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Last Present (Sun Mool) (2001)

  Directed by: Ki-hwan Oh
Written by: Jeong-woo Park
Starring: Jung-Jae Lee, Yeong-ae Lee
Links: Last Present on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Lost in translation?" - a review by pearly

Yong-gi (Jung-Jae Lee) is one half of a comedy duo with one of his childhood friends. They're trying to make the big time, but the truth is, they've only managed to get gigs as warm-up acts for real comedians, and that sort of thing so far. At home, Yong-gi's wife Jung-Yeon (Yeong-ae Lee) is trying to be supportive of her husband, but their relationship is becoming more and more strained. In this meandering film, we watch the couple as they try to sort out the many issues in their life.

I found Last Present to be a bit of a struggle to watch. For the first hour or so, I was confused by where the plot was leading, and what exactly the point of the whole thing was. The couple's relationship seemed to me to be extraordinarily odd, and I couldn't buy into the reality of it. Towards the end of the film, things started to become a bit clearer, but this was too late for me - I'd basically already written the film off.

Perhaps I just missed some key details early in the film, though more likely these details were not made clear enough, or they were lost in translation, and due to missing these key details, I couldn't find an anchor point into the story to really grab onto and run with. Checking out a synopsis of the film on the web immediately after I finished watching it, the whole thing became a whole lot clearer, as one piece of the puzzle was put into place for me.

The problem is, the film isn't supposed to be the kind of thing you can't understand (it's not David Lynch style or anything). It's a fairly straightforward piece, so it would appear to me to be an issue with the narrative itself that has caused me not to be able to really enjoy the film.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 23 Nov 2005

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  1. i think that's just you. as you said it's not that hard to understand. and it wasn't. i found the movie VERY touching and beautiful. and didn't find it confusing at all..

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from h4 on Fri 02 Jun 2006 09:46 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.00 (1 rating)

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