Helpless - Korean Movie

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A woman suddenly disappears. Her fiance then sets out to find her and, in the process, uncovers layers of dark hidden secrets.

One month prior to Moon-Ho (Lee Sun-Kyun) and Sun-Young's (Kim Min-Hee) wedding, they take a road trip to Andong. Moon-Ho plans to formally introduce his fiance to his parents. Along the way to Andong, they pull over at a highway rest stop. Moon-Ho goes inside, while Sun-Young waits in the car. When Moon-Ho arrives back at his car, he discovers that his fiance has now completely disappeared. Frantic, Moon-Ho looks all over the rest stop and then files a missing person report with the police. Moon-Ho then drives back to Seoul and goes to Sun-Young's small studio apartment. Inside her apartment, Moon-Ho discovers that her apartment has been completely emptied. Moon-Ho then receives a phone call.

The phone call is from a friend that explains that he called Sun-Young and asked about bankruptcy filing from her past. While he asked her about the bankruptcy, Sun-Young abruptly hung up the phone and has not answered her phone. Moon-Ho then goes to the legal office where Sun-Young filed the bankruptcy papers. He looks through her documents and spots a photo of the woman that filed the bankruptcy paper and it is not the Sun-Young that he knows. Moon-Ho is absolutely shocked and confused. Moon-Ho then looks up Sun-Young's work application and goes through her work references. He contacts the companies listed as her prior employers and discovers that she has never worked for those companies. Now with nowhere to turn and unable to get the police's help, because he doesn't even know who she really is, Moon-Ho turns to his cousin Jong-Geun (Jo Sung-Ha) for help. Jong-Geun is a former cop who lost his job due to taking bribes. Moon-Ho now pleads with his cousin to help him locate his fiance and find out who she really is ...

Notes

  1. Based on the Japanese novel "Kasha" by author Miyuki Miyabe (published July 15, 1992 by Futabasha Publishers). Novel was translated into English in 1999 and published under the title of "All She Was Worth".
  2. Filming took 3 months from July 8 -September 23, 2011. Filming locations took place in Seoul, Jinhae, Mashan, Changwon & Jecheon, South Korea.
  3. Korean title Hwacha means literally "freight train bed" or "wagon".
  4. Character poster featuring lead actress Kim Min-Hee exposing her bare back was deemed too risque by the Korea Media Rating Board on February 8, 2012 and will not allowed to be used for the promotion of the film.
  5. Movie opened #1 at the Korean box office selling 607,080 tickets on 547 screens during its March 9-11 opening weekend. For its second weekend of release, "Helpless" stayed #1 selling 561,323 tickets on 521 screens. In two weeks, "Helpless" sold 1,567,211 tickets.
  6. Related titles:
    1. Kasha (TV Asahi / 2011)

Cast

Helpless-Lee Sun-Gyun-1.jpg Helpless-Kim Min-Hee-1.jpg Helpless-Jo Sung-Ha-1.jpg
Lee Sun-Kyun Kim Min-Hee Cho Seong-Ha
Jang Moon-Ho Kang Sun-Young Kim Jong-Geun
Helpless-Kim Byul.jpg Helpless-Cha Soo-Yeon.jpg Helpless-Choi Deok-Mun.jpg Lee Hee-Joon Helpless-Bae Min-Hee.jpg
Song Ha-Yoon Cha Soo-Yeon Choi Deok-Mun Lee Hee-Joon Bae Min-Hee
Han-Na Kang Sun-Young Det. Ha Sung-Sik Sun-Young's ex-husband Client from veterinary clinic
Helpless-Kim Tae-In.jpg Helpless-Kim Min-Jae.jpg Helpless-Im Ji-Kyu.jpg Helpless-Kim Sun-Guk.jpg Helpless-Yang Eun-Yong.jpg
Kim Tae-In Kim Min-Jae Im Ji-Kyu Kim Sun-Guk Yang Eun-Yong
Park Myung-Shin Dong-Woo stalker Gi-Tae Gi-Tae's wife

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Bess After watching PASTA, all 20 episodes in 3 nights, I have tried to find a copy of Helpless with English subtitles. Impossible to find the film as a rental. Love Lee Sun-Kyun in the role of chef.

aznative Very good mystery. Actors delivered convincing performances. My only criticism is the profanity.

Jumbo A very good mystery. I haven't read the novel yet so I'm not sure if it's a good adaption but this movie had me hooked the whole time. I was as frustrated as the main lead throughout the movie. Recommended.

Ki Had the opportunity to watch mystery/suspense thriller HELPLESS starring Lee Sun-Gyun, Kim Min-Hee & Jo Sung-Ha. Movie is highly impressive! Unlike fellow movie HOWLING (also based on a Japanese novel), HELPLESS starts out dark and stays that way until the final scene. There's a whole lot of mystery & suspense as Lee Sun-Gyun's fiance disappears and he works to uncover the mystery behind her disappearance. It turns out everything he knew about her where lies. Put this one down on your to see list. Movie is highly recommended!

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