Review by: Mut Asheru
Award winning Korean film NEW TRIAL, directed by Tae-yun Kim, is a freaking go ladies and gentlemen! The total package; it had me locked in from beginning to end. Scripting, casting and direction all shine in this intensely touching and entertaining drama. Based on actual life events, the movie tells the story of lawyer Joon-young (played by Jung Woo of ‘Answer Me 1994’ fame) and how he became known as the “new trial” lawyer while representing Hyun-woo (played by Ha-Neul Kang from ‘Scarlet Heart Ryeo’) who was wrongfully charged with the murder of a taxi driver found dead at Yakchon.
The story is formulaic but effective in revealing how one lawyer moves from being selfish and only concerned with money and the quick win to being that one guy that you absolutely love for coming to his senses and positively contributing to humanity as the people’s champ. Kang’s performance is key. It’s his soulful portrayal of the wrongfully accused Hyun-Woo that awakens Joon-Young and the audience.
NEW TRIAL is emotionally well paced and worth the time.
A taxi driver is found dead at Yakcheon. Hyun-woo (KANG Ha-neul) is a witness, but charged with a murder despite his cry for innocence and serves 10 years in prison. After being released from prison, Hyun-woo tries to lead a quiet life with his mother, but the stigma of being a ‘murderer’ is hard to get rid of. Meanwhile, lawyer Joon-young (JUNG Woo) just lost a huge class action suit. Heavily in debt, he decides to find a job at a law firm. While offering pro bono services arranged by the firm, Jun-young meets Hyun-woo, and they begin their journey to prove Hyun-woo’s innocence.
Jung Woo 정우, Kang Ha-neul 강하늘, Kim Hae-sook 김해숙, Lee Dong-hwi 이동휘
- Udine Far East Film Festival (2017) – Competition
- Centre Culturel Coréen à Paris (2017) – PAYSAGE
- Korean Film Festival in Australia (2017)