Film Review: Sweet and Sour (2021) by Lee Gye-byeok

It’s fairly exhausting to face out in a clustered, arguably bloated crowd of romantic movies, however the aptly titled “Candy & Bitter” can’t be accused of feigning effort to strive. Armed with an bold plot twist, Lee Gye-Byeok’s adaption of Kurumi Inui’s guide “Initiation Love” might not get near hitting a house run, however nonetheless leaves some kind of influence on the viewer.

Central to the story is Jung Da-eun (Chae Soo-bin), a young nurse who takes care of her sufferers with the kind of attentive care that will even stretch too far. A stark distinction to the stone-faced head nurse, Jung naturally makes an influence on the younger Hepatitis affected person Jang-hyeok (Lee Woo-je). Chubby and quite immature, he’s shocked that he appears to be making a great impression on his crush, and when the 2 find yourself awkwardly intertwined after his discharge, the scene is ready for an enchanting romantic comedy.

Sadly, that doesn’t come. As a substitute, we’re greeted to a quite melodramatic story involving the older Jang-hyeok (Jang Ki-yong), who has scored a contract job at a conglomerate distant from the couple’s dwelling base, and finds himself rising other than his more and more hopeless associate. It’s run-of-the-mill stuff, and Lee’s narrative runs by pretty predictable set-pieces of an affair and being pregnant, each of which have little influence, while the 100-minute runtime appears to limp by to its ending.

With that being stated, when one last cliche appears set to be pulled out of the bag within the final scene, the twist is one which genuinely shocks viewers, and works seamlessly. Good, witty and succinct, it virtually seems like a thanks for getting by the plodding mawkishness that preceded, to an extent of additionally rescuing the movie from being solely forgettable. Nonetheless, it doesn’t redeem a few of the poor characterisation (the entire leads are considerably disagreeable, or on the very least ignorantly self-centred), nor the truth that there appears to be no underlying which means to any of what has unfolded, other than the very fact work can hurt relationships, or real penalties.

Given the very fact they’re dealt fairly poor arms, it’s to their credit score that each Chae Soo-bin and Jang Ki-yong carry out effectively of their roles. The previous is plausible as a naive nurse, one who cares for her associate however virtually wilfully permits him to cross boundaries, till after all it will get an excessive amount of. In the meantime, the latter is serviceable because the reasonably egotistical Jang-hyeok, who neglects all the pieces round him in favour of a doubtlessly fleeting workplace romance, and for the sake of his unstable profession.

On a technical degree, nothing about Park Younger-joon’s cinematography is especially memorable, however the level concerning the modern conglomerate life in comparison with the modest family Chae resides in is made astutely. Moreover, the visitors jam scenes are effectively shot, giving a way of restlessness  and urgency to these concerned in them.

Total, “Candy & Bitter” is much from an amazing film. It has loads of flaws, feels overlong but on the identical time underdeveloped, and suffers from an absence of an investable protagonist. The twist does deserve credit score, although, even when it arguably ought to have come earlier to permit us to see extra of a fleshed out decision.



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