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A Family

A Family
A Family
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: DTS/Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Cast: Su Ae, Ju Hyeon, Park Ji-Bin, Park Hui-Sun
Release Year: 2004
Subtitle: English, Korean
Language: Korean
Duration: 95 Minutes
Rating: 15+

You may need a handkerchief or two if you plan to watch "A Family," a heartwarming film. "A Family," a debut film by director Lee Jeong-Chul, is about a trouble-laden relationship between a reticent father and his rebellious daughter. This combination may be an odd choice given that mainstream themes in Korean movies usually deal with relationships between father and son, or mother and daughter - the pairs whose bond looks natural. Indeed, traditional Korean fathers couldn't afford to communicate actively with their daughters. First, they had to work till midnight almost everyday, while their wives took care of their kids in most cases. Second, they were educated to be strict toward their daughters, a practice tracing back to the conservative Confucian principles. So, they were forced to be stingy when it came to expressing their genuine feelings toward their daughters. It doesn't cost much to say, "I love you," but they rarely spoke the words, though their true affection toward their daughters has no limit. Although today's Korean fathers have adopted new rules and are willing to develop much more open-minded relationships with their daughters, some fathers still have deep reservations about talking openly with or revealing their feelings toward their daughters.

In "A Family," the no-speak rule goes to extremes. Jeong-eun (Su Ae) just gets out of prison. She looks fragile and beautiful. But it is not the first time she has served a prison sentence: This petite pickpocket has three more convictions under her belt. This time around, however, she is determined to lead a normal life. She has learned a lesson, finally. But when she comes home, there is only her kid brother Jeong-hwan waiting for her, while her father Ju-seok (Ju Hyun) is absent. In fact, Ju-seok used to be a policeman - until he lost sight in one of his eyes in an accident. This irony - a criminal daughter and a cop-turned-fishmonger father - seems to push Ju-seok into putting up a wall against his own daughter. When Jeong-eun finally sees her father - for the first time in three years - she can't speak a word. Nor can Ju-seok. They do not know what to say, how to act, and despite their best intentions, they feel they only hurt each other. The psychological distance with her father is frustrating for Jeong-eun, who plans to open a small beauty shop in a rural town with the money she has saved. While under probation, she finds an assistant job at a beauty shop, a step which she believes will help achieve her goal.


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