Juvenile Offender (범죄소년)

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Jang Ji Gu (Seo Young Joo) hangs out with a bad crowd. After another run in with the law he is sent to a detention center. One day he finds out that the mother (Lee Jung Hyun) who he has never met is coming to see him. Can the two live together?

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Juvenile Offender is a very realistic movie. Every one of its characters are troubled: they’re poor and beaten by life. They’ve felt betrayal and have been abandoned to survive on their own. Ji Gu was like this too. Still, he never really complained about his life. He had accepted his fate and tried to live on.

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The acting especially from Seo Young Joo was caught my eye. He picks the oddest roles and amazingly he has always been good. In retrospect, this movie was at points depressing. The fact that a single mistake can alter a person’s life and possibly doom them for the rest of it was reality here. Once you’ve been kicked and marked by society it’s not so simple to get back up.

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