Children of God) enters the life and the world of a tall, handsome man (Young-chan) who cannot see nor hear, and his wife, Soon-ho, a dwarf or "little person" who has a simply beautiful face that the camera loves. The pair makes an unusual, but also a wonderfully complete, couple. Each helps the other with the tasks of daily life, and we tag along, thanks to Mr. Yi. Because of Young-chan's dual handicaps, the two communicate by way of "finger braile," a touch-based sign language (shown below) that she literally taps into his palm, to which he responds verbally.
TrustMovies arrived late enough to have missed 15 minutes of the movie. The theater's very helpful and kind PR person let him into the theater, while filling him in on what he had missed, explaining that he should be able to easily figure things out, once he understood that communication came via this finger braile system. The PR person was quite right.
This is a singular couple we're watching, and the film about them that Mr. Yi has directed and photographed is singular, as well. The joy we feel for these two, like the joy they themselves seems to experience, is quite wonderful. Planet of Snail (I don't know where that title comes from, so I assume that was something I missed in the opening quarter-hour), from The Cinema Guild and running 88 minutes, opens this Wednesday, July 25, in New York City at Film Forum. The film is currently scheduled for showings in Hudson, New York; Seattle and Albuquerque. Click here to see playdates and theaters.
here and reading an excellent interview with Mr. Yi by Paul Quinn on HangulCelluloid.com