Birthday (Saeng-il)

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Jung-il and Soon-nam were just ordinary parents who raised two lovely kids. It was not until their son Su-ho's sudden death the family started to break apart, with all the happiness gone at once. While the pain seemed to grow every day, the bereaved families around the family try to console them at their best. Based on the true event of Sewol Ferry disaster which killed more than 300 people in Korea.

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Critic Reviews for Birthday (Saeng-il)

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  • Private grief and public mourning are examined in "Birthday," a deeply moving drama about a fractured family attempting to get on with life following the death of their son in the 2014 Sewol ferry tragedy.

    Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Birthday is precisely the kind of warts-and-all examination of human nature that defines Lee's career, and is composed entirely of the difficult moments that are often glossed over for more palatable, unchallenging observations.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • as director Lee delicately traces the sense of guilt and recrimination in this fracturing household, she is also modulating the grief of a nation still haunted by tragedy, and still finding ways to exorcise its ghosts.

    Nov 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Birthday promises to be a tearjerker, but does not live up to it.

    Aug 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Birthday is about coping mechanisms, some destructive, and some pointless, and some counterproductive but others do manage to work.

    Jun 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A story about grief, loss and guilt, and the overwhelming sense of helplessness that threatens to consume those touched by death.

    May 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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