Korean Film Festival 2016 Review: Like For Likes (South Korea, 2016)

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If you’re a fan of feel good rom-coms, lots of laughs and cheesy love-lines, Like For Likes is the movie for you!

Like for Likes is basically a Korean version of Love Actually that follows an intertwined relationship of three couples and touches base on how social media affects relationship nowadays.

I expected the movie to be heavily related with social media based on the title and trailer, but instead, social media was used only to enhance relationships in a very close to reality way. The movie mentions the typical Facebook stalking, remembering someone’s birthday due to a Facebook notification, and of course, becoming a little bit of a Facebook con-artist and doing activities simply for the photo opportunity. Luckily, the plot was mainly based on the developing relationships of the characters and how their lives overlap.

You get to see what unfolds when you put two strangers, Joo-Ran (Choi Ji-Woo), a 40-year-old flight attendant with the town’s local and trusty nice guy, Sung-Chan (Kim Ju-Hyeok) in the same apartment.

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What can spark when you pair a young songwriter, Soo-Ho (Kang Ha-Neul) who suffers from a hearing disability and refuses to open up his heart with a cheerful and proactive producer, Na-Yeon (Esom)

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And finally the couple that might have left a lasting impression on me was Jin-Woo (Yoo Ah-In) and Gyung-A (Lee Mi-Yeon). A superstar recently discharged from the military, looking for his next project running back into the screenwriter that started his career off, but only to discover she is now a single mother. Quick mention that the son, Bom, is so adorable I was about to melt into my seat every time he was on screen!

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The movie certainly exceeded my expectations and was so cute it had me smiling the whole time. Definitely a lighthearted romantic crowd-pleaser with an amazing cast!

Review Score: FIVE STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

Like For Likes is part of the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) and will be showing in Adelaide on the 16th September and Perth on the 23rd September.

For more information and ticketing check out koffia.com.au