A man on deathrow wants to taste "doenjang jjigae" (a spicy Korean bean paste stew) before he dies. Television producer Choi Yu Jin hears of the inmate and researches his story for an upcoming news report. Yu Jin then comes across a mysterious woman named Jang Hye Jin who makes doenjang jjigae that brings tears of joy to those who tastes her recipe. As Yu Jin delves further, he learns of Hye Jin's heartbreaking relationship with Kim Hyun Soo.
Cast & Credits
Almost the whole first half is the reporter looking for and discovering clues that lead to her, step by step, person by person that touched her life. Once he gets close enough, you get a glimpse of her life and her love and the story of how her delicious recipe came to be. It's a little slow going at first but don't let that stop you.
This movie has an ethereal, magical quality to it and it made me want to eat Doenjang Stew really bad...even though I've never had it in my life.
The story is beautifully written and very well acted. The Ume tree forests, the soybean fields and the mountains are all shot beautifully. Once again, Lee Yo Won does a great job and Lee Dong Wook is wonderful. Ryu Seong Ryong plays the reporter and I really like him in this. (He played the gay art gallery owner in Personal Taste) This is a very different role. I didn't recognize him at first.
This is a small, quiet movie but it's a lovely story. I wasn't bored at all but I think you have to be in the mood for quiet.