Starring: Jung Jae Young as Kim Sang Nam, Yoo Sun as Na Joo Won, Jo Jin Woong
as Charles, and Kim Mi Kyung as Principle nun
Rating: PG-13, language
Running Time: 144 min
Twinkies: 3 1/2
Synopsis: “G-Love” centers around a has-been professional baseball player, Kim Sang Nam, a female school teacher Na Joo Won, and a group of deaf high school baseball players. Sang-Nam is a fading star baseball player who finds his name more in the media these days for his boorish behavior.
The latest of which involves Sang-Nam in a drunken brawl and swinging a baseball bat. His agent Charles then advises Sang-Nam to take a job coaching a team of hearing-impaired players at a rural school to help rebuild his image.
Then miracles of miracles, Sang-Nam and the kids start to form a genuine bond. Soon enough, Sang-Nam finds himself energized by the kids purity and starts to put out sincere effort in preparing the team for the nationals.
Musings: I don’t know why I have a love for sports movies. But ladle that with a great story and I’m pretty much there for the duration. Add to that a pretty decent cast, this almost 3 hour movie is well worth watching. Granted, it is not a love story but a human-interest story. You get to see the interaction between the boys and Sang-Nam; their treatment by their family, school, and outside people.
Jung Jae Young is such a great actor. I’ve seen him several times in various movies (Confession of Murder being my latest and now favorite). This was my first Yoo Sun experience but luckily it was a pleasant one as she played the antagonist, Joo Won, to the surly Sang Nam. Other supporting actors, you will recognize from various dramas currently airing (Kim Mi Kyung from Master’s Sun and Kang Shin Il from When a Man’s in Love).
You will definitely recognize some of the student players, especially Lee Hyun Woo (To the Beautiful You) and Kim Hye Seong (The Kingdom of the Winds).
One comment I must make is that it always disturbs me how the so-called “normal” people treat the handicapped or for a better word in this case, the hearing impaired. It is kind of disheartening to see that someone’s lack of ability, whether it is sight or hearing somehow makes them less of a person. I think it is great that the South Korean film industry makes these kinds of movies to get people to realize that these are all God’s (or whatever you believe) children and should be treated with dignity and respect.
Overall, it was a pretty decent. Sorry, no romance, but simply just a story about baseball
“GLove” is based on the true story of the Chungju Sung-Shim baseball team, located in Chungju City, North Chungcheong Province. The school’s baseball team started in September 2002 and consisted of 25 players who were deaf.
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