Starring: Son Ye Jin (A Moment to Remember, The Art of Seduction, Summer Scent, Personal Preference, etc.), Jo Seung Woo (Chunhyang, Marathon, Love Phobia, etc.), Jo In Sung (Love of South & North, What Happened in Bali, Frozen Flower, Shoot for the Star, Spring Day, etc.), Lee Ki Woo (Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Outrageous Women, etc.)
Twinkies: 4 out of 5
Synopsis: This movie creates a seamless parallel narrative of mother (Joo Hee) and daughter (Ji Hye), both roles played by Son Ye Jin. The mother, a young woman during the 1960s, loves and loses her first love while the daughter, in present time, is unable to boldly go after her love interest.
The story unfolds slowly yet beautifully as details are unveiled to reveal the truth behind the mother’s lost love, which gives Ji Hye the courage to pursue her heart’s desire rather than shyly let life’s opportunity pass her by.
What can I say? I was just coming off of my Spring Day craze and needing another fix of Eun Sup. However, since Eun Sup is a character, I opted for the next best thing: Jo In Sung.
This movie is definitely on the “slow” side, but the beauty of the story and characters make up for any perceived slowness. If you are interested in movies that move you, this is a “classic” to watch. LOL…sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun. 😀
In any case, I would highly recommend this movie, if for no other reason than to see Ko Eun Sup…I mean, Jo In Sung. Heh…
Seriously, though, the parallel narrative allows the viewers to catch a glimpse of Korea’s 1960s while observing a timeless and cherished love relationship and its effects. I saw this movie several years after it was released but was nevertheless impressed by the cinematography and the smooth execution of the storytelling. I don’t think anyone who watches this film will be disappointed. Just take a look at one of the “classic” moments in the film:
How sweet is this scene? Sang Min (Jo In Sung) and Ji Hye run across campus in the rain, sheltered by his jacket. Say it with me now: Aw…. 😉