3 masters of social distancing in South Korean movies

3 masters of social distancing in South Korean movies
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These Korean characters deserve to be called masters for their ability to live alone for an extremely long period of ti...

These Korean characters deserve to be called masters for their ability to live alone for an extremely long period of time while remaining c.o.n.s.c.i.o.u.s and s.a.n.e.

Oh Geun Sae - Parasite (2019)

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In the Oscar-winning movie, Geun Sae was a wealthy restaurant owner, the husband of Moon Gwang. After his bankruptcy, she hides him in the secret tunnel of the house where she's working as a maid. He had to hide there for 4 years and 3 months, The only human he got to interact with is his wife. He managed to stay s.a.n.e until his wife d.i.e.s.

Kim Seung Geun and Kim Jung Yeon - Castaway on The Moon (2009)

Kim, 30, failed completely in life, from his love to his career. Having a debt that is too hard to pay, he decided to say goodbye to everything by jumping into the Han River. However, even D.e.a.t.h seemed to forget him, so Kim survived and washed ashore on a mini island in the middle of the Han River. Although not far from the mainland, he don't know how to swim, so he can't get back. His phone is about to run out of battery, while everyone thinks his calling for help is a joke. He decides to live alone at this place with his unique survival tactics.

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Meanwhile, Kim Jung Yeon is a girl afraid to interact with people. She locked herself in her room for 3 years. All communications are via the internet and she even creates a separate schedule just to avoid contact with her family members. Jung Yeon especially enjoyed seeing the moon through a telescope at night.

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However, the two masters of loneliness, who were cast out of the modern human world, accidentally encountered each other, leading to an extremely funny, bright movie that left many positive emotions for the audience.

Oh Dae Su - Oldboy (2003)

Kidnapped on a rainy night in 1988 while being drunk, Oh Dae Su was surprised to wake up in an old hotel room. Food is given daily but all the other tasks, from the smallest things like changing clothes, having a hair cut, shaving, bathing… all are done by other people when Dae Su is dr.u.g.g.e.d.

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The outside guards try to keep him from going crazy and committing s.u.i.c.i.d.e. The only companion he has is a TV and newspapers to help him stay s.a.n.e.

Struggling for 15 years with all sorts of games to maintain his awareness, Dae Su is then suddenly released into the civilized world. He decides to search for the person who put him in misery for all these years. That is the start of a story of classic revenge, one of the most shocking in the film history.