Movie Monday: Trace of Love (2006)

Starring: Yoo Ji Tae as Hyun-woo, Uhm Ji Won as Se-jin, and Kim Jee So as Min-joo

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 108 min

Twinkies: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis: Law student Hyun-woo (Yoo Ji Tae) and television director Min-joo (Kim Jee So) are a young couple in love, and engaged to be married. Tragedy strikes, however, and Min-joo is killed when a department store collapses with her trapped inside. Five years later, Hyun-woo is given a journal that was written by his former fiancee, which details the journey they would have taken on their honeymoon. Hyun-woo sets out to visit the various places described in the journal, but on his travels he meets another woman, Se-jin (Uhm Ji Won), and discovers that their meeting is more than just coincidence. The film is based on the Sampoong Department Store collapse, which took place in 1995.

Musings: How did I go from promising myself to find love stories that are not sad to finding this one that will definitely bring tears to your eyes? I apologize in advance. But I had to review this story because it was not only sad but also a movie about healing. Can you imagine how you would have felt in Hyun Woo’s eyes to see this sight before your eyes? Knowing that the one you love is waiting in that Department Store for you? Unimaginable!



This story was well put together. When I watched the dramatization of the collapse of the Sampoong Department Store, it was truly startling! Maybe I had my TV too loud but I swear, the room shook with the boom and the initial shock….I literally shuddered.

Even after 5 years, Hyun Woo still hadn’t forgotten the events or his lost love and his life truly reflected the fact that he was just existing; not living anymore. Yoo Ji Tae did a tremendous job of portraying this lost soul.

In meeting Se Jin along the way who is an actual survivor of the collapse, it was fate. Her daily existence, for her is difficult as every loud sound, movement, takes her back to those memories of being buried alive. So in contrast, they are two souls who are hurting in two totally different ways.




The story evolves around the two of them tracing the steps in the journal that Mi Joo left. The cinematography of the sights they visit is truly amazing but at the same time, the recreation of the building collapse is just as frightening. Uhm Ji Won, portraying a survivor, prepared for the role by studying news and documentaries of the event, as well as reading through various psychology texts. You are wondering why she knows so much about the journal? You’ll have to watch the movie.

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

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4 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Trace of Love (2006)”

      1. I had just heard about this event in a documentary and then I saw the movie. It was absolutely horrifying to watch and know it was a true event (not the love story but the building collapse).

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