Starring: Lim Su Jeong (Sorry I Love You, Come Rain, Come Shine) as Shi Eun, Park Eun-Soo (Snow Flakes, A Jewel in the Palace) as Ik-Du (Si-Eun’s dad), Yu Oh-Seong (Faith, Swallow the Sun) as Yun Jo
Rating: PG-13/R (R for the graphic depiction of animal abuse and injuries)
Running Time: 123 minutes
Twinkies: 3 1/2
Synopsis: Shi Eun was born and raised at a horse ranch on Jejudo by her father. As a child, she is tremendously fond of horses. The bond is especially strong between her and a horse she names, Thunder, who lost its mother as a young foal. Her life is devastated when Thunder is sold to another owner by her father. Spurned by this lost and her dream to one day be a jockey, she leaves home to pursue that dream.
Two years later, by chance, Shi Eun reunites and rescues Thunder, a street horse pulling a wagon to advertise a karaoke bar. Together, they have a chance to create a miracle by teaming up together in one of the most prestigious horse races in Korea.
Musings: When I first saw this movie once it become available on Hulu, I assumed it was a feel-good family movie. Little did I expect to see the bad side of racing! The story of Thunder and Shi Eun, their relationship growing up together on the horse ranch and later as jockey/horse was the feel-good part; however, I must warn any animal lovers out there that the depiction of abuse both of animals and people is a pretty stark reminder of the evil within people. I just loved Yu Oh-Seong as Yun Jo, the trainer. His willingness to work with Shi Eun when other trainers would not because she was a female was heartwarming.
Don’t be fooled by the movie poster. This is far from a family fare. Children should definitely NOT watch this because the abuse is so real and so brutal! However, because this truly is a reflection of real life for jockeys and the horses they ride, it is definitely worth the watch for those that can handle the above.
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