Juvenile Offender

16-year-old juvenile offender Ji-gu reunites with his young mom who he thought was dead, and the two try to make up for their time lost.


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  • ★★★½ review by iceberrie on Letterboxd

    Love the atmosphere the director created. It feels just right. It doesn’t feel overly exaggerated and cliché, and that is some achievement considering the subject matter. It’s a little gem I can come back to.

  • ★★★★ review by A John Apart on Letterboxd

    A fascinating and defiantly low-key drama was a great little study in character. When a teenage delinquent gets out of juvenile detention and is placed in the care of the carefree, irresponsible mother he's never known, both of them struggle to deal with the new reality of their situation. Both lead actors were terrific, both characters had complicated, interesting emotional lives, and the film itself refused to kowtow to our desire for a happy ending, instead offering up something heartbreaking that felt much more true.

  • ★★★★ review by scissorwing on Letterboxd

    가난은 상상 이상으로 인생을 무자비하게 지배한다.

  • ★★★½ review by Nasd on Letterboxd

    미혼모 소재를 가진 영화 중에서 가장 부모의 마음을 잘 보여준다.

  • ★★★★ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd

    Ji-gu is a teenager living with his ill and dying grandfather after having been abandoned by his 17-year old mother years before. He's not a bad kid; but he runs with a bad crowd and gets caught and interned in a juvenile facility. The authorities track down his still irresponsible mother; and Ji-gu is released into her custody. That's the set up for a remarkable coming of age film, which lays bare the cracks in the Japanese social welfare system. Young actor Seo Young-joo is quite remarkable as Ji-gu, as he himself revisits the mistakes his mother made years before and is determined to surmount them. Heartbreaking and somehow optimistic.

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