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Films expose lethal love triangles Korea Herald

"Bimilae" (The Secret River) and "Pokpungjeonya" (Last Night) primarily share two elements. But it doesn't matter whether his assumption is correct or not, because the movie offers another convenient way out by depicting the law enforcement system as lax.

Su-in, who has escaped from prison, has nowhere to go, except for the cafe run by Mi-a. But this serious development is just a prelude to the movie because what follows is the true body of storytelling.

A former cook Su-in (Kim Nam-gil) is in the same prison and he sees a ray of hope in Sang-byeong as an AIDS patient. Perhaps Ryu can argue that he wants the audiences to guess which of the ill-fated twins gets rescued at the last minute in terms of a plot twist in a mystery film. First, both films involve a lethal relationship over an attractive woman. They share not only one but two things. There is no exit whatsoever for the couple. But given that both characters, thanks to Yoo's identical performances, are equally detached, the audience may not care about the last piece of the puzzle that is not so much a pleasant epilogue but a redundant appendage.

"Last Night," directed by Cho Chang-ho, similarly revolves around a woman pursued by two men, though there is a time gap between the two relationships.

Mi-a (Hwangwoo Seul-hae), who runs the beautiful seaside cafe "Le Luth," has a traumatic memory about her lover Sang-byeong (Jung Yoon-min), who was a talented magician and also a bisexual with AIDS.

When Mi-a comes to know Sang-byeong's sexual identity and his secret lover, things quickly spiral out of control, and she is left alone while her former love is trapped in prison. Jin-woo's love toward Yeon-i was genuine, which explains why she is unable to find meaning in her life as her beloved husband is now in a coma, just two months after the happy wedding.

Ryu puts melodramatic touches on many of the key scenes in a way that amplifies the sadness and loneliness of Yeon-i, faced with a hopeless situation concerning her husband.

When Yeon-i's emotional state hits rock bottom, a shocking development occurs. No exit for Cho, either, considering the extremely obvious conclusion of a film where there is no cinematic surprise.

"The Secret River," produced by Hancomm and Konan Pictures, and distributed by Cinergy, was released nationwide on March 25. Su-in falsely assumes that if infected with AIDS, he could be released. It turns out that her husband and his younger brother are identical twins - so identical that she cannot believe her eyes when she meets Jin-ho at the airport.

A mystery begins to build as Jin-ho, sympathetic of his sister-in-law's apparent sadness, decides to play his older brother's role, even by crossing a line that complicates matters when another shocking and incredibly unrealistic development later ensues.

Aside from the low probability of two events happening one after another, the film does not address the key issue, particularly of who loves whom and who is the ultimate winner in the fight for the same woman.

The last scene is especially unsatisfactory. First, they both know Sang-byeong, and second, they are connected with each other via something thicker than water, a sorry result of their slightly different desires.

Mi-a's emotion toward Su-in shifts from caution to sympathy to affection along with the steady rise of tension created by intermittent police sirens and a suspicious stare from a gun-touting stalker.

With their fate set to go downhill, Su-in and Mi-a have nothing left to jointly run the spacious cafe that only attracts a small number of customers. Second, their not-so-persuasive conclusions leave more questions than answers.

"The Secret River," directed by Ryu Hoon, aims to hit cinematic high points with a fresh mystery theme stemming from the sibling rivalry between identical twins over the same woman, but the results may not be as impressive as expected.

High-profile actor Yoo Ji-tae ("Oldboy") tries to stretch his potential by playing the twin bothers - Jin-woo and Jin-ho - but the audiences might be confused about where the difference starts or ends between the two characters, largely because Yoo's performance of the two characters doesn't change.

Jin-woo seemed highly ecstatic when he is getting married to Yeon-i (Yoon Jin-seo) at a church, a videotape later reveals. "Last Night" produced by Opus Pictures and distributed by Sungwon I Com, is set to be released April 1.

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By Yang Sung-jin