DIRECTOR: BOBBY CHOY, STEVE LEE
Budding musician Bobby Choy, a Korean-American in NYC, feels like a
stranger in his own country. After his father’s death, he starts writing sad
songs, though he doesn’t perform very often. Mostly he just practices in
his bathtub. Bobby’s friend Billy, offers him a job as a roadie for his band’s
tour, which includes a stop in Seoul. Bobby is hesitant, but decides to take
the opportunity. There he meets Ina, a busker, who enchants him from first
sight. Has Bobby found his true home?*
This movie was really cool! I liked the question and answer session when the director said that about 75% of the events in the movie really happened. I thought this added a layer of humility and closeness with the characters in the movie (like this is not just fantasy), but the person who experienced most of this is in the room talking to you.
It was incredible the way this movie was able to hold up a mirror to our own lives, in how one tries to avoid hurting another, which can cause more pain for the individuals involved.
This movie was really good. It is inspiring to see Bobby’s growth through the movie. This was the most heartfelt movie, as we all want to feel like we fit in, matter to someone, and how life can interfere with what we desire. It too brings up the issues with choice, “do I go for my future or to someone who is already here?”
My rating 4.5/5. This is a great movie.
*Synopsis from https://www.dropbox.com/s/kc6twvxmmmhrjgu/HIFF_2018-program%20guide-PDF%20Download.pdf?dl=0