영화⎟ 만추2011 리마스터링,늦가을의 사랑

2011년도 개봉된 이래 현재까지도 많은 사랑을 받으며 한국의 대표적인 로맨스 영화로 자리 잡힌 영화 <만추>가 2023년 11월 재개봉을 한다. 이번에 4K 화질로 개선되어 재개봉 되는 <만추>는 1966년 이만희 감독의 동명의 원작을 리메이크한 영화이다. 2011년 버전 <만추>의 감독은 김태용이며 그는 이 작품에서 주연을 맡은 탕웨이를 만나 연인으로 발전 결혼을 하기도 했다. <만추>는 이름 그대로 ‘늦은 가을’이라는 뜻이다. 현빈과 탕웨이가 주연을 맡아 안개 낀 시애틀을 배경으로 보여주는 가슴 시린 사랑 이야기는 여전히 사랑받고 있다.

만추 현빈 탕웨이

<만추> 기본 정보

  • 감독: 김태용
  • 출연: 현빈, 탕웨이
  • 개봉: 2011/2023
  • 러닝타임: 113분
  • 장르: 로맨스

<만추> 늦가을, 그들의 사랑 이야기

만추 현빈 탕웨이

온 얼굴에 멍이 든 채로 언덕을 비틀 거리며 내려오는 여자, 애나는 이내 집으로 다시 뛰어간다. 그녀의 집, 거실 한가운데 그녀의 남편이 죽어있다. 애나는 남편을 살해한 죄로 감옥에 가고 7년 후, 감옥에서 어머니의 부고 소식을 듣게 된다. 가족들의 도움으로 장례식에 참석할 수 있게 된 애나는 집으로 가기 위해 버스에 오른다.

버스가 출발하려던 때 급하게 훈이 버스에 오른다. 버스 기사가 티켓을 요구하자 훈은 대뜸 애나에게로 가서 차비를 빌려 달라고 말한다. 애나는 한참을 머뭇거리다 차비를 빌려주고 이내 훈을 외면하려 한다. 훈은 애나 옆자리로 다가와 손목시계를 풀어주며 돈을 갚을 때까지 가지고 있으라고 말한다.

잠시 정차한 휴게소에서 애나는 홀로 커피 한 잔에 차가운 손을 녹이고 있다. 그때 훈이 그녀를 발견하고 다가와 말을 건다. 애나는 귀찮은 듯 그에게 돈을 갚지 않아도 된다고 말한다. 시애틀의 유니온 스테이션에 도착한 두 사람, 시애틀은 자욱한 안갯속에 덮여 있다. 애나는 훈에게 시계를 돌려주려 하지만 훈은 돈을 꼭 갚겠다며 명함을 쥐여준다. 애나는 가는 길에 그의 명함을 쓰레기통에 넣어 버린다.

훈은 여자들을 상대하고 그녀들에게서 돈을 받아 생활하는 곧 ‘제비’다. 그의 ‘고객’ 중 옥자라는 여자가 있다. 자신의 아내와 훈의 관계에 화가 난 그녀의 남편은 지금 훈을 찾아 헤매고 있다. 한편, 오랜만에 집으로 돌아간 애나는 어색함을 감추지 못한다. 가족들을 피해 밖으로 나온 애나는 마당의 고양이를 쫓다가 아내와 함께 들어오는 왕징과 마주친다.

애나는 홀로 시내로 나가 화려한 옷을 산다. 커다란 귀걸이로 억지로 귀를 뚫고 빨간 립스틱도 바른다. 방금 전까지의 애나가 사라진 것 같다. 쇼윈도에 자신의 모습을 비추어 보던 애나는 대충 뚫은 귀가 아파오고 곧 화장실로 가 옷도 귀걸이도 벗어 버린다.

만추 현빈 탕웨이

애나는 버스 정류장에 홀로 멍하니 앉아 있는다. 그때 훈이 그녀를 우연히 발견하고 다가와 말을 건다. 훈이 말하는데도 가만히 듣기만 하던 그녀는 갑자기 자신을 원하냐고 묻는다. 모텔에 간 두 사람은 어색한 몸짓을 이어가지만 이내 애나가 훈을 세게 밀며 거부한다.

이에 아랑곳하지 않고 훈은 애나를 데리고 나간다. 한 레스토랑으로 가서 예약을 했다며 거짓말을 하는 훈. 그는 애나의 이름이 알고 싶다. 예약자 이름을 묻는 직원의 물음에 애나는 어쩔 수 없이 자신의 이름을 말한다. 이제야 겨우 통성명을 한 둘은 식사를 하고 근처의 놀이공원으로 향한다.

놀이공원은 공사로 휴업 중이다. 당황하던 훈은 범퍼카를 발견하고 둘은 범퍼카를 타며 즐거운 시간을 보낸다. 애나도 조금씩 웃음을 보이며 마음을 열어간다. 그때 두 사람 앞에 한 커플이 나타난다. 훈은 장난스레 그들의 대화를 지어내서 말한다. 가만히 듣고 있던 애나는 여자의 말을 지어내며 그 속에 자신의 감정을 담아본다.

영화<만추>에서는 곧이어 커플의 아름다운 댄스 장면으로 넘어간다. 판타지적인 요소를 더한 것인데 좀 생뚱맞은 면이 있긴 했지만 커플의 댄스가 굉장히 아름다워서 이질감을 줄여주었다. 환상 속 커플의 댄스는 아름답지만 현실의 애나는 훈을 피해 멀리 달린다.

애나를 뒤쫓아간 훈에게 애나는 자신은 내일 감옥으로 돌아가야 한다고 말한다. 갑작스러운 말에 훈은 잠시 생각에 잠기다 “하오”라고 말하며 이 말이 “좋지 않다”라는 뜻이지 않느냐 묻는다.

애나는 “하오”는 좋다이며 “화이”가 좋지 않다는 뜻이라고 알려준다. 애나는 훈이 알아들을 수 없는 중국어로 자신이 왕징을 사랑했던 이야기와 남편을 죽이게 된 사연을 털어놓는다. 훈은 마치 알아듣는다는 듯 “하오” 또는 “화이”라고 말하며 그녀의 말을 귀담아 들어준다.

애나 어머니의 장례식이 치러지고 훈이 불쑥 그 자리에 나타난다. 당황한 애나는 가족들에게 훈을 친구라고 소개하지만 훈은 왕징과 그의 아내에게 애나와 자신은 결혼해서 레스토랑을 할 거라면서 거짓말을 한다.

잠시 애나가 자리를 비운 사이 왕징이 훈에게 정체가 뭐냐며 따지고 들고 둘 사이에는 싸움이 일어난다. 애나가 들어와 자초지종을 묻자 훈은 왕징이 자신의 포크를 쓰고도 사과를 하지 않았다는 엉뚱한 말을 내뱉는다.

이때 애나가 갑자기 왕징에게 왜 남의 포크를 쓰고도 사과를 하지 않느냐며 울면서 소리친다. 애나에게 써서는 안되는 남의 포크는 애나, 바로 자신을 상징했다. 남편이 있는 애나를 사랑해놓고 책임도 지지 않은 왕징을 훈의 말을 빌려 따진 것이다.

