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

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Do you like Love Actually? K-dramas? Yoo Ah-In? Kang Ha-Neul? Puppies? Warm happy feelings?

If you clicked “Like” to any of the above then this is the film for you!

Like For Likes follows several intertwining stories of couples as they work on their budding relationships. It’s an all-star cast with some really beautiful character work. Going off the title I expected this to be more of an examination of the impact of social media on relationships and how the modern world dates, but really this wasn’t much of a focus at all. There were undertones about the value of video-chat functions and how we all do a little bit of Facebook con-artistry in our quest to prove to everyone that our lives are in order, but really it was all about the people and I loved that.

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I think my favourite couple was the older Sung-Chan (Kim Ju-Hyeok) and Joo-Ran (Choi Ji-Woo), who just had so many cute scenes as they went from strangers to friends. Although Soo-Ho (Kang Ha-Neul) and Na-Yeon’s (Esom) relationship was a close second, with Kang Ha-Neul’s representation of the loneliness of Soo-Ho’s deafness and his trepidation at allowing himself to receive love really hitting you right there in the heart. Also his music was really beautiful.

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I was also pleasantly surprised to find some really wonderful messages nestled in amongst the happy feels. Jin-Woo (Yoo Ah-In) sternly reprimands his male colleagues for attacking Gyung-A’s (Lee Mi-Yeon) straight-talking as a professional in her career- “So if a guy is speaking his mind he is determined, but if a girl does so she is being bossy?”. A+.

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Overall this is just one of those films that you’ll probably more than happily watch again and again and get out at all your k-film romantic comedy sleepover marathons (we all have them). No dislike button needed here!

Review Score: FIVE STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

Like For Likes is being shown as part of the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA). It will screen next in Brisbane on the 26th August, Melbourne on the 3rd of September, Adelaide on the 16th September and Perth on the 23rd September.

For more information and ticketing visit koffia.com.au


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