Hooray for weird Korean movies! Not much to say about this one, other than that I was pulled in by both the title and the cover art (not the one pictured here).
This is actually exactly what I think would happen if you told some Korean filmmakers to redo One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, complete with the changes that local culture would bring. The main change would be a story change from one man seeking to overthrow, to a love story between two troubled youths. The problems with authority and estrangement of family are still there, as well as a positive sense of community within the residents of the asylum.
Pretty good, but sometimes the story doesn’t always know where it’s going. I also couldn’t tell if there may have been some problems with the translation in the subtitles, or if the writing really was that strange.
Everyone is believably in a mental institution. The crazy people are pretty crazy, and the doctors and orderlies are overly patronizing. Rain is the best as the rebellious young Park Il-sun, and Su-jeong Lim is almost too weird in the part of Cha Young-goon.
The sets are strangely colorful for a mental asylum, but this is a good thing. The photography keeps things pretty interesting too, but sometimes gets a little confusing.
The effects are fun, and keep in the flavorful and imaginative world in which the story takes place. The music choice isn’t the best, but it’s listenable.
A strange little movie on a whole separate track of weird.
VERDICT: 7.5 /10
Good for fans of quirky or weird rom-coms.