애나는 감옥으로 돌아가기 위해 다시 버스에 오른다. 짙은 안갯속 훈과 애나는 아쉬운 작별 인사를 나눈다. 버스에서 잠깐 졸다 깬 애나 옆으로 훈이 다가와 앉으며 마치 처음 본 사람처럼 인사를 건넨다. 두 사람은 마치 자신들이 다른 사람이 된 것 마냥 이야기를 나눈다. 둘에게 더 나은 미래가 있는 것처럼.

안개는 점점 깊어지고 버스는 잠시 정차하게 된다. 훈이 잠시 버스 밖으로 나온 사이 옥자의 남편이 훈을 납치하고 자신의 아내를 살해한 혐의를 훈에게 덮어 씌우며 곧 경찰이 훈을 잡으러 올 것이라고 말한다. 그에게 시간이 얼마 없다고 생각한 훈은 애나에게로 가 길고 긴 키스를 하며 애나가 출소하면 이곳에서 만나자는 약속을 한다.

애나가 버스 안에서 잠시 졸다 깨자 훈은 자신의 코트를 그녀 위에 덮어주고 어딘가로 사라지고 없다. 아무것도 모르는 애나는 커피 두 잔을 사들고 훈을 찾지만 그는 어디에도 없다. 그녀는 손에 든 커피 잔을 놓치고 만다.

2년 후, 애나는 출소해서 훈과 만나기로 한 장소에 간다. 하지만 아무리 기다려도 훈은 오지 않고 시간만 흐른다. 곧이어 쓸쓸한 애나의 옆으로 조용히 엔딩 크레딧이 올라가기 시작한다. 그때 문이 여닫히는 소리가 들리지만 장면에서는 애나의 맞은편을 볼 수 없다.

애나는 혼자 조그맣게 인사를 건넨다. 훈은 왔을 수도 안 왔을 수도 있다. 열린 결말이라고 생각한다. 훈은 아마 못 왔을 거라 생각한다. 애나의 말이 너무나도 쓸쓸하게 들렸기 때문이다. 저 멀리 어딘가에 있을 훈에게 이렇게라고 인사를 전하지 않으면 안 될 것 같은 마음이었을 것이라고 나는 생각한다.

<영화> 만추는 보고 난 후에도 오래도록 기억에 남는 영화다. 주연 배우들의 연기도 너무 좋았고 연출도 아름답다. 둘의 사랑이 시한부라는 것을 보는 사람도 알기 때문에 더욱 마음이 시리다. 시한부의 사랑이 어디로 흐를지 모르는 것과 시애틀의 흐리고 안개 낀 풍경이 잘 어우러져 가을이 되면 저절로 생각되는 대표적인 로맨스 영화다.

Late Autumn⎟ Movie Review (Korean Movie)

<Late Autumn>, released in 2011, is a remake of the 1966 movie with the same title. It stars Hyun Bin and Tang Wei and tells a heartbreaking love story set in Seattle, USA. This film, which was produced entirely in the US, became an opportunity to make actress Tang Wei famous in Korea, and is a representative romance film that is loved over time as it is scheduled to be re-released in 4K on Nov.8, 2023.

late autumn

Under a dull sky, a woman stumbles down a hill. Anna walks down the street half-conscious and then runs back home. Bruises cover Anna’s face. At her home, her husband is dead in the living room. Inmate 2537. Seven years later, Anna hears the news of her mother’s death in prison and is allowed to go out for the funeral.

<Late Autumn> Information

  • Director: Kim Tae-yong
  • Cast: Hyun Bin, Tang Wei
  • Released Date: 2011/ 2023
  • Genre: Romance
  • Run Time: 113m
  • Rotten tomatoes: 60%
late autumn

A man gets on the bus which Anna is on it. Since he doesn’t have a ticket, he says he lost his wallet and asks Anna to lend him 30 dollars. Anna, who reluctantly lent her money, tries to ignore the man, but he sits next to her and keeps talking to her. He gives Anna his watch and tells her to keep it until he pays her back.

The man approaches Anna again and speaks to her, who is warming her hands alone with a cup of warm coffee in a rest area. Anna feels uncomfortable with him. Even if she tells him he doesn’t have to pay her back, he doesn’t listen to her. The two arrive in foggy Seattle. Anna takes off his watch and tries to give back to the man, but he offers his business card and says he will definitely pay her money back. Anna throws away the business card right away.

The guy’s name is ‘Hoon’. He escorts women and receives money for a living, and is now being chased by one of his customer’s husband. Upon arriving home, Anna cannot mix with her family and quickly comes out. She runs into Wang Jing into the house from the garden and they exchange an awkward greeting.

Anna leaves the house and goes downtown to do some shopping. Anna, who gets to see the outside world for a long time, buys fancy clothes and earrings, but soon her new ears itch, so she goes to the bathroom, throws away the clothes and earrings, and return to her normal self.

Hoon, who found Anna sitting blankly at the bus stop, approaches her again and tries to talk to her, but Anna remains silent. Hoon pays her back, but she doesn’t take any money. She blurts, “Do you want me?” The two go to a motel and take off their clothes, but Anna soon strongly rejects Hoon.

Hoon takes Anna outside, saying that he always satisfies his customers. After going to the farmer’s market, the two go to a restaurant and Hoon says that he made a reservation on purpose to find out Anna’s name. They eat together and then head to the amusement park.

The amusement park is closed because of construction. The two find a bumper car that they can ride and ride together in an empty amusement park. Anna laughs little by little. When they ride bumper cars, two people appear in front of them, and Hoon begins to make up their conversation as if he were speaking lines from a play. Anna, who was just looking at Hoon, made up a woman’s words.

Anna shows her feeling through the woman. In the movie, it switches to a beautiful dance scene between lovers, adding fantasy element. However, in real life, Anna runs away from Hoon, and Hoon follows her. Anna honestly confesses her situation of having to go back to prison tomorrow. After hearing the story, he took aback and lost in thought for a moment, then said “Hao” in Chinese and asked if it meant “Bad”.

Anna tells him that “Hao” means “good” and “Hwai” means “bad”. Anna reveals her past in Chinese, which Hoon cannot understand. As if he understands what she said, Hoon says “Hao” or “Hwai”. Hoon’s answer is a mess, but Anna finds comfort because he listens to her.

The night gets deeper, and a call comes which is looking for Hoon. Okja, the wife if the man who is looking for Hoon, wants to meet him. Okja loves Hoon. he lives off the money that Okja gives him. Her husband cannot forgive his wife and Hoon. He tells Anna that he will return and asks her to wait at the motel, but when Hoon comes back, only his watch is left on the bed.

Hoon appears at the funeral and when people ask who he is, Anna introduces him as a friend. Hoon tells Wang Jing that he and Anna are going to get married. Wang Jing gets angry and asks for his identity, and a fight breaks out between the two. When Anna, who was outside, comes in and angrily asks what’s going on. Hoon strangely says that Wang Jing didn’t apologize for using his fork.

