Film Review 46: Traces of Love 가을로

Choi Hyun Woo loses his fiancee who works as touring program producer, Min Joo, when the department store she is in suddenly collapses. Few years later, Hyun Woo receives Min Joo’s travel journal and decides go on the journey that was intended to be their honeymoon trip. During the journey, he keeps bumping into a young lady, Se Jin, and later he finds out the connection between them.

Spoiler Alert!
The movie is based on real event of Sampoong Department Store collapse in 1995. I thought I’ll be watching a really soapy film and have prepare some tissues but I didn’t shed a tear. The story is alright but there are too many coincidences which make it unbelievable. For example, the way Hyun Woo keeps bumping into Se Jin is just too made up. Furthermore most of the coincidences lead to something predictable.  Just like how Se Jin turns out to be the last person Min Joo talked to when they were trapped in the ruins. Something that I have guessed even before Hyun Woo meets Se Jin. It would have been good if the filmmakers did not try too hard to make the movie seems emotional, wanting to evoke audiences’ feelings. Since I didn’t cry, I’d say it doesn’t work which is quite a disappontment because I like the concept of the story.

To sum up: For me this is a typical second grade Korean melodrama, the kind that you watch and forget.

Mel says: 4.5/10

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  1. Vincy Mohsetti

    “For example, the way Hyun Woo keeps bumping into Se Jin is just too made up. Furthermore most of the coincidences lead to something predictable. Just like how Se Jin turns out to be the last person Min Joo talked to when they were trapped in the ruins. ”

    I think the film’s explanation is pretty adequate – It may be a coincidence that they departed on the same day, but the path itself was dictated in Min-joo’s journal, and Min-joo told the path the same way to Se-jin. Therefore that is how the two end up bumping into each other, because they are both following Min-joo’s “instructions”

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