PROD Na Kyeonghan, Kim Donghyun, Lee Kyunghwan
SCR Kim Haegon, Song Haesung, Kim Jaehwan
CAM Hong Kyungpyo
ED Park Gokji
PROD DES Shim Jeomhui
MUS Lee Jaejin
PROD CO Invent Stone / Lion Fish, for CJ Entertainment
To be brutally frank, Song Haesung’s filmography doesn’t inspire great confidence. It’s hard to imagine the director of Failan or Rikidozan making a film that you’d actually queue to see. But Boomerang Family is not just surprisingly good, it’s easily the best film about a dysfunctional Korean family this year. And the Koreans have all but cornered the market in comedy-dramas about the family, so it does have competition.
It starts with the major advantage of starring Park Haeil, who has flirted with action-hero roles since his Molotov-cocktail-throwing escapade in The Host but here reverts to the kind of role that made him famous in Memories of Murder and Jealousy is My Middle Name. He plays a self-pitying guy whose career has stalled; his wife has left and he’s so broke that he has to hide from his landlord. A call from his unflappable mother leads him to move back into her average-sized apartment—which he finds himself sharing with his loutish elder brother, a layabout who has served time in jail more than once. Next thing, their sexually incontinent (twice-divorced) sister also shows up to stay, along with her young daughter.
Thanks to witty scripting and excellent performances, the spectacle of these variously damaged adults striking sparks off each other in a confined space as they have to learn to live together is a joy.
— Tony Rayns