If you want to see One Way Trip, it is a South Korean movie. Director Choi Jung-yeol made it. Ji Soo, Ryu Jun-yel, Kim Jun-myeon, and Kim Hee-chan are in it, as well. It came out on March 24, 2016.
During the 20th Busan International Film Festival, the film was shown. It ran from October 1 to October 10, 2015. It came out on DVD on October 27, 2016.
One Way Trip Main Cast
- Ji Soo as Kim Yong-b
- Ryu Jun-yeol as Yoon Ji-gong
- Kim Jun-myeon as Jeong Sang-woo
- Kim Hee-chan as Park Doo-man
One Way Trip: Ending Review
At the heart of writer-director Choi Jeong-first yeol’s film, One Way Trip is the loss of innocence, which leads to a sense of disappointment and disillusionment. The film looks at our less-than-ideal behavior and almost encourages us to do the wrong thing.
The movie, which was originally called Glory Day, is quick, delicately challenging, and often surprising in its dedication to narrative logic, no matter how bad the story gets. You can say that One Way Trip isn’t a happy story that ends with revelations and more self-awareness.
The film should get a lot of attention in Asia-Pacific because it has a group of young, attractive actors. Choi’s solid, but not very flashy, filmmaking could get it into Asia-themed festivals all over the world. Urban markets where CJ Entertainment’s reputation should be good for sales could also pay attention.
Four friends have gone to the southeastern port town of Pohang for one last party before one of them goes to the military the next day. This is a common trend in thrillers. Sang-woo, a member of the boy band EXO, is going to skip college and work for the government to help his grandmother, who is his main, selfless guardian.
The other three aren’t great, but they’re still good people: It’s not clear where Yong-bi (Ji Soo, Han Gong-Ju) comes from. Ji-gong (Ryu Jun-yeol, Sori) comes from a more troubled home. College admissions tests didn’t work out for them. Doo-man (Kim Hee-chan) is a young baseball player who has a scholarship because he wants to play. He doesn’t like baseball very much.
After two years apart, the four are having their last night together. They see a couple having an argument in a car, which quickly turns into wife-battering. They intervene, and a police chase ensues. The end result is that one man is dead and Sang-woo is in a coma.
Wife: Lee Ji-Yeon, a well-known TV personality, decides to protect her reputation rather than tell the truth to the police. The rest of the evening and their lives fall apart. Brutal coming-of-age stories like One Way Trip are common. They show young men being hit in the face with the bad parts of human nature and forcing them to figure out how to deal with their futures.
It’s good that Choi, who is a first-time filmmaker, tried to deal with some difficult issues, such as the importance of “what the neighbors will think,” perception and stigmatization, unachievable parental expectations, and overworked police departments.
It doesn’t matter that everything is part of a long chain. Choi almost takes on more than he can handle in just 90 minutes. You can tell that Choi would have been better off focusing on the three young men’s consciences and how they sometimes let fear get the better of them in this story. Instead of, for example, spending too much time with a mustache-twirling police captain who just wants to clear his caseload.
The young cast does a good job, with Ji Soo doing most of the heavy lifting as the person who is most affected by the changes in the movie. The few scenes with Kim Dong-wan as his older brother are especially strong, and both actors are very well done.
From an aesthetic point of view, the movie isn’t very good, but the movie’s director Choi, cinematographer Lee Hyung-bin, and the rest of the technical team do a good job. Lee, in particular, does a good job of giving the events of the boys’ defining night a dark edge.
Many people don’t like how the intercut flashback technique is used too much, but in the right situations, it can make the present more emotional, which it does here. Choi makes the end of the story even more heartbreaking and thought-provoking by juxtaposing the foursome’s first joy and friendship on the cusp of adulthood.