Our Happy Time

Our Happy Time (2006)

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Yu-Jung has now attempted her third suicide attempt. Her disdain for her mother and indifference to the rest of the world, isolates her from any chance for happiness. Yu-Jung also has an aunt named Sister Monica. Her aunt often goes to prison to meet with death row inmates. Sister Monica meets a new death row inmate, who asks Sister Monica if he could meet her niece Yu-Jung. Sister Monica asks Yu-Jung if read moreshe would counsel this death row inmate and Yu-Jung reluctantly agrees to do so.
Yu-Jung and the death row inmate do not open up to each other immediately. Yu-Jung comes from a family of wealth and is now a professor at a university. Yet, she has never known happiness since the age of 15. The inmate that she meets, named Yun-Soo, has had an even more traumatic childhood experience. He was abandoned by his parents at an early age and has had to live on the streets while caring for a younger brother. Eventually Yun-Soo ends up involved in the criminal world and gets convicted for murder. With their disparate backgrounds, Yu-Jung and Yun-Soo are still able to connect with each other, because both people know grief like few others could possibly know. As they both regain the will to live through their weekly meetings, they must now deal with their feelings for each other and come to grips with the short amount of time they have together.

  • Native title:

    우리들의 행복한 시간
  • Also Known as:

    Maundy Thursday ; Urideul-ui haengbok-han shigan

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Mica
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Feb 5, 2012
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Honestly I've watched a lot of movies and dramas but this has been one of the best movies I've ever seen. Definitely a #1 or #2 for me due to it's heart-warming story.

The story is about forgiveness and understanding. The two characters meet under unique circumstances and initially don't seem to get along. Yet, there's something each of them holds that can help the other. The lead female is a psychology read more major and the male lead is a criminal. Of course, she can help him in the obvious way: make him reflect on his mistakes and change his ways to lead a new life. But that would make for a simple and plot, so there's something more... There's something he doesn't know he can help her with until she shares her story. The misunderstandings they have of each other clear up and he wants to do whatever he can to help her as well. The way each character develops is what keeps you watching.

The acting is great! The cast members each do an excellent job portraying their characters - esp Dong Won and Na Young. They will have you bawling by the end of it but you will love it - especially if you like tear-jerkers.

I watched this movie when I first started watching Korean dramas back in 2007 an I've re-watched it over a couple times and still don't mind re-watching it with people who haven't seen it. It's a movie that does NOT lose it's re-watch value.
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tiitek
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May 20, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
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While writing this review I'm still crying mine eyes out... This story is so touching, so sad, so emotional, so beautiful...

I was inspired to watch Our Happy Time because of Kang Dong Won, recently I became interested in his movies.
What can I say, the story, cast and music are all great. I'm listening it right now, maybe it's not good because it makes me wanna cry more and more...

When read more I saw the title I though it will be just a silly love story. And after watching this movie I felt so betrayed. I wasn't ready for this kind of emotions that this movie put me through. How to love and forgive how to cherish life and enjoy someones company, how to smile and cry - this movie is all about that and much more. I highly recommend re-watching this movie over and over again.
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    Lulu 21 days ago

    what is the name of the anthem?

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    Shay Jul 7, 2017 - edited

    I JUST READ THE MANGA THIS WAS BASED ON AND MY HEART'S BROKEN AND SOMEONE SAID THEY MADE A MOVIE OF THIS I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ;_;

    I've been seeing this movie around for so long but it looked too depressing to watch

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      Asia al salem Jul 10, 2017

      I actually saw the movie then read the manga, watch the movie it's SOOOOO worth it!!

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      Shay Jul 11, 2017

      is the movie better?

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      Asia al salem Jul 11, 2017

      Personally yeah, the actors did a really greattttt job, it really shakes your emotions. just go for it.

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      Shay Jul 11, 2017

      thank you!! I'll check it out! <3

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    Whiskas8 May 28, 2017

    I seriously cried a river

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    AmauryLindy Apr 28, 2017 - edited

    I remember reading a manga with pretty much the same plot a while ago. Great movie.

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      Asia al salem Jul 10, 2017

      there is a manga adaptation, the movie was actually a korean novel

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    Raphs Apr 5, 2017

    Eu amo tanto esse filme, vocês não tem noção. É do tipo de que arranca lágrimas daquele que diz que não chora fácil, digo isso porque toda vez que assisto eu choro, man. E sim, gosto desses tipos de filme que te faz repensar a sua vida e pegar uma badzinha pós-filme, e se você gosta, vai fundo. Se não gosta, também vai e assiste porque todo mundo deveria assistir ele. Uma pena que ainda não achei disponível para ver em pt-br, sou louca pra recomendar prazamiguinhas :(

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    Maryama Feb 10, 2017

    why not put a tragedy in the gener seriously! it ain't a melodrama!!

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    Mica Oct 4, 2016

    This is probably my all time favourite Korean movie. I've re-watched it so many times and each time it makes me cry.

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    LPA Jul 17, 2016 - edited

    I watched this on YouTube in 10-minute segments. It was easy and the picture quality was good.
    I've been searching for this movie for quite some time. Don't know how I missed seeing it, but I'm so glad that I found it. I watched the first 10 minutes to see if it was something that I would be interested in. I couldn't stop watching to the end.
    This movie was so well done. It is touching and powerful because it makes you think and come to a few realizations about life. Everything in this movie was perfect--from the storyline and music to the most excellent acting to the writers, directors and everyone involved in its production. I rate it 10/10. Highly recommended.

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    Wanderingjinny Jul 15, 2016

    I haven't watched this movie yet but the book wrecked me

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    ievutae May 13, 2016

    2 hours passed and I didn't even noticed how the end of the movie has come. It's such a beautiful though very sad movie. And the music is perfect for this movie. I'm a cry-baby and start to cry very easily but not to the point where I have a headache...

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    Raphs Apr 14, 2016

    I don't consider myself a crybaby, but this movie...damn. I really cried :( What a great movie, gosh.

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    lopoko Feb 7, 2016

    This movie destroyed me

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    paintedblues Feb 3, 2016
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Mads Jan 21, 2016 - edited

    Is this similar to the short manga "Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan"? Because I really loved that manga, and the plot sounds really similar.

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      stolcci Jan 30, 2016

      Yes. Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan is in fact a manga adaptation of the hit novel by Gong Jiyoung , and this is the movie adaptation.

      P. S. I also love the manga and the movie. It made me bawl like an effing baby

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      Mads Jan 31, 2016

      I thought so :3
      Same! The movie made me cry as much as the manga did ;__;

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      stolcci Jan 31, 2016

      It is just...sad. I mean I have this feeling from the very beginning that there is no way they will be together. A beneficial ending, probably. But not both of them together.

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    DeepikaKrishnan Oct 21, 2015

    I didnt know there was a movie! Currently reading the novel by Gong Ji-young!

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  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

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  • Release Date:

    Sep 14, 2006
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 0 min.

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