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Jung Yeon’s son with an intellectual disability went missing 6 years ago. She still has not given up hope on finding him. One day, Jung Yeon receives a tip that her missing son is at a fishing village on an island. Jung Yeon travels there to find her son. (Source: AsianWiki) Edit Translation

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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Nov 27, 2019
  • Duration: 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 447 users)
  • Ranked: #5053
  • Popularity: #7606
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Sep 6, 2022
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Overall 9.0
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Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
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Re. missing children: highly topical, soundly researched, superbly directed and masterfully acted

"Bring Me Home" is a KMovie full of raw reality and emotional impact that disturbingly brings you closer to present day human abyss.

Perhaps it would be appropriate to describe this KMovie as a fine study in the nexus between humanity and inhumanity, with the scales being tipped by human compassion. Life becomes barren, cruel, brutal and hopeless when this compassion no longer finds a place among people. But it makes a difference whether a soul has already left the human body and only a cold shell remains, which already lacks any human compassion. Or whether a soul is deeply injured and has only withdrawn far from a dazed body, but at the decisive moment, when human compassion seizes this body and reaches the soul, unexpected energies are mobilized and thus in a kind of holy anger fighting their way out of the pull of gloomy abysses. ...It is compassion that makes a difference in human dignity.

In any case, it is appropriate to describe this KMovie as a highly topical, soundly researched, superbly directed and masterfully acted study about the subject of missing children, or child abduction and child abuse in South Korea.

Howsoever I describe it, the bottom line is the same: "Bring me Back" is a thriller about (in)human abysses. The KMovie unfolds its haunting power through an almost brutal, unimpressed realism, holding up a merciless mirror to a society that seems indifferent to the disappearance of children. "Bring me Back" is a family drama. But it is also rigorous social criticism that explains the particular drama of one (of an alarmingly large number) of South Korean families as a disturbing general social disaster.

Yoo Jae-myung surpasses himself here as dishonest, repellent policeman without shame or sense of duty. Also fantastic: Lee Young-ae. She has already proven herself as an avenging angel in the KMovie "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". At that time it was about vigilantism as a concept based on principle and planned for a long time. Here it's more of a reflex in the heat of the moment.

Heavy. Gloomy. Still recommendable.

Actually, in 2020 (the movie is from 2019) there was a nationwide campaign in South Korea. At that time, 661 children had been missing for more than a year, 638 of them for more than five years. So that they are not forgotten, their faces have now been printed on a wide parcel tape, which is used by the South Korean Post and larger shipping services and can also be used privately. The faces were digitally edited and adjusted to look as they could possibly look today. The central information about their case was also printed on it. (However, I do not know whether this has contributed to the clarification of individual cases yet.)

---------------------------------- SIDE NOTE: --- Missing children in South Korea ---

Human trafficking is not a specifically South Korean issue. However, the continent of Asia is the undisputed leader with 7 countries among the 11 countries with the most victims worldwide. One might not expect South Korea to be at the forefront, but human trafficking is an alarmingly profitable business here, and the trend is expanding - regardless of whether it involves women and children who are exported or imported from abroad, or as Transit country for human traffickers from China or Russia. This is largely beneath the public radar. Public officials are often involved or bribed. In addition, most of the victims here are under the age of 16. This means that they are initially treated 'only' as runaways - this was the case in 80 percent of the solved cases. Thus, the police and authorities are not primarily in charge, but the parents. If the children are among the remaining 20 percent - the kidnapped or abandoned - then unfortunately they are unlucky that they are not searched for with the necessary vigor. At the same time, these minors are among the weakest and most defenseless members of society. They have neither voice, nor life experience, nor strength to really oppose the perpetrators. This makes them easy prey for a lucrative business.

In South Korea, over 99 percent of missing children are found within the first two days. That sounds like a lot. However, for the 1 percent of families who do not find their child during this time span, a nightmare begins that has already driven many parents to even commit suicide. It has been proven that the pain, the struggle with guilt and hope, does not stop in the years and decades that follow.

A figure from 2016: of around 38,000 missing persons reports, half were minors who turned up again within the famous 48 hours. 285 of these missing persons cases could not be cleared up. Among long-term missing minors (according to a 2014 case study), 65 percent were later found dead, and 46 percent of resolved child kidnapping cases revealed they were victims of physical sexual violence.

The statute of limitations marks another problem. As a result, parents often devote their lives to searching on their own, far beyond their means, since no one else will. They however can´t help but keep searching and hoping. They are more likely to lose their job, their social life, their health, or their own life. A 2006 study found that 40 percent of parents who missed their child for years or decades lost their job and spent an average total of around $500,000 in the search. (By now, that sum is likely to be a lot higher.) This includes the money that had to be paid to the number of false informants, or the travel expenses to travel to a potential location where a tip sent the parents. More than once, someone played a prank. Such cases are well documented. But there are also (fortunately) case histories of donors and supporters.

In South Korea, the legal activities relating to missing minors have been tightened again and again in recent years. But the results are still not what one might wish for. A government study from 2021 identifies acute further needs in all areas: from prevention to investigation and prosecution to officials training. Between 2015 and 2020, South Korean women and children were trafficked in increasing numbers. There are always accomplices among public officials, in particular the cooperation between human traffickers and police officers is criticized, which robs the victims of any last hope of help. By the way, in this context, fishing industry on the coasts is also expressly mentioned as a crime scene. Numerous cases of human trafficking and exploitation of workers whose working and living conditions are sometimes disastrous are documented.


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Overall 8.5
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Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

A Heart-wrenching Thrilling Drama

**Warning: Movie contains animal and child abuse**

•Plot: A mother looking for her missing child can easily fall into your "average thriller" trap, yet this movie could leave an impact for its mix of hideous shots and turns, gripping performance, and good directing. It is a sad, dark, and sometimes sickening movie that consistently sheds light on the mentality of a mother with a missing child, the anguish of abandoned children, the selfishness and ignorance of people.

So the movie doesn't start with some cliche sweet moments of the family ahead of the tragedy. It gets you right into the aftermath of their child disappearance and the parents' exhausted tries in search of their lost son, although 6 years had already passed. Frustrating and unfair events kept on building and escalating to effectively make you feel the misery, another thing that honestly made this movie cruel and distressing to watch.

I won't deny that many happenings were predictable, but few bold gasping-worth moments took me by surprise (the main reason I rated this 8.5). At some point, I thought it was going to turn into a revenge story, which is tempting, but thankfully enough didn't happen. The movie instead gave a message that hope is one thing that a mother should never give up on for her child, just as the movie title suggests "Please Find Me".

•Cast: I only saw (Lee Young Ae) before in "lady vengeance", which was enough for me to appreciate her forever! Here, she played the role of a desperate, yet tenacious mother very well. (Yoo Jae Myung) who played an appalling thug cop, was amazingly impressive, unlike most secondary characters he usually takes. And as always, I was glad to see (Park Hae Joon) on the screen, such a talented versatile actor!

•Cinematography and music were well-suited to the mood of the movie, leaving behind some vivid unsettling imagery. However, the movie, in general, isn't extremely violent or gory.

It is hard to express how this movie affected me without spoiling it, so I won't say more. but overall, I loved this movie and its view on the sad painful reality of abandoned/abused children, and would definitely recommend it to you all :)

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  • Movie: Bring Me Home
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Nov 27, 2019
  • Duration: 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older


  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 447 users)
  • Ranked: #5053
  • Popularity: #7606
  • Watchers: 1,175

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