"It's almost safe to say that this film was a poor excuse to showcase it's four stars who have branched out from their hit films."
- Mighty Peking Man
AKA: A.F.R.I.K.A.: Adoring Four Revolutionary Idols In Korean Area; A/F/R/I/K/A
Director: Shin Seung-Soo
Producer: Shin Seung-Soo
Writer: Shin Seung-Su
Cast: Lee Yu-Won, Kim Min-Sun, Jo Eun-Ji, Lee Young-Jin, Sung Ji-Ru
Running Time: 109 min.
Plot: A light-hearted comedy-adventure flick about four girls with guns, who are looking for a distraction from daily life.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: Lee Yu-Won ("Attack the Gas Station"), Kim Min-Sun ("Memento Mori"), Jo Eun-Ji ("Tears") and Lee Young-Jin (also of "Memento Mori") star in this colorful, light hearted, chick-flick that brings back fond memories of 1985's "The Legend of Billie Jean".
It's quite clear that "Afrika" has the makings of something great: Four girls, who need to get away from their everyday 'troubled' life, take a road trip and discover a case full of guns in the backseat of their borrowed car. After they're forced to use the guns for the sake of self-defense, things start to get ugly and exciting at the same time. Running from the law and the underworld, the four females discover that they're all over the news as being "armed and very dangerous"; they also reach celebrity status gaining fans of all ages around the world.
Overwhelmed by the media madness and overjoyed with their sudden popularity, the girls continue on with their harmless, fun-filled rampage. The public labels them "A.F.R.I.K.A." which stands for Adoring Four Revolutionary Idols In Korean Area. At one point, A.F.R.I.K.A. becomes so big and inspirational that copycat gangs start to develop and internet fan sites start "getting so many hits that they don't work..." (actual quote from the movie).
This is indeed a fun film. It's also a very cheesy film. Cheesy in a "Britney Spears Movie" kind of way. But then again, if this movie were made in America and starred Britney Spears, Tara Reid and two other teeny bopper wenches, I wouldn't have watched it. Call me a racist, call me prejudice - I'd just rather watch a cheesy Asian film than a cheesy Hollywood one any day. Besides, with an all-star cast featuring some hot talent from some of the best Korean movies only helps.
Despite it's Britney Spear-ish feel, "Afrika" did get brutal. Where else can you see a babe gettin' smacked around in a chick-flick comedy? You also have a couple other scenes filled with beatings (Is it me, or do Koreans love "beatings"?), not to mention some blood splatter on walls. The makers of this film made it a point to show the audience that they have what it takes to capture the realistic sound of people taking shits. For all you Kim Min-Sun fans, you get to see and hear her go for a number 2. Like I said, brutal.
To sum up it up, "Afrika" is an enjoyable, slick but forgettable film. It needs a little more work in the plot and a couple of characters could've used more depth. It's almost safe to say that this film was a poor excuse to showcase it's four stars who have branched out from their hit films. It's ashamed, because this was almost the 'girl' version of "Attack the Gas Station". Speaking of which, there is a tie and a fun little reference.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 6/10