미쓰 와이프 (Wonderful Nightmares)

An iVision Production
Distribution: Megabox
Rating: 15 and Over
Genre: Melodrama
Running Time: 125 Min
Shooting Time: 2014/Nov/15~2015/Feb/02
Release: 2015/Aug/13

WITH 엄정화 (Eom Jung-Hwa) as Yeon-Woo; 송승헌 (Song Seung-Heon) as Seong-Hwan; 김상호 (Kim Sang-Ho) as Admirale Lee; 라미란 (Ra Mi-Ran) as Mi-Seon; 서신애 (Seo Shin-Ae) as Ha-Neul; 이준혁 (Lee Joon-Hyeok) as Chief Choi; 고수희 (Go Soo-Hee) as Chairman of Women's Society;

CREW Director 강효진 (Kang Hyo-Jin) Executive Producer 차상민 (Cha Sang-Min) Planning 전호진 (Jeon Ho-Jin) 유중호 (Yoo Joong-Ho) | Screenplay 김제영 (Kim Je-Young) | Director of Photography 손원호 (Son Won-Ho) Lighting 김재근 (Kim Jae-Geun) Editor 신민경 (Shin Min-Gyeong) Music 이효정 (Lee Hyo-Jung) Art Direction 유리나 (Yoo Ri-Na) Action Choreography 전문식 (Jeon Moon-Shik)

BOX OFFICE
KOFIC Nationwide
TOTAL REVENUE: 7,335,041,566 Won
TOTAL ADMISSIONS: 978,634
BUDGET: 4,000,000,000 Won

IN SHORT

You could easily pigeonhole this potboiler of conflicting genre tropes as the usual Korean genre-blending mish-mash that starts off with a solid (if severely derivative) gimmick, but then derails into maudlin melodrama and overly chauvinistic narrative denouement (to the tune of “a woman's life is not quite complete without being a man's wife and a child's mother). But the eternally overachieving Eom Jung-Hwa is just too charming to let the opportunity to make something out of this tired a character go, so the film is surprisingly watchable. Even Song Seung-Heon, as limited as he is, shows decent chemistry. So yes, it's completely throwaway, it goes exactly where you think it will go, and there are no particular surprises. But this, yet another female-centered story by Kang Hyo-Jin, is not as bad as you'd think. Worth a look, if expectations are kept in check.

ACTING GRADES

70 김상호 (Kim Sang-Ho)
68 엄정화 (Eom Jung-Hwa)
66 서신애 (Seo Shin-Ae)
65 이준혁 (Lee Joon-Hyeok)
65 송승헌 (Song Seung-Heon)
62 라미란 (Ra Mi-Ran)
62 고수희 (Go Soo-Hee)

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