The last Wednesday of the month is almost always designated "Teacher Health Day" which means the kids get to go home an hour early and we have mandatory staff bonding. Most of the staff bonding takes the form of lame-ass volleyball games in the school gym or occasionally we go on hikes but, once in a blue moon, we go out for coffee and a movie. It almost makes up for all the forced volleyball :D
Anyway, I won't rehash my tales of Teacher Health Days Past and obviously I'm not going to spoil anything about the Captain America sequel but I do want to talk to you about The Avengers a little (in a totally unspoilery way). Specifically,
OMG, They're filming part of Avengers II in Seoul!!!!! Yes!!!! Seoul!!! Finally!!! Here's an article in the Chosun Ilbo about it: Seoul Braces for Disruptions for Filming of 'Avengers' Sequel
I'm ridiculously pleased about this, and mostly for reasons that don't really have to do with the Avengers (although, eeee! Avengers!!!) and have more to do with my. . .second-hand Korean patriotism.
Guys, Seoul is an incredible city! It deserves an international reputation! It deserves to be in MORE MOVIES. I've expounded upon this issue in the past to anyone who would listen (most notably the two friends who have visited me in Korea) and finally, FINALLY a giant, international movie is being filmed here!
Seriously, why are James Bond and his pals always running through Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, etc but never Seoul??? Issues of orientalism aside, Hollywood if you're going to keep shooting those Asian city chase scenes, why not diversify your locations? Give China a miss for once and and check out Seoul.
Seoul has all the things you'd want from an action sequence in any of those cities but more so (okay, I don't have first-hand knowledge of China but it's certainly WAY more crowded and frenetic than Tokyo) with the added potential for some very dangerous restaurant chase scenes!
You've perhaps heard the term "Korean Barbeque?" Never mind that it's a catch-all phrase only used outside of Korea that smooshes together like 5 different types of Korean dining, let's focus on the fact that all those types of dining involve RED HOT COALS AT EVERY TABLE. Plus knives, industrial kitchen scissors, and BOILING CAULDRONS OF SOUP.
Nothing out of the ordinary here, just step one of dinner at a Korean restaurant
Think of the fight scene potential! I certainly always do. In fact, it's not even just a restaurant scene situation because where do those buckets of coals go after you're done eating? Out to the corner in front of the restaurant to cool off. That's right, flashing neon signs, ridiculously crowded streets where pedestrians mingle with cars and on every corner BUCKETS OF RED HOT COALS-- just your average evening out on any street in Seoul :) Why isn't every action movie shot here?
So yeah, Seoul, I love it dearly and I'm going to cry tears of uncontrollable nostalgia when I see it (probably getting destroyed by aliens) in the next Avengers movie.
It's a wonderful, crazy city that I am absurdly attached to and I hope this is the first of many big budget movies that feature it and eventually everyone will start thinking of Seoul as a hip travel destination. I'm certain this is exactly what the Korean government had in mind when they gave The Avengers filming crew massive permission to shut down incredibly busy and important roads and bridges in downtown :D
Look at it! Look at this incredible city! Don't you want to see action movies set here???