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[movie 2007] Happy Life, 즐거운 인생

SillyYunSillyYun ?? ?? ???World of MusicPosts: 2,451Friend of Soompi

IDOL

edited September 2007 in k-dramas & movies
Jang Geun Suk, Ko Ah-seong, Jeong Jin-yeong, Kim Yoon-seok
HAPPY LIFE WILL RELEASE ON 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2007

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Upcoming movie Happy Life..heres some information:

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[MOVIE REVIEW] Upbeat spin on Korean men (2007/08/30)


For the family. For the company. For the future. There is almost always some excuse for not doing something that we really want to do. We proudly call it "sacrifice" that is necessary for our happiness. After all, our true wishes will be realized some day if we gladly persevere present suffering.

The only embarrassing truth is that such a dream-come-true, suffering-well-endured day never comes for working-class people who are often forced to confront one painful challenge after another.

"The Happy Life", directed by Lee Joon-ik ("The King and the Clown" and "Radio Star") starts off to a slow start, toying with the idea of the sadness and loneliness that grip middle-aged Korean men beset by a variety of troubles at home and in the workplace.

Worse, Ki-young (Jeong Jin-yeong) does not have a workplace to complain about. He's laid off from a financial company and has to get by on just 10 bucks a day, a meager allowance from his wife Sun-mi (Kim Ho-jeong). Even his teenage daughter Ju-hee, played by Ko Ah-seong ("The Host"), does not have much respect for his father, who has spent his prime years for the family. Powerless and money-less, Ki-young is shunned like a ghost. Aware of his awkward position in the family, he finds himself going outside when Ju-hee brings her school friends to his house.

Seong-wook (Kim Yoon-seok), a close friend of Ki-young's, is in no better position. He also lost his job recently. He has talented and intelligent kids and an education-obsessed wife to support, so he's working like hell -- a bike courier during the day and a paid driver for hire during the night.

The last member of the trio is Hyeok-su (Kim Sang-ho), a glib car salesman who works equally hard to foot the bill for the expensive schooling for his children who stay in Canada with his wife.

They went to the same college and -- yes, it's hard to believe -- they used to be a four-member rock band. They even joined the national college song competition as many as three times, only to face humiliating rejection at every attempt.

A turning point comes when long-forgotten band member, Sang-ho, suddenly dies, leaving his only son, Hyeon-jun (Jang Geun-seok). The three struggling middle-aged men, facing a personal crisis of their own, stumble into something that they have secretly missed for the past decades and yet have not had the courage to put into action -- a rock band.

Director Lee is particularly adept at weaving a web of small plot points that eventually form a bigger picture -- a rock band whose members represent average Korean men in their 40s who have very little to lose, even if they put a tattoo on their arms and put on outlandish outfits that are only encouraged in the upscale Hongdae club district in western Seoul.

The story itself is hardly an eye-opener; the real strength is hidden behind the seemingly straightforward plot. Director Lee does not put too many melodramatic flourishes on the three men and the young boy, but neither does he stay aloof from the heart-shattering incidents that put to a grueling test their friendship and adventurous, rebellious spirit that remains latent until recently.

The name of the band, aptly called "Active Volcano", is a venue where they transform their latent spirit into overflowing energy on the stage. Director Lee's tenacious camera tracks the amateur band's emotional performances up close and from a distance, striking a gentle balance in a way that prods the viewers to get in sync with the trouble-laden yet high-spirited band members.

Many of the key scenes involve the oft-cited negative aspects that snare middle-aged Korean men -- a set of obstacles that resonates more forcefully toward the end, with Hyeok-su considering shutting down his auto sales shop altogether and solving his family crisis.

In "The Happy Life", the real cinematic delight comes from the music itself, mostly retro and intermittently modified to the taste of clubbing youth. What is remarkable is that all the music pieces are actually performed by the actors -- no small feat considering that they are not professional musicians.

Although professional musicians may well find fault with every move of the band members from Ki-young's lead guitar to Seong-wook's bass to Heok-su's drum, director Lee does not allow such critical perspectives to step in because he steers the plot along an uninterrupted track full of renewed energy and not-so-latent vigor. Lee also sticks to the core message to the end: Sacrifice no more and do whatever you really want to do, however late it might be.

