Throwback movie: Meet Mr. Daddy (contains spoilers)
Probably the one of the first Korean movies I’ve ever watched (really?) stars Park Shin Yang & Seo Shin Ae as supposed father and daughter. The movie talks about how dad was told that he has a daughter and, how they then began living their lives in a trailer by what-i-think-is a rubbish dump. Dad finds out his daughter is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness (what’s new?) and he himself can’t see very well. Dad starts to reflect on his “useless” unfruitful life while his daughter’s condition continues to deteriorate each day. It’s no secret, she dies. He crawls out and lives a better life.
It’s the standard (Korean) tear-jerking storyline, except we then find out these two are not even related in the first place! Say what?! I admit, it was an interesting twist, a tiny stain to the innocence. It made me think maybe, just maybe, living in a lie is not that bad if everything turns out for the better: she dies knowing she has spent her last days with her “father” and he lives as a changed better man.
Acting? Top-notch. Park Shin Yang was great and pulled out the appropriate “hats” for each scene, sad or happy. But even he can’t pull our eyes away from that little button, Seo Shin Ae (Queen’s Classroom). We now know why she still maintains her place as one of Korea’s prized child actresses (together with Kim Yoo Jung, Kim Hyang Gi, Kim Sae Ron etc.). She was 9 when this movie was released (probably much younger when they filmed it, i would believe it if you told me she was 5!). What was i doing at 5 years old?
Here’s the OST for this movie. A really beautiful OST (even though I don’t know what it means). Will definitely watch this movie again someday!