Springtime (2004)

Korean title: 꽃피는 봄이 오면 (Ggot-pi-neun Bomi O-myeon)

What’s popping:

A man going through mid-life crisis.

Hyeon-woo (Choi Min-sik, 최민식) goes in search of himself in a small coal mining town. The musician who plays the trumpet decides to teach a group of kids at the local high school.

What triggered his soul-searching journey? Another failed audition, a phone call from his erstwhile girlfriend informing him about her impending marriage and a realisation that he’s still living with his Mom at 40-something.

The flick was a little too slow for me and I slept mid-flick. I was waiting to see how Hyeon-woo turned the ragtag group of kids into bona fide musicians but no such luck. The movie stayed focused on Hyeon-woo.

There was also a hint of romance between Hyeon-woo and the local pharmacist, but it headed nowhere.

I was quite bored with the movie, actually.

The plot:

The Teacher gives the student some trumpet-playing pointers

A story about a trumpeter who finds new hope (like, Spring, you see) after he starts teaching music at a coal mining village.

Watch it:

  • Astro KIRANA (Astro Channel 122)
  • In Korean with your choice of English or Bahasa Malaysia subtitles
  • Check your Astro guide for the time(s), I lost mine.

Pics credit: HanCinema

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