(For those of you that don't know BL means Boy's Love - Japanese)
I've developed another fetish...watching BL movies from Korea, China and Japan. Okay, I admit, I've always had a fascination with Japan and the Japanese culture, and over the years my fascination has grown to collecting anything Japanese. As everyone knows and as I've mentioned previous, I collect various items from the anime/manga category - OVA's, doujinshi, manga etc. And the last few years I've been getting into BL movies as well. The themes are varied and run the gambit from explicit sexual content that encompasses taboo subject matter to humour and puppy love with mild sexual content.
Anyway, I've viewed quite a few and I finally found one that has become a favourite, which I purchased from Ebay. The title is Antique Bakery (Antique) and it's based on the Japanese manga with the same title. The movie was filmed and produced in Korea. So it does have subtitles available in English. I love good comedies with a decent story and Antique delivers! The two lead actors are gorgeous men!! (The cake shop owner and baker) **Drools**
Yes, as you can tell I also love Asian men, not sure how I ended up married to a Scotsman first then Italian... The truth is I love men period! (that's a subject for another time). LOL Getting back to Antique, I found the story to be very interesting with a touch of everything...humour, mystery and romance. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys viewing this genre, yaoi or enjoys foreign films. The love interest is light and funny.
Truthfully, OMG I've never laughed so hard! There is one line in this movie that knock's the cake shop owner on his ass. He literally falls off his chair, holding his gut with laughter. The scene was priceless. Kim Jin decides to open a cake shop, he doesn't really know where the desire stems from, but there's a mysterious memory from childhood that seems to prompt him. In order to be a success, he needs an experienced baker. Enter the beautiful gay man, Min Seon Woo! Min Woo is an amazing baker but he has a lousy track record of employment. He claims to have this problem. Wherever he has worked men fight over him - because he's so attractive he causes a sexual frenzy and chaos, which has forced him to resign from past employment. Kim Jin finds this hard to believe and this is the scene where he falls off the chair. Despite the questionable interview, he needs a baker and hires Min Woo. From there the plot thickens with a cast of unique and endearing characters, and don't be fooled, the story is quite in-depth as well.
Like I mentioned, if you can handle subtitles and light-hearted is up your alley, I think you may enjoy this movie!
~Here is a paragraph from Wikipedia on the movie.
Korean live-action movie
The Korean adaptation, Antique was released on November 13, 2008, and drew more than 1 million moviegoers within its first two weeks of release, making it one of the most successful Korean movies ever made. Directed by Min Gyu Dong, the movie stars (amongst others) Joo Ji Hoon (Goong/Princess Hours and The Devil) as the owner Jin Hyuk and Kim Jae Wook (Coffee Prince) as the genius patissier Son Woo. The film was exhibited at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2009. The action in the film has been transposed to Korea and the characters given Korean names; otherwise, the script follows the main plot threads of the manga closely.
▪ Joo Ji Hoon as Kim Jin Hyeok (Tachibana) **Drools**
▪ Kim Jae Wook as Min Seon Woo (Ono)
▪ Yoo Ah In as Yang Ki Beom (Eiji) ▪ Choi Ji Ho as Nam Soo Yeong (Chikage)
▪ Andy Gillet as Jean-Baptise
Happy Yaoi Hunting!