6/45

Here is a review of the top K drama film, 6/45

IMDB: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

This contains the spoiler for this Movie

Hangul: 육사오

Hanja: N/A

Released date: August 24, 2022

Genres: Comedy

Distributed By: Cinnamon HC, and Sidus

Directed By: Park Gyu-tae

Written By: Park Gyu-tae

Produced By: Kim Hyeon-Cheol, Park Kyung-won, HanDae Rhee, and Jongho Yi

Original language: Korean

Budget: N/A

Box office: $22.3 million

6/45 – Storyline

While serving in the military close to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Park Chun-woo (Go Kyung-pyo) enjoys making fun of North Koreans via loudspeakers. When he discovers a lottery ticket, he only has a little more than three months left to finish his duty.

He is ecstatic when he learns that the ticket contains the winning numbers. But his good fortune is short-lived since a blast of wind carries the lottery ticket over the northern border.

Chun-woo meets Ri Young-ho (Lee Yi-kyung), a North Korean soldier after he crosses the border one night to search for the ticket. He discovers the winning lottery ticket and is prepared to offer Chun-woo 10% of the proceeds if he cashes it in.

The enraged South Korean soldier declines, but the two set up another meeting to continue their conversation. Chun-woo is then called before his captain (Eum Moon-suk), who requests an explanation for why he crossed the border.

The captain decides to assist after finding out the facts. Meanwhile, Ri’s superior on the North Korean side, Lee Soon-won, also learns what transpired.

He chooses to begin negotiations with the South Korean soldiers for the money rather than killing Ri and his companion Bang (Kim Min-ho), who is also aware of the plot. However, it appears to be difficult for the two parties to negotiate an agreement that everyone is content with.

Cast

Real Name Movie name
Go Kyung-Pyo Chun-woo
Yi-Kyeong Lee Yong-ho
Eum Moon-suk Captain Kang
Kwak Dong-yeon Man-chul
Park Se-wan Yeon-hee
Lee Soon-won Seung-il
6/45
6/45 castes during the movie premiere

6/45 – Review

In some ways, “6/45″‘s surprise success in Korea was justified. It’s uncommon to find a comedy that doesn’t fit the romantic comedy mold and that even takes place on the border between North and South Korea. Critics and fans alike gave the film a lot of praise, yet you can’t exactly say that this comedy was particularly well done.

I would have preferred to appreciate “6/45” more than I did, given its intriguing premise and a few good ideas. But since the characters are so lifeless, the film keeps veering off course.

In spite of the fact that the tale, which is actually not all that sophisticated, shoots in a lot of different directions and as a result constantly has something fresh to give, it tragically lacks a framework that ties everything together.

However, you rapidly learn that this humor may occasionally become extremely ludicrous. This already began with the lottery ticket, which appears to be under the influence of a mystical force of luck.

However, it is also evident in the humor, which involves, for instance, giving farm animals a particular environment in order to increase their rate of reproduction, even incorporating a little, makeshift disco ball.

Other scenes, like the one in which a North Korean performs a Korean girl group’s dance while intoxicated because, after all, the North Koreans must be well-informed about the South, could have just as easily fit into the “cringe” category, but they always manage to turn around at the very last second.

The single female soldier, of course from the North, defends herself against some aggressive overtures with a long tirade of “Those times are long gone” or “We live in an equal society,” while dishing out blows and throwing a shoulder as a last strike. The entire situation is overused and seems improbable in the totalitarian North. Such scenes are devoid of nuance.

The entire film, 6/45 is plagued by this issue. Consequently, everything has been painted with big, bold strokes. The majority of the characters are caricatures, and it goes without saying that North Koreans are portrayed as humorless machine components.

Even if it is evident that the plot will eventually reveal the human side of the Northern protagonists, that is precisely what the humor occasionally builds on. Even though it’s difficult to care about the lives of the people, their chemistry is at least plausible.

However, it is unexpected that “Bunt” director Park Gyoo-tae does not employ as many vivid pictures as you would have anticipated. Since you can’t believe any of the soldiers would actually pull the gun, some of the scenes between the North and South are very suspenseful.

Of course, there must be a few nods to Park Chan-Wook’s “JSA,” but overall the film opts for a rather carefree tone and, like other films of a similar nature, aims to convince you that the North and South are actually capable of putting their differences aside momentarily and cooperating for a common objective (which, of all things, is “money” in this case!).

The plot nonetheless advances quickly without consistently making it apparent where it is headed. Go Kyung-pyo (“Seven Years of Night”), who serves as the story’s first protagonist, quickly recedes into the background, and the movie loses all cohesion by the time the six men all go to carry out their individual plans.

Things appear to happen in the short stories that follow one another in a parallel fashion just to lead to the next amusing moment.

Real laughter, though, is sadly what we are lacking. There are certainly certain things that are laughable in their absurdity, but that’s about it. The episodes are quickly connected at the end, and the moral dilemma-free conclusion shows that our protagonists have, of course, also learned something—namely, that mutual respect and even friendship between the North and South are feasible.

The humor is still too shaky, and the characters are just too flat, despite the director’s merit for not abruptly upping the tension and making things needlessly terrible. On the plus side, the comedy has its own charm, and the setting appears novel.

Even though confusion and a lack of concentration make up the majority of its appeal, the film nevertheless has the correct intentions at its core. The final line is that, while there was potential here, all that’s left in the end is a respectable comedy.

Trophies and Awards

Award Year Category Result
Baeksang Arts Awards 2023 Best Supporting Actress Won
Best Screenplay Pending
Grand Bell Awards 2022 Best New Actress Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
New Wave Award Won
Korean Film Producers Association Award 2022 Special Jury Award Won

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