June 7, 2013 by travelinggrits
Jeonju International Film Festival, May 3
The troubled teen with a special talent who needs tough love from a gruff teacher and mentor to set him straight and realize his potential.
Sounds like the synopsis for “Good Will Hunting,” right?
Korean film “My Paparotti” may share some of the same thematic elements as this classic American work, but its moments of action, comedy and poignancy are actually more compelling.
If the gangster-turned-aspiring singer seems less plausible than the janitor-turned-mathematician, you’ll be surprised to know that while Ben Affleck and Matt Damon created their screenplay from pure imagination, “My Paparotti” is loosely based on a true story.
The setting and storyline will ring true particularly for those with insight into Korean school life and social customs, but even the uninitiated will enjoy the witty situational comedy and well-played stock characters. Audiences the world over can chuckle at the love-struck school girl, pompous principal and bumbling school staff.
Perhaps the epilogue is too neat a resolution to the story, but it won’t leave a feeling of discord. “My Paparotti” will tug at your heartstrings, tickle you with laughter and remind you that everyone has potential if he can find his true voice.
But don’t let me sing its praises–check it out for yourself.
Director: Yoon Jong Chan
Starring: Lee Je Hoon, Han Suk Kyu
Running Time: 127 minutes
See the trailer with English subtitles: http://asianwiki.com/My_Paparotti
(Photo from Asian Wiki.)