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Director: Fraydun Manocherian
Writer: Fraydun Manocherian (Screenplay)
Starring: Victor Alfieri, Lone Skye, Sarah Steele, Talia Shire
Plot: To satisfy his father’s wish, a handsome and powerful billionaire travels alone, without money, and without using his real name to New York City. When the former playboy meets an attractive and down-to-earth real estate agent, the reason behind his father’s wish becomes apparent and they both discover that true love is something that money just can’t buy.
Tagline – Love is something money can’t buy
Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: My Secret Billionaire starts when playboy billionaire Ferro Olivetti (Alfieri) learns the tragic news about his father being left with very little time to live, which will see him return to Italy for one last visit. Ferro is asked to complete one final request by his father, to travel to somewhere without using his identity to meet someone new, without his wealth being a factor in their relationship.
Ferro adopts the name of Claude and travels around New York looking for a job, home and he uses his good nature to meet Mr Curtis, a strict businessman who never gives anyone a chance a role as a chauffeur. In this role he gets to meet real estate agent Diane (Skye) who has been suffering with her own nightmares, something Ferro can help her solve.
Thoughts on My Secret Billionaire
Characters & Performances – Ferro Olivetti is a successful businessman from a traditional family, his company is on the verge of making him a billionaire. He has always followed in his family traditions, which means when his father takes a turn for the worse, he is given one last task, live one month like a normal person, hide his identity and try to make a living and meet somebody who will fall for him, not his money. Ferro has a patient nature that will give him time to get to know people, being one of the most kind-natured people in the world. Victor Alfieri is great in this leading role, he brings the opening nature of his confidence to make this character one of the nicest you will see this year. Diane is the shy, struggling real state agent that has been trying to put her life back together. She meets Ferro who helps her feel happy for the first time in a long time, seeing her take extra chances in her life. Lone Skye does bring us a more grounded damaged character that has been through a lot that is fragile at this moment in her life.
Story – The story here follows a billionaire who wants to honour his father’s dying wish to spend a month away from his fortune, being an everyday person, looking to find a job and love, in a place where nobody knows his true identity. This is a story that we might well have seen before with a person needing to find love without the people around them knowing the truth. It gets the important message about treating people well and the right thing will come together in life, showing respect to anyone who offers honesty in life. When it comes to the romantic side of the story, it does show us how people can fall in love quickly, without planning anything in life, love can just come around and hit hard.
Themes – My Secret Billionaire does bring us a romantic story that shows how love can hit suddenly without any planning, showing it will make people think again suddenly in life. The comedy does come from the supporting roles, which will get the laughs without taking away from the bigger picture. The New York backdrop is always going to help a romantic comedy shine, as it will give you a chance to meet people who might help you in life.
Director: Hong-jin Na
Writer: Won-Chan Hong, Shinho Lee, Hong-jin Na (Screenplay)
Starring: Kim Yoon-seok, Hung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim, In-gi Jeong
Plot: A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.
Tagline – The hunter and the hunted, the ultimate chase begins
Runtime: 2 Hour 5 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Chaser starts as we meet former detective turned pimp Joong-ho Eom (Yoon-seok) who arranges the girls, but will get hands on with anyone who abuses his girls, putting their safety first, his style has seen him falling behind and when some of his girls have gone missing, he starts to investigate the truth.
When Joong-ho catches the killer Young-min Jee (Ha), he faces a new race against time to save the missing girl Mi-jin Kim (Seo) that Young-min isn’t will to give up the information about, despite having the police constantly on the attack looking for the truth.
Thoughts on The Chaser
Characters & Performances – Joong-ho Eom is a small time pimp, with his girls getting treated differently to others in the industry, he is a former detective as will use his connection when needed and he will take on and punish anyone who hurts the girls he has working for him. When his girls start going missing, he goes into detective mode to track them down, where he catches the person behind it, but is left trying to figure out where the latest victim is, to reunite her child with them. He will not stop until he finds her and he is willing to hurt anyone that holds back the truth. Kim Yoon-seok does show us just how far someone will go when they are pushed to the limits. Young-min Jee is the killer, he calls up prostitutes where he uses the time to kill them, he has been caught but isn’t given away the information about where he has committed these crimes, keeping everything secret, so his latest victim will die, a sick a twisted man that is always ready to make people pay. Jung-woo Ha gives us a very cold character that will not stop and is always planning something in his head. Mi-jin Kim is the prostitute that is taken by Young-min Jee, locked up and beaten, she spends most of the film tied up waiting or thinking how to escape. The supporting cast in the film are all wonderful, showing us just how dark and desperate this world created has become.
Story – The story here follows a former detective turned pimp that must track down a killer who is killing his girls and find the latest victim before it is too late. This story shows us how someone searching for the truth will go to extreme lengths to make sure he finds it, going into a dark place to take on a killer that isn’t willing to give up any information, knowing he is in a race against time to save a life. The story is gritty, filled with twists about who is involved and by the end will leave you exhausted.
Themes – The Chaser brings us into a cat-n-mouse like world, with a killer looking to stay ahead of the man trying to catch him and save his victim. We get plenty of running action sequences, through the tight streets, trying to capture potential suspects, before we learn the truth, with the tension being ramped up by the race against time to save the missing girl. We don’t hold back on the violence which will be shown in every blow. The setting of the big city, works, with the housing area being very tight streets, leaves everything in a race against time, with many different options.
Final Thoughts –The Chaser is a dark disturbing crime thriller that doesn’t hold back on anything.