Film Review: Good Person (2021) by Jung Wook-II

The idea of fine and dangerous folks is one which has been “tormenting” folks without end, each when it comes to definition of the 2 phrases and of the methods folks could be labeled in that trend. Jung Wook-II directs a movie about this idea, interconnecting it with one other everlasting query, that of the definition of fact.

“Good Particular person” is screening at Florence Korea Movie Competition

Kyeong-seon is a highschool trainer who tries to be good and honest in all of his interactions together with his college students, a tactic that has deemed him considerably standard amongst them. Sooner or later, his pockets is stolen from him, and the remainder of the category appear to establish Se-ik because the offender. Kyeong-seon doesn’t act on the accusation instantly, however talks to the younger man solo on the finish of the category, asking him to put in writing the reality into a chunk of paper, promising that he would consider no matter he states. The identical night time, his ex-wife, Ji-hyeon, asks him to maintain their little daughter, Yoon-hee, since she is busy, in an interplay that additionally reveals that he was an alcoholic. His interplay with the lady is something however easy nevertheless, and when Kyeong-seok makes the error of leaving her within the automotive to go examine on Se-ik, all hell breaks unfastened, with Yoon-hee ending up within the emergency room. A truck driver, Hyeong-seop, emerges because the offender of the accident, however a bit later, it seems that Se-ik was additionally concerned. The trainer tries to discern by the lies of each potential responsible events, however he’s not precisely absolutely truthful himself, significantly to his enraged ex-wife.

Though the premises of the film are these of a household drama, the whodunnit component, which is quite dominant right here, leads to a title that’s a minimum of as a lot a thriller, as the strain rises considerably because the story progresses, and Hyung Bow’s cinematography additionally follows an identical path, with the grey tones and the darkness of the night time taking on the visuals. Because the ambiance strikes in that method, the philosophical/social undertones relating to human nature and the 2 ideas talked about within the prologue additionally come to the fore, in a remark that appears to state that everybody lies, and that good and evil are usually not precisely separate ideas, however two completely different sides of the identical coin. Kyeong-seon, Se-ik and the aged driver all mirror this remark in a method that, basically, deems all of them answerable for the lady’s destiny, though in utterly alternative ways and ranges.

The layers of lies that dominate the hypostases of the three males carry the film for almost all of its period, as every revelation highlights the very fact, but additionally leads to extra lies, with the twists following each other every time one of many three characters finds himself having to inform the reality. Though this facet provides to the thriller and, basically, to the leisure the film provides, it additionally makes the story considerably repetitive, and likewise far-fetched, significantly within the methods Se-ik modifications his story. Moreover, and though the appearing of Kim Tae-hoon as Kyeong-seok and Lee Hyo-je as Se-ik is kind of good, none of them emerges as a very likable character, one thing that makes it quite troublesome to empathize with them. Primarily the identical applies to Kim Hun-jung’s Ji-hyeon, even though she is the particular sufferer (even when not directly, by her daughter) right here. Notably for the primary, that he finally succumbs to violence makes issues even worse, though these are among the many most impactful scenes within the film.

However, the general ambiance and the relative quick tempo Jung Wook-II implements works fairly effectively for the general aesthetics of the film, which stays fascinating from starting to finish, though largely for the story quite than the characters.

As such, “Good Particular person” emerges as an intriguing movie that undoubtedly deserves a watch, significantly for its mixture of whodunnit and household drama.



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