Anna asks Wang Jing why he uses someone else’s fork and doesn’t apologize. Someone else’s fork he shouldn’t use means Anna herself. Anna uses Hoon’s words to criticize Wang Jing, who loved her, someone else’s wife, but does not take responsibility for her.

After the funeral, Anna boards the bus back to prison. Anna doze off for a while and wakes up with Hoon coming up next to her. Hoon greets Anna as if it were his first time meeting her. The two talk as if they have different futures.

Because of the thick fog, the bus had to stop at a rest area for a while. As the fog becomes thicker, the relationship between Anna and Hoon is also shrouded in fog. Okja’s husband kidnaps Hoon and frames him for a murdering Okja he did not commit. When Hoon realizes the police are coming to catch him, he goes to Anna, kisses her, and promises to meet her here when she is released from prison. The kissing scene in the movie <Late Autumn> is also famous for being the longest kissing scene in a Korean movie.

When Anna woke up from dozing off on the bus, Hoon covered her with his coat and disappeared. A police car, may carrying Hoon, passes by Anna. Unlike before, Anna now holds two cups of coffee in her hands. But no matter how much Anna looks around, there is no sign of Hoon.

Two years later, Anna is released from prison and goes to meet Hoon at the place where they had planned to meet. The ending credits roll with Anna waiting for Hoon at the cafe. The sound of the cafe’s door opening is heard and soon Anna say hello, but the audience cannot see the seat across from Anna. Hoon may or may not come. I think it’s an open ending. Personally, Anna’s lines sounded lonely, like she was talking to herself. Her desire to say hello to Hoon somewhere, even just to herself, was flowing coldly like late autumn.

The movie <Late Autumn> was a heart-wrenching film that lingered long after watching it. Is it because both the viewer and the main characters already know that the love between the two is time-limited? Although it was a love that was limited in time, it was sad to see a man and a woman who loved each other as if they would love each other forever.

Anna, who is deeply hurt by love and does not love anyone, meets Hoon, a man who seems to love everyone but loves no one. At the end of the movie, their hearts are filled with only each other. However, their relationship, which they cannot meet, is as distant as the fog of Seattle.

영화⎟ 어디로 가고 싶으신가요,줄거리, 리뷰

영화 <어디로 가고 싶으신가요>는 김애란의 단편 소설집 <바깥은 여름>에 실려 있는 동명의 소설을 원작으로 하고 있다. 영화 <어디로 가고 싶으신가요>는 원작처럼 박하선이 주연을 맡은 인물 ‘명지’가 안타까운 사고로 남편을 잃게 되면서 애도하는 과정을 따라가고 있다.

<어디로 가고 싶으신가요> 기본 정보

  • 감독: 김희정
  • 출연: 박하선, 전석호, 김남희, 문우진, 정민주
  • 개봉: 2023
  • 장르: 드라마
  • 러닝타임: 104분

<어디로 가고 싶으신가요> 줄거리, 결말

줄거리

명지는 도경을 잃고 힘든 일상을 보내고 있다. 시어머니가 하루가 멀다 하고 반찬을 해다 주지만 냉장고에 넣어두고 먹지도 않는다. 집 안 곳곳에는 도경과의 추억이 넘쳐나서 명지를 괴롭힌다. 도경 없이 홀로 남은 썰렁한 집안에서 명지는 벗어나기로 한다.

명지는 자신이 운영하고 있던 책방을 내놓고 사촌 언니가 사는 폴란드로 떠나기로 한다. 사촌 언니의 부부가 태국 여행으로 집을 비운 사이, 부부의 집을 사용하기로 한 명지는 폴란드로 향한다.

폴란드에 왔지만 딱히 달라진 건 없다. 가만히 있으면 도경과의 추억이 떠오른다. 다정한 남편이었던 도경과의 갑작스러운 이별에 명지는 아무것도 할 수 없는 상태다. 잠을 자면 도경의 꿈을 꾼다. 도경이 바로 옆에 살아 있는 것 같다. 명지는 결국 스트레스로 인해 피부에 새빨갛게 발진이 오르고 만다.

아무도 없는 사촌 언니의 집에서 명지는 홀로 ‘siri’에게 인간과 죽음에 관한 물음을 던진다. 명지는 왜 도경이 죽어야 했는지, 도경이 죽어서 어디로 간 건지 알고 싶다. 그러면서도 마음 한편에는 도경의 죽음을 부정하는 마음도 가지고 있다.

명지는 마침 폴란드에 유학 와 있는 대학 동창 현석과 만나서 폴란드 바르샤바의 이곳저곳을 다닌다. 도경과도 친분이 있는 현석은 계속해서 명지에게 도경의 안부를 묻는다. 명지는 마치 도경이 살아있기라도 한 듯 말한다.

명지는 현석에게 도경과는 ‘헤어졌다’라고 말하고 예전부터 명지를 좋아해 온 현석은 명지와 하룻밤을 보내게 되지만 명지의 온몸에 난 발진을 보고 물러선다. 현석이 돌아가고 홀로 남은 명지는 siri와 이야기를 나누다 죽으면 어디로 가냐고 묻고 siri는 <어디로 가고 싶으신가요>라고 되묻는다. 어디로든 가고 싶지만 어디로도 가지 못하는 명지의 마음은 대답을 하지 못한다. 명지는 폴란드 여행을 마치고 한국으로 돌아오고 현석은 뒤늦게 도경의 소식을 듣게 된다.

결말

명지는 한국에 돌아와서 현석에게 이메일을 보낸다. 도경의 죽음을 말하지 못한 까닭을 적어본다. 도경은 물에 빠진 학생을 구하려다 학생과 함께 목숨을 잃었다. 죽은 학생의 누나인 지은은 동생이 죽고 나서 충격으로 오른쪽에 마비가 와서 병원에 입원해 있었다.

그 때문에 장례식장에도 가보지 못하고 인사도 할 수 없었다. 그보다 지은은 부모 없이 단둘이 의지하며 자란 동생을 잃은 슬픔으로 아무것도 할 수 없었다. 그런 지은의 꿈에 동생인 지용이 찾아와 밥 잘 챙겨 먹으라며 인사를 하고 간다.

지은은 죽어서도 자신을 걱정하는 동생을 위해 다시 한번 힘을 내보기로 한다. 그 순간 그녀의 머릿속에 떠오른 건 동생을 구하려고 했었던 도경 선생님과 그를 잃은 아내였다. 지은이 여러 번 명지에게 전화를 걸었지만 명지는 전화를 무시했다. 지은은 전화 대신 불편한 손으로 정성껏 편지를 쓴다.

우체통에 담겨 있는 편지를 꺼내 읽어 본 명지는 끝까지 자신의 학생을 놓지 않고 자신의 목숨까지 내던진 남편의 마음의 의미를 느끼고 눈물을 흘린다. 현석에게 이메일을 다 쓴 명지는 결국 전송은 하지 않는다.

총평

김애란의 <어디로 가고 싶으신가요>라는 동명의 단편 소설을 원작으로 하는 영화는 소설이 단편인 만큼 소설에서는 없는 부분이 추가된 장면들이 많이 있다. <어디로 가고 싶으신가요>를 바탕으로 하고 있을 뿐, 그것과 같다고 말하기는 힘들다.

