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Haepi-endeu (Happy End) (2001)

Haepi-endeu (Happy End)

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One of the most popular homegrown films in South Korea in 1999, the extramarital drama Haepi Endeu presents a subtle, character-based approach to the time-honored tradition of the love triangle. The movie opens with an illicit encounter between Bo-ra (Jeon Do-yean) and her lover Il-beom (Joo Jin-mo), an ex-boyfriend who has recently shown up to re-ignite their romance. Meanwhile, Bo-ra's husband, Min-ki (Choi Min-sik), is content to play the homemaker in their marriage, caring for their baby daughter and reading mystery novels. He eventually confronts Bo-ra with evidence of the affair. Instead of strengthening their bond, she continues to meet Il-Beom, and Min-ki quietly comes up with a scheme for putting an end to the situation. Haepi Endeu is the first full-length film from writer-director Jung Ji-woo -- and marks a mature turn from Do-yean, who was last seen playing a naive schoolgirl in The Harmonium of My Memory. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 2002
Runtime:

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Joo Jin Mo
as Kim Il-beom
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This is a classic love triangle story. The story held my interest. But, the story is not well thought out. There are story threads that are inconsistent with the overall theme. All three lead characters are pretty good.

The disaffection between the husband and wife was not fully explained. There was never any intimacy between them nor addressing why there was not any. They were just presented as a married couple.

The infant child was OK. But, the child could have been more sympathetic or helpful if the kid had been more animated and/or cute.

Korean dramas tend to involve violence. And, the violence tends to be gruesome. This movie follows that pattern.

Rai MI
ray h
½

a very arguably black happy ending for the husband and his princess. this cautionary moral tale against marital infidelity was very credibly-acted.

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