Han Ji-min, Nam Joo-hyuk
After an incident that leaves her electric wheelchair disabled, Josée (Han Ji-min, MISS BAEK) is rescued by Young-seok (Nam Joo-hyuk, THE GREAT BATTLE), a lonely student who takes her to a dilapidated home where she lives with an old woman. This is the beginning of a romance that develops slowly, over meals cooked by the young paraplegic woman, who gradually reveals herself to her new companion. But the stories she tells are often more fantasies than memories, Josée being an orphan who, because of her disability, spends more time with her nose in a book or lost in her imagination than living adventures around the world…
This book by Japanese writer Seiko Tanabe has been brought to the big screen several times since its publication in 1984, including a recent successful anime, JOSÉE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH (2020). Simply titled JOSÉE, this newest adaptation, by South Korean filmmaker Kim Jong-kwan (WORST WOMAN), is more faithful to the original material, especially with regard to the ending. Visually polished, the charming, sentimental drama takes its time to depict the environment where the story unfolds, and to carefully observe the evolution of the relationship between Young-seok and Josée. Without giving too much away, the final sequences are incredibly beautiful and moving. – Translation: Rupert Bottenberg
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