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Cherry Tomato (2008)

Posted under Korean Movies by admin on Saturday 14 February 2009 at 14:12

“Cherry Tomato” depicts the poverty-stricken life of an old man and his granddaughter in a realistic way that evokes a strong sense of sympathy. But the ultimate emotion the film triggers is, for better or worse, helplessness.

The debut feature by former television producer Chung Young-bae wastes no time highlighting the key theme: poverty. Park-gu (played by veteran actor Shin Gu) is barely scraping by with his granddaughter Da-seong (Kim Hyang-ki), and their life is unbearably miserable.

Living in a shabby, rented single room, they do not have enough money to feed themselves. Park-gu works as a porter for a shopping mall in Seoul but he soon finds himself kicked out of the place. In his 70s, Park-gu tries to survive by collecting papers and recyclable material on the street, but the money he earns is always too small to buy a decent meal.

His granddaughter, 6, seems mature for her age, possibly due to her trouble-laden life. After her mother left away years ago and her father was put behind bars, she has been raised by her foul-mouthed grandfather.

Note: This movie is pretty dramatic, and has very sad ending, so if you have a weak heart, don’t watch. I don’t like the script too much, and the only reason why I post it here is because of the little girl. Her acting is great. I will not re-upload it, so download when it’s still available.


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