Acoustic (2010)

Director: Yoo Sang Hun
Casts: Shin Se Gyeong, Im Seul Ong, Lee Jong Hyun, Kang Min Hyuk, and Baek Jin Hee
Genre: Music and Romance
Running Time: 90 minutes
Certi: 12

This film has three stories which represents love, hope, and music while set at Hongdae, Seoul. A singer-songwriter, Se Kyung (Shin Se Kyung) has a rare disease and she only eats ramen to survive. She aims to write a song to be published before she dies. Vocalist Seong Won (Lee Jong Hyun) and drummer Hae Won (Kang Min Hyuk) agree to sell the guitar because they have no money. Then, thanks to the baker, they realize the right way of showcasing their talent and music. Jin Hee (Baek Jin Hee) tries to remember a song which her mother used to sing to her when she was young. Ji Hoo (Im Seul Ong) falls in love with her.

The only reason why I decided to watch this film is because I love to listen to indie and acoustic music. Director Yoo has taken the opportunity to show that besides K-pop, there are other genres of music like indie music. It’s a way to raise awareness about indie music which is melodic and relaxing. The soundtracks of the film are really great to listen to. I was tapping my feet and grooving along with the music.

Although I enjoyed the music, I do not like the storyline. So far, I couldn’t find the perfect omnibus film that I love. Like ‘Doomsday Book’, I was disappointed with it. For ‘Acoustic’, I accept it because the soundtracks are nice to listen to. I’m not happy with the 1st and 3rd story of the film. Their storyline is out of place. The casts including Shin Se Kyung didn’t do a good job in the story. The fainting scenarios look so fake that I shook my head with disappointment. For the 2nd story, it’s not only because I like CNBLUE, but because at least this storyline is acceptable. Simple and not confusing at all. Between the 1st and 3rd story, what has got to do with the broccoli? Yes, it has to be metaphorically understandable. But, question: is it because Director Yoo likes to eat broccoli that he decide to put this vegetable as a symbol to this film?

A great way to appreciate indie music. The soundtracks are great. Some casts are not really good especially with the faint. The storylines in some parts are out of balance which I’m not really attached to it. It depends how you like the film: you either love the K-pop stars in the film or love indie music or both.

Rating: 7/10

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