개인적으로 원작 소설을 워낙 좋아하는 팬이라 영화 <어디로 가고 싶으신가요>에 좋은 점수를 주기는 애초에 힘들 것이라 생각했다. 내게는 영화 <어디로 가고 싶으신가요>가 애도보다는 ‘폴란드 관광 홍보 영화’ 같았다.

명지의 애도와 어떤 관계를 지어야 하는지 불분명한 폴란드에 관한 이야기가 ‘동유럽 전공’인 동창의 입을 통해 계속 설명되는 부분은 오히려 방해 요소였다. 원작에서는 주인공의 애도의 감정이 안으로 휘몰아치는 듯한 태풍 같았다면 영화 <어디로 가고 싶으신가요>에서는 다소 단조로웠던 면도 원작을 먼저 본 사람에게는 이질감을 주는 연출이었다.

영화가 반드시 원작과 비슷할 필요는 없다. 하지만 영화만 따로 떼어놓고 보아도 내가 지금 폴란드 관광 필름을 보고 있나 싶은 장면들이 많은 것은 역시 아쉬웠다. 지은의 애도와 명지의 애도가 영화의 막바지까지 불분명한 관계도를 그리는 것 또한 줄거리의 힘을 빼놓는 부분이었다.

마지막 지은의 편지의 힘이 없었다면 영화는 심심하게 끝났을 것이다. 애도보다는 오히려 ‘도경’이라는 인물의 의로움에 감동하면서 끝나게 되어서 그 점도 아쉬웠다. 영화에서 명지는 줄곧 홀로 siri와 대화를 나누는데 이것이 미래 인류의 애도인가 싶은 생각이 들어 씁쓸하기도 했다.

영화 비닐하우스,줄거리, 결말, 깨지 않는 악몽

믿고 보는 배우 김서형이 주연을 맡은 영화 <비닐하우스>는 하나의 길고 긴 악몽 같은 영화다. 김서형이 연기한 ‘문정’이란 여인은 비닐하우스에 살고 있다. 그녀는 집을 마련해서 아들과 함께 살 수 있는 날만을 꿈꾼다.

<비닐하우스> 기본 정보

  • 감독: 이솔희
  • 출연: 김서형, 양재성, 안소요
  • 개봉: 2023
  • 러닝타임:100분

<비닐하우스> 줄거리, 결말, 총평

줄거리

문정은 간병인으로 일하며 태강과 화옥의 집에서 일한다. 문정은 치매에 걸린 화옥을 돌보는 일을 한다. 화옥의 남편인 태강은 눈이 보이지 않는다. 그런 부부를 문정은 살뜰히 돌본다.

문정이 자신의 뺨을 세차게 내리친다. 또 한 번, 이번엔 다른 한쪽을 세차게 내리친다. 문정은 때때로 자해를 하곤 한다. 자해하는 자신을 고치기 위해 병원에 다니던 문정은 병원비가 부담스럽자 무료 그룹 치료에 나가기 시작한다.

문정은 시간이 나면 태강의 차를 빌려타고 아들과 함께 살 집을 보러 다닌다. 문정이 자려고 누우면 천정에서 벌레가 떨어지는 비닐하우스에서도 버틸 수 있는 건 모두 아들 때문이다.

태강은 병원 검사 결과 치매 진단을 받게 된다. 곧, 아내처럼 자신도 아내를 알아보지 못하게 될 것이다. 태강은 문정에게 둘이 함께 요양원에 들어가겠다고 한다. 문정은 자신이 가족처럼 돌보던 그들이 요양원에 들어가게 된다는 것이 마음이 아프다.

태강이 친구들과의 술자리에 나가고 문정과 화옥 둘 만 있게 된 날이다. 치매가 상당히 진행된 화옥은 자꾸만 자신의 집에서 자신의 남편을 돌보는 문정이 못마땅하다. 아들에게도 문정이 자신을 죽이려 한다고 말해 소동을 일으킨다. 목욕을 마치고 욕조를 닦고 있는 문정의 머리채를 화옥이 갑자기 끌어당긴다.

물에 홀딱 젖은 채로 머리채를 잡힌 문정과 화옥 사이에 실랑이가 벌어지고 문정이 화옥을 떼어 내려고 하다 화옥이 그만 화장실 바닥에 넘어진다. 문정이 조심스레 그녀에게 다가가자 욕실 바닥으로 피가 흥건히 새어 나온다.

문정은 아들과 함께 하고 싶은 마음에 화옥이 죽은 걸 숨기려 한다. 문정은 화옥을 이불에 싸서 집으로 데리고 와서 옷장 안에 숨긴다. 화옥이 빈자리에는 역시 치매를 앓고 있는 자신의 엄마를 데려다 놓는다. 눈이 보이지 않는 태강이 눈치채지 않기를 바라면서.

결말

요양원에 가겠다는 태강의 말은 거짓말이다. 태강에게는 다른 계획이 있다. 태강은 욕실로 가 환기구에 자신의 넥타이를 걸어보고 튼튼한지 확인한다. 태강은 그동안 돌보아준 문정에 대한 감사로 그녀가 집을 마련할 수 있도록 금전적으로 도와준다. 자녀들에게 유언도 녹음한다.

문정은 태강의 집에 자신의 엄마를 데려다 놓고 아슬아슬한 하루하루를 보낸다. 그러다 어느 날 태강이 평소와 다른 행동을 하는 아내를 수상히 여기고 슬쩍 손을 잡아보는데 그건 자신의 아내의 손이 아니다. 얼굴을 만져보고 머리카락을 쓰다듬어 보아도 옆에 있는 사람은 아내가 아니다.

태강은 친구에게 전화를 걸어 자신의 집에 와달라고 부탁을 하고 집에 있는 여자가 자신의 아내인지 아닌지 확인해 달라고 한다. 태강은 자신의 감이 맞는 것인지 치매 때문에 헷갈리는 것인지 알 수 없다. 친구가 확인하려는 찰나 문정이 들어서고 그녀는 깜짝 놀라 들고 있던 과일 박스를 떨어뜨린다.

문정이 겨우 위기를 모면하고 태강도 일단 의심의 자락을 놓는다. 문정은 새 집에 짐을 옮기기 시작하고 비닐하우스를 벗어나 아들 정우와 함께 지낼 생각에 행복하다가도 자신이 저지른 짓을 생각하면 몸서리 처진다.

태강과 문정의 엄마만 집에 남은 밤, 태강은 문정의 엄마를 아내라고 생각하고 마지막 인사를 나눈다. 태강은 화옥과 함께 떠나기 위해 그녀의 목을 조르기 시작하는데 그녀의 입에서 낯선 목소리가 흘러나오자 깜짝 놀란다.

하지만 태강은 그것이 자신의 치매 탓이라 여기고 더욱 절망에 젖어 문정의 엄마의 목을 힘껏 쥔다. 그리곤 자신은 넥타이를 매달아 놓은 화장실로 향한다. 한편, 문정의 아들 정우는 친구들과 엄마가 살고 있던 비닐하우스로 향한다.

