Directed by Ahn Sang-hoon
‘Blind’, at its original title ‘Beul-la-in-deu’, is a 2011 South Korean crime thriller
‘Blind’, directed by Ahn Sang-hoon, who is also a writer and a producer, was released on 11th August 2011 in South Korea. Shortly after its first screening, the movie won three awards. Two of them are at the 48th Grand Bell Awards for best actress and for the screenplay and the other award at the 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards also for Kim Ha-neul’s performance as being the best actress.
‘Blind’ crossed Asia’s frontiers by having its European Premiere in Udine, at the Far East Film Festival.
The movie stars Kim Ha-neul, performing Min Soo-ah – the main character, Yoo Seung Hoo performing Kwon Gi-seob and Jo Hee-bong playing detective Jo. Kim Ha-neul succeeded in creating a fresh surprise for her viewers, going from one challenge to the other. Her performance it’s influenced by all her previous experiences mainly because she have played different characters in various and many films and TV dramas.
In the opening scenes, we see Soo-ah’s brother dying because of a car accident. Despite the fact that she studied at the national police university, after the collision, she becomes visually impaired. Soo-ah thinks that she’s the only one guilty of her brother’s death and she soon finds another purpose in life.
The taxi taken by Soo-ah has an accident. She understands that there is something strange and that the car belongs to a killer. At the beginning, no one trusts a blind witness, except the detective Jo.
Apparent weakness of Soo-ah will develop in amazing senses like hearing each thing around in every single detail and in more depth. She understands that she has to overcome her fear that she can’t always rely on other people. Her dog, Wisey, symbolises even by its name, the dedication and sacrifice that human beings are sometimes afraid to prove.
Yoo Seung Hoo, who played Gi-seob, a bad boy, explained more about his character: “This type of bad boy character was a first for me and I didn’t know how to act it out, so I started by changing my hair and clothes. I wanted my lines to fit my image and swore,” “at times I swore when it wasn’t even in the script.” He’s a punk, a delivery boy and also witnessed a hit-and-run accident. In order to convey this type of transformation, he answered the question about whom or what influenced him: “My usual school friends?” After laughing he said, “No that was joke, I thought of the Korean Mafia portrayed in movies?”
Keep an eye out because this movie is a must see thriller, especially for those who appreciate diversity in the crime film genre.
Review by Alina Deca