Single Rider (Korean Film Review)
As soon as I found out that this film was available to see and it had been subbed in English, I just can’t wait. I had to watch it pronto and I had! 🙂
I’d looked forward to this film, I think, as early as late last year when I saw a very brief trailer.
It starts two of Korea’s best actors. Lee Byung-hun and Gong Hye-jin.
Anyway, I am an old romantic. As I watched the film I thought it would be about the husband turning into a bit of psycho as he finds out his wife is having it off with her Downunder neighbour. 🙂 A cliche but I do love a bit of gut-wrenching scenes. 🙂
I wanted them to meet and have a good emotional, heartbreaking confrontation. Instead it meandered from scene to scene.
The husband just continued tailing people connected to his wife and young son.
At the back of my mind I was still hoping for the big confrontation.
There was a scene, where the wife and the guy next-door were engaging in a bit of hanky-panky. Lee Byung-hun’s character stood immobile just outside the door. I was so irritated. I wanted him to knock and disturb his wife’s dalliance with the beefy neighbour, but no such thing.
Instead there was a surprise, which I am not going to tell as it might spoil your appetite to see a good film.
Anyway Lee Byung-hun plays Kang Jae-hoon, who was a fund asset manager. Unfortunately his company declared themselves bankrupt after buying bad loans. He lost his clients, his family and also himself tonnes of money. He then had to take responsibilities to his clients.
Kudos to him, he did feel bad for his clients. So bad that he was on anti-depression drugs.
One night while taking his medication, which he washed down with a large glass of neat whiskey (or was it brandy?) he decided to book himself an e-ticket to Australia.
There he went to see his wife and son. His wife is Soo-jin played by Gong Hyo-jin.
He sent his wife and son to Australia for education. He believed in the necessity of learning the English language.
Anyway in Australia, he found that his wife and son were happy. Soo-jin has taken the violin again and went as far as to audition for the Sydney Opera House. He felt that he lost them and he was a redundant family member.
It was a very sad ending and if you have not taken stock of everything, you will be surprised with the sad ending.
Lee Byung-hun once again gave a very powerful performance which is ably supported by Gong Hyo-jin
It is a ‘lovely’ date night movie.