Films

Salut d’Amour (2015)

Jang-su Sahng-hoe (original title)

Director: Kang Je-gyu
Stars: Park Geun-hyung, Youn Yuh-jung

Sung-chil is a grumpy 70-year-old man who lives alone and works part-time at the local supermarket. Jang-soo, owner of the supermarket and president of the city’s redevelopment project, has been trying in vain to get Sung-chil’s signature (he’s the last hold-out and the only reason for the project’s delay), but Sung-chil stubbornly refuses any change to his lifestyle. Then he meets his new neighbor Geum-nim, a feisty yet friendly elderly lady who runs the flower shop next door. Despite his age, Sung-chil is inexperienced and clumsy at romance so the entire town cheers him on and helps him court her. But Geum-nim’s daughter Min-jung disapproves of the relationship.

★★★✮☆ 

The film already caught me few seconds into the opening, which features a South Korea countryside.

At first I thought it’s one of those sappy melodramas set in the 80s or something. Little did I know that I was in for a wonderful surprise.

The plots isn’t that unique. I even referred to it as the Korean version of The Notebook, but Salut D’Amour has its own unique appeal and style. A lot of thought must have been given to this film as evident in the way the story was presented, and how visuals were utilized to make it even better. It makes you feel good and entertained at first, before it makes you curious, and crave for answers.

Add some unique flavoring c/o your Korean veteran actors. (I say veteran because I’ve seen some of the actors and actresses in other Korean dramas.) The characters were tailored in a way that you’ll love every single one of them.

That’s Chanyeol’s, though he’s just a minor character. (If you’re a fan of EXO.)

It’s one of those films that will make you laugh and cry, and think about life. CHAROT. Basta maganda siya.

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