is a matured and thoughtful 9 year old boy who lives in a small mountain
village. Even at his young age, he has too many things to take care of.
First, he has to protect his friends from the neighborhood bully Black Bird
and keep peace in his neighborhood. Second, he must share his lunch with
his best friend Ki-jong who lives alone with his sister. And, third, he
has to sell ice cream bars after school to save enough money to buy a pair
of sunglasses for his mother who injured her eye while working at a factory.
He is a good son to his parents and a loyal friend to his buddies. He does
well in spelling tests and has completely memorized the multiplication table.
He is a nine year old boy who thinks he knows everything he needs to know
about the world he lives in. Until...
Do you still remember your first memorable moment you when you meet the
first person of your dreams? Sweet and endearing, the foremost emotions
felt at such recollection. These are what his movie has successfully captured.
Though of a small-scale production with unfamiliar cast, the story of the
innocent, pure hearts at the tender age of nine unfolds by itself. This
was done through the eye of its main lead, Yeo-min.
There he lives
in a small mountain village. A sensible boy, whose maturity is beyond his
nine-years old age, should have lived a carefree life. But he has far more
responsibilities to fulfil daily. Life became even more interesting with
the entry of a new schoolmate, who became his class partner and later, the
girl of his dreams. Surprises are in for the audience, as the various characters
surrounding the lives of Yeo-min have their own stories to be told. Sometimes,
things are not what they appear to be. About his dream girl. What would
being in Korean TV serials or movies, the initiation into them always begins
with child actors. But can a movie, with its only focus on child characters,
pull off triumphantly? Yes, I bet on this. In this movie, the adorable child
actors display not a bit of amateurish acting skills. They immediately hook
the audience, who begins to be touched by their tears and happiness. We
would laugh at their occasional bickers, which remind us how we used to
be as silly as them at their age.
A movie suitable
for all ages. Good choice for a family movie-watching session at home.
DVD would have been better if it has offered a behind-the-scenes or production
segment however sad to say, this disc is a barebone.
disc comes equipped with only Korean Dolby digital 2.0.
some speckles are spotted at certain points of the movie, fortunately it
does not marred the enjoyment of the movie itself.
Review by Alicia Tee