Movie Monday – Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)

Starring: Ryu Seung-ryong as Lee Yong-gu, Kal So-won as Ye-sung (Child), Park Shin-hye as Ye-sung (Adult), Jung Jin-young as Jang Min-hwan, Oh Dal-su as So Yang-ho, Park Won-sang as Choi Chun-ho, Kim Jung-tae as Kang Man-beom and Jung Man-sik as Shin Bong-shik

Rating: PG

Running Time: 127 min

Twinkies: 3 stars

Synopsis: Lee Yong-gu is a mentally challenged man with the intelligence of a 6-year-old, which is actually the age of his own daughter Ye-sung who is much smarter than her peers.

The two of them lead a happy life while Yong-gu makes a living by working as a parking attendant at a local supermarket. But one day, when the police commissioner’s young daughter dies in a strange accident, Yong-gu is the one who happens to find her. He is falsely accused and sentenced to death for abduction, sexual assault, and murder of a minor. Ye-sung is sent to a childcare institution and Yong-gu gets imprisoned and assigned to Cell No. 7, the harshest cell in a maximum security prison.

Musings: Unlike most people, I felt this was just an okay movie. So why am I reviewing it? I guess mainly because a lot of other people did like it and have recommended it to me for awhile. This is just one of those movies that you know doesn’t have a happy ending which I am fine with those kind but maybe the rainbow at the end of the storm just had to be brighter.

Little Miss Kal So-Won did an outstanding job as the young Ye-Seung, no question about that. She made you smile as well as cry throughout the movie. The adult cast, especially Ryu Seung-Ryong did a tremendous job. It takes a great actor to act like a man with special needs on the screen. I should do a month of movies with this kind of acting! It really shows the range and the ability of an actor. Great job.

So, why wasn’t I crazy about this movie? I just hated the fact that you watched an entire movie where this poor man was railroaded into a conviction as well as a death sentence. Why? I have no idea? What in the world was the father’s motivation in doing this? At first, I thought maybe it was a case of a real murder and they needed a “patsy” but as this wasn’t the case, there was no real reason. Then add to the fact that other than the reversal of the conviction, where was justice truly served? What happened to all of those detectives, lawyers, and police commissioner that were responsible for a daughter losing her father and him losing his life? See, that is the hole in the story that at the end left me frustrated. I know this movie was deemed a comedy but truthfully, I wasn’t laughing.

Trailer is available on on Hancinema Website only. The movie is available on several sites. Ask me if your interested.

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One thought on “Movie Monday – Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)”

  1. *sobs* I still remember sobbing like a baby for this one. Admittedly, it’s not the best movie, and I was baffled at the “justice” system, but the father-daughter moments were killer!

    Thanks for your review!

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