As expected, Hyeon-ji is not able to escape from Bong-pal for all that long. Actually Hyeon-ji isn't very good at avoiding Hye-seong either, which is especially silly since at least Bong-pal can guess where Hyeon-ji might be hiding. Hye-seong has quickly turned into the big sour point of "Bring It On, Ghost" for me. He's a villain that succeeds, not through being powerful or competent, but by being the beneficiary of dumb luck and some very disturbingly disinterested bystanders.
Note the detectives. One of them is making simple deductions and realizing that beyond the surface level most of what they learn regarding Hye-seong doesn't add up. The other one just wants to close the case as quickly as possible because he's lazy. I mean, sheesh, is it so much to ask for a detective to demonstrate more than a passing interest in detective work? That's not even getting into the hospital, where apparently random veterinarians are given admitting privileges.
It's fortunate that so much of the main emphasis in "Bring It On, Ghost" is instead on the fractured relationship between Hyeon-ji and Bong-pal. The whole snag of Hyeon-ji being a ghost ends up getting a magical solution. This much is not so bad, given that it was fairly decently foreshadowed and played up for decent conflict. It bears repeating- Ok Taecyeon and Kim So-hyun are very well cast in their roles, even if the age difference is probably going to become a lot more noticeable soon.
That still leaves the problem, though, of Hye-seong being a villain who to date none of the main characters are even aware is a villain. Myeong-cheol is starting to get on my nerves. Yes, there are good reasons why Bong-pal should not be dating a ghost. But at the moment it really does seem like Myeong-cheol should be more worried about the fact that Bong-pal's biology teacher is a serial killer who will kill Bong-pal if his identity is ever discovered.
Lucky for them, Hye-seong is not terribly smart and considering the man's interrogation technique, it's easy to see why he has failed in his generally poorly defined objective for so long. Unfortunately it looks like the inevitable fight with Hye-seong is going to be disappointing, because the production team is barely even trying with the ghost battles anymore. No backstory to speak of, just a spooky horror movie trope, a few punches and we're done. Ugh.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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