By Yang Sung-jin

Source : www.koreaherald.co.kr... ( English Korean )


Links:
http://www.cjent.co.kr/happylife/

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  • babymarzy07babymarzy07 come back to me... taec's heartPosts: 4,013Member
    OOOhhhh this looks cute!! Jang geun suk!!! image cant wait for this one
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    many thanks to banner icons: sachiko & entermuriel avi:Brigichii
    beastly

    once a fan always a fan. together forever. hot servants
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  • SillyYunSillyYun ?? ?? ??? World of MusicPosts: 2,451Friend of Soompi

    IDOL

    yes yes yes! our jang geun suk! hes rising hes rising! i believe he will shine in this movie! he rocks..

    today is the roadshow i think..
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  • lo0saylo0say s2..ing Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 3,094Member

    IDOL

    jang geun suk is such a hottie

    this sounds funny

    i'll keep an eye out for it when it comes out

    is there a jang geun suk thread here on soompi?
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  • SillyYunSillyYun ?? ?? ??? World of MusicPosts: 2,451Friend of Soompi

    IDOL

    some new happy life pics

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  • babymarzy07babymarzy07 come back to me... taec's heartPosts: 4,013Member
    ^ They look so cute!! with the yellow smilies and all!! ahhaa look like big kids!! Geunsukie so adorable!! image
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    many thanks to banner icons: sachiko & entermuriel avi:Brigichii
    beastly

    once a fan always a fan. together forever. hot servants
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  • LISTENLISTEN Posts: 94Member
    anybody have this movie? or the soundtrack?
    my friend told me it was fun
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  • mikalanamikalana Posts: 109Member
    yeah does anyone have the ost?
    the songs are apparently quite good
    m i k a l a n a b i g b a n g
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  • U-knows.xHunnieU-knows.xHunnie bigbangisland&soshiislandPosts: 1,302Member

    ROOKIE


    Does anyone have this movie on clubbox ?



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  • kimheamikimheami Posts: 156Member

    IDOL

    anyone got this clubbox?

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  • sPark*sPark* CNB&ST&SJK<3<3 Posts: 4,668Member

    IDOL

    heard the OST is good and the movie was good too =D i cant wait til i can watch it.
    CN Blue & Supreme Team & Song Joong Ki <3<3
    addicted to: 이선희 - 나 항상 그대를
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  • MedeaMedea Posts: 120Member
    Is this coming out any time soon? I wanna see it...
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  • tuchee11tuchee11 Posts: 1,208Member

    IDOL

    edited March 2008
    hey guys! here's the soundtrack
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/exk1um

    i posted this on the JGS thread a few weeks ago....

    i hope somebody uploads this movie on clubbox or wherever it may be... i really wanna watch this! is there an angel out there?! image

    The Happy Life - Main Trailer
    The Happy Life - Teaser Trailer
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    siggie : mirima2244 avie : tainee@LJ
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  • samgirlsamgirl an airen and a yoogal :) PhilippinesPosts: 2,052Member

    IDOL

    i was looking for this movie but to no avail.. the plot seems intersting. plus JGS looked cool in it after watching the trailer of DOremi... i started to like him
    Inlove with Lee Seung Gi and Gong Yoo <3
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  • tuchee11tuchee11 Posts: 1,208Member

    IDOL

    hey guys... i have re uploaded the Happy Life OST because the old link doesn't seem to work anymore image here it is image
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/ptkzad
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    siggie : mirima2244 avie : tainee@LJ
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  • samgirlsamgirl an airen and a yoogal :) PhilippinesPosts: 2,052Member

    IDOL

    up for this movie image
    still looking for the download of it.. image

    JGS is not doing me any good! lol
    Inlove with Lee Seung Gi and Gong Yoo <3
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  • samgirlsamgirl an airen and a yoogal :) PhilippinesPosts: 2,052Member

    IDOL

    any news about this movie? when's it coming out? the DVD? even screen caps is fine with me heheh
    Inlove with Lee Seung Gi and Gong Yoo <3
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  • BECCAAXBECCAAX Posts: 67Member
    hahah my dad was telling me about this movie he saw it on the plane to Korea and he said it was really good.
    I think because the three men are going through mid life crises and my dad can relate lols

    um i think it is coming out on video soon,
    but i wish someone would put it up on clubbox
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  • tuchee11tuchee11 Posts: 1,208Member

    IDOL

    ^ lol! i'm glad your dad liked it! image i'm excited to watch this movie too... i bet someone will upload it then we'll be able to watch it! weeeeh! image
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    siggie : mirima2244 avie : tainee@LJ
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  • tuchee11tuchee11 Posts: 1,208Member

    IDOL

    i uploaded the OST download on MU... sendspace has a short life span for the files... so i uploaded on MU cuz they last much longer... sorry the sendspace link is already broken...here the MU link
    http://www.Richard Simmons/?d=VDGOY9HM
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    siggie : mirima2244 avie : tainee@LJ
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  • GD501GD501 Posts: 16Member
    hi everyone. i see that this thread is not that active. but i'm looking for any clubbox or any links to download this movie.
    if anyone can help thanks :]
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