Hyehwa, Dong   2011   South Korea Re-encounter
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Director:Yong-keun Min
Studio:Indiestory Inc.
Writer:Yong-keun Min
IMDb Rating:6.8 (108 votes)
Awards:2 wins & 4 nominations
Duration:108 min
Yong-keun Min  ...  (Director)
Yong-keun Min  ...  (Writer)
Da-in Yoo  ...  Hye-Hwa
Yeon-Seok Yoo  ...  Han-Soo
Myeong-jong Kim  ...  Composer
HuiSeok Na  ...  Cinematographer
Su-Ahn Wong  ...  Editor
Yoo Yeon-Seok  ...  Han-Soo
Hae-yeon Kil  ...  Han-soo's Mother
Hyuk-kwon Park  ...  Jung-hun
Hee-suek Na  ...  Cinematographer
Suahn  ...  Editor
Comments: How do they do it? The Koreans make these deeply twisted melodramas and play them straight and with an intelligent earnestness. And they kill. This is a sad film sprinkled with several incredibly smart, almost playful scenes that make the characters real and jolt you out of any notion this is a single vision manipulation. Bravo.

Summary: Hye-Hwa (You Da-In) works as an assistant to a veterinarian. Hye-Hwa spends a lot of her time saving abandoned animals. If the dogs are not adopted Hye-Hwa takes the dog home. One day, while Hye-Hwa is out trying to save a dog she sees Han-Soo (Yoo Yeon-Seok) standing in front of her.

Five years ago, Hye-Hwa and Han-Soo were a couple in love. At the young age of 18, Hye-Hwa became pregnant and dropped out of school. Hye-Hwa and Han-Soo made plans to start a family, but Han-Soo suddenly disappeared without warning. Hye-Hwa is told by Han-Soo's mother that Han-Soo left for Canada.

Hye-Hwa felt completely abandoned. When it was time for Hye-Hwa to go in labor, she was terrified and experienced difficulties in giving birth. Hye-Hwa woke up with her mother sitting next to her hospital bed. Hye-Hwa's mother tells her that the baby died of heart failure.

Now, five years later, Han-Soo is back and stands in front of Hye-Hwa. Han-Soo then drops a bombshell. Han-Soo tells Hye-Hwa that their baby didn't die and was actually adopted. As evidence, Han-Soo shows Hye-Hwa a document with Hye-Hwa's signature stamp giving permission for the adoption. Han-Soo also shows Hye-Hwa a picture of their baby when it was born.

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