Hope (2013)

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On her way to school, a young girl named So Won (which literally means "wish" or "hope" in Korean) gets sexually assaulted by a drunk older male stranger. As a result, she suffers multiple internal injuries and has to undergo a major surgery, but her emotional wounds are equally difficult to heal. Their happy family shattered, her parents Dong Hoon and Mi Hee go through feelings of pain and rage. From the read moretrauma of that day, So Won refuses to see or talk to her father, so Dong Hoon hides beneath the costume of his daughter's favorite cartoon character and becomes a "guardian angel" at her side. ~~ Based on a true story, the infamous Nayoung Case in 2008.

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    Wish ; Sowon ; Hope

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Dec 1, 2014
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Definitely not a movie for the casual viewer. This has to be one of the most heart-wrenching movies I have ever seen. It was horrifying and saddening to know that this took place in reality. It tells the story of the infamous Nayoung case of South Korea and captured the pain as much as possible. Every bone and fiber in my body felt the little girl's pain. I cried when she cried read more and laughed when she laughed.

This movie is a true masterpiece by all aspects. It was so warming and I felt like it hit me in all the right places. Nothing felt overdone or underdone and the cast did a wonderful job of portraying people suffering from grief and tragedy. Although the movie is sad, it also has immense hope in it, much like its namesake. It is all about picking yourself up from the downsides of life and moving on with a smile. It forces you to think about all the harsh realities of the world and question the thin line between justice and fairness.

I have to really, really commend the stellar performances but on by the little girl and the actors who played her parents. It was too good to be true and felt too real. For a while, I lost myself in the movie and forgot that what I was seeing on my screen was not real. The irony is that it is real and at the same time not real. My heart goes out to the family of Nayoung and hope she is doing well in real life.

However, the reason to watch this movie is mostly to take a cue from it and smile in your life. This movie is indeed very inspirational and the direction is flawless. There are no bits of it I would want to change. Everything from the casting to the script were smooth and neat. A thorough masterpiece of a film that manages to capture a lot of reality and present it to you without any sugarcoat. It tells you how if you end up with a bitter candy, swallowing it won't make the bitterness go away. You rather have to live with chewing the candy and ingest the bitterness that comes along with it.

Do watch this movie if you are looking for something different. But be warned and prepare yourself with a box of tissues.
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Mar 23, 2014
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  • Music 9.0
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I was waiting for this film eagerly. I was expecting a heartwarming family drama and also afraid of over-dramatic melodrama. Fortunately I wasn't disappointed and I got much more than what I expected.

Like many other real cruel stories another cruel story is made into film. This film is based on a rape case known as 'Na-young case'; in which an 8 year old girl was beaten and raped by an old read more man. I've a problem related to reality...
Now the problem is that the case is only 5 years old. Girl was 8 and now she's just 13 years old. Few years ago someone made a song on this & now this film caught lots of attention and I think it's extremely hard for family to overcome the trauma because of this film. Especially because this film came into light at the point where family was (probably) starting to forget this event. I'm not saying that it's wrong to make films on such cases but this film came too early.

I'll keep this short since I'm still buried under emotions.
Beginning of the film is very sad and can make anyone angry easily. It was painful to watch but those scenes don't last for long. After those painful scenes there is series of many beautiful scenes. Recovery of So-won (Victim), friends helping family, a lot of people trying to restart life of devastated family, family trying to be positive for future and make the daughter happier instead of crying over past that can not be changed. I loved father-daughter relationship most.

What I loved about this film is it's strength in stirring up emotions (of characters & our) in meaningful way. It's not like usual Korean films that force melodrama and turn into joke (Fly High, You're My Sunshine and many more!). Everything in this film is genuine...


-Genuine & unforced situations-emotions
-Great cast
-Music is excellent. I loved the long track played during recovery scenes of So-won.


-Mistimed release (Related to reality, it's bugging me)
-I didn't notice any bad points. I was very busy in watching film.
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Obviously the topic matters are very different - one deals with rape/sexual assault trauma and the other a terminal illness, but the main reason I recommend these for each other is because of the heartwarming family theme.

Expect to have some tissue boxes around you and lots of buckets to catch your tears. Both really made me feel bittersweet, emotional, and just warmed my heart extremely.

Hope arguably has a more dramatic and darker undertone while the pace of My Palpitating Life is much more slow paced and relaxed, but I think the family bond is what tore my heart most in both movies.

(I cried so much in Hope, but only teared up in My Palpitating Life because I think the tones are so different but I just loved both movies and after Hope I had been looking for more loving family movies.)
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Both stories of parents when their child is sexually assaulted. While Azooma focuses on the pain of a mother dealing with the fact that there is no justice for her child, Hope focuses on the family's way to recovery and the utter hopelessness the parents feel about their child's suffering. A seriously heart wrenching movie that will have you in tears.
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    Sharn 22 days ago

    Somebody just sprayed a basket worth of pepper to my eyes.

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    Renrane 28 days ago

    One day at school, the teacher let our class watch this. Then, a few of my classmates were crying after watching the movie.

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    sickofme Jan 14, 2017

    I've just watched this film with my mom and we can't stop crying... It was so good.

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    Mikazuki Ruka Jan 4, 2017

    That Jerk Must've Die For The S**t He F****** Did For An 8 Years Old Kid.

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    roo Jan 2, 2017

    I've watched it at night , and at the next morning , my eyes were so swollen that i couldn't see a thing.

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    Momoi Dec 11, 2016 - edited

    I must be an emotion cold person. After watching The Crucible this didn't hit me as bad. Children and sexual abuse are always a sensitive issue :<

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      Nishat Jan 18, 2017

      Really? I'm the opposite. I watched Hope first and bawled my eyes out. Then I watched The Crucible which was definitely more dark and made me angry but I didn't cry.

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      Momoi Jan 19, 2017

      Anger was definitely a strong emotion with The Crucible, maybe because of that I was emotionally more stable and missed my timing to cry with Hope. And I think that the therapy and making friends at the end of the movie, gave it a more positive overall vibe.

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    Mimeiko Dec 3, 2016

    I've cried a river...

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    sojushot Oct 1, 2016

    I got dehydrated from too much crying.. T__T

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    DasChaZab Sep 24, 2016

    Daebak!! Can't stop crying T_T .. two thumbs up!

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    Johnson-Shampoo Sep 9, 2016

    Too depressed
    Can't move
    I'm dying after watching this

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    Ivana Jul 31, 2016

    I cant watch it...OMG

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    Ivana Jul 31, 2016

    I cant watch it...OMG

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    Twyx Jul 12, 2016

    It was so painful to watch, something scary like that happened to a poor little girl It really hurts because things like this really happen in life.. but it's really very well made, actors are great and if you're not afraid of crying too much, I think you should try and watch it.


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    Oct 2, 2013
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    2 hr. 2 min.


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