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Soon-ho works part-time at the Chinese restaurant and goes his first delivery. He fell in love with Yu-jin who came out of the door there. But Yu-jin gets to know that Soon-ho is gay. Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Norsk
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Sep 2, 2017
  • Duration: 19 min.
  • Score: 6.5 (scored by 185 users)
  • Ranked: #10171
  • Popularity: #9993
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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Overall 7.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.5
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Gay-themed short film, not BL

Warning: not a happy ending

It is easy to tell what is happening in this short film, but it is much more difficult to say why everything is happening.

We know it is practically love at first sight for Soon-ho, the delivery boy who frequently delivers Yu-jin's meals to him. In contrast to how transparent Soon-ho is as a character, Yu-jin is very much opaque to the end. Perhaps it is meant to be this way--the intention could be to show the struggles of a gay man who won't know the attitudes of other people towards him when they find out he is gay. There can be a 180-degree change in attitude.

Yet the film is can be rather baffling. The simplest reading is probably that Yu-jin is homophobic and turns nasty when he realises that Soon-ho is gay. But it is anyone's guess when Yu-jin discovers it--does he assume that Soon-ho is gay when he sees Soon-ho sniffing his (Yu-jin's) shirt? If so, why does he have no apparent immediate reaction to Soon-ho (whose action actually is admittedly inappropriate)? In fact, he proceeds to start eating his meal without seeming affected until he picks up a piece of friend pork and pauses . . .

Perhaps Yu-jin is put off by Soon-ho's action (not necessarily because he is homophobic but because he finds it disturbing). Or perhaps he is actually homophobic. Or perhaps he is trying to repress his own sexuality and emphasize his supposed heterosexuality by getting a woman to go to his apartment at the time when he knew Soon-ho would turn up, acting intimate with this woman AND even telling her about the delivery boy who is gay. Things would be easier to grasp if we can see malice or cruelty in Yu-jin as the woman taunts Soon-ho, but he keeps quiet and appears quite expressionless (perhaps even coldly hesitant). After closing the door at Soon-ho, he says something sexual to the woman (despite not even showing any interest in her while Soon-ho is looking at them), but is he deliberately saying it loudly enough for Soon-ho to hear?

It is easy to focus on Soon-ho's heartbreak and his friendship with his employer. However, Yu-jin is ultimately the truly intriguing character. I do wish there were more in the film to nudge us towards a more concrete interpretation of Yu-jin's character. He is either a really poorly written and acted flat character or an unsuccessful attempt at creating a truly interesting character within the span of 20 minutes.

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could be the best series of all the time, with a good story like that who they show just a little was for me a big waist of time, like... lets be honest... the vibe the actors... the acting was everything on point for whaaaaat????? cmon lets move on theses littles things we have a lot of bls with trash storys with a lot of episodes and a mistery story like this with just a movie? no i dont get it. Please bl world know that we want something simple and misterious and with this vibe and not another university love, please
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  • Movie: The Turning Road
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Sep 2, 2017
  • Duration: 19 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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  • Score: 6.5 (scored by 185 users)
  • Ranked: #10171
  • Popularity: #9993
  • Watchers: 742

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