[HanCinema's News] Lee Young-ae Comes Back With "Bring Me Home"
By William Schwartz | Published on
Lee Young-ae plays the mother of a child that disappeared some six years ago. While other recent films such as "Lucid Dream", "House of the Disappeared" and "The Mimic" also featured parents searching after their missing children, in all of these movies they served mainly as a vehicle for the movie's fantasy concept. "Bring Me Home" looks to have a much more serious and realistic tone.
Lee Young-ae will also be playing a woman feeling into more hostile environments. Her character is a lawyer that's drawn to a seaside town in response to clues, and she finds the locals to be less than accomodating with her goals. Ambiguity is set as to whether this is because they're hiding something sinister or simply find her presence an uncomfortable intrusion.
However, "Bring Me Home" is also less a story about the problems faced by Lee Young-ae's character specifically and more an exploration of the cultural context in which such disappearances occur. Consequently, even as her official goal remains ambiguous she still finds evidence of an unsettling culture regarding children writ large.
It's difficult to guess how much local audiences may take to this theme, or how much local popularity and draw Lee Young-ae still has as an actress. There won't be much competition next weekend in terms of local movies though, and with the main foreign film being explicitly designed with families in mind, "Bring Me Home" may have a shot with the more adult audience.
Written 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. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.