Shin Ha-kyun has long had a reputation as a "god of acting" over his twenty year career for the wide variety of his forty odd character roles. In "Inseparable Bros", he takes on yet another unusual role as the physically handicapped Se-ha, who is entirely reliant on his mentally handicapped brother Dong-goo for movement.
"Inseparable Bros" is loosely based on the old Korean folk story The Tale of Shim Chong. As in the story, the titular brothers are not blood relations, an aspect which is designed to emphasize their inherent humanity.
The plot of "Inseparable Bros" centers around how social welfare services takes notice of Se-ha and Dong-goo's unusual living arrangement and mulls over separating the two. While some social commentary is expected over what constitutes a "proper" living arrangement, as a movie "Inseparable Bros" will be relying entirely on the chemistry between its lead actors.
There are some similarities with "My Brother", a film Shin Ha-kyun did with Won Bin some fifteen years ago. Both involved brotherly conflict over a woman. Like "My Brother", "Inseparable Bros" will probably be a tearjerker. "Inseparable Bros" will open in Korean theaters this May.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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