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Happy End (1999 film)

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Director  Jung Ji-woo
Screenplay  Jung Ji-woo
Writer  Ji-woo Jung
Language  Korean
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Country  South Korea
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Release date  11 December 1999 (1999-12-11)
Initial release  December 11, 1999 (South Korea)
Music director  Jo Yeong-wook, Kyu-yang Kim
Cast  Jeon Do-yeon (Choi, Bora (as Do Yeon Chun)), Joo Jin-mo (Il-beom), Min-sik Choi (Seo, Ki Min), Joo Hyun (Bookstore owner)
Similar movies  In the Mood for Love, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lost Highway, American Beauty, The Piano, Lust, Caution

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Happy End is a South Korean film released in 1999. Written and directed by Jung Ji-woo, it's about a woman who's having an affair while her husband is unemployed.


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Happy End is about Choi Bora (Jeon Do-yeon), a successful career woman who becomes involved with her ex-lover, Kim Il-beom (Joo Jin-mo). Bora's home life is a snore: she's mother to an infant child and her husband, Seo Min-ki (Choi Min-sik) has lost his job, leaving Bora as the family's sole breadwinner. It's unclear if Bora is with Il-beom just for the sex or for the passion, both of which Min-ki seems incapable of giving. But it seems the jobless Min-ki hasn't been just wandering around parks and reading romance novels as first thought; he knows something is going on, and he's collecting evidence.

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Min-ki has been emasculated by his inability to find a job and director Jung hammers this point home with a brief montage showing Min-ki grocery shopping, cooking, and doing the laundry. These are all very feminine jobs, particularly in very patriarchal South Korea. Most interesting is that Min-ki seems content to live with the cheating Bora, very much aware of his own shortcomings, which leaves him willing to be wronged.

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Bora is unable to stop going back to Il-beom even though she seems physically and emotionally damaged by their continued affair. Il-beom has realized that he is hooked on her, and is very aware of his jealously-driven actions toward her and her family. Without each other, they have no passion in their lives, and so they must keep going back to each other.

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Although Happy End ends rather unhappily, the film is not altogether downbeat. Director Jung Ji-woo has taken the role of observer, using mostly handheld cameras to capture the events in the lives of his 3 main subjects.

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The film is sexually explicit, and there is one scene of brutal violence.


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  • Choi Min-sik ...Seo Min-ki
  • Jeon Do-yeon ... Choi Bo-ra
  • Joo Jin-mo ... Kim Il-beom
  • Joo Hyun ... Bookstore owner
  • Hwang Mi-seon ... Mi-yong
  • Kim Byeong-chun
  • Park Ji-il
  • Park Nam-hee
  • Lee Geum-ju
  • Yoo Yeon-soo ... detective with sideburns
  • Park Sung-il ... video store clerk

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