Movie Monday – Drama Special Cutting Off the Heart (2010)

Starring: Moon Jeong-hee as Yoon Seon-yeong and Lim Ji-gyoo as Jae-woo

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 78 min

Twinkies: 3 stars

Synopsis: Seon-yeong lives with her mother-in-law and her firefighter husband, and young son. She is shocked when the news of her husband’s accident has left him brain dead. Her husband got into an accident at a traffic light while trying to save a man named Lee Jae-woo. Seon-yeong blames everything on Lee Jae-woo. After consulting her friends and family, she decides to give up on her brain-dead husband and let his organs be donated to those in need. Lee Jae-woo turns out to be the recipient of her husband’s heart, since he was born with a heart condition.

Musings: An accident is an accident but grief overrules reason sometimes as you initially watch Seon-yeong and her tears over her husband. The object of her hate was a man who collapsed in the street because of his heart condition. Her husband, being a man whose duties it is to save people made every attempt to save the man and died in the process. This drama special encapsulates two subjects: Grief and Organ Donations. I imagine this spotlights an issue that Koreans have that struggle with losing a love one as well as providing life to others through donations.

This is definitely a subject-matter that you don’t usually see in a positive light. I cannot tell you how many times that I’ve seen the illegal harvesting of organs in Korean movies that can be pretty distressing to see. It also highlights a woman who works through her grief with the help of her mother in law who was the first to say “Help the young man waiting for a heart” and a woman coming to grips with the loss of her husband and continuing to live her life as best she can.

Jae-woo visits the family with his guilt of causing the son/husband’s death. There was a moment when the mother was looking at Jae-woo’s chest as she realized her son’s heart lay beating there. Seon-yeong tries to talk herself into letting the past go.

This is definitely a movie that will tug at your heartstrings as the family of the deceased, through their sorrow, learn to move on and a donor recipient also learns to not hold onto his guilt. I enjoyed this movie because it is different. As I stated, you are not going to come across many movies of this sort as it is explained to me that many Korean families do not believe in donating their loved ones organs. We here in the U.S think nothing about the practice but this movie makes you realize just how hard that decision can be elsewhere.

No Trailer is available; however, the movie is available on YouTube.

Iā€™m available on Twitter. Thanks to all of you Twinkles out here who are taking the time to read! If you have a suggestion for a future review, just leave me a comment! I’m always happy to have movie suggestions.

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One thought on “Movie Monday – Drama Special Cutting Off the Heart (2010)

  1. Thanks for another great review, Bel! Certainly, the idea of organ donation is difficult to broach in Korea, partly because of the Eastern thinking of the afterlife with an intact body perhaps, but I’ve also come across quite a bit of resistance to organ donation here in the states…sadly.
    Looking forward to your next review! šŸ™‚

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