I heard good things about k-movie Han Gong Ju, and watched it last night. It was good, though the ending was a little disturbing – and I’m left with a few questions.
I wouldn’t say that it’s flawless. The movie had it’s own share of weaknesses – but overall, it was a really nice film and the fact that I watch it at 12am and finish at 2am means that it’s good enough for me to sacrifice my sleep. Hahahaha.
I find the whole film very easy to follow, though some people might not like the constant time-shift between the past and the present, but I kind of got used to that for movies, so it didn’t bother me.
I’m going to do a short discussion, probably contain spoilers and even the ending, so don’t read on if you don’t want to be spoiled.
Basically the movie revolves around a case of gang-rape, and Han Gong Ju was one of the victims. Her friend, who was also a victim, died and she had to transfer school after the incident.
Her parents are divorced, her dad is hardly around – and her mother has no knowledge of what happened. She stays at her former teacher’s mother place while the case wraps up.
Throughout the movie, we see that Han Gong Ju doesn’t have any adult for support, after a traumatic incident.
She also pick up swimming, the reason which was revealed near the end.
Anyway, we see how Han Gong Ju, slowly try to adapt to her surrounding and when she finally open up a little, the past isn’t quite over yet and comes looking for her again. The parents of the boys came to her school, demanding that she sign a petition and blaming her for the plight their sons are in.
Her friends send her a text message, saying it isn’t her fault and that they miss her – but she decided to end her life. At the end, we could hear her narrate that the reason she wanted to learn swimming was in case she changed her mind, and wanted to live.
THOUGHTS & DISCUSSION
It was a sad ending, because eventually Gong Ju decided to end her life. The fact that she was interested in swimming and wanted to learn from the beginning meant that she was thinking of suicide the whole time after the incident.
I heard that the movie was based on a real incident, though I’m not sure of the accuracy of the movie with the real incident.
It’s sad that even up till today, sometimes people think that when a lady gets raped, it is partly their fault. It’s very unfair for women, because such incidents will scar us for life, probably make you feel ‘dirty’, and you feel ashamed and guilty – but really it is not their fault. This is such a sensitive topic so I wouldn’t comment further.
I’m a little puzzled though, how did the friends get the video??????
Anyway, there isn’t really much to be said – but the film was nice, though disturbing.