Resurrection of the Little Match Girl

Film, Fantasy

Time Out says

Jang's splendid folly uses the form and digital effects of a mainstream blockbuster to explore two besetting questions: (1) Can you live in a tropical paradise on someone else's money? (2) Can the ego be transcended by chasing the yellow butterfly of Taoism? Ju (Kim Hyun-Sung, admirably ordinary) delivers Chinese food for the Great Wall Restaurant and dreams of becoming a champion gamer. He enters the virtual reality game of the title (the object is to save Hans Christian Andersen's forlorn heroine from assorted predators so that she can safely freeze to death), but very quickly loses his identity and his ammo. And the Match Girl (now selling cheap lighters) suddenly starts taking her defence into her own hands. Despite fabulous casting (famous Chinese transsexual Jin Xing as the lesbian game player Lara) and spectacular stunts, it doesn't really work as a genre movie - which is no doubt why it lost money on Korean release. But as a Jang Sun-Woo auteur piece it's up there with Hwa-om-kyung: a philosophical fun-ride with thrills, spills and a serenely materialistic happy ending.

Details

Release details

Duration:
124 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Jang Sun-Woo
Screenwriter:
Jang Sun-Woo, In Jin-Mee
Cast:
Yim Eun-Kyung
Kim Hyun-Sung
Kim Jin-Pyo
Jin Xing
Myung Kay-Nam
Pierre Rissient