쓰리 썸머 나잇 (Three Summer Night)

A Director's House, The Lamp Production
Distribution: Little Big Pictures, Invent Stone
Rating: 18 and Over
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 106 Min
Shooting Time: 2014/Aug/13~2014/Nov/15 (59 Dates)
Release: 2015/Jul/15

WITH 김동욱 (Kim Dong-Wook) as Myeong-Seok; 임원희 (Im Won-Hee) as Dal-Soo; 손호준 (Son Ho-Joon) as Hae-Gu; 윤제문 (Yoon Je-Moon) as Ma Gi-Dong; 류현경 (Ryu Hyun-Kyung) as Ji-Young; 심은진 (Shim Eun-Jin) as Manager; 고인범 (Go In-Beom) as Chief Go; 

CREW Director 김상진 (Kim Sang-Jin) Executive Producer 박은경 (Park Eun-Gyeong) | Screenplay 박수진 (Park Soo-Jin) Original Story 임필성 (Im Pil-Sung) | Director of Photography 김동천 (Kim Dong-Cheon) Lighting 신학성 (Shin Hak-Seong) Editor 김창주 (Kim Chang-Joo) 홍임수 (Hong Im-Soo) Music 최승현 (Choi Seung-Hyun) Art Direction 이진영 (Lee Jin-Young) Action Choreography 강풍 (Kang Poong)

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 616,132,846 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 77,621
BUDGET: 2,000,000,000 Won

Photo © The Lamp, Director's House, Little Big Pictures, Invent Stone

IN SHORT

Don't be surprised by that sneaking suspicion of deja vu… yes, they just took The Hangover, replaced Las Vegas with Busan's Haeundae Beach, and toned down the irreverence a notch. It's not the first time a Korean comedy liberally “borrows” from its influences to this extent.

What I'm more surprised by is how much Kim Sang-Jin has aged in cinematic terms. It's a bit like what's happening to Jang Jin, who rocked the late 1990s and early 2000s with his theater-influenced sketch-like comedies, and has now lost himself in a succession of bad choices (stint on tvN's flagship standup comedy show included) and misfires: up to the mid 2000s, Kim managed to channel the comic vibe of a generation with his iconic commercial films, from 주유소 습격사건 (Attack the Gas Station)'s zany joie de vivre (and Park Young-Gyu's lovable curmudgeon) all the way to Cha Seung-Won at the top of his comedy game in 관복절 특사 (Jail Breakers) and 귀신이 산다 (Ghost House). Then, suddenly, Chungmuro grew into a screen quota-less, corporate-friendly vertical integration jungle which worshiped at the altar of maximum rewards with minimum effort. He moved onto investment, tried to recapture his lost flair with an ill-conceived sequel to his 1999 hit, directed a puzzling animation omnibus starring Mark Hamill amongst others (!), and a wildly insipid sports romcom with Kim Ju-Hyeok and Kim Seon-Ah, 투혼 (Pitch High). Up until the moment when an original story by Im Pil-Sung captured his attention.

Adapted by Park Soo-Jin of 퀵 (Quick), 댄신귄 (Dancing Queen) and 국제시장 (Ode to My Father) fame – and boy, isn't that an off-putting resume – this lazy pastiche of recent American and earlier Korean dork comedies falls flat exactly because the public has moved on, the comedy feels dated, and Kim has lost the vibe he once had and seems unable to find. Take any Korean dork comedy from 2002 or 2003 – say, 라이터를 켜라 (Break Out) or 해적, 디스코왕 되다 (Bet on My Disco) – and you'll see how much more heart and soul those unassumingly endearing flicks had, as opposed to the very ham-fisted nature of this film's comedy. Our trio of dorks shows decent chemistry and some of the gags work on the strength of their comic talent alone (particularly when Im Won-Hee is involved), but there is just not enough meat to make everything gel together, and most of the time you're staring at the clock wondering if anything will ever leave a mark. Yet another misfire for who used to be quite the influential and deceptively talented director. Which is sad, when you consider how many people have been negatively affected by Chungmuro's new ruling elite (Lee Joon-Ik, Jang Jin, et. al.).

ACTING GRADES

65 윤제문 (Yoon Je-Moon)
64 임원희 (Im Won-Hee)
64 고인범 (Go In-Beom)
63 류현경 (Ryu Hyun-Kyung)
61 김동욱 (Kim Dong-Wook)
60 손호준 (Son Ho-Joon)
60 심은진 (Shim Eun-Jin)

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