With yet another awesome short film from them, I believe that it is safe to say South Korea has mastered the art of SHORT FILMs!
Because my God! For the life of me I have no idea how they manage to make a 21 minute short feel so complete, sometimes even more so than typical SK movies which usually run between 1h45 to 2h of runtime! These 21 minutes felt like I have just been told a story of a life time and I have no questions left in me other than the usual ‘what happened in the end’ question which can be asked of every great movie!
Seriously, this short had ‘artistry’ plastered all over it! The actresses were frikkin great, their emotions and history was totally sold on me despite the 21 minutes! Like, how do they do it?! Do they film an actually longer film and just cut out scenes to make the short condensed version?
Anyway let’s get to the story!
Our story starts with a dream, a dream of a life long gone when our girls were still in high school. It’s Yeon-woo (Long-haired), our main heroine that is having the dream. We would be having more of these flashbacks later on and will be used to fill in the gaps of the awkwardness between the two, especially on Se-jeong (our short-haired potter) part where she seems kind of cold towards a sunny Yeon-woo.
What’s interesting is that Yeon-woo wakes up next to a man in bed and we later fin out that they are to be married! Yeah, I ain’t kidding you when I say that I literally skipped this video in the queue after seeing that but the next time around I had more time and I gave it another chance.
I am so glad that I did!
From what I understand it, just before her wedding Yeon-joo dreams of a life long gone, usually your love life flashes before your eyes before you are about to commit and some take the opportunity to burn those bridges that they might have left standing before getting tied down (and also to make sure that your young flame won’t be back later to bite you after you no longer have a choice). The latter is kind of what Yeon-joo does here, after being reminded of her first love and best friend back then, she goes to visit her, with either a mission to invite her to her wedding or burn that bridge that she left standing between them back then, and girl was it a tall bridge!!!
After spending a good amount of time together, which included Yeon-joo being reminded of why she so loved her friend back then, and poor Se-jeong having those emotions come flooding back especially given the way things had ended, you just knew something was coming the more time passed because Se-jeong got more and more ‘off’! Meanwhile yeon-joo would just avoid and ignore Se-jeong’s questions of why she was there, which seemed weird when you did not know what happened between them back then! But thankfully Se-jeong wasn’t depicted as a bitch doing so!
But you just know things would reach that boiling point eventually and they do when Se-jeong just couldn’t take it no more! They got even worse when she found out why Yeon-joo was there in the first place, well, the reasons she thought she was there to visit her long time friend (were they even still friends the way they parted?)
Just imagine being in Se-jeong’s shoes! This girl that you were in love with back then, who left you in the cold because she could not handle the social pressure despite being the one who crossed the line of friendship and stirred those forbidden emotions within you, the girl that changed your life so much you are still single to this day because of her, that girl having the gull to come visit you out of no where, bringing those enormous emotions within you once more, giving you a dash of hope once more with the teases then coming and dropping you the bomb of her being married soon to some guy!
Yeah, I an just imagine what Se-jeong was feeling during that field scene!
But let’s not made Yeon-joo out as a villain yet! Like she says they were young back then and while we can never know if she was strong enough to stand up to society now were they to start seeing one another again, she does deserve a chance! We have seen people who never make the same mistake twice! We have seen people finally standing up to their demons. Like the second season of hat horror series I love where a friend had to go back into a nightmare to save her friend despite being scared shitless because she ran away once when they were young and her friend needed her after her mother had died! Or this new movie where a Sister wo was mean to her sister when they were young is now protecting her at all costs from their tormenters…
And anyway we can be sure that despite coming with that excuse of inviting Se-jeong to her wedding, she makes up for everything by telling the truth eventually, which was that she wanted to see Yeon-joo so badly, also the apology was the pure icing on that cake! I swear to you all I have never seen such a sincere apology before in any movie! I would have forgiven her with just that apology and really, Se-jeong did not even stand a chance! She still had feelings for Yeon-joo and her being so sincere like that not to mention knowing that she still loved her too and, well…
But of course the deal breaker came later that night in bed! For the first time it was Se-jeong to initiate the intimacy when she thought Yeon-joo was asleep by kissing her. Surprised when the other woman opened her eyes, she was even further surprised when Yeon-joo returned the kiss! Not just any kiss, not once, not twice, not thrice but I counted almost 8 times that they kissed!
And by the way, I count the kisses every time their lips separate!
Needless to say theirs made it onto the ‘Best Kiss’ list of mine! I did not even need the close-up to rank this one! Even from that distance, even from that amount of low light, you could clearly see how passionate the kisses were!
And while it was not shown, the way they were making out and how escalating it was getting, there is no denial in what came next! They totally went all the way! Yeon-joo’s smile in the next scene, followed by the sunlight covering her bright face is a total deal sealer!
Yeon-joo asks if it would be okay for her to come and visit again from time to time, to which Se-jeong answers that even if she said no Yeon-joo would still come! You damn well know that they are going to be doing it like rabbits every time they see each other!
But that is not the question of the ending! The ending scene is of Yeon-joo leaving what I imagine being the wedding invitation card on the bus stop seat, after scrunching it in her hands (show of a certain emotion), a card that had a very familiar quote about love…
“There is no remedy for love, but to love more”
Now, where have I seen that before, right no this blog…
Like, what does that mean?! I am pretty sure that Se-jeong would have been okay with coming to Yeon-joo’s wedding! They sure seemed like they had burned that bridge between them with the way they parted so why is that invitation here? All scrunched up? What does it mean?!! Is the wedding off? Did Yeon-joo un-invite Se-jeong? I don’t think so to the latter!
Also even more confusing is that actual last frame of the film! It was a scene of that bowl that Se-jeong helped yeon-joo make, help that involved a whole lot of Hand-sex mind you! Inside it she had written something which unfortunately did not get translated and I have a feeling that it is the answer to my question about the wedding!
So please, if anyone understands Korean, please be kind as to translate…
And that’s me.
Ai Desu ne
I feel for both sides!
How tight she holds onto Se-jeong!!!
There’s no way this ended on just a kiss (It’s not just a kiss but…YKWIM)!
June 20, 2018 at 06:38
Text on the bowl is the same that appears at the end. Using google translate app it says “my forgotten star” then the forgotten part is crossed out changing it to “my star”
Looking at the YT comments someone says it is “my forgotten starlight -> my startlight” so I guess google translate was pretty close(either would work, honestly).
They really should have subtitled that part.
June 20, 2018 at 07:20
Thank you very much for the info. Now it makes sense and just as I suspected it does put a kind of closure to things because just think, the next time that Yuen-joo cones over to collect her bowl Su-jeong would already have found that marking.
With the promise of them meeting more times, probably for more than just catching up, there is too much there for this to be an affair.
I am pretty sure that Yuen-joo scrapped that wedding. Which is too bad because I would have loved to see her go through with it and invite Su-jeong who would steal the Bride away once the priest asked if there was anyone that was agains6the marriage.
In my dreams I guess.
Really, thank you again for the translation. And you are right, something so important should have been translated
July 2, 2018 at 11:43
I very much agree with what you said about Koreans being skilful with short films, most of the time the feature films do not even come close to a short few minutes, they express so many interesting things in a short time. I found this MV on Instagram is from a group or singer called Tenny, are less than 6 minutes but I found it very interesting, both the story of the act of the girls, I will look for the translation of the song, but it is worth taking a look