But what I really get a kick out of the most is Tae San’s love of movies and his gut instinct of mining films for survival tips. It’s like movies are apart of his immune system.
Since I’m a little OCD(ee) here’s a list of movies he’s watched and/or referenced so far:
Episode 1: A Moment of Romance (1990, directed by Benny Chan)
Thanks to others savvier than myself, we know that this is the movie that Tae San is seen enjoying early in this episode. I’ve never seen this but after some Google fu I kinda know why this might be one of Tae San’s favourites.
It’s a classic Hong Kong actioner starring Andy Lau as a low-level self-loathing gangster (sound familiar?) who falls in love with a wealthy good girl he takes hostage in a robbery gone wrong. The scene we see Tae San watching is the famous climax of the romance between the good girl-bad boy leads. The song that plays over this is also Tae San’s ring tone (thanks to Gabby‘s sharp ears).
Tae San also jumps on a bike to make his escape echoing the hero’s love of racing motorcycles in the movie. (Gotta respect the attention to detail in this show.) This action romance was a major hit that went on to spawn two sequels and is regarded as one of Andy Lau’s best performances.
Episode 3: US Marshals (1998, directed by Stuart Baird)
I mistakenly thought this was The Fugitive because we see Tommy Lee Jones and well, Two Weeks is basically The Fugitive k-drama style. But it’s actually the sequel where Tommy Lee Jones reprises his Oscar-winning role as US lawman Sam Gerard hunting down escaped cons.
This is the movie Tae San thinks of as he veers off the main highway to avoid police roadblocks.
I haven’t seen US Marshals either and according to the Tomatometer it doesn’t measure up to the earlier film which I thought kicked ass. There’s a reason why TLJ’s speech is so memorable in that film, and why he became Hollywood’s go-to guy for crusty, wise-cracking authority figures. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth your time.
Episode 4: The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996, Directed by Renny Harlin)
This is the movie that helps Tae San think of changing his appearance while at the house of hostages. I know I’ve seen this movie, I just can’t remember a thing about it. But boy does this plot sound like it’s made for dramaland–think adult Girl K. It’s even got amnesia! Ha Ji Won would be perfect.
So what will Tae San think of next?
Since we know he’s a fan of gangland action movies, he probably idolised Chow Yun Fatt in A Better Tomorrow back in the day.
What about kung fu flicks? It’s unthinkable that he wouldn’t have seen Drunken Master II. I would flip if I saw a scene say, with Tae San drowning his sorrows at a pojangmacha, then while he gets attacked by Moon’s thugs, he thinks Wong Fei Hong and busts out some drunken boxing moves. Lee Jun Ki apparently has mad martial arts skills too it seems so why not put it to good use?
Will we see some Arnold? Would Tae San think of cauterising his wounds like Rambo? Did he learn anything from The Matrix?
Guess I’ll find out soon enough. Can’t wait!