The last day of the 9th annual Korean Film Festival in Australia in Melbourne started with a screening of ‘Keys to the Heart‘. This was the second last movie of the film festival.
Director: Choi Seong-hyeon
Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Han Ji-min, Park Jung-min
Genre: Drama, Comedy
A washed-up boxer, Jo-ha, has lived his life relying on nothing but his physical strength. His glory days were short lived and the previous welterweight champion makes ends meet by sparring other boxers and by distributing flyers on the streets. Soon after he is fired from his latest gig, he runs into his mother In-sook, who left him and his violent father while he was still an early teen. Eager for a free place to crash, Jo-ha puts aside the resentment and grudge toward his ageing mother and accepts her offer to stay in her home until he can get back on his feet. There, he meets his autistic half-brother Jin-tae, whom he didn’t know existed.
Check out the trailer for ‘Keys to the Heart’ below!
‘Keys to the Heart‘ is definitely one of my favourite movies from KOFFIA this year. This movie really pulled at my heartstrings and made me feel so emotional, especially for the characters. One thing I loved about this movie is that it covered a lot of touchy subjects, like domestic abuse, autism and prosthetic limbs. These are subjects that are not usually discussed in the media and are still stigmatised. This film did a really good job of raising awareness about these topics. It portrayed the topics of autism and prosthetic limbs in a positive light, which enabled the audience to have positive associations with them.
I absolutely adored the characterisation of all the characters in ‘Keys to the Heart‘. All the characters (except the abusive father) were extremely likeable. Even though the main character seemed hostile and resentful at the start, the audience will warm up to him as the plot progresses. He has really heartwarming moments with his autistic half-brother and mother. The progression of their brotherhood is beautiful to witness. This was definitely one of the most memorable aspects of the movie.
I recommend this film to everyone, as everyone should be aware of the issues discussed in the movie. The story was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking; it will make people cry tears of sadness but also happiness. There is also a huge emphasis on music, as the autistic brother is musically gifted. A significant part of the movie focuses on how he expresses himself through playing the piano, and the beautiful music will move the audience.
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Written by Lindsay
Edited by Narelle