SORI: VOICE FROM THE HEART
Directed by Lee Ho-jae
Official Selection, 2016 Udine Far East Film Festival
Official Selection, 2016 Busan International Film Festival
Despite pleas from his wife and friends to move on, Hae-gwan refuses to give up the search for his missing nineteen-year-old daughter. His quest leads him to a small island off the coast of South Korea. At that very moment, an illegal surveillance satellite unexpectedly hurtles to Earth, crashing into the ocean and washing ashore next to a bewildered Hae-gwan. After inspecting the satellite, which he nicknames Sori, he notices it can identify him simply by the sound of his voice. Realizing the data potentially contained in this machine, Hae-gwan takes Sori with him to aid in his effort to find his daughter. Monitoring his every move are both the United States and South Korean governments, who are desperate to reclaim the satellite before it is discovered by anyone else.
With startling comedic timing for a robot, Sori is simultaneously the humor and heart of the film and of Hae-gwan’s journey. First, as a sidekick, Sori cracks jokes at Hae-gwan’s expense, bringing levity to an otherwise despairing search. But as their friendship evolves, Sori’s role becomes that of a surrogate daughter, providing Hae-gwan a chance to correct the mistakes he made in the past. Namely, that not everyone is a surveillance robot: it takes humanity and humility to learn to listen. –James Paguyo
Writer: Lee So-young, Lee Ho-jae
Starring: Lee Sung-min, Chae Soo-bin