24   2002   South Korea My Beautiful Days
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Director:Jong-jae Im
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entert.
IMDb Rating:7.2 (246 votes)
Duration:91 min
Jong-jae Im  ...  (Director)
  ...  (Writer)
Hyun-sung Kim  ...  Jun-i
Gyu-ri Kim  ...  Hyun-ji
Eun-jin Bang  ...  Mi-yeong
Gye-nam Myeong  ...  Laundry man
Eun-Jeong Pyeon  ...  Eun-ji
Chris Taloa  ...  Drug dealer
Byung-woo Lee  ...  Composer
Sun-ho Ham  ...  Cinematographer
Gok-ji Park  ...  Editor
Comments: One of the better 'nothing happens, what's the point?' movies I've seen lately. A lot does happen, it just does occurs without a typical arc toward resolve. Great performances, though Min-sun Kim goes a little over the top a time or two, thoughtful script, nice cinematography, and assured direction. If you like the low-key slice of lifers, I recommend.

Summary: Just finishing up his government service as a parking lot attendant, Jun-i, is unable to get a grip on anything he's doing. He spends his days directing traffic and having a desultory affair with a married woman; at night he works at a dry cleaners owned by an older man, hiding from problems of his own, who's also named Jun-I. He runs into an ex-girlfriend and her little sister; incidents accumulate, emotions build, and it all comes off like real life: there're no dramatic climaxes, nothing you can put your finger on and say "There! That's where it all changed." But there's no mistaking this movie for anything other than an urgent call to stop worrying about the water temperature and get in the pool. Sink or swim, it's your life and you better start living it. Impeccable acting, and the firm, sure hand of an auteur at the helm, My Beautiful Days is a quick sip of bitter medicine to cure the ironic distance that ails you.

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