Call it cornball for the way this ostensible black comedy morphs into a family tearjerker, but I defy you not to be moved by its literal bromance.

For once, a K-movie that isn’t centered around romance, yet still, is fun and at times, heart-wrenching. Hyeong follows the development of a relationship between two brothers who had been estranged for some years – not to mention, one is disabled. The progression of their relationship had me angry at first, but at the end my heart was full, while I was nearly in tears. Definitely a good one, and worth the watch!

The chemistry between two brothers is so good and anyone watching this will remember their siblings as it is almost identical to anyone’s siblings activities. The relationship, bonding,bromance,comedy scenes of the movie really fun to watch. This is combination of comedy and sad movie. Though is refered as comedy movie, it isn’t really! It really hard to keep tears within oneself while watching tragedic ending. It almost guess right about ending, extremely sad. However,I thought, I am going to see the coach with any of the two brothers but it really didn’t happend.

Brotherly love, ups and downs.

Jo Jung-suk as Go Doo-shik
Jeon Ha-neul as Young Doo-shik
Do Kyung-soo as Go Doo-young
Jung Ji-hoon as Young Doo-young
Park Shin-hye as Lee Soo-hyun

Predictable but enjoyable.

National Judo athlete Doo-young (Do Kyung-soo) damages his optic nerves during an international event and loses his sight permanently. His older brother Doo-shik (Jo Jung-suk) who has been estranged from Doo-young, takes advantage of his brother’s sudden crisis to get paroled from prison. To Doo-young who lost his parents in an accident as a teenager and had to fend for himself since then, the news of Doo-shik coming home is an extra stress to deal with. He’s barely adjusting to the fact that he is now blind for the rest of his life but now he has to deal with his swindler brother. Although hesitant at first, Doo-young slowly eases up to his older brother, who gradually takes charge and helps him adjust to his disability. Just when the two brothers are starting to make amends, Doo-shik finds out that he’s in the final stage of terminal cancer. He has only a short time to say farewell to his brother and help him win gold at Rio Paralympics, which will secure his future.

Movie Information

Initial release: November 23, 2016
Director: Kwon Soo-kyung
Music by: Park In-young; Kim Tae-seong
Box office: US$20.6 million
Produced by: Lee Yong-nam; Choi Nak-kwon
Language: Korean

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