태양을 쏴라 (Heartbreak Hotel)

A Film Line Production
Distribution: Joy N Cinema
Rating: 18 and Over
Genre: Melodrama
Running Time: 87 Min
Shooting Time: 2013/Jun/28~Nov/02
Release: 2015/Mar/19

WITH 강지환 (Kang Ji-Hwan) as John; 윤진서 (Yoon Jin-Seo) as Sarah; 박정민 (Park Jung-Min) as Chen; 안석환 (Ahn Seok-Hwan); Big Mack as Prison Warden; Mackenzee Pierce as Prostitute 1; Oxana Lovich as Prostitute 2; David Oxenbridge as Radio DJ;

CREW Director 김태식 (Kim Tae-Shik) Executive Producer 김효정 (Kim Hyo-Jung) 이연진 (Lee Yeon-Jin) | Screenplay 김정행 (Kim Jung-Haeng) 권영철 (Kwon Young-Cheol) | Director of Photography 안성균 (Ahn Seon-Gyun) Miklos Buk Lighting Nick Deruve Editor 최현숙 (Choi Hyeon-Sook) Music 임민주 (Im Min-Joo) Art Direction Bonnie Hwang | Assistant Director 류현진 (Ryu Hyeon-Jin) 이다혜 (Lee Da-Hye) 윤성준 (Yoon Seong-Joon) 김한성 (Kim Han-Seong)

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 125,504,400 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 17,372
BUDGET: 3,000,000,000 Won

Photo ⓒ Film Line

SYNOPSIS

Beautiful memory, vain life. A man's last journey to recover the memories from the most precious time in his life. He is caught in time. He goes back to a time, jumping into the vivid memory of happier times with his lover from the past that he has so wished to keep. He wants to stay there with her but it isn’t possible. A story of a man who has an unforgettable memory and who wishes to keep it in his heart. [And of Prostitutes with Big Tatas, but That Doesn't Sound Arthouse Enough] [KoBiz]

IN SHORT

Not quite the finest hour for Yoon Jin-Seo and Kang Ji-Hwan. The two's careers have been uneven at best, to put it nicely. But there has been more than one occasion when their limited range and patchy technique was put to good use anyway, because of their above average screen presence – particularly in Kang's case. This is not one of them: director Kim Tae-Shik, who was formed in Japan and has a past coordinating commercials, tries to go for suggestive visuals (film was shot in the US, and cinematography is at least competent) and nihilism, but all that stands out is painfully stilted dialogue full of platitudes, to the point that anything Kang and Yoon try to do together gains an air of manufactured pathos, even in their more intimate moments. Park Jung-Min does better, but with such scrawny characterization you shouldn't expect much. A film of this kind could have worked in the 1990s and with a less “star-studded” (I know, euphemism) cast, but now it just feels like a dated, lazy copycat.

ACTING GRADES

69 박정민 (Park Jung-Min)
60 안석환 (Ahn Seok-Hwan)
52 강지환 (Kang Ji-Hwan)
47 윤진서 (Yoon Jin-Seo)

comments powered by Disqus