Peace is the first thing angels sang …

one-day-my-angel-eoneunal

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds

Anton  Chekhov

Title
One Day  (2017)
Also known as
Eoneunal   &   My Angel
Genre
 Tragedy
Written by
Kim Sun-ah
Directed by
Starring
Country of Origin
South Korea
Running time
114 minutes

oh! … brief

A recently widowed medical insurance investigator handling the case of a woman in a coma is required to get the woman’s family to settle her insurance case. During his investigation, he finds information pertinent to how she ended up in a coma. As he learns about her life he is able to heal some of the pain of his own loss.

oh! … talks film

I spent almost a year waiting for this film, so I’m glad to have finally watched it and to now pen my review.

WOW!! What a tearjerker!

Kim Sun-ah has written an amazing screenplay! You must watch this one! If this film doesn’t win awards, I will be extremely shocked. The production has a solid and tremendous storyline that inadvertently explores the nature of human beings and their emotions. It is uncanny!

The writing of the two main characters is powerful and detailed. Each of their backstories is illustrated in flashbacks that don’t distract from the present time but heighten the intensity and emotions. Very shrewdly done.

The narration is unembellished and forthright. And the melodrama is kept to a bare minimum, or in my opinion, is almost non-existent.

I would love to write more about the writing, but, if I do that, I will completely give away the story and plot and I want YOU to WATCH this film, so I’m not going to go into details at this point. This film is still early in its release life (April 5, 2017) and this will likely be the first review written. Like I said, I’ve been waiting for this film!!!!

Under the careful directing of Lee Yoon-ki, the cinematography is subdued and tranquil which mirrors the sadness and tragedy of the story. There is some masterful CGI in just a few scenes and I was very impressed by how seamlessly it was added in – good editing!

The costumes in muted tones is another careful direction by Lee Yoon-ki. The hues of grey and blue are carried throughout – sort of giving the backdrop an overcast, dreary rainy day or wintery feel, which once again mirrors the story. It’s quite astute and discerning and comes with significant experience.

The location scout secured fitting film locations that gave some spectacular views, especially the sunrise scene – so beautiful and heartbreaking.

Whether by direction from Lee Yoon-ki or from the screenplay writing, this sunrise scene and the release of the comatose woman were devastatingly beautiful and tragic in the same instance. I was caught up in the poignancy and my heart was breaking from the intensity of the emotions I felt.

Kim Nam-gil and Chun Woo-hee were the two leads who breathed life into their individual character and completed this storytelling. Both have significant acting experience and have won awards.

Kim Nam-gil played Kang-soo, the widowed medical insurance investigator, who has sealed his heart to avoid dealing with his loss. Kim Nam-gil portrayed the despondent man flawlessly. His body language and facial expressions mimicked those of a man lost in his pain and grief, but stoically facing the daily grind of life and having to live after losing a partner. Kim Nam-gil interpreted his character’s traits and delivered a morose but not bitter man. It was dramatic and organic!

Chun Woo-hee played Mi-So, the young comatose lady lying in a hospital bed and whose life we learn about through flashbacks. Chun Woo-hee delivered an ethereal, almost angelic-like performance. It was eerie but captivating too. Chun Woo-hee was exceptional in her interpretation of the soft-hearted and good-natured Mi-So.

oh! … sidekick

Seon-hwa, Kang-soo’s deceased wife was played by Lim Hwa-yeong, While the role is minor and the character can only be seen through the memories of her husband, Lim Hwa-yeong did a good job and was crucial to the overall story and her husband’s backstory.

oh! … that’s a wrap

This film was tragic and haunting but beautifully accomplished through masterful acting and direction. The screenplay helped of course with the heart-wrenching tale of two sad circumstances.

I cannot write enough praise about this film, so just watch it!

oh! … soundtrack

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate the soundtrack online anywhere yet. This is a placeholder because it will come out eventually and it is really good!

oh! … gallery

oh! … trailers

Written by