"Although the plot lacks originality and depth, "Say Yes" still packs some of the most ruthless acts I've ever seen in recent cinema."
- Mighty Peking Man
Say Yes (2001)
Director: Kim sung-hong
Producer: Im Jung-hyang
Writer: Yeo Hey-young
Cast: Park Joong-hoon, Shu Sang-mi, Kim Ju-hyuk
Running Time: 104 min.
Plot: While on vacation to celebrate Jeong-hyun's book being published, the happy young couple give a ride to a hitchhiker, known only as "M". After they let off the strange and frightening man, he begins to stalk them, and their winter getaway soon becomes a nightmarish ride they may not survive.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
RECIPE FOR SAY YES (Re) HASH
The combination of a few familiar ingredients and a touch of Korean flavor results in a satisfying presentation of a reliable premise.
ALEXANDER'S RATING: 8/10
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: Ever see "The Hitcher"? How about "Breakdown"? If you've seen either of these films you'll find hardly anything new in Kim sung-hong's thriller "Say Yes" starring Park Joong-hoon, the coolest Asian actor since Hong Kong's Chow Yun Fat and Lau Ching-wan. Although the plot lacks originality and depth, "Say Yes" still packs some of the most ruthless acts I've ever seen in recent cinema.
In celebration of his newly published book, Jeong-hyun (Kim Ju-hyuk) and his beautiful girlfriend (Shu Sang-mi) are taking a weekend getaway. Everything is fine and dandy until they stop at a cafe where they run into (literally!) a strange man (Park Joong-hoon) who asks them if he can get a lift to their destination. Being the typical thriller this movie is, they agree to help the guy out. While on the road, the strange man gets more and more odd by the minute. His wicked presence, sinister stairs and wicked silence start to build extreme tension towards the couple. He even goes as far as lighting a cigarette in their new car and intentionally blowing smoke in the couple's direction.
Need I go on? I'm sure you know exactly where this film is going and you're right on the target...
Again, this film borrows heavily from the mentioned Hollywood films above, but it does have a quality of it's own in terms of entertainment and outcome. Besides, Park Joong-hoon's performance is worth seeing alone. Being the pervert I am, I might as well mention that it was nice to see Shu Sang-mi's flawless nude body more than once.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 7/10