Saturday 9 April 2022

Film Review: Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 (2019) (Drama)

Kim Ji-young, Born 1982
Kim Do-yeong (Director)
Jung Yu-mi, Gong Yoo
SBS On Demand

Kim Ji-young, an ordinary woman in her 30s, suddenly shows signs of being inhabited by others such as her late mother and older sister, and the stories of the people connected to her. (Synopsis)

Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 was a sensitive drama about a young woman who starts to lose her sense of self after becoming a mother. The story was interesting and well paced throughout, with a mix of current-time scenes and flashbacks. Jung Yu-mi did a marvellous job in the title role, while Gong Yoo also put in an excellent performance as her husband, who notices she is struggling and tries to help her. I haven't read the original book upon which this film was based, but the story certainly came across well, highlighting the issues portrayed without any sense of stigma. It gets a solid 4.5 stars from me.

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