Prime Suspect, 2009 Lost Memories, Reviews

prime-suspect-1-ps1.jpgI’m hooked on Prime Suspect. I netflicked disk 1 and was quite upset to find out I needed disc two to complete the story!!! It was so engaging. Helen Mirren is just terrific as DCI Tennison. She is an excellent investigator, but has been passes over because she is a women. When the investigation of a horrible murder appears to be bungled, she makes some breakthrough and gets her chance to show her stuff. In the background she is trying to balance her relationships to family and boyfriend. I finally got my hands on disk 2 and now I’m totally hooked. I just found out there are 7 seasons!

 2009 Lost Memories takes place in an alternate universe where Japan rules Korea, and the US and Japan were allies in WW2 and the bomb was dropped on Berlin instead of Hiroshima.  Our Korean hero is in the police force and his best friend is Japanese.  Our hero is blighted not only by his Koreaness, but also by the fact that his father sided with a mysterious Korean underground organization and was shot by his own collegues.  He is haunted by dreams of a woman who wears a necklace with a crescent moon.  He is distained by his superiors.  He is distained by his Korean brothers for eating like a Japanese.  Poor guy.  He even has a corny theme song the breaks out inappropriately.  This movie has the big budget type effects with helicopters, machine guns and cool hand gliding attacks which seem a bit over the top for the story line.   But there is time travel so that counts for something!  The turning event in this alternate history is a foiled assassination attempt back at the turn of the century.

Jang Dong-gun, the star of this show was also in The Promise, Taegukgi.  According to IMDB, he learned Japanese for this movie and Mandarin for the Promise and he is cute, too.  That counts for something. I will rate this one 3/5 acorns because of that.

Work is a struggle.  Now I have some guilt and regrets, but also I have that sense of excitement and resolve.  5 months, 16 days, 16 hours, 47 minutes and 14 seconds….


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