Crazy Marriage
South Korea 2002
Directed by Ha Yu.


A romance about a Literature teacher (Kam Woo-seong) who, based on the evidence of his friends, refuses to even consider marriage. Especially now, when he still lives with his mother and makes very little income. But he meets a girl (Eom Jeong-hwa) on a blind date, and while they don't exactly fall in love, they do decide that it could be cheaper to get a hotel room together than pay for a cabs back home. The sex is great, which cinches the deal. But she wants financial stability, something he can't provide. So he continuously pushes her away, though clearly he falls in love, and she goes ahead and gets married to someone else, though she too is in love. If they were ever willing to have a fully open, honest, real moment with each other and themselves, it might have worked out differently. As it is, their lives become increasingly difficult, they see each other despite the marriage, and their motivation becomes increasingly opaque to the viewer. Emotions are contained just below the surface, and one waits for a cathartic release, an explanation, or just, as the last section of the movie is titled, "closure." It never happens. But at least there is a lot of sex.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 16, 2005.


Comments

Your section on south korean movies is limited to 2! and both movies recieve poor reviews. I am living in Korea right now, and have discovered that Korean cinema is really great! Why don't you check out some more?

Posted by: Marie Frenette at March 25, 2007 08:33 PM
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