Mr. Iron Palm
"The movie is all right, amusing in some places, mildly dramatic in others, but ultimately forgettable."
Mr. Iron Palm (2002)
AKA: Iron Palm
Director: Yuk Sang-Hyo
Producer: Hong Ji-Yong , Kim Dong-Wuk , Tony Schillaci
Writer: Yuk Sang-Hyo
Cast: Cha In-Pyo, Kim Yun-Jin, Park Gwang-Jeong, Charles Chun , Angelines Santana
Running Time: 114 min.
Plot: A young couple decide to move from Korea to America, but the girl ends up going first since the guy can't get his visa straightened out. Once he finally gets over to America to reunite with his girlfriend, he finds her drinking heavily and seeing another man. He vows to get her back at any cost.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
EQUINOX21'S REVIEW: Iron Palm is a Korean film that takes place in Los Angeles, and is filmed in both Korean and English. It's a pretty simple story, wherein Ji Ni (Kim Yun-jin [Shiri]) leaves Korea, and her boyfriend (who takes the English name Iron Palm (Cha In-pyo), which gets explained later in the movie), to travel to Los Angeles, and Iron Palm decides to follow her. The situation turns into a mess for Ji Ni, when her new boyfriend, whose name is Admiral (yeah, he's as strange as you'd think someone with a name like that would be), walks into her apartment after a night of "longtime-no-sex"-sex between herself and Iron Palm. Will she choose to go back with Iron Palm or will she stay with the completely oblivious, but highly motivated, Admiral? All this happens while she is training for the Bartender World Series competition in Las Vegas, which takes place at the end of the movie.
The movie is all right, amusing in some places, mildly dramatic in others, but ultimately forgettable. It's worth seeing once, but not good enough to warrant much more than that. Iron Palm (the character) is probably the funniest thing about this movie, in a way reminding me of a less talented Stephen Chow (with the deadpan delivery during what are pretty funny scenes). The only thing that stood out in the soundtrack was one song that I recognized from JSA (but of course, I don't know the name of it, as its name is listed in Korean). Unless your goal is to see as many Korean films as possible, don't bother with Iron Palm until you've seen all the other good ones, because this ultimately doesn't have much replay value.
EQUINOX21'S RATING: 7/10