Pinterest
NewsLetter DailyWeekly
 
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

‘Daddy’ Can’t Fly Beyond Expectation

2006/08/03 | Permalink | Source

By Kim Tae-jong
Staff Reporter

The Japanese hit novel "Fly, Daddy, Fly" is acclaimed for its witty portrayal of the sad situation of an ordinary man, who struggles to win back his status as a respectable father.

But the new domestic film "Fly, Daddy, Fly", an adaptation of the Japanese novel, portrays only superficial charm without capturing the core elements of the original story.

Directed by Choi Jong-tae, the film revolves around Chang Ka-pil (played by Lee Moon-shik) in his 40s, who leads an ordinary life with his adorable wife and their 17-year-old daughter.

He faces a crisis when his daughter is severely beaten by a high school student boxer from a rich family and he finds there is nothing he can do.

To prove that he is not a coward and will do anything for his family, he decides to take revenge and physically beat up his daughter's tormentor. For the seemingly impossible task, he asks Ko Sung-suk (by Lee Joon-gi), a rebellious high school student with talent for fighting, to train him.

The film attracted media attention and the public's interest mainly because the nation's heartthrob Lee Joon-gi was cast in the film.

He emerges from the image of his previous role of an effeminate court jester in the country's most viewed film of all time, "The King and the Clown", by playing a physically much stronger and tougher role. But he fails to make a strong impression as he did in the first film.

As the film fails to explain why Ko has a rebellious personality, unlike the original book, Lee's character appears only to act "cool" with many pretentious gestures.

The original character in the novel grows up as a Korean-Japanese in Japan, and experiences discrimination that alienates him from society. But in the film there are few clues as to why Ko has become an outsider.

What bothers audiences most is the impression that they are watching a two-hour commercial starring Lee. His character wears clothes and shoes of the same brand, unnecessarily highlighted, and the brand logos appear too often in the film.

But if you can lower your expectations about the "pretty" actor, you may find fun elements in the film.

As the story gradually unfolds, it actually turns out to be a movie focusing on actor Lee Moon-shik, who successfully portrays an ordinary fainthearted office worker with a strong affection for his family.

His role is fun to watch, and at the same time makes you think about ordinary fathers who desperately struggle for their families in countless small battles in everyday life.

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss


 

 

 Previous news
  • Miss Korea Contest
    2006/08/03 (Source)
    By Kim Tae-jong
    Staff Reporter

    Is beauty something you are born with or something you can create?

    The contestants in this year's Miss Korea contest have proved that physical charms cannot sparkle without inner attractions and efforts to develop them.

    The pageant, which was held last night ,...
    More

  • Han Dae-soo, creator of folk music
    2006/08/02 (Source)
    Unlike many people who accept and endure their daily routines, some people have a free mind and soul, and are ready for change and challenge. They have the courage to undauntedly and confidently face struggles and great effort, enduring thirst and pain. Their lives full of courage will undoubtedly b,...More

  • “King and the Clown” Invited to Tokyo Film Festival
    2006/08/02 (Source)
    The film "The King and the Clown", which has drawn the most viewers in the domestic box-office history, has been invited to the "Special Screenings" category of this year's Tokyo International Film Festival.

    The festival's organizing committee selects film for special screenings based on strict c,...
    More

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.

Settings

Remove ads

Sign up

Sharing

Activate

Spoilers

Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations