Director: Hur Jin-ho
Starring: Bae Yong Joon, Son Ye Jin
RunTime: 1 hr 45 mins
Released By: UIP & Encore Films
Date: 13 October 2005
"April Snow" with our members here!
At a live concert in Seoul, the staff is busy
backstage preparing for the show. In-su is the lighting director
for the concert and is busy working, but he suddenly gets
a phone call, and passes his work over to his friend and rushes
off. He is in a big hurry and speeds down the highway. He
is in such a frantic rush that even though the speeding meter
catches him on camera as he zooms by, he is unfazed. He is
headed for the emergency room of Samcheok hospital, in the
east coast of Korea. The fact is that he was informed that
his wife, Su-jin, was injured in a car accident on a snowed
over road and is in critical condition. Her car crashed into
another. When he reaches the hospital, he is surprised to
find out that Kyung-ho, who was the driver of the car his
wife was in, is in the emergency room too. Kyung-ho and Su-jin
were supposedly on a business trip. At the hospital, he happens
to meet Seo-young, Kyung-ho’s wife, for the first time.
Being faced with the critical life and death situation of
their spouses Seo-young and In-su share sympathy for each
the police conduct their investigation of the accident, it
turns out that the Kyung-ho and Su-jin had been lovers. And
this trip actually had nothing to do with business. In-su
and Seo-young are overcome with absolute shock. They can’t
admit the horrible reality that they’ve been in love
with people who’ve been in love with someone else. The
harshness of this realization causes them more pain than that
which resulted from the accident itself.
the hard emotional times together, In-su and Seo-young start
to become closer. They meet often while visiting the hospital,
in places like the intensive care unit’s waiting room
and the cafeteria, and they slowly discover how much they
have in common. Eventually, as fate would have it, they fall
for each other. They begin to take more and more comfort in
been together. But they are torn between feelings of guilt
and happiness about having found each other. One day Seo-young
asks “How is it that we are thrown into such trouble
and pain, while they were so happy with each other without
us knowing?” In-su is at a loss of words.
they grow increasing and naturally closer to each other, while
struggling with feelings of guilt, Su-jin one day gains consciousness.
In-su seeing her crying, and finds it hard to hate her for
what she did. Knowing that Su-jin is back in In-su’s
life, Seo-young tries to her best to detach herself from him.
But the more she tries to stay away, she finds herself more
and more attracted to him. They decide to get away on a trip
together, where they share extreme happiness being alone together,
but during their get away, Kyung-ho dies in the hospital.
The pain and guilt Seo-young feels for not having seen her
husband before he dies pushes her to forget about In-su, and
they end their relationship. In-su then decides to care for
his recovering wife, giving her all his attention, and when
she finally gets well, he tells her about everything.
spring, April. A concert at an open stage is going on and
suddenly it begins to snow. The audience goes wild to see
that it’s snowing. In-su is reminded of the previous
winter. At the same time, somewhere else, Seo-young is also
reminiscing while watching the snow slowly fall. In-su is
driving to Samcheok, while Seo-young is on her way there too.
The two of them are smiling with looks of anticipation to
relive the happiness they thought they had one day lost for
Yong Joon became a household name in Asia after his drama
series “Winter Sonata” was very well received
in the Asian countries, especially in Japan and Bae Yong Joon’s
popularity blossomed enormously since then. He had also been
likened as the representative to spearhead the Korean culture
wave in Asia. The same goes for his co-star, Son Ye Jin whose
own group of fans (specially the males) has been growing ever
since after her stellar performance in “The Classic”
and “A Moment to Remember”.
these two Korean superstars together with Director, Hur Jin-Ho
who has 2 blockbuster movies (“One Fine Spring Day”
and “Christmas in August”) to his resume, the
buzz factor for “April Snow” couldn’t be
higher. However can the trio live up to the hype that was
built up by the fans and media?
Snow’s story wasn’t really a new take on the theme
of affairs or adultery. The plot setup of April Snow is very
similar to Harrison Ford’s “Random Hearts”
and Wong Kar Wai’s “In the Mood for Love”
in which all three movies depicted the story of a man and
a woman who become romantically involved after they discover
that their spouses had an affair. In this case, April Snow
didn’t really present any new insights or angles to
the adultery theme that had already been presented before.
aside, April Snow was very effective in presenting the pain
and sorrow that the adulterous couple inflicted on our two
main actors with their reckless affairs. Especially the scene
when Bae Yong Joon and Son Ye Jing had to attend a funeral
of a driver whose death was caused by the actions of driving
under intoxication by their spouses. Hearts would pour out
to them as they try to pick up the shatter pieces of their
marriage left by their irresponsible spouse who are conveniently
in a coma.
the transition from betrayed spouses to lovers seeking comfort
in each other was an uneven flow. One might wonder if this
film would have worked better in a drama series where the
actors has the luxury of time to build up the creditability
of the character’s emotions moving from a motions of
despair, betrayal and confusion to affection and desire of
another person. Stuck within a movie’s time frame, the
romance between Bae Yong Joon and Son Ye Jing felt rather
rushed and implausible.
ending of this film, although beautiful and poetic, also came
somewhat abrupt, leaving some of the issues unresolved. In
fact this movie seems to draw out more questions than answers.
Does two wrongs make one right? Or will they walk the same
path their adulterous spouses did?
of Bae Yong Joon and Son Ye Jing should be able to get their
money’s worth from April Snow as there are frequent
close-ups of them and these close-ups managed to showcase
how charming and attractive these two are. And then there
is this sensational bed scene by these two stars, sizzling
almost as much as the naked bodies of Bae Yong Joon and Son
Ye Jing wriggling in the midst of hot passionate action. It
was rather surprising to see Son Ye Jing revealing so much
of her body in this movie but no complaints!
Snow will not be the most memorable movie that will make one
remember the trio of Bae Yong Joon, Son Ye Jing and Hur Jin-Ho
for: even though it does have it’s own special moments
and both actor and actress bring about a certain degree of
complexity of emotions in the characters they played.
(“Not the finest performance from Bae Yong Joon and
Son Ye Jing but good enough to warrant at least one viewing”)
by Richard Lim Jr