19 January 2014

Maundy Thursday Movie Review

Title: Maundy Thursday
AKA: Our Happy Times / Holy Thursday
Genre: Romance
Origin: Korea
Release date: September 14, 2006
Cast: Kang Dong Won and Lee Na Young.

When she for the third time fails suicide Moon Yoo Jung (Lee Na Young) meets her childhood nun. As her family is very religious and part of the church community, most of her childhood was in the church and with the nun. The nun gives her an ultimatum, either she goes to counseling or goes with her to a prison to meet an inmate. She reluctantly promises the nun to go with her and meet the inmate every Thursday, but when noticing that he is convict on death row she immediately regrets it. The inmate Jung Yoon Soo (Kang Dong Woo) is serving the death sentence for man slaughter, and has for some reason wished to meet Yoo Jung before he dies.
After refusing to meet the nun, Yoo Jung is forced to keep her promise and meets Yoon Soo every Thursday. Slowly these two find each other and the will to live again…

This is one of those you have to get in the mood for in order to actually grasp it, and yet you still understand the severity of it. It shows the other side of the wall, and yet it becomes heartbreaking in the end. I started watching this because of Kang Dong Won since I am a huge fan of his, and he really did not let me down. Even though this is over 7 years old you don’t really see that especially if you aren’t familiar with the Korean justice world. The impression I had in Korean dramas was that you serve an amount of time - no matter what kind of murder - and get release on either probation or released completely. But in this movie my impression is much more different. I don’t want to taint your impression of the movie and the theme if you are going to watch it, so I won’t discuss anything more. Though I’ll say it really is good, and the chemisty is brilliant even though there is almost no skin ship.
All in all I do recommend it.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥½ / 4½ out of 5 hearts

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