My Father ★ Movie Review


Found a translated film cover

Found a translated film cover

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Synopsis

The movie, which is based on a true story, is about an adopted son who is searching for his biological parents in South Korea. During his search he meets his real father, a condemned murderer on death row.

Daniel Henney plays the lead role of James, who works as a volunteer in the United States armed forces in Korea. He asks questions of why his father is on death row and finds out things that he always wanted to know. Then he finds more and more truths unravel about his father and his life.

Personal Thoughts

Terrible conclusion of story

As this film is based on a true story, the creativity space for the producers to think of dramatic twists became very limited. However, the producers/directors did a very good job in injecting lots of humour throughout the show.

The ending wasn’t well defined, and was very disappointing. Considering the way the film kicked off. Frankly, I’m not 100% sure of what was the truth. However, I do have my own guess and assumption. That means the storyline is too ambiguous.

Original film cover

I like the part when the father sculptured the superheroes’ bust (a sculptured, representation of the upper part of the human figure) after his Henney’s character requested for them. Its both heartwarming and touching.

Overall, this film is heartwarming – not really touching to me.

Too much expletives for anyone’s liking

BUT, a big one, expletives started to fly here and there at the middle and towards the end of the film. That really made watching unpleasant. Vulgarities aside, this show is very pleasant.

Rating

6.5/10 for me. 2 pts lost for over-usage of expletives, and 1.5 for the improper conclusion of film, leaving audiences scratching their heads, wondering what really went on. So watch it only if you’re very free, like me.

As a whole, an OK film saved by many funny moments (eg. KFC scene, James’ Korean friends speaking Korean in American-English accent, etc.)

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