Sunset in My Hometown is a 2018 South Korean drama film and the thirteenth feature film directed by Lee Joon-ik. The film stars Park Jung-min and Kim Go-eun.
Hak-soo has challenged TV audition program for 6 years but never gets into the finalist. On the day he fails his 7th audition, he receives a call from his hometown that his father is in the hospital. He rushes to his hometown Byeon-san, only to find it his father lied to bring him to Byeon-san. He heads back to Seoul, but he is suspected as a phishing scam criminal there.
Hak-soo – who was brilliantly played by Park Jung-min – revisits his hometown of Byeonsan to visit his sickly father who he doesn’t have the greatest relationship with. His father abandoned him and his mother when they were younger, and failed to attend Mom’s funeral when she passed away. Ever since then, Hak-soo’s never felt the need or care to maintain his relationship with his father and they’ve always been on bad terms. This could explain for the anger and frustration Hak-soo continually faces throughout the movie when he visits his father and has to take care of him as his guardian since he’s never really cared for his father like that his entire life.
However, it’s this hate relationship between Hak-soo and Dad that proves and highlights Hak-soo’s growth as a character throughout the movie. We witness Hak-soo avoid his father, yell at his father, and even punch his father in the face out of revenge and anger only to cry when he stands by his father’s last moments of his life. Hak-soo went from despising and resenting his father to learning to appreciate him by the end of the movie. Hak-soo’s relationship with his father was never the main plot of the movie which some might misunderstand it to be, but rather was the driving force that illustrated Hak-soo’s maturity after returning to his hometown.