이제는 텅 빈 비닐하우스 안에서 친구들과 술을 마시고 있는 어린 정우는 자물쇠로 꽁꽁 묶인 옷장을 발견하고 자물쇠의 비밀번호를 맞춰 본다. 여러 번 시도 끝에 0530 자신의 생일을 맞추자 자물쇠가 열린다. 그때 마침 문정이 비닐하우스의 문을 열고 들어서고 정우와 아이들이 비닐하우스 안쪽으로 숨어든다.

문정은 기름이 반쯤은 통을 들고 와서 화옥의 시신이 숨겨져 있을 옷장에 마구 뿌린다. 그리곤 비닐하우스 이곳저곳에도 기름을 뿌리기 시작한다. 그 안에 자신의 아들이 있는 줄 꿈에도 모를 문정은 비닐하우스에 불을 붙이고 그곳을 떠난다. 멀리서 문정이 뒤돌아 보니 비닐하우스 활활 타고 있다.

총평

마치 깨지 않는 악몽을 보는 듯한 여운을 주는 영화 <비닐하우스>는 갑작스레 일어난 작은 사건에서 시작해 걷잡을수 없는 불행의 연속으로 치닫는 스릴러 영화다. 주연을 맡은 김서형은 드라마<SKY 캐슬>에서 보여주었던 도도했던 이미지와는 완전히 반대로 불행과 불안을 떠안을 캐릭터를 연기한다.

처절한 인생을 사는 여인을 연기한 김서형의 힘이 영화의 몰입도를 높인다. 영화의 첫 번째 사건인 화옥의 죽음이 일어나기까지 다소 단조로운 전개가 이어지는 것이 다소 아쉽다. 화옥이 죽기까지는 이 영화가 무얼 말하려고 만든 영화인지 손에 잘 잡히지 않기 때문이다. 그렇지만 사건이 발생하고부터는 급물살을 타며 등장인물 모두가 불행의 소용돌이 속으로 들어간다.

특히 문정의 엄마가 태강에 의해 의도치 않게 살해되고 결말에 아들 정우까지 죽었을 것으로 예상하면 어긋난 하나의 고리가 만들어낸 나비효과에 머리가 어질해질 지경이다.

김서형은 영화 <비닐하우스>로 한국 영화 평론가 협회상을 비롯한 각종 영화제에서 여우 주연상을 수상하였으며, 영화 또한 부산 국제 영화제에서 왓챠 상, CGV 상, 오로라미디어 상 등을 수상하였다.

Decision to Leave 헤어질 결심(2022)⎟ Review, Explained

Park Chan-wook directed the movie “Decision to Leave”, which was released in Korea in 2022. He won the Best Director Award at the Festival de Cannes. “Decision to Leave” is a must-watch film that has a mysterious and delicate approach to portraying the emotions between a man and a woman.

A man fell from a mountain and died. There is Haejoon, a passionate detective who takes risks rock climbing to uncover the man’s death. Haejoon inspects the man’s belongings. An expensive watch, a wallet, the dead man is a very possessive man who carves his initials into all of his belongings. His wife Seorae comes to the police station for questioning.

<Decision to Leave> Information

  • Director: Park, Chan-wook
  • Cast:Park, Hae-il, Tang wei, Lee, Jung-hyun
  • Release Date: 2022
  • Running Time: 2h 19m
  • original title: Heojil Kyolshim (헤어질 결심)

<Decision to Leave> summary and review

Seorae’s husband didn’t even have enough belongings, so he carved his initials into Seorae’s body. Seorae used to get beaten by her husband. That could be a sufficient motive for murder. When asked by police if it surprised her that her husband died. She answered no. Seorae even laughs slightly. Haejoon suspects Seorae.

Seorae is a Chinese woman who used to be a nurse and is now working as a caregiver in Korea. When Soowan, Haejoon’s junior, becomes suspicious after seeing Seorae go to work without being sad even though her husband dies, Haejoon says, “If grief envelops some like crashing wave, there are some to whom it spread slowly like ink in water.”

Haejoon, who suffers from severe insomnia, work undercover as a hobby. Haejoon parks his car in front of Seorae’s house and observes her. He watches Seorae eat ice cream instead of dinner, talk to herself while watching a TV show, and falls asleep in an uncomfortable position. Seorae knows that Haejoon is watching her. Seorae doesn’t hate that fact. Rather, she feels like Haejoon protecting her.

There were wounds on Seorae’s hands, and Seorae’s DNA was found in her husband’s fingernails. When Haejoon asks what happened, Seorae lifts her skirt and shows the scar on her thigh. Seorae explains her husband scratched her hand while trying to stop her from self-harming. When Seorae goes to the bathroom, she sprays fragrance on her wounds. Seorae has a smile on her face as she sprays fragrance and smells it as if she were treating something precious.

Soon, Seorae’s alibi is proven, but Haejoon continues to doubt Seorae. He continues to work undercover and watched over Seorae. There is a dead bird in front of Seorae’s house. Seorae talks to herself in Chinese as she buries the dead bird in the flower bed. When Haejoon Secretly recorded what Seorae said and listened to it, what Seorae said was, “bring me the head of that kind detective.” Haejoon is curious about the meaning of Seorae’s words.

The case ends when the suicide note comes out. But Seorae has another sin. She killed her own mother. At the request of her dying mother, Seorae, who was a nurse, helps her die comfortably. Even though he knows all this, Haejoon cannot stop his feeling for Seorae. Haejoon is dating Seorae, who is no longer a suspect, as with her husband, gradually develop feelings for her.

Haejoon also brings her to his house and cooks for her. Seorae is surprised to see photos of open cases filled with Haejoon’s living room, and realizes that it is these open cases that keep him, who has an outrageous sense of responsibility as a detective, from sleeping. Seorae helps Haejoon solve a cold case, burns that photos, and stays by his bedside so that he can sleep well. He asks Seorae what she meant when she said she wanted his “head”. Seorae laughs and says, it’s not the “head” but the “Heart”.

Haejoon cannot sleep next to his wife. Seorae has already taken his “heart”. At that time, Haejoon discovers conclusive evidence that Seorae may be the culprit who killed Ki Dosoo at the home of the old lady where Seorae works as a caregiver. Haejoon, who followed the route that Seorae likely took that day, becomes convinced that Seorae is the culprit who killed Ki D0s00. Haejoon, who came home to Seorae, questions Seorae. But He, who already loves her, cannot bear to send her to prison. so Haejoon says,

Seorae searches for “shattered” on her smartphone after Haejoon left.

“shattered”

*ruined and broken

13 months later,

Seorae seems to have become a completely different person. She has already married another man. Haejoon was transferred to Ipo, where his wife works. Seorae came to Ipo, where she had no connections, to avoid debt collectors. The two meet again at a market in Ipo. However, news comes that Seorae’s new husband had died. Haejoon is curious as to why Seorae came to Ipo. The two meet at the beach and talk.

Haejoon: Am I such a puchover?

Seorae: Am I so wicked?

Seorae’s turquoise dress flutters. Her dress, which looked blue or green depending on how you looked at it, and the wallpaper in her house before moving to Ipo were all the color of the blue sea. Blue and green are the colors that represent Seorae. On the one hand, Seorae seems like a pitiful woman, and on the other, she is a murderer. These colors revealed the two sides of Seorae.

