The South Korean entertainment industry is not just known for its bright Hallyu stars or its chart-topping hit singles and its box-office hit films. It’s also known for its sometimes heart-wrenching, yet oftentimes heartwarming TV shows.
But you know what? As the world continues to surprise people with the latest hi-tech developments, so does the nation’s entertainment industry – especially when it comes to futuristic plotlines based on real-life scientific theories.
And the best thing? Every story pretty much depicts how our reality is going today, despite having only stylized game art effects at times. It also pretty much depicts how our world is changing today, despite having only modernized film art effects at times.
Ladies and gentlemen, here’s the mind-blowing sci-fi Korean thriller you need to watch right now:
Circle (a.k.a. Circle: Two Worlds Connected)
Currently airing on tvN and first released just last May 22, this sci-fi thriller is an epitome of mind-blowing fantasy with a staggering reality. Set within 2 time periods – one in 2017, where the Beta Project was first launched; and one in 2037, where the Brave New World was first introduced – it tells the story of how an alien invasion back in 2017 paved the way for a seemingly post-apocalyptic future where the world has been divided into two altered cities: the General City, where people suffer from sickening dust winds and violence; and the Smart City, where people don’t suffer from sickening dust winds and violence, but their emotions are controlled. Everything changed when twins Kim Woo Jin (portrayed by Yeo Jin Goo) and Kim Beom Gyoon (An Woo Yeon) meets student Han Jung Yeon (Kong Seung Yeon) after 10 years (2017) and when detective Kim Joon Hyuk (portrayed by Kim Kang Woo) investigates a crime committed in Smart City by a girl who was kidnapped 20 years ago (2037).
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There are four kinds of people in the world — those who have read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, those who have watched it; those have done both, and those who have never heard of it. If you belong in any of the first three, then chances are you may even be one of the many fans that followed the adventures of the characters in the books or on the films. It may or may not be the best fantasy ever written depending on who you ask. But for the LOTR geeks out there, there is much to love about the film. Here are just some of the top reasons why.
The epicness of the story
LOTR takes you from the Shire and across the Middle Earth. It is like traipsing on another world with the characters that you will either grow to love or hate. Everything about the story is epic. And at some point, the line between reality and fantasy seems to blur taking you along for the biggest ride of your life. From beginning to end, LOTR grips and never lets go. Leaving bittersweet feelings at the finish.
It is easy to get emotionally invested on the characters. Bilbo, Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are just some of the characters that will draw out all sorts of emotions. Each part in the story is so well-woven that it is hard to imagine a tale without any one of them.
The life lessons
The LOTR trilogy is a goldmine of life lessons. There are simply too many to list. But courage, compassion, friendship, loyalty, and grit are among the top things that come to mind. It shows different kinds of courage, but what stands out was the bravery the hobbits showed when faced with the biggest and darkest challenges of their lives. Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry are just among the loveable characters who taught millions of readers across generations about the hobbits’ brand of courage. The compassion shown at some points to Gollum likewise shaped the outcome of the characters’ epic journey to destroy the ring. It teaches us that even a small act of kindness even to what may seem like a vile creature can be a ripple that could lead to something good.