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Soon-young Kim Sae-Ron may be a young girl but she is the nominal head of her family, having to look after her mentally handicapped father Mang-Woo Jo Yong-Suk and her sickly younger sister Soon-Ja Kim Ah-Ron as well as keeping their very tiny guest house alive. But it seems Steve may have an ulterior motive other than adoption for the young girls.
No matter how noble or how unscrupulous the actions are the central motive is out of concern for the family.
It is made clear from the onset that Soon-young is living a hard life following the death of her mother and having a mentally handicapped father, a sickly but bratty younger sister and the abusive presence of uncle Mang-Taek to contend with. To that end she is reluctant to leave as she fears there would be no-one to look after her family.
The latter is clearly not a nice guy, demonstrated by his insincere, unctuous greeting of Steve and Barbie before shuttling them about in a clapped out motor. He is also prone to acts of violence to Mang-Woo and aggressive behaviour towards the two girls, looking forward to his pay off once Soon-young is on the plane to the US of A. When Soon-Ja makes her intentions know to replace her sister in the adoption program she is immediately shot down by Mang-Taek due to her illness. Then a snag is hit when Barbie and Soon-young become friends which angers Steve for reasons which he refuses to explain.
The clandestine and ambiguous chats Steve and Mang-Taek have along with the suspect behaviour of the former lets us know that Steve is not interested in adopting Soon-young after all. What could he have in mind? What Lee achieves is to change the complexion of his story while keeping the central premise and moral dilemma intact — a rare trick if you can pull it off.
However she too is put in an awkward position when the truth is finally out, and being so young she is not in a position to influence the outcome to favour any party. Lee is careful to ensure Mang-woo is neither a figure of fun nor for mockery either.
Likewise the two sisters, played by real life siblings Sae-Ron and Ah-Ron Kim, are diametrically opposed in both attitude and demeanour, the younger being the selfish one while the elder forced into playing mother so early in life and thus the more selfless and realistic of the two. Barbie is not a feel good film but it is one that raises ificant moral questions that forces the viewer to wonder what they would do in the same situation.
Emotional without being soppy, stark but not dreary this is a sublime slice of Korean cinema.
Barbie Ba-bi Korea Dir. Sang-woo Lee Soon-young Kim Sae-Ron may be a young girl but she is the nominal head of her family, having to look after her mentally handicapped father Mang-Woo Jo Yong-Suk and her sickly younger sister Soon-Ja Kim Ah-Ron as well as keeping their very tiny guest house alive. Like this: Like Loading Cold War. Loading Comments Required Name Required Website. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by .Barbie korean movie
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