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A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003)

Baramnan gajok (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 August 2003 (South Korea)
Bored, horny, and frustrated, a woman begins an affair with a teenage boy.

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Sang-soo Im

Writer:

Sang-soo Im
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Cast

Credited cast:
So-Ri Moon ... Eun Ho-jung / Wife
Jung-min Hwang ... Yeong-jak / husband
Yuh Jung Youn ... Hong Byung-han / Yeong-jak's mother (as Yeo-jeong Yoon)
In-mun Kim In-mun Kim ... Joo Chang-geun / Yeong-jak's father
Tae-gyu Bong Tae-gyu Bong ... Shin Ji-un / teenage boy
Jeong-rim Baek Jeong-rim Baek ... Kim Yeon / Yeong-jak's mistress
Joon-yeong Jang Joon-yeong Jang ... Joo Soo-in
Ji-ru Sung Ji-ru Sung ... Postman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dong-hoon Choi Dong-hoon Choi ... Cop
Sang-soo Im ... Judge
Nam-yeol Jang Nam-yeol Jang ... Snack Cart Owner
Jin-gak Jeong Jin-gak Jeong ... Shin Gye-dong
Deok-jae Jo Deok-jae Jo ... Detective
Woo Jung Woo Jung ... Villager (as Jung Woo)
Byeong-chun Kim Byeong-chun Kim ... Jang Woon-joo
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Eun Ho-jeong, a dancer, is wife of the unfaithful Yeong-jak and mother to a seven-year-old son. She meets a teenage boy, Shin Ji-un and the two share an intimate friendship despite their age difference. When Ji-un's father discovers their relationship, he threatens to tell her husband. Meanwhile, her father-in-law, Joo Chang-geun dies and her mother-in-law, Hong Byung-han quickly starts up another relationship. Written by lament

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

15 August 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Good Lawyer's Wife See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Extended Soap Opera
26 May 2004 | by michael@piston.netSee all my reviews

This is less of a movie than a very extended soap opera. An apparently conscientious young Korean attorney has an affair while his sexually frustrated wife goes looking elsewhere for fulfillment. Apparently he's lousy in bed since both of his women seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in post-coital masturbation. Meanwhile his mother finds love elsewhere as his father lies dieing while his young and tasty assistant yearns for the day when she can make his triangle a square. Altogether it provides a fascinating insight into Korean society, that being - they're just like Americans - or maybe, more specifically, just like Manhattanites - those in Sex and the City, for example.

If this movie has anything deeper to say than "get it while you can" it keeps it well hidden. The tragedy which brings the attorney's marriage - and the movie - to its inevitable conclusion seems to have nothing to do with the plot other than to provide it with a convenient resolution. Still its refreshing to see sexual relationships, marital and otherwise, portrayed in such a frank and nonjudgmental manner. Pity that the film continued about 45 minutes beyond the point that I stopped caring.


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