In <Decision to Leave>, both the characters and viewers continue to have double feelings about Seorae. Also, the color red appears when Seorae is placed in front of the violence. In the scene where she is violently beaten by a debt collector, she looks like a different person because she is wearing a red silk dress. The soft pink color only appears once in a scene with Haejoon. In <Decision to Leave>, the colors of Seorae have important meaning.

Seorae was once again in the crosshairs because of the death of her second husband. Haejoon’s heart is troubled. One day, the two climb a mountain together. Seorae went to scatter her mother’s remains. There, Seorae gives Haejoon back the cell phone he told her to throw away earlier. Then she say to Haejoon,

Go back to before you were shattered

This is Seorae’s love for Haejoon as described in <Decision to Leave>. She wants to protect him because he has high pride as a detective.

Seorae drives the car and heads to the sea. Seorae’s second husband’s cell phone, which she threw away at the sea, has been recovered. Her husband was threatening Seorae, saying had a file. When Haejoon asks what file it is, Seorae says it is a recording of you saying you love me. Haejoon is confused. He never told Seorae that he loved her. No matter how hard he tried to remember, he couldn’t remember anything like that. The name of the file saved on the phone is “runined and broken”, and it contains Haejoon’s voice.

To Seorae, those words were undoubtedly words of love.

Seorae head to the sandy beach with a bucket. She digs a large hole, goes into it., and drinks a bottle of soju. The sea water is rising. Haejoon goes to Seorae’s location using location tracking, but she is no longer visible.

In <Decision to Leave>, there is one song that plays continuously throughout the movie. It is Korean singer Jung Hoon-hee’s “Fog”. It is said that director Park Chan-wook was inspired by this song when writing the screenplay. The film, which ends in Ipo filled with fog, is most suitable for the love between Haejoon and Seorae, which is obscured and hazy like fog.

Why did Seorae come to Ipo? Why did Seorae get married in a hurry? That is, to make a decision to leave.

<Watch the official video of Jung Hoon-hee’s “fog”>

Korean film,”The Shameless(무뢰한)” review, plot and ending

“The Shameless” is a movie that showcases the great chemistry of two top Korean actors, Jeon, Do-yeon and Kim, Nam-gil. Jeon, Do-yeon, who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, displays irreplaceable charm in “The Shameless”. Kim, Nam-gil’s strong acting skills complement the film’s depth. What started as a simple crime film transforms into a lingering romance, thanks to the significant roles played by these two actors.

As the movie begins, Jae-gon enters a dimly lit shopping alley where the lights haven’t yet come on. He pulls out a police badge. Jun-gil quickly wipes blood off his face. Jun-gil confesses to Hye-kyung that he killed Hwang, Chung-nam, and the police discover a corpse lying at the end of the shopping alley. The body is covered with a floral-patterned blanket. Hwan, Chung-nam’s girl friend pushes back the police officers who are trying to stop her and tends to the body lying in the alley.

“The Shameless” Information

  • Director: Woo, Min-ho
  • Cast: Jeon, Do-Jeon, Kim, Nam-gil, Park, Sung-woong, Kwak, Do-won, Kim, Min-jae
  • Release Date: 2015
  • Running Time: 118min

“The Shameless” plot, ending, overall review

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The police received a tip regarding a woman who entered her house with her lover, who is suspected to be the criminal Park, Jun-gil. When the police raid her house, Jun-gil’s lover, Hye-kyung leaves, and there is no sign of Jun-gil inside. The man with her claims that Jun-gil has already left after taking some money.

Hye-kyung, once a high earing “tenpro”(escort), is now struggling financially and working as a ‘madam” in a small salon in Seongnam city. She had been involved with J investment’s CEO in the past and owes him a substantial amount of money. Min, Young-ki, an executive from J investment, attempts to meet Jae-gon, but he ignores and bruses him off. Min, Yong-ki talks to Jae-gon again because his company’s CEO is concerned about the negative effects of Jun-gil and Chung-nam’s case. He asks Jae-gon to help resolve the issues related to Jun-gil and Chung-nam.

Min, Yong-ki tries to bribe Jae-gon with a meager sum, aggravating him. Meanwhile, Jae-gon continues to follow Hye-kying and even attempts to get inside of her house when she left her house. Jae-gon finally found Hye-kyung’s house and saw Jun-gil enter. Jae-gon his inside, pulled out a gun, and scared Jun-gil away.

Jae-gon hurries out and finds Jun-gil nowhere to be seen. Jun-gil attacks Jae-gon from behind and fight breaks out between the two. After a fight, Jun-gil runs away. Jae-gon lies to executive Min, returns money, and asks him to find out about Jun-gil’s cellmates. Jae-gon threatens the owner of the Macau Salon where Hye-kyung works and becomes the sales manager there using the name Lee, Young-jun, following in Hye-kyung’s footstep.

Jae-gon reveals that he is a friend to Jun-gil and insists that he can help her. However, Hye-kyung remains skeptical, claiming that she hasn’t been able to contact Jun-gil. When jae-gon tells her about Jun-gil’s recent appearance at a gambling house, she questions why there’s so much interest in Jun-gil.

Min, Young-ki approaches Hye-kyung and asks about Jun-gil’s whereabouts, pressuring her to pay off the debt. Jae-gon suggest her they extort the overdue debt, and they do successfully. Afterward, they share cigarettes, and Ja0gon inquires about Hye-kyung’s life before going into debt. She explains she went to get the debt and looks exhausted. Jae-gon takes Hye-kyung home and asks her to invite him over sometime. Hye-kyung coldly asks if he thinks we have become friends and goes into the house, but instead of climbing the stairs, she looks at Jae-gon through the window.

Executive Min calls Jae-gon’s senior, Detective Moon, and tells him that Jae-gon is strange and calls Hye-kyung to the motel seperately. Hye-kyung frigtens executive Min by pretending to call the CEO and gets slapped hard. While trying to force Hye-kyung to confess, Detective Moon got a call from Jae-gon. Jae-gon accused him of using coercion and confinement to investigate. Jae-gon comes to the motel and roughly beats executive Min, who is harassing Hye-kyung.

Jun-gil comes in front of Hye-kyung, who has been released after being investigated by the police. Jun-gil asks her for money again, saying they should run away together. Hye-kyung says she will try to get the money, and Jun-gil asks Hye-Kyung not to betray him. She asks Jun-gil if he knows about Yong-jun, and since Jae-gon already knew about his cellmates and deceived Hye-kyung, Jun-gil says that of course he knows Yong-jun. When Jun-gil finds out that Yong-jun works as a sales manager at her salon, he orders her to extort money from him.

Hye-kyung, who has complicated feelings after meeting Jun-gil, gets drunk and ruins work and returns home to find Jae-gon waiting in front of her house. She secretly seduces him and the two spend the night together. Hye-kyung prepares breakfast for Jae-gon. He tells her to give the money to Jun-gil and asks her to live with him. After hesitating for a moment, he tells her that was just a joke and leaves her house.

