Directed by Lee Byeong-Heon
Official Selection, 2015 New York Asian Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 Busan International Film Festival
Directed by Lee Byeong-Heon, who wrote the hit Sunny (SDAFF Spring Showcase ’12), TWENTY is a coming-of-age comedy that documents the growing pains of three childhood friends as they anxiously approach their “golden years” – their late teens and early twenties. Chi-Ho is a spoiled and mercurial playboy whose only ambition is to bed as many women as he can. Dong-Woo is an aspiring cartoon artist whose family has fallen on hard times following the incarceration of his father. And Kyung-Jae is a shy, and mostly serious business student with a rebellious streak when unleashed by inebriety.
Their youthful rambunctiousness is energized by a dream trio of young up-and-coming talents: Kim Woo-bin, a model-turned-actor, Junho of international idol group 2PM fame, and Kang Ha-Neul who got his start in musical theater.
TWENTY also features writing and direction that matches the freshness of its cast. Lee Byeong-Heon’s light hand steers serious topics and themes away from melancholy, never undermining the characters’ integrity or resorting to drastic savior measures, and keeping true to the spirit of the coming-of-age sex comedy. TWENTY is that rare Korean entertainment that manages to feel brand new: diverse in its characters, bawdy and dramatic in its storytelling, and smooth and sweet in its take on an otherwise overly-churned genre. –Jumanah Albahri