyung-ho
Directed by: Lee Jae-kyoo
Singapore Release Date: 22 November 2018
Runtime: 115 minutes

Watch the official trailer and stay tuned to our Facebook page here to find out how you can win preview screening tickets as well as autographed goodies signed by the movie cast!

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Youn’s Kitchen Season 2 – Premiering Exclusively on tvN Asia on 13 Jan, with New Cast Member Park Seo-joon

Youn’s Kitchen is back with a new season, jumping off to a great start with its first episode achieving a record high rating of 16.3 percent at its peak.

Featuring the original cast (Yoon Yeo-jung, Lee Seo-jin and Jung Yoo-mi) along with new member Park Seo-joon, Season 2 looks promising as they embark on a journey to Spain and attempt to run a Korean restaurant in Garachico, a town on the Tenerife island of Spain, often referred to as the Hawaii of Europe.

The cast members aim to deliver the unique tastes of Korean cuisines to locals and tourists around the world through their generous and sincere services as well as newly developed and scrumptious menu.

Remarkably, their new intern Park Seo-joon fills Youn’s Kitchen with his youthful energy, unparalleled passion, pre-debut part-time experience at restaurants and exceptional language skills!

Catch the exclusive premiere of Youn’s Kitchen Season 2 on tvN Asia on 13 January (Saturday), 9pm (GMT+8)! Singapore viewers can tune in to Singtel TV 518 (HD) / Channel 619 (HD), or StarHub TV Channel 824 (HD).