Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live without a grasp on reality? To be able to see and experience things, thinking they are real, but not knowing if they are or not? That’s what made this movie confusing, but so mind-blowing and fascinating to me.
Synopsis: Hyun-Woo (Jang Hyuk), Min-Suk (Jo Dong-Hyeok) and Jun-Hyuk (Lee Sang-Woo) are three childhood friends. Hyun-Woo is a sensitive suicidal pot smoking/drinking schizophrenic/manic depressive photographer who cares dearly about his friends and is desperately searching for happiness. Min-Suk is a plastic surgeon married to Hyun-Woo’s sister and is a sex addict. Jun-Hyuk has serious financial troubles and gets himself into a very “sticky” situation.
Okay, before I continue, I must give you a warning. This movie is not for everyone. The opinions I’m about to share are my own, and I’m sure many people would disagree. This movie is weird, has a very strong sexual nature, is very raw, graphic at times, confusing, abstract, dark and psychological. I recommend it be watched more than once, because chances are you won’t fully understand it if you only watch it once.
Because it’s so creepy and abstract, it’s not going to have mass appeal. However, if you are drawn to the twisted, you may just love this movie as much as I did. I’ll shamelessly admit I think this movie is genius.
I loved this movie. I really did. Getting into Hyun-Woo’s head was frightening. His reality is dark, lonely and very scary. But his heart is so beautiful. He’s a lost soul searching for purpose in life; looking for happiness and peace.
So what’s this elephant that’s being searched for?
**Contains possible spoilers**
Well, Hyun-Woo retells the story of how he got lost at the zoo with his two friends when he was young. His mother told them that if they are lost to go to the elephants so that she can find them. But when they get to the elephant, it’s crowded, confusing and the elephant keeps moving around and they do not see the mother. They have to keep moving to stay with the elephant and it’s really hard to see among-st the crowd.
So what does this mean? I believe it’s a metaphor. All three friends feel lost. They are searching to fill a void in their life, but they are filling the void in all the wrongs ways and never feel complete and at peace. Hyun-Woo is really the one who is most actively and frantically chasing after the elephant, but with his schizophrenic episodes, it really makes it even more difficult for him to find and yet he’s so fervent in his search. He’s really the only one who has hope in finding it.
The most challenging part of this movie is to decipher fiction from reality. Since we see all of Hyun-Woo’s delusions, how much of it actually happened? That’s why I recommend watching this more than once if you like it somewhat the first time. The more I see it, the more I like it. Also, Drama Fan from Stuck On Hyuk wrote a review on this movie as well and she has great screen caps and gifs that you should check out.
My rating: 4.7/5
Coherency: 2/5 (but re-watch and it starts to make sense)