‘Innocent Witness‘ was the second film shown at KOFFIA 2019.
Director: Lee Han
Cast: Jung Woo-young, Kim Hyang-gi
Although there are a few funny parts in ‘Innocent Witness‘, the film is heavy and will likely make you tear up. It tells the story of a lawyer and high school girl with autism, who cross paths in a murder case. Ji-woo, the girl portrayed by Kim Hyang-gi (who is currently starring in ‘Moment of 18‘ opposite former Wanna One member Ong Seong-wu), is the witness of an old man’s death. The lawyer has to learn how to work and cooperate with her before she takes the witness’ stand on trial.
The bond that develops between the lawyer and Ji-woo is fascinating to watch. He has to learn how to work with her and does so in the most approachable ways, such as quizzing her with puzzles and buying her food. When he chooses to do the right thing as a human being over keeping his job, he finally shows Ji-woo that he understands her and the circumstances that she is in. This was a heartwarming moment to watch and brought tears to my eyes. Their unlikely friendship was truly beautiful.
Kim Hyang-gi‘s portrayal of Ji-woo deserves a standing ovation. As someone who is currently watching her on the small screen in ‘Moment of 18‘, it was hard to wrap my head around the fact that she was portraying a totally different character here. Her ability to depict an autistic character so accurately is simply amazing for someone as young as her. She was so talented in this movie and did her role justice. ‘Innocent Witness‘ was similar to ‘The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale‘ because both films showed what it meant to be human.
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Written by Lindsay
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