고양이 장례식 (Cat Funeral)

A Cat Funeral SPC Production
Distribution: Indieplug
Rating: 12 and Over
Genre: Melodrama
Running Time: 107 Min
Shooting Time: 2013/Nov~2014/May
Release: 2015/Jan/15

WITH 강인 (Kang In) as Dong-Hoon; 박세영 (Park Se-Young) as Jae-Hee; 정겨운 (Jung Gyeo-Woon) as Hyeon-Seok; 김병춘 (Kim Byung-Choon) as Dong-Hoon's Father; 민지 (Min Ji) as Eun-Gyeong;

CREW Director 이종훈 (Lee Jong-Hoon) Executive Producer 이종훈 (Lee Jong-Hoon) | Screenplay 이종훈 (Lee Jong-Hoon) Adaptation 신무호 (Shin Moo-Ho) 이동훈 (Lee Dong-Hoon) 이종훈 (Lee Jong-Hoon) | Director of Photography 김무유 (Kim Moo-Yoo) Lighting 백광용 (Baek Gwang-Yong) Music 이루마 (Yiruma) 김영민 (Kim Young-Min) Art Direction 정혜원 (Jung Hye-Won) Editor 손연지 (Son Yeon-Ji) | Assistant Director 방진혁 (Bang Jin-Hyuk) 이동훈 (Lee Dong-Hoon)
Based Upon Hong's 고양이 장례식 (Cat Funeral)

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 23,200,900 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 2,865
BUDGET: N/A

Photo ⓒ Indieplug, Cat Funeral SPC

SYNOPSIS

Aspiring musician, Dong-hoon, and prospective cartoonist, Jae-hee, first meet at their friend's wedding. Dong-hoon is a timid boy and Jae-hee is a lively girl. They don’t seem well matched for each other but soon they fall in love, end up dating and living together. However, their love can’t last long because of many misunderstandings and differences. A year after they break up, Dong-hoon calls Jae-hee up because the cat they raised together has died. As they meet, at some point, they feel a bit unfamiliar with their changed looks. But they soon recall their past memories while passing by the places they were together. And they miss those days, sometimes. [KoBiz]

IN SHORT

Eventually – or perhaps just hopefully – there might come a time when both industries (drama and television) re-evaluate their lazy and opportunistic infatuation with webtoons, although it's more likely that we'll continue to see this rampant trend run itself dry. The problem is always the same, more or less: you can't just transpose the vibe of the original unless you first understand how the two different media work. You could argue that films are a lot closer in nature to webtoons than dramas are, because of their being more suited to the visual storytelling that dominates that medium. But when you just take the central gimmick (in this case, the cat forming a trait d'union between the characters' past and present relationship) and then run out of ideas at the gates, then there is little that a webtoon can offer to help you.

This is yet another case of stars with middling name value further “downsizing” through quasi-indie fare to profess their love for the art – and hopefully catch the eye of someone offering greener pastures. With the script never escaping from its trite setup with anything compelling, it's hard for the leads to make any impact, further compounded by the fact that Kang In is already terminally limited as it is. Park Se-Young is still as naturally charming as you'd expect her to be, but she makes the transitions between different timeframes a little too obvious (can't just boost the cutesy factor and expect it to translate into a younger vibe), not to speak of her lack of chemistry with her male counterpart.

It doesn't have the subtlety and depth you'd expect from a smaller film like this, nor does it ever compensate for that with spontaneity and charm. Largely unnecessary.

ACTING GRADES

61 민지 (Min Ji)
60 정겨운 (Jung Gyeo-Woon)
60 김병춘 (Kim Byung-Choon)
59 박세영 (Park Se-Young)
51 강인 (Kang In)

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