Movie Monday – Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (2015)

Starring: Ha Ji Won as Heo Ok Ran, Ha Jeong Woo as Heo Sam Gwan, Kim Sung Kyun as Geun Ryong, Jung Man Shik as Mr. Shim, and Sung Dong Il as Mr. Bang

Rating: PG

Running Time: 124 min

Twinkies: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Heo Sam-Gwan (Ha Jung-Woo) works in a factory. In the village where he lives, the men can’t get married until they are able to sell their own blood. By selling blood, it proves they are in healthy condition. Heo Sam-Gwan is eventually able to marry Heo Ok-Ran (Ha Ji-Won), the most beautiful woman in the village.

Musings: Okay, right off the bat, I must chastise Heo Sam Gwan. “You browbeat Heo Ok Ran into marrying you and not the man she was dating and going to marry and NOW you have doubts about your oldest son’s parentage?” Okay, rant over! I really had to get that off my chest! As you can tell, this is a pretty decent movie whereby you are drawn into the story and truly want to beat up the male lead character for his insensitive attitude towards his wife, Ok Ran (played by Ha Ji Won) and his eldest son who regardless is still his son.

Written, directed and stars Ha Jeong Woo as Heo Sam-Gwan, this is a period movie that first starts in 1953 (post-Korean war) and ends with it in 1964 after Heo Sam-Gwan and Heo Ok Ran have been married for 11 years. Heo Sam-Gwan has taken the Heo name as he promised his father-in-law played by Lee Kyeong Yeong. I looked at this as a story of trust and relationships. I felt so sorry for the eldest son with these thoughts. And then when he tells him to refer to him as ahjussi, I just wanted to slap the television screen! So when he gets in trouble with his hyung for being involved with another woman, I was having a hard time garnering sympathy. The eldest even comes to his rescue in this case but his attitude towards him changes for the worse!

As far as the chemistry between Ji Won and Jeong Woo in this highly anticipated pairing, I guess I will remain the one person that wasn’t “Wowed” by it; it was just okay. One thing for sure, I enjoyed the story to a point because it really pulled me in and I’m sure it will do the same to you. Enjoy. As far as subbed movie, this might be hard to find at this stage. I watched it partially subbed but the story was very easy to understand especially the growing animosity between the couple as Ok Ran slowly saw the change in Sam-Gwan towards the eldest. And personally, I don’t blame her! Overall, a decent story that I think most will enjoy as it is about family and true fatherhood!

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website here. The movie is available on various streaming websites.

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