Have you seen the Korean movie HOPE? This is one of the Korean movies that made me cry and today I’m writing my personal review about it.
In life, there are incidents that we don’t expect to happen and in a glimpse, it will change our lives. There are also instances that we blame ourselves because of what happened. But sometimes due to unexpected circumstances we also see what’s missing and what should we do.
There’s a movie that I have watched a few days ago and it made me cry so hard. It’s been circulating over the internet but I never thought of watching it because the viewers said it was a sad movie and I don’t want to cry. Then I saw in the news that the culprit from the said movie will be going out of jail, I got curious about what really happened and why he only received a 12 years sentence.
Here’s my review of the Korean movie Hope.
Korean Movie Review: Hope (소원)
Hope or 소원 is a film based on a true story and was released in 2013 and directed by Lee Jon-ik. It also won the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards as Best Film in 2013.
Im So-won was played by Lee Re, Sol Kyung-gu played the role of So-won’s father (Im Dong-hoon), and So-won’s mother (Kim Mii-hee) was Uhm Ji-won. Ra Mi-ran and Kim Sang-ho are also included in the cast as So-won’s family’s closest friends.
The story of the movie is about an 8 years old girl (So-won) who has been brutally beaten and raped by a drunken 57-year-old man. Despite what happened to So-won she survived that day and was able to call the ambulance. She suffered from multiple injuries, undergo major surgeries, and needed to wear a colostomy bag forever. Regardless of what happened to So-won, she was able to recognize the culprit when she regained her consciousness. Despite their effort and pieces of evidence presented in court the culprit only received a 12 years sentence.
First, this movie is a real tear-jerker and will let you bring a bunch of tissues while watching. The movie didn’t show much of the cruel scenes but the director focused on the story of how the family of the victim copes up after what happened. The movie also shows the importance of family and friends’ support during such a hard time. I never thought that your favorite cartoon character and a psychiatrist can help to heal your mind.
Secondly, the characters portrayed their role so real that made me cry. I felt their pain, hardships, and emotions throughout the movie. I’m also touched by how the father dressed up the mascot Cocomong to make her daughter happy.
Lastly, the portrayal of the movie is amazing and it has beautiful cinematography.
Literally, this movie is an eye-opener to us that we should always take good care of our kids despite our busy schedules. We should always make time for them. Through this movie, I also saw the importance of having one true friend who will be there for you in times of need. This movie also shares with us that in spite of having a law, some don’t have a fair judgment. Even though the judgment is not satisfying don’t take the law into your hands. Let God judge the man in the afterlife.
This movie is highly recommended and don’t forget to prepare a box of tissue.
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The loneliest person is the kindest. The saddest person smiles the brightest
because they don’t want others to feel the same pain.