The history of a dysfunctional Korean family is revealed as they attend a funeral. The suicide of a bright schoolboy, 17-year-old Hee-Joon, stirs extreme responses from those left behind. This clever, intriguing feature keeps us guessing about the truth behind the flashbacks. It includes a young girl transfixed by taxidermy, a predatory sports teacher who bonds rather too closely with his male students, and a literature teacher with a violent response to poor writing. Then there are members of a family and the leading characters in Hee-Joon’s novel. The result is an emotional puzzle with a dark sense of fun. A wayward South Korean gem – at once funny, macabre, and mysterious.
A group of people are gathered at a boy’s funeral. Joon-Ki (Yoo Ha-Bok), a closet gay and physical therapist; Jung-Hee (Park Myeong-Sin), a high-school teacher and struggling crime-story writer; Ami (Song Ha-Yoon), a mute teenage girl with a part-time job as a mortician. These are also the leading characters in the novel that a boy named Hee-Joon (Lee Joo-Seung) has been writing. Each of them recollects threads of the past connected with the boy. The young author, a mysterious teenage boy, is writing a novel, titled “Members of the Funeral.” He wants to gather its leading characters into one place for the perfect ending to the story. He thinks his own funeral would be the right place to gather them. Finally, Joon-Ki, Jung-Hee and Ami come together at Hee-Joon’s funeral. They don’t know why each of them visits the funeral. Maybe they are family.
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Original Title: Jang-rye-shik-eui-mem-beo
Country: South Korea
Director: Seung-bin Baek
Stars: Seon-ae Ji, Jeong-min Kang, Byeol Kim
Run time: 98 min