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I Am Happy (나는 행복합니다)

나는 행복합니다 (Na-neun Heang-bok-hab-ni-da)

Directed by Yoon Jong-chan (윤종찬)

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113min | Release date in South Korea :

Synopsis
Man-soo runs a car repair shop in the small town. He lives with his elderly mother who suf- fers from dementia. One day, Man-soo’s older brother, a gambling addict, threatens him for the contract to the shop after stripping him of everything, but Man-soo doesn’t give in. But later on, his brother’s unavoidable death, his mother losing her memory, and his girlfriend leaving him because of his poverty all became heavy burdens on him. Man-soo locks himself in his room for a couple of days and is then sent to a mental institution later.
Later on Man-soo comes under the delusion that he has become a millionaire. He issues blank checks to the patients at the hospital showing off his wealth. In particular, he likes the head nurse of his ward, Su-kyung. She has been taking care of her father who has been sick in the hospital for a long time. Su-kyung receives consolation from Man-soo’s bright smile and warm words although he’s a mental health patient. But behind this bright smile hides his madness, not knowing what or when something will happen.

After his scandalous films, YOON Jong-Chan came back with another story about wounded souls. The director used a horror plot in his outstanding debut "Sorum"to describe the mentality of people who have been hurt, and in his second film, "Blue Swallow", he told us a story about a woman aviator PARK Kyoung-won who was destined to fail. This time he has captured an idea from a short novel called ‘Mr. Cho, Man-deuk’ by LEE Cheong-joon. The story line and main characters differ slightly from the original story, but it still reflects life at a psychiatric ward. The story begins as troubled Man-soo becomes an inpatient at a psychiatric ward. Man-soo has a flabby family and a gambling brother, who comes to the hospital and bullies Man-soo for her credit card. These sad and angry memories about his family always ties Man-soo down and he tries to hide behind the world of his own creation. Soo-kyung, a nurse, who watches Man-soo everyday, is not exactly having a great life, either. She has a broken heart and also tries to recover from sad memories with her family. Where these two main characters meet is where all the wounded souls stay. HYEON Bin’s transformation into a sad inpatient and the clean image of LEE Bo-yeong stands out in the limited space of the psychiatric ward. The title of this film is a bit of a paradox, but clearly states the wish that we all have for a happier life.

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  • Korean World Premieres at PIFF 2008
    2008/09/30, Source,
    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is putting its weight behind local films this year, and, under the catch-phrase 'Way to Go, Korea!' will host the World Premier of 15 Korean features. Headlining is closing film "I Am Happy" by,...More
  • Must-See Movies at 13th Pusan Film Festival
    2008/09/28, Source,
    By Lee Hyo-won
    Staff Reporter

    The 13th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) ― South Korea's most reputable and Asia's largest cinema event ― will take place in the southern port city Oct. 2-10. "The Gift to Stalin" from Kazakhstan opens the festival while,...
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  • Pusan International Festival Invites Movies From 60 Countries
    2008/09/16, Source,
    The 13th Annual Pusan International Film Festival is coming up starting on October second and lasting for one week.
    Known for introducing up-and-coming movies from Asia including ones made in Korea this year the festival is attempting to try something new.
    The aim is to expand the festival's focus,...
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  • Pusan film fest aims to be the best yet
    2008/09/11, Source,
    Organizers of the 13th Pusan International Film Festival have taken some major steps to address past criticisms and ensure maximum convenience for guests and participants this year.

    "The means of purchasing tickets have been updated. One example is the ability to buy tickets by using your cell ph,...
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Staff
 Lee Cheong-joon (이청준)
 Original work
 Kyeong Min-ho (경민호)
 Editor
Technics
113 min HD Cinemascope (2.35)
Web site
www.iamhappy2009.co....
Festival(s) & award(s)
Sales or release dates & Box Office
Airing dates : 2009/11/26
South Korean Box Office
Source : www.cine21.com & www.kobis.or.kr
As of 2010.02.07 : 7,307 admissions (total)
As of 2009.12.13 : 7,046 admissions (total)
As of 2009.12.06 : 6,378 admissions (total)
As of 2009.11.29 : 3,814 admissions (total)

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When is it released on dvd? I can't find anything on it.
2010-07-10 15:25:12
2009-12-01 01:28:01
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Wow ... , I can't wait to watch it, I have been looking for this movie for almost a year, since it has been announced.
2009-11-10 10:01:42
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