Hi readers. I saw the entire movie, Attack the Gas Station 2, on Netflix and found it fascinating. It ain’t the same Korea I spent 14 months in back in 1963-’64. Hell, it ain’t even a 3rd world country anymore.But several things impressed me about the Korean film. First, it’s the best photography I’ve seen in any of the foreign films I’ve watched on Netflix lately. Secondly, the characters are wealthy in the middle-class way US citizens, even the poor ones, are wealthy by standards of the 1960s.
Secondly, the kids are easily as stupid as US kids, but it’s a higher quality stupidity. I suppose it hasn’t had time to mature, to become as decadent as US kids manifest constantly in public. Stupidity of Korean kids has the quality of an over-ripe apple that hasn’t yet begun to rot.
And thirdly, the amazing wealth. Look at that gas station, the cars and the people driving them. The motorcycles those kids are riding and the clothes they’re wearing. Observe the body-fat. Those people might well be Americans in the better neighborhoods.
By comparison, consider another Netflix foreign film, this one from Russia. The Suit. Some Russian youngsters fall in love with a Gucci suit in a store window and the adventures they go through to acquire it. And what happens once they have it in their possession.
The Suit is a damned eye-opening good movie, well done and fun to watch, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Attack the Gas Station 2. The Russian kids are smarter, incidently, and not so wealthy.
Anyone who tells you different is wrong.