Ending

After Jae-gon maneges to bring the money, he lends it to Hye-kyung. She questions whether he truly means what he says about wanting to live together, and Jae-gon humorously brushes it off before leaving. When Jun-gil meets Hye-kyung, who brought money, and starts the car, the police attack Jun-gil and Hye-kyung’s car, but Jae-gon can’t get out of the car. However, when Jun-gil starts stabbing the detectives with a knife, Jae-gon comes out of the police car and points a gun at Jun-gil. Jun-gil slowly approaches Jae-gon, and Jae-gon shoots him to death. Hye-kyung is arrested on the spot and interrogated, and Jae-gon appears in front of her as a detective. Hye-kyung asks his real name.

As time passes, Jae-gon visits executive Min and asks about hye-kyung’s whereabouts. Jae-gon finds Hye-kyung and sees her living a miserable life caring for a drug addict. It’s raining and no matter how long he waits outside, Hye-kyung won’t meet him. Jae-gon enters the house and arrests the addict and his drug supplier. He then looks straight at Hye-kyung and says.

” My name is Jung, Jae-gon. I’m a detective and you’re a criminal’s lover. I did my job, not betray you.”

The police come in and pull out the addict and supplier, and Jae-gon also goes out. Hye-kyung takes out a knife from the kitchen, follows Jae-gon out, and stabs him. Even after being stabbed, Jae-gon pretends nothing happened to the other police officers to protect her. Hye-kyung breaks down and sobs. Jae-gon walks with difficulty, bleeding, with a knife stuck in his stomach. He mumbles Happy New Year for her.

overall

“The Shameless” is a crime movie, but also a captivation romance movie. Jeon, Do-yeon and Kim, Nam-gil portrayed the delicate love story of Jae-gon and Hye-kyung excellently. Where Jae-gon falls in love with Hye-kyung and suffers from his own lie, and Hye-kyung trusts Young-jun unknowingly, is betrayed, and suffers but eventually learns about Jae-gon’s true feelings for her. Plus, “The Shameless” that never gets boring. Jae-gon thinks about becoming like the criminals he works with in the shameless. I am captivated by the conflict inside of Jae-gon, who has to act like be a shameless to catch a shameless people.

“Next Sohee 다음소희” (2022) Plot, Ending, Overall Review

Bae, Doo-na and Kim, Si-eun star in “Next Sohee”, a movie based on a real story that depicts the cold reality of Korea. Kim,Si-eun played ‘Sohee’, who becomes frustrated during field training. Bae, Doo-na followed Sohee’s footstep after her death and uncovered social issues. This movie reveals a shameful side of Korean society but also allows us to some together and imagine a society free of people like Sohee.

The problem of socially disadvantaged people being disadvantaged in the workplace is not only a problem in Korea. Bae, Doo-na, who gained fame overseas for her roles in <Cloud Atlas> and <Sense 8>, stars in “Next Sohee”, offering a glimpse into modern-day Korean society.

Sohee, a senior year student at a vocational school, goes in field training. The place where Sohee went to work was a customer center, a subcontractor of ‘Korea Telecom S Plus’. Her teacher is excited to send a job to a big company, but Sohee knows it’s just a subcontractor.

“Next Sohee” Information

  • Director: Jeong, Ju-ri
  • Cast: Bae, Doo-na, Kim, Si-eun, Choi, Hee-jin, Kim, Woo-geyeom, Jeong, Hee-rin, Kang-Hyeon-oh
  • Rating: 15+
  • Release Date: 2022
  • Running time: 2h 15m

“Next Sohee” Plot, Ending, Overall

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Sohee, who went to work for the first time wearing a suit that she rarely wears, is to defend against customers who request to cancel their internet service. However, it is difficult from the first call. Sohee tries to adapt to her job, but the job becomes increasingly difficult. Sohee and her colleagues, who suffer from emotional labor every day, are always on the verge of explosion. Then one day, while offering counseling, her colleague suddenly stood up and stopped the counseling.

The team leader tried to handle a customer who was swearing at Sohee’s colleague, but got angry and hung up when the customer reacted excessively. The customer filed a complaint, but the higher-ups blamed the employee and the team leader, causing Sohee’s co-worker to quit.

Sohee finds out her contract has two ends, which means her salary differs from what she thought. The company explains everything by saying Sohee is just a trainee, leaving her speechless. Sohee got angry and started swearing when a male customer sexually harassed her during a late-night shift. The team leader rushed over to answer the phone, but the man on the phone cursed again and hung up.

Because of this, Sohee apologizes to the team leader, saying she will never do that again. The team leader did not reprimand Sohee, but people later discovered him dead. He had left a suicide note, which exposed illegal activities of the company. In the morning, Sohee discovers her him dead in his car and is heartbroken. The company demands that she keep quiet about the suicide note and forces employees not to attend the funeral, but Sohee attends the funeral alone.

The company made a document and offered for employees who agreed not to talk about the team leader’s death. Sohee hesitated to sign until the end. In the end, the company comes to get Sohee’s signature in person, and Sohee reluctantly signs. It was from then on that she changed. Sohee works hard only for money. She doesn’t care if her actions cause harm to her colleagues, and Sohee just thinks about working hard and earning incentives by improving her performance. However, the amount shown on the paystub differed greatly from the amount Sohee calculated. When Sohee questions the new team leader, she is told that since Sohee is a “trainee”, the company will not pay the incentive right away, but will pay it two months or later.

Sohee, who was angry, received a phone call where she responded to the customer’s request for cancellation without defending in on purpose. She got into a big fight with the angry team leader and ended up hitting the team leader. Because of this, Sohee is subject to disciplinary action of 3 days of unpaid leave and will no longer go to work. On the way back from drinking too much with her friend, Sohee cuts herself on her wrist while drunk.

Fortunately, Sohee survived, but she feels terrible about going back to work. Sohee had drinks with her friends, gets drunk despite in was only afternoon, after the lunch, drinks beer alone, and heads to the reservoir. Later, the police find Sohee’s frozen body in a reservoir. Eugene, the detective on Sohee’s case, initially thought Sohee simply committed suicided, but discovered a structural problem while tracking her movement before the death.

Ending_

However, no one is willing to investigate the case, which already ended as a suicide, and they reprimand Eugene for over-investigating. However, Eugene continues the investigation with the belief that someone must be responsible for Sohee’s death.

Eugene follows Sohee’s footsteps, meets her friends and colleagues, and learns that Sohee is not the only problem. Eugene cannot stop her investigation after learning that many children could become “Next Sohee.” However, the police orders Eugene to stop investigating. But, Eugene goes to the company or school that may be responsible and asks about Sohee’s death.

It disheartened Eugene as people refuse to take responsibility for Sohee’s death and instead label her as problematic. Many Children like Sohee are still being forced to work in the name of field training, but Eugene cannot do much as a detective. Upon finding Sohee’s missing cell phone. Eugene becomes emotional as she watched Sohee dancing happily inside it.

overall_

The movie “Next Sohee” is about Jeonju customer center suicide case of Ms. Hong, Soo-yeon, which was featured on a Korean current affairs accusation TV show in 2017. Because it is a movie based on a real story, I feel even more depressed while watching it. Especially, like Hong, Soo-yeon, when Sohee takes steps toward the reservoir, I wanted to reach out and hold her.

