Jung_E - (2023)
Director: Yeon Sang-ho.
Jung_E , is a masterfully crafted sci-fi film that delves into the intricacies of motherhood and childhood trauma.
The relationship between the mother, portrayed by Kim Hyun-joo, and daughter, portrayed by Kang Soo-yeon, is particularly moving, as the daughter takes on the role of her mother's post-mortem researcher and grapples with the legacy of her hero-mother being reduced to a mere merchandised figurine.
The film expertly builds to an emotional climax where the mother and daughter must come together to survive, resulting in a powerful exploration of childhood trauma and the true meaning of unconditional love, during beautifully choreographed action scenes.
The character of the project director, portrayed by Ryu Kyung-soo, while initially coming across as a stereotypical character, is revealed to be an android programmed to act without nuance, adding a layer to the question of what defines humanity, and what defines the line between humans and machines.
Overall, Jung_E is a film that harkens back to the classic sci-fi films, but with a modern twist. It is a powerful and moving work that raises important questions about the nature of humanity and family ties.
Verdict: 4 / 5 ★ - Well made and surprisingly impactful.