May 13, 2005 10:51 AM PST
Shiri is the biggest budget action movie to come out of South Korea at about $5 million It's pretty a pretty standard plot, with some typically asian ultra violent scenes out of the blue. The depiction of North Korean troops and training reminds me a lot of how US films used to portray the USSR, and I found that interesting. It's worth seeing if you like this type of movie, and it stars the Korean gal from the "Lost" TV show. Now that that's out of the way...
Shiri has a scene or two where characters are typing on the computer in Korean characters. I noticed that in order to get the characters with a western keyboard, they were hitting the same key multiple times to cycle through to the right one. If I have this wrong, please let me know. It's one of those things I can't believe I haven't run across before, but I guess I never thought about it.
The interesting thing about this input method, is that it provides a clue as to one of the reasons text messaging is so popular in Asia! Obviously in crowded spaces and such, it's less intrusive to text message than just talk, but I've never been able to get over the nastiness of 10 key input for typing out full messages. "Press '7' 4 times for 'S'" - No thanks! But if I was used to each key (on the keyboard) cycling through an Asian character set, I wouldn't think twice about doing it on a cell phone number pad. Does this seem like a reasonable factor? Is this already painfully obvious to people?