Skeletons In The Closet, Johji-anihanga, Shim’s Family
Genre: Comedy, Family.
Synopsis: If normal families are dysfunctional, then what about dysfunctional families? Jeong Yun Cheol, who won hearts, awards, and box office with 2004’s Marathon, writes and directs his second film, family comedy Skeletons in the Closet (a.k.a. Shim’s Family). Like in Marathon, Jeong keenly and convincingly paints characters and relationships with a clever script and uncommon storytelling, creating a film that is both odd and oddly heartwarming. The film makes use of a talented ensemble cast that includes Kim Hye Su (Tazza: The High Rollers), Park Hae Il (The Host), Jung Yoo Mi (Family Ties), Lee Ki Woo (Sad Movie), and veterans Cheon Ho Jin and Moon Hee Kyung. Detailing how an eccentric family learns to come together in times of need, Skeletons in the Closet is a humorous character-driven drama that is as crowd-pleasing and compelling as Jeong’s previous work. The five members of the Shim family don’t get along too well. The father (Cheon Ho Jin) is a harried teacher who is bothered by the rote and ineffectiveness of his work. At home, he resists his wife’s (Moon Hee Kyung) night-time overtures because he’s too tired. She’s pretty tired herself as well, tired of the endless household chores and inappreciative family. Her sister (Kim Hye Su) writes martial arts fantasy novels, and has no prospects of getting married or moving out any time soon. Their troublemaking son (Yoo Ah In) skips classes, fantasizes about his previous life as a Joseon Dynasty king, and spends his time chasing after a girl (Jung Yoo Mi) who wants nothing do with him. The sleepy youngest daughter (Hwang Bo Ra), meanwhile, just wants to know one thing: how did she end up in this mess of a family? Ho-jin Jeon Hie-kyung Moon Hye-su Kim Ah-in Yu Bo-ra Hwang Yu-mi Jeong Ki-woo Lee Hyeok-pil Lim Hae-il Park
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