[Movie Review - ‘Missing Yoon’] Mother and daughter finding authentic life

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-27 11:01:59
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▲ This photo, provided by Blue Label Pictures, shows the "Missing Yoon." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Blue Label Pictures, shows the "Missing Yoon." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Blue Label Pictures, shows the "Missing Yoon." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This file photo shows Yoon Si-nae (left) and director Kim Jin-hwa. (Yonhap)



SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- Shin Soon-yi, (played by Oh Min-ae) has lived as Yeon Sin-ae, an imitation singer of Yoon Si-nae for 20 years. For Soon-yi, Yoon Si-nae was all her life, not just a way to earn a living. Just before her dream stage with Yoon Si-nae begins, the original singer Yoon who was in the other waiting room disappears.

Shin Soon-yi’s daughter Jang Ha-da (played by Lee Joo-young) is crazy about her ‘Jangha TV.” For Ha-da, who is more used to her nickname “Jangha,” online streaming is not just a means to earn money. She calls out her ex-boyfriend, films prank videos, and doesn’t deny herself as an attention seeker.

If an attention-seeking behavior stems from the desire of seeking attention and love from others, what Jangha lacks is her mother’s affection. As a mother who prioritizes Yoon Si-nae more than her daughter, the relationship between both characters can’t help but become indifferent. Yeon Si-nae and Jangha both live in two different worlds. The film raises the question of whether the life of Yeon Si-nae and Jangha TV can also be viewed as their own lives.

Yeon Si-nae is in despair over the disappearance of Yoon Sin-ae. However, it is a chance for Jangha to collect star balloons (streaming donations). Together, the mother and daughter try to find Yoon’s whereabouts. Inside the same car, the two characters can’t help arguing since they have different goals. The road movie shows the daughter who only acts annoyingly and the mother who’s in a crisis of losing the meaning of her life. 

In addition to Yeon Si-nae, the film shows other imitation singers such as Un Si-nae and Ka Si-nae. Are their lives fake or real? The scene where Yeon Si-nae sits in the hospital room and sings alone is the climax and implies the message of the movie. “I want to get away/ I want to get away now/ My exhausted soul/ even a little bit/ I want to get away/ I want to get away from you." Yeon's solo part lasts so long, puzzling the audience. 

The film continues a light and bright atmosphere with Lee Joo-young’s natural acting skills of twerking and dancing. However, in the end, it throws a heavy question about life.

Director Kim Jin-hwa said at a recent press conference after the film's premiere, “After editing, we reached a goal that this story is about authenticity, and how authenticity is found in diversity,” adding, “No one’s life can be considered fake. Authenticity comes out of acknowledging different lives and this film shares how diversity is authenticity.”

The film stars the real person Yoon Si-nae and the singer easily delivers the long lines without difficulties. Yoon said at a recent television show, “I can memorize all the lyrics in songs but I couldn’t think of the lines while acting,” adding, “I thought that ‘Not everyone can become actors.’”

Oh Mi-nae, who played Yeon Si-nae won the Best Actor Prize at the 23rd Jeonju International Film Festival, which closed earlier this month.

The movie will be released on June 8, 2022.

(This article is translated from Korean to English by An Hayeon.)



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