THE BEAUTY INSIDE
Directed by Baek Jong-Yeol
Woo-Jin wakes up every morning with a different body. At first, it was a shock. Now, years later, he’s used to looking in the mirror and discovering a stranger. With only the companionship of a supportive mother and a highly-entertained best friend, Woo-Jin’s been forced into anonymity, working as a furniture designer taking orders from online clients he never has to meet. Falling in love is of course off limits. That is, until he meets E-Soo, a furniture saleswoman who makes him never want to fall asleep again.
From there, THE BEAUTY INSIDE becomes a most unusual romance, the kind that pushes its protagonists into the ultimate tests of love: can Woo-Jin be in a relationship with somebody who doesn’t recognize him? Can E-Soo feel security from a man who starts every day as a stranger? With all the magic of a good fantasy, THE BEAUTY INSIDE has the audience seeing the romantic comedy anew, much as E-Soo and Woo-Jin treat every one of their encounters like a rediscovery.
This is a film about the power of faces in movies. His face, performed by dozens of actors: man, woman, and child, all reverberating in sync, conducted magnificently by director Baek Jong-Yeol. And most of all, her face, performed by actress Han Hyo-Joo in a tour-de-force. The face whose responses – whether expressing doubt, bewilderment, trust – guide the audience through a drama full of inconveniences. Intensely cinematic, with costumes, acting, dialogue, and a Muji paradise of sets all playing their parts to hold Woo-Jin together, THE BEAUTY INSIDE is what falling in love in the movies is all about. –Brian Hu
Co-presented by: San Diego Art House Movies