Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned is one of my absolute favourite films from what I’ve seen this year. It tells the story of Oh Su-rin, a 13-year old who is seeked out by a late-20s man who claims to be Sung-min, her 13-year old orphan friend who disappeared with two of his friends when they dislodged a shiny egg from its resting place they found in a cave in the jungle.
Fantasy drama is a genre that’s quite hard to get right, but this film gets it just right! There is a lot that could have gone wrong in a film which tackles the relationship between an early-teen girl and a man more than twice her age, but it’s handled expertly here without it feeling uncomfortable or perverse, with the relationship developing from infatuated teens to something that is almost elder brother-younger sisterly effortlessly. As good as Kang Dong-won is, this film belongs to Shin Eun-soo. It’s so hard to imagine this is her first film! Highly recommend this film. I love how @fncaddculture have rocked up to the scene recently and are completely rocking the releases of recent films! The specially commissioned artworks are brilliant. Also love how the booklet’s made to look like the diary from the film and has similar writing inside with production stills.
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