Review: Sad Movie (2005)


Sad Movie (2005)

Alternate Title/s: Sae-du moo-bi

Directed by: Kwon Jong-gwan

Screenplay by: Hwang Seong-go, Kwon Jong-gwan

Running Time: 108 mins

Release Date: 2005/10/20

Cast:  Jung Woo-sung, Yeom Jung-A, Cha Tae-hyun, Im Su Jung, Yeo Jin-gu, Shin Min-A, Son Tae Young, Lee Ki-woo

This movie is a story of odd couples, whose lives are intertwined and complement one another as the movie progresses.

Pair # 1: Mother & Son
She is the typical career woman, with a grade school son who behaves like an attention-seeking one. After she gets hospitalized, her son found the opportunity to actually feel loved & noticed by her. Thus, the conflict begins: she has Cancer, and probably wouldn’t live long enough to cherish her son even more.

Pair # 2: Model Firefighter & Sign Language Anchorwoman
He’s a model firefighter, who fell in love with the sister of a girl he rescued from a fire mission. They seem to have some sort of a communication problem, when all they need to do is say it with their voices. But before she could even hear it, he failed to nail the lines the way he’s supposed to say them.

Pair # 3: Wandering Painter & Deaf Snow White Mascot
The Snow White mascot was the one rescued by the firefighter, who eventually dated her sister. She somewhat stalks the cute wandering painter wearing her Snow White mascot. The wandering painter soon developed curiosity over the person underneath the mascot costume always trailing him. But the face he imagined and the voice he wanted to hear appeared to be below his expectations.

Pair # 4: Jobless lover-boy & his idealistic apple of the eye
He was working as a human sandbag when she broke up with him. She wanted a secure future and is tired of waiting for his opportunity to come. To stay with her, he need to break others up. But his ‘Separation Agency’ comes to an end, when he was hired to break up his own love he tries so hard to keep.

I Say:

Collectively, the movie stood for its title, because you wouldn’t be provided with a light-hearted ending, nor an open one. It has quite a different format in terms of ending, as compared with other Korean Melodramas. They were able to put in four different lives in a single, one hour and forty-four minute movie. I noticed that the scenes shift a bit too quickly from one’s life to another. Even though there’s quite a relevance of doing so, it was only used to show how their daily lives were intertwined.
There were a lot of tearjerkers in the film, and to name a few, there was, when Cha Tae-hyun extended his service to the mother and son team,defying the nature of his agency. For me, most of the touching scenes happened between the mother and son as they struggle to keep each other even if death is trying to break them apart.

Sad Movie is nice to watch when you’re with your family, I think most especially with your Mom. This will teach us how awfully sad it is to not say the words we want to say to people whom we love so much, when your courage to tell them came too late.

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