Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Korean Movie - Ing...

Running Time : 110 min
Director : LEE Eon-hee

IM Soo-jung as Min-ah
KIM Rae-won as Young-jae
LEE Mi-sook as Mi-sook


Min-ah is a high school student who has just been transferred from another school. She is quiet and keeps to herself as she has a deformed hand and has spent most of her life in the hospital battling a life-threatening disease. She lives with her mother Mi-sook, who is widowed. Mother and daughter share a close and intimate relationship, and Mi-sook wishes for Min-ah to experience all aspects of life, including first love.

Min-ah befriends Young-jae, the new neighbour downstairs, and starts to experience her first love. However, everything is short-lived as Min-ah finds out that she is dying...


I saw this movie on the plane and I think ISJ looked so cool with her headphones and smoking at her window.

All the advertisements of this movie featured KRW with ISJ, but I felt that the story is really about the mother-daughter relationship and how the mother tries to let her daughter enjoy all aspects of life before her expected premature end (maybe the producers were trying to ride on KRW's popularity to sell this movie). KRW was charming (again) as the neighbour, but played a complementary role to the mother-daughter movie (and I love his pick-up lines! - holding a tortise as a hostage, ha ha ha....).

It was heartwarming to watch all the mother-daughter scenes. As the quiet and pensive Min-ah, ISJ crafted a role much more sensitive and mature for her age. As the mother, LMS gave that balance in her frivilous approach to her daughter's dead serious questions. My favourite was the part when she told Min-ah that Min-ah's real birth father is actually an alien and that explains her deformed hands. I mean what kind of a mother talks like that with her daughter? Yet at the same time, it was painful to see the mother trying to continue with her daily life while faced with the sad realities of Min-ah’s health condition. But life goes on, and the world does not stop and you don’t stop feeling hungry because your daughter is dying (sniff).