Review By: Mut Asheru
TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL directed by Kimjho Gwang-soo is a light-hearted (for the most part) movie about some of the questions every gay person faces. Mainly, should I come out or hide? Coming out in Korea is probably one of the more difficult countries to do that in but the film doesn’t tackle it from a geographical angle and keeps things more in line with the human aspect of the situation.
The synopsis is Min-soo (Kim Dong-yoon), a gay man, and Hyo-jin (Ryu Hyun-kyung), a lesbian, both decides to get married. Not to their respective partners… but to each other. Hyo-jin does it so that she can adopt a child more easily and Min-soo to get his parents off his back about getting married. The wedding goes off without a hitch and the two married friends live next door to each other in the same apartment which lends to scripting a couple emergency “quick my Mom’s downstairs get over here!” scenes. They also work at the same hospital. They appear to the outside world as a “normal” couple and for a time are able to ward off the curiosity of parents and any others who might disapprove of their lifestyle.
The script for TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, while comical in scope, does not lend itself to gut-busting laughter but is enjoyable. There are some undercover brothers as well as all-out brothers. The characters were a breath of fresh air lending a nice amount of seasoning to the gay-relationship- pie. Min-soo who dreams of running away to a different country where he feels he can come out comfortably, finds hottie Suk (Song Yong-Jin ) to love and is forced to face his fears of coming out right where he is as Suk says nuh-huh to fleeing for comforts sake. (two hot nom-nom kiss scenes alert!) He tells Min-soo to man up and face the consequences of being out or lose him forever.
Rather than having in your face villains to act as the opposing agents to love, the audience is constantly reminded of the “ever-present society” that would stand in the way. Of course there are a couple people who show up to verbally remind us that the danger of rejection is real such as Suk’s younger brother (omg that’s Yoo Yeon-Seok who plays Tae-Seo in Korean drama Gu Family Book, saranghe 사랑해) who tells him not to show up to his wedding lest his gayness adversely affect their father’s business.
The characters’ fears are plainly felt through their stories of rejection and the familial bonds that they tie with each other. The films colorization warmed up when the “outcasts” were together which also helped to create a snugly sense of family that could not be seen in the scenes outside the protective atmosphere.
Screen-chameleon Jeong In-gi (정인기) whom I heart (saranghe 사랑해) plays a hateful gay-bashing cab driver that brings about one of the main character’s death and a pivotal plot point that pushes Min-soo to his moment of truth.
As a whole, the film is decent but it could have used a bit more character development where the main leads where concerned. There were too many scenes of the crew hanging out together and not enough of the Min-soo and Hyo-jin having to pull off their fake married life which detracted from the emotional tie-in needed to bring this film home.
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|No rating, 106 minutes|
|Cast: Kim Dong-Yoon 김동윤 (Min-Soo) Ryoo Hyoun-Kyoung 류현경 (Hyo-Jin), Song Yong-Jin 송용진 (Suk), Jeong Ae-Yeon (Seo-Young), Park Jung-Pyo (Tina), Park Soo-Young (big sister), Kim Joon-Bum (Joo-No), Lee Seung-Jun (Kyoung-Nam), Han Seung-Do (Young-Gil), Jang Se-Hyun (Ik-Hoon), Kwon Hae-Hyo (senior doctor), Lee Moon-Sik (Priest), Yoo Yeon-Seok 유연석 (Suk’s younger brother), Jung In-Gi정인기 (taxi driver)|
|Director: Kim Jo Kwang Su|
|Screenwriter(s): Kim Jo Kwang Su, Park Hae-Young, Kim Yoon-Sin|
|Producer(s): Lee Sun-Mi, Lee Ji-Yeon|
|Cinematographer: Kim Myoung-Joon|
|Production companies: Youth Films (청년필름)|
|Foreign Language Film: Korean|