A few days ago I watched the Korean 2008 Movie Dance of the Dragon. I usually enjoy dance movies no matter the genre. I can’t say I really liked this movie very much though. It wasn’t bad, I just felt it could have been better.
Quick Synopsis: Kwan (Jang Hyuk) has wanted to become a ballroom dancer ever since he was a child and saw a performance with his mother. Emi (Fann Wong) sees that he has potential even though he has never been professionally trained and has a lot to learn. Her partner Cheng (Jason Scott Lee) is immediately jealous Kwan.
So, it was a little strange for me when I started watching this, and saw Jang Hyuk in this role. He played it very well, but it was so different then anything else I had seen him in. It took me maybe 20 minutes to get used to him in this role, but as always, he played it well. He was so graceful as he moved. I thought this was also a very brave movie to take on seeing that most of the dialogue was in English. He did very well in this, and had to rely a lot more on his facial expressions since there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of dialogue.
I didn’t mind the lack of dialogue, except that it made the story pretty slow and drag a bit. I thought there were some very sweet moments between Kwan and Emi but it didn’t really progress much. The story made the attraction apparent, but she was with someone else so they were careful not to cross that line. They were very sweet together, and I thought there dancing together was lovely.
Cheng’s character was very frustrating. I found he was very jealous before he really even had a right to be. He seems to only drive Kwan and Emi closer together. Cheng was jealous, overbearing, aggressive and controlling (not the kind of man you would want if you ask me).
The acting was good but the story could have been a little more developed. I would have liked it more with a less open ended ending.