Starring: Park Chul Min as Sang Gu, Jeong Jin Yeong as Judge, Yoon Yoo Sun as Jung Im, Kim Gyu-Ri as Yoo Nan-Joo, Kim Young Jae as Manager Lee, Lee Kyeong Yeong as Kyo Ik, and Park Hee-Jung as Han Yoon-Mi
Running Time: 120 min
Twinkies: 4 stars
Synopsis: Taxi Driver Sang Gu is an ordinary father. He is so proud of his daughter Yoon Mi who works at a factory for a large corporation, but somehow also feels sorry for Yoon Mi. Because of their poor financial situation, Yoon Mi could not attend college. Meanwhile, Yoon Mi tells her father that she will one day buy him a new car and pay college tuition fees for her young sibling.
Less than 2 years after Yoon Mi begins her job, she becomes ill and returns home. Yoon Mi is unable to get proper treatment from the company where she worked and she dies. Sang Gu promises to Yoon-Mi that he will let others know her story.
Musings: Within 10-15 minutes of watching the movie and watching Yoon Mi cry as she had her bone marrow test, I was crying in memory. Folks! That is realistic! One of the worse tests that you can ever have to experience in life; knowing that any sudden moves could result in permanent paralysis but literally screaming in pain and total discomfort. So, this should give you an idea how realistic was Yoon Mi’s pain and subsequent death was to watch. The acting was amazing! I must admit this is the first time seeing Park Chul Min is such a serious role as the father.
His fight against the semiconductor company was definitely like watching the biblical story of David and Goliath because you already expect it to be a big fight until the end. I applaud the actress playing Yoon Mi (Park Hee-Jung) for really shaving her head during the movie. I wasn’t expecting that and am always impressed with actresses that truly get into their roles! I remember her from the movie, Sunny! I hope she gets more acting roles soon.
Kim Gyu Ri did a wonderful job in portraying the attorney, Yoo Nan-Joo as she fought against the “giants” for the family. As you watch, you know this will be a tough battle that can go either way. We are so used to seeing the mighty “Won” win against true justice that we really become jaded against watching stories of this nature. But one thing should stick out: a true father’s love for his daughter, no matter what.
We here in the U.S. take advantage of the fact that workers are protected here a lot more than others. But this really brings everything into prospective as you watch. Very good movie!
Trailer is available via Showbiz Korea on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming websites.
Movie is based on the true story of Hwang Yoo-Mi. In 2003, at the age of 21, she began work at a factory for Samsung Semiconductor.In 2005, she was diagnosed with leukemia and died in 2007. Her father Hwang Sang-Ki, who worked as a taxi driver, fought against Samsung Semiconductor to take responsibility for his daughter’s death.
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For next month, July, I will be featuring some of the movies that I’ve enjoyed the first half of the year. Some may be Korean; some may not. As it’s my birthday month, I want to focus on what brought me joy! Selfish much? That’s me!!