[singlepic=935,250,250,left]Count me in as one of the 2 million people in Korea who’ve seen the celebrated independent film “Old Partner”. It’s title in Korean is ì›Œë‚ì†Œë¦¬ (wo-nang-so-ri), the first two syllables wo-nang is Korean for the metal bell that cows wear while so-ri means sound.
I went to see the movie out of curiosity. I met my friend YJ (a Korean mom) at CGV Yongsan three Fridays ago since they’re playing the movie with English subtitles. As an indy film and a low-budgeted movie (produced at around $150,000) I didn’t expect to see big names nor any special effects. It wasn’t the first time for me to watch an indy film as I don’t really discriminate when it comes to movies, books or music.
Back to “Old Partner.” One might wonder how it could draw almost 2 million people in its six weeks of showing when the competing Hollywood movie stars Brad Pitt and is an Oscar-nominee. The story is that of an old couple (who might need some hair loss treatment) and their 40-yr old ox. I don’t even remember the names of the old couple anymore. After watching the film I wanted so much to talk about it with my husband, but I had to keep my lips sealed until he could watch it. He finally saw it last Monday night and I let out a sigh of relief that I could finally tell him my thoughts of the movie. Whew! It was difficult having to shut my mouth for almost three weeks!
“Old Partner” is still showing in theatres nationwide. It’s available with English subtitles at CGV in Yongsan.