A Good Lawyer’s Wife (2003)

Director: Im Sang Soo
Casts: Moon Soo Ri, Hwang Jung Min, Bong Tae Gyu, Yoon Yeo Jung, Kim In Mun, and Baek Jeong Rim
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 104 minutes
Certi: 18 (South Korea)

Each of the family members has their own secret affair. The whole family founds out that the grandmother discovers the meaning in her life through an affair with her elementary school sweetheart. The husband, who is a model citizen-attorney, is having a secret affair with another woman even though he puts his devotions to his family. The wife supports him who is having a rough time. Later on, she also decides to brighten up her life by giving the next door neighbour’s teenage son, who has been spying on her, about love and sex lessons. Thus, it is a complication of love to make people feel happy and youthful while the son has no idea what is going on.

It is a really complicated love story but at least you get a gist of what is going on between the married couple. Both of them tried to give themselves the youth and enjoyment by having sex together but things didn’t work out the way it supposed to be. Thus, they decided to secretly have an affair with another lover. To them, they think it wouldn’t hurt a bit to do things behind each other’s back, right? They tried to be happy as a family with the son even though they seriously crave for love and sex.

The husband is having a time with a lot of scenarios: his father, his job, his own family, and his secret lover. He has to balance all those things without getting stressed and caught. Unfortunately, he had failed to do so. If I knew him, I would just tell him to file a divorce in the first place. But, then again, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I mean what the whole family would think if he does that. Besides the ‘Dancing Queen’, I get to see the side of Hwang Jung Min’s acting. He played the serious yet rough person in portraying how the husband is going through tough times. Even though there is a little bit of humour in certain scenes, but there is more about him that gives you the goosebumps. Surprisingly, he is able to take on the challenge to be naked. As the saying goes, it’s art in film not the other way round.

The wife has been working hard for the family, too. She always has her eyes on her beloved son (the son is so adorable). Even though she supports her husband who is having a hard time, but she too wants something to make her feel lively. I give salute to Moon Soo Ri for two reasons: (1) the challenge is that she has to be naked and making love and (2) portraying roles as wife, mother, and daughter-in-law. Not to forget, I’m surprised that she is flexible and good at dancing. I wonder whether she currently still good at dancing. To me, at the moment, Moon Soo Ri portrays really well as a mother in this film. For example, she cares for her son so much and she cried so hard when his son was murdered (by the way, how the son make me cover my mouth with both hands, like the group from monkey see and monkey do, while having the shocking eyes)

A good film with complicated love story line yet focusing on two characters slowly until it combines together into one boom. I love the casts. I mostly love Moon Soo Ri with her impressive acting. I have sort of come up with questions about what I actually want to know more about her. I’ll soon watch more of her films. Overall, I would recommend you to watch this film. Again, take this as a love and art. Not the other way round.

Rating: 8/10

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