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Happiness (Haeng-bok)2007

Happiness (Haeng-bok) (2007)





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Abandoned by his friends and colleagues after his fast-lane lifestyle leads to cirrhosis of the liver, a reckless young business owner retreats to a countryside sanatorium in director Hur Jin-Ho's entry into the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Young-su (Hwang Jung-min) is constantly out drinking and clubbing until the small hours of the morning. When Young-su falls ill as a result of his constant hard partying, the hastiness with which his many friends and lovers depart from his life quickly makes him realize just how shallow his relationships have become. Upon arriving at the countryside sanatorium for his convalescence, the ailing businessman begins to develop feelings for pretty fellow patient Eun-hee (Lim Soo-jung). Recently diagnosed with a critical lung disease, Eun-hee views every day above ground as a gift and never lets her inner agony rise to the surface. Eun-lee struggles to maintain her health by sticking to a strict daily regiment of open-air exercise and chores while existing on a healthful diet. At first Young-su flirts playfully with Eun-hee strictly out of habit, but eventually something unusual happens. As Young-su and Eun-hee gradually get to know one another, the ailing playboy realizes that his attraction to the eternally optimistic Eun-hee has grown beyond the physical into something much more substantial.


Critic Reviews for Happiness (Haeng-bok)

All Critics (2)

Beneath the emotive surface of Happiness, its melodrama is inflected with stoical detachment, right up to the beautiful desolation of the final crane shot.

October 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Ultimately, Happiness seems most distinctive not as a specific director's work, but rather as an entry in a distinctly Korean melodramatic subgenre.

January 9, 2008 | Rating: 46/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Happiness (Haeng-bok)

A very heart touching lovestory.

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