Happy End is about Choi Bora (Jeon Do-yeon), a successful career woman who becomes involved with her ex-lover, Kim Il-beom (Joo Jin-mo). Bora's home life is a snore: she's mother to an infant child and her husband, Seo Min-ki (Choi Min-sik) has lost his job, leaving Bora as the family's sole breadwinner. It's unclear if Bora is with Il-beom just for the sex or for the passion, both of which Min-ki seems incapable of giving. But it seems the jobless Min-ki hasn't been just wandering around parks and reading romance novels as first thought; he knows something is going on, and he's collecting evidence.
Min-ki has been emasculated by his inability to find a job and director Jung hammers this point home with a brief montage showing Min-ki grocery shopping, cooking, and doing the laundry. These are all very feminine jobs, particularly in very patriarchal South Korea. Most interesting is that Min-ki seems content to live with the cheating Bora, very much aware of his own shortcomings, which leaves him willing to be wronged.
MAIN CAST OF THE MOVIE HAPPY END (1999)
Choi Min-sik as Seo Min-ki
Jeon Do-yeon as Choi Bo-ra
Joo Jin-mo as Kim Il-beom
Joo Hyun as Bookstore owner
Hwang Mi-seon as Mi-yong
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Happy End is a South Korean film released in 1999. Written and directed by Jung Ji-woo, the film is about a woman who has an affair while her husband is struggling to find employment.
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