Commence ugly crying.
If I could sum up this movie in one word, it would be beautiful. It’s devastating, it’s tragic, it’s so fucking sad, but these were what made it beautiful. Never have I watched a movie that moved my heart and made me see the beauty of a love between a father and his daughter. I mean, jesus, I was a sobbing wreck, tears and snot covering my face. I tried not to let it show, but by the end of the movie, I didn’t give a shit anymore and just cried all over again. I just wanted to cry and let all my feelings out because I sympathised so much with the characters. By the end of the movie, I was just so sad yet happy for everyone, and quite melancholic because I had hoped there would be a better ending for the guy who deserved it the most.
But life’s like that, you know? It never completely goes your way. We have to make do with what it gives us and learn from it, however painful it can be. This movie reminded me of that harsh and cruel reality.
Lee Yong-Gu is a father who is intellectually handicapped, but what’s so special about him is that this doesn’t hinder him from loving his daughter, Ye-Sung, so much. Unfortunately, because of certain events and police corruption, he has been falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He gets thrown into jail with the death penalty hanging over his head, and his five inmates scramble for ways to save him after discovering his child-like innocent nature.
1.) I LOVED THE FATHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP. Their love for each other was so genuine and contagious. Even though the dad was in prison, his child was still always in his thoughts, calling out for her, making sure she’s eating right and doing good in school, filling my heart with love in the process. He was so selfless, and so pure and innocent with his child-like ways, that it wasn’t hard to be emotionally invested in him. You can see that the daughter feels the same way towards him, as by the end of the film, after all that has been done, she became a lawyer just so she could clear his name. Their relationship really was refreshing and full of joy even in the most miserable of situations. Definitely the best part of this movie.
2.) I LOVED THE INMATES COMMITMENT TO CREATE A MIRACLE. They may have the film’s comic relief, but they were an excellent addition the movie. I loved how the father’s purity and kindness were able to reach out to them, and attracted them to him. I loved how they believed in his innocence and tried their best to save him from being convicted of a crime he did not do. I loved how they learned selflessness from him and tried to repay it back by trying to create a miracle in return. Thinking about them makes me cry as well, because it only goes to show that kindness goes a long way. The dad and daughter showed them how to love, and this transformed the inmates into better individuals ready to put others before themselves. Seriously touching.
3.) I HATED THE ENDING. Okay, to be honest, I didn’t really hate it. I understood why it was done. It was a beautiful, albeit sad, ending that served to give everyone else touched by the dad even more resolve to clear his name. It served as that final push to exhaust our tearducts away. I understood why it was done, but my god, I still wish it ended differently. I hate how corruption works, and how it damns the most honest and innocent people, and seeing someone so kind-hearted being made the scapegoat and paying for a crime he couldn’t have possible commit just pulled my heartstrings from all sides. It happened before, it happens now, and it will happen again, but for once I hoped that we could get some well-deserved justice. But alas, the dad may have been mentally handicapped, but a father’s protective nature is inherent and always there, and it trumped this time. The dad made the ultimate sacrifice, and seeing him cling on to what was dear to him, asking for help, just crushed my soul ten times over.
All in all, this was an excellent movie. I wouldn’t have watched it if it weren’t for my younger brother pestering me over and over again, saying how this film made him cry buckets, and knowing how he rarely cries (except when he’s dealing with matters of the heart, I suppose…), I knew I was in for a treat and for a tissue-marathon. Don’t let the fact that it’s tragic stop you. Despite having some sad elements, you will learn a great deal from this film about love, forgiveness, and selflessness. A definite 5 stars from me.
P.S: May I just rave over the fact that the actors and actresses were absolutely outstanding? They really, really were. Such effortless, natural acting. The mentally handicapped dad was portrayed so well, and the young kid was so natural too. I loved them. I want to watch more movies starring them.
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