The movie shows young students working as laborers under the name of “field training” in different environments. Society needs to protect the human rights of children. However, cruel society often measures in numbers such as employment rate and performance rate at school or at practical training sites. Society forced them into the most vulnerable class as soon as they enter it. The red name tags and vests worn by students returning to school again are cruel and were a factor in the suicide of Hong, Soo-yeon.

“Next Sohee” points out that the responsibility for this problem lies with adults and society, not with children’s ability to be patient and adapt. Just like in the movie, no one takes responsibility even if a child like Sohee appears. In an intertwined structure, everyone is a little of a victim and perpetrator,and it becomes unclear who is truly responsible. But, the people who are responsible are not the children who are “trainee” who have gone on “training.”

“Trainees” are not expendable children whose salaries can be reduced or cut off arbitrarily due to lack of work, but our children who must be given “training.” and protected.

The movie “Next Sohee” confronts the problem of our society by showing the sad reality as it is calmly. I hope there is no next Sohee.

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“Always”(오직 그대만)k-movie Review, synopsis, Ending

Cheolmin delivers bottled water during the day and works at a parking lot at night, where he also lives in a small office attached to the parking lot. One night, when Cheolmin works at night in the office, a woman suddenly enters to office. She casually hands him an tangerine and some ugly kimbap.

“Always” Information

  • Director: Song, Il-gon
  • Cast: So, Ji-sub, Han, Hyo-joo, Kang. Shin-il, Park, Cheol-min, Yoon, Jyung-hwa
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Ratine: 15+
  • Running Time: 1h 45m

“Always”(오직 그대만) Synopsis, Ending, Review

_synopsis

When Cheolmin tells the man that he’s quitting. Jeonghwa is taken aback. Jeonghwa is blind. She used to come to the parking lot regularly and share food with the parking lot man and watch tv shows together. On a rainy night, when Jeonghwa tries to leave, saying nothing. Cheolmin tells her to stay and watch the tv show she had planned to watch.

After finishing watch the show, Jeonghwa, as a gesture of graditude, gives Cheolmin kimbap and asks him to water night-blooming jasmine plant in the office. From that moment on, Jeonghwa starts watching tv shows with Cheolmin, Blind Jeonghwa mistakenly thinks that Cheolmin, like the older mad who used to work there, is much older and calls him’Ajussi”(a term used for middle-aged man). Jeonghwa keeps asking Cheolmin about what’s happening on the TV screen, and al thought Cheolmin finds it annoying, he doesn’t mind.

One day, as Jeonghwa is leaving after watching TV as usual, she stumbles and injures her leg while trying to avoid a car speeding out of the parking lot in the rain. Cheomin takes Jeonghwa to the hospital and even carries her to her house when she struggles to walk. While at her house, Jeonghwa asks Chelomin to check a blocked drain in her bathroom as a favor.

Jeonghwa rewards him with a concert ticket for his kind gesture, but he declines, saying he has no friends to accompany him to the concert. Cheolmin can’t contain his happiness when Jeonghwa insists on coming along. Jeonghwa is thrilled about the date and even tries a unique hairstyle. Cheolmin gets evasive and angry when Jeonghwa asks about his past during dinner after the concert.

After Cheolmin drops Jeonghwa off at her doorstep, he confesses he is only thirty years old and has a troubled past. Jepnghwa enters home saying nothing. From that night, Jeonghwa stops coming to the parking lot. Meanwhile, her boss at work, who had been making advances towards Jeonghwa, even resorts to violence when she rejects him. By chance, Cheolmin visits Jeonghwa and intervenes, driving her boss away. Jeonghwa, however, remains pessimistic about her situation.

One day, unexpectedly, Jeonghwa up at Cheolmin’s parking lot and says she quitted her job, asking Cheolmin to take her anywhere. Cheolmin takes her to riverside, a place of his childhood memories. There, Jeonghwa asks Cheolmin to find a stone for her. Jeonghwa feels the stone and thinks it feels like ‘Ajussi’ and Jeonghwa says she will keep it always.

Cheolmin, who started boxing again, starts living with Jeonghwa and they enjoy happy days together. Jeonghwa has someone she wants to introduce Cheolmin. On May 5th, a holiday in Korea, Jeonghwa takes Cheolmin to the cemetery where she introduces her parents. She tells Cheolmin why her parents passed away and she lost her eyesight.

_Ending

On a May 5th holiday(Children’s day in Korea), as Jeonghwa is driving back after a pleasant day with her parents, she witnesses a person falling from a building as a fire breaks out. In a moment of shock, she crashes her car into an oncoming vehicle. Jeonghwa’s car overturns, her parents pass away, and she loses her eyesight. Cheolmin’s eye shake as he hears this story. The reason in that he was the one who was there and caused the accident. Cheolmin bursts into tears with full regret.

Jeonghwa, with a wrist injury, goes to the hospital urgently. When Cheolmin arrives at the hospital, he hears from the doctor about Jeonghwa’s eye condition. Jeonghwa’s vision can be restored with surgery, but if she doesn’t have it, she’ll eventually lose her sight. Cheolmin tries to raise the money for the surgery and convinces Jeonghwa to go through with it.

To get the money needed for the cornea transplant. Cheolmin participates in illegal gambling matches and is tasked with transferring the funds. Cheolmin fights for Jeonghwa and wins, but gets hit by a car and stabbed by Taesik’s gang. Jeonghwa regains her sight, but Cheolmin never comes back to her. And then two years pass.

Jeonghwa operates a pottery workshop she always had dreamed of. She volunteers at the hospital using her massage skills she learned for Cheolmin. While volunteering at the hospital, Jeonghwa meets Cheolmin who had been recently admitted. She doesn’t recognize him but feels a familiar touch as she touched his body.

On the day Jeonghwa delivers the pottery she made, she takes Cheolmin’s adopted turtle and leaves it outside for a moment while she goes to buy paint. Cheolmin goes to a shop to buy Jeonghwa’s artwork, which has the night-blooming Jasmine planted pot, as well as he takes his turtle, too. When Jeonghwa returns to find the turtle and the artwork is gone, she realizes that the man was Cheolmin but misses him. She rushes to the hospital, only to find out that he has already been discharged.

Upon hearing this, Jeonghwa turns her car around. She heads to the riverside where she used to visit with Cheolmin. And there, she finds Cheolmin waiting for her, Jeonghwa finally sees Cheolmin’s face, and they are reunited.

_Review

The movie “Always” is considered a good romance film, but it lacks the captivating moments that make you say. “This is the moment!”, like the movie “A Moment to Remember. “( 내 머리 속의 지우개) Overall, it’s good, but lacks memorable dialogue or scenes. However, there are no significant downside either. It has humor, tears, and great visuals. The lead actors. So, Ji-sub and Han, Hyo-joo, are visually perfect.

Many people wonder why this romance movie didn’t gain popularity when it was released. If you watch it when you’re in the mood for love. “Always” (Korean title:오직 그대만) is a good choice.

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