Movie Monday: Our Happy Time (2006)

Starring: Kang Dong Won as Jung Yun-Soo, Lee Na Young as Moon Yu-jung, Yoon Yeo Jeong as Sister Monica, and Jang Hyeon Seong as Yu-Jung’s brother

Rating: PG-13, subject matter and some violence

Running Time: 120 min

Twinkies: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Yu-Jung has attempted suicide three times. Her disdain for her mother and indifference to the rest of the world, isolates her from any chance for happiness. Yu-Jung’s aunt, Sister Monica often goes to prison to meet with death row inmates.

Sister Monica asks Yu-Jung if she would counsel a death row inmate, Yun-Soo and Yu-Jung reluctantly agrees to do so.

Yun-Soo has had an even more traumatic childhood experience. He was abandoned by his parents at an early age and has had to live on the streets while caring for a younger brother. Eventually Yun-Soo ends up involved in the criminal world and gets convicted for murder.

With their difference in backgrounds, it is amazing how Yu-Jung and Yun-Soo are able to connect with each other as both people know grief like few others could possibly know. As they both regain the will to live through their weekly meetings, they must now deal with their feelings for each other and come to grips with the short amount of time they have together.

Musings: Yes, this is definitely a movie that I will watch only once! But besides that, when is a movie with Kang Dong Won BAD?!! I’ve yet to encounter one. This told a story! It told a story of what can go wrong in life and those single moments of hope in life at the end.

This wasn’t really about redemption but more about recognizing that there is forgiveness. Kang Dong Won as Yun-Soo was flawless. He portrayed Yun-Soo as starting out, an angry and hurt young man facing death to a man who finally knew what love was again. Lee Na Young as Yun-Jung was marvelous! Simply marvelous!

At first you cannot imagine what would drive a person to attempt suicide 3 times! But when you find out the reason later in the movie, it helps you to understand this tortured soul. Even though these two were so mentally tortured, they truly were able to heal each other.

As Yun-Soo says, to Sister Monica (played by my favorite actress, Yoon Yeo Jeong), you sent me an angel. Warning, this is not a movie for everyone but if you are a Kang Dong Won fan, this is a MUST-SEE.

One last thing, telling a prisoner that is about to face death that they have a visitor, not sure what to think about that. Maybe, it’s the system’s way to let them know what it feels like to suffer an unexpected death. What do you think?

Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on several sites. Ask me if your interested. Also available on Netflix if you are a subscriber.

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3 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Our Happy Time (2006)”

  1. Ooh I watched this movie,different title Maundy Thursday and loved it even though its so sad.
    Great performance from both leads, cried at the ending

  2. So yea…cried like a little baby while watching this and then decided to go on q Kang Dong Won binge where I watched every movie that I could find with him in it.

    This is in my top five of my favorite KDW movies XD

    As always, excellent job!!!

  3. Nayong, KStyle,

    Yup, I cried like a baby too!! Going in you knew there wasn’t a happy ending but in a way it was because her life was totally turned around. He literally saved it! That is a poignant story!

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