Starring: Ju Jin-Mo, Kim Hee-Seon
Director: Kim Yong-Gyun
Studio: Enter One
About This DVD
In "Wanee & Junah," actress Kim Hee-sun plays an animator and actor Choo Jin-mo a scenario writer. With a famous knockout actress and handsome leading man, some might jump to the conclusion that the movie is a trendy urban drama dealing with the careers and lives of yuppies.
However, the movie is a picturesque boy-meets-girl movie, much like the comics for girls always set in Chuncheon, Kang-won Province. Kim is always tired from sitting up all night working and Junah runs up against the barriers in Korean film industry, which doesn't respect the opinions of writers.
Twenty-six year old Wanee (Kim Hee-sun) is living together with Junah (Choo Jin-mo). Although Wanee is pretty enthusiastic about her work, she seems to have lost the meaning of living life in some way. The couple's love isn't passionate, but they rely on each other, sharing their everyday life.
Wanee finds out that Youngmin (Cho Seung-woo), her half brother and first love, is coming back from Europe, where he was studying. Then, Soyang (Choi Gang-hee), who loved him from a distance in high school, visits Wanee after hearing the news. She reminds Wanee of the moments spent with Young-min and lets Junah learn what blocked Wan-nee from completely opening her mind to him.
From the moment Soyang arrives, a series of flashbacks reveal an unattainable love between the half brother and sister, which lead to their father's tragic death (his car crashes into a roadside tree as soon as Wanee and Youngmin confess their secret love. This setting seems a bit too artificial, though). All those stories explain why Wanee always appears morose.
Other than the flashback method, the movie is filled with interesting cinematic techniques. One of them is the animation painted in beautiful watercolor that appears in the opening and ending of the movie. The realistic yet dreamy animations make one lost in memories of childhood and give a clue to the sense of deja vu that Wanee and Junah often feel. In particular, the scene that characters in the animation turns into real people, which were created with the help of computer graphics, might give the viewers amazing visual pleasure.
In the movie appear a few controversial issues, such as cohabitation before marriage, love between half brother and sister, and homosexual love. Those materials are naturally melted in the characters' daily life rather than awkwardly inserted in irrelevant scenes. However, movie rouses up curiosity on when and how Wanee and Junah started living together and never explains it until the end. The animation at the end just suggests that the couple was destined to love each other.
"Wanee & Junah" could have become an original work like "Zoo by the Museum" (1998), a jolly love story featuring Shim Eun-ha and Lee Sung-jae, if the main cast acted as excellently as those in "Zoo..." Actress Kim Hee-sun used to be a pop-culture icon in the late 90's for her absolute beauty and perkiness but she was never regarded as a movie actress that can "act." In "Bichunmoo", her latest movie before "Wanee & Junah," her acting as a princess and mom of a child in old China was criticized for bad line delivery and failure in empathy. However, this time, she presented the reserved and melancholy character quite well. Although her acting took on monotone all the way through the movie, the fact that we could at least find a world-wary air from her shows her potential to be a great actress in the near future.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1 Surround|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)|
|Special Features:||Making Film, Animation Production Notes, Deleted Scenes, Cast & Crews, Music Video|
|Availability:||Usually ships in 5-10 days|