7 years later, BYUN came back with Helpless. It had a box office hit, and also received favorable criticism. Caught two hares. Above all, Min-hee KIM's acting was great.
The original story comes from a Japanese novel. Helpless is a sort of mystery and thriller film, which is about a person who murders and lives with the victim's identity.
Mun-ho(Seon-gyun LEE) and his fiancee, Sun-young(Min-hee LEE) are on the way to give parents wedding invitations. While Mun-ho stopped by a highway rest to buy coffee, Sun-young received a call and suddenly disappeared.
Mon-ho though she was kidnapped and asks his cousin, a former detective, to find her. As search and research go on, they fall into a mystery: Sun-young is a totally different, missing, person. Mon-ho even does not know her real name, Kyung-sun.
Mon-ho finds out she inherited a debt from parents. She failed her marriage by threats of debt collectors, and forced to prostitute. She escaped and started living as a different person, Sun-young. Kyung-sun killed Sun-young, around her age with no family.
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Now, Kyung-sun is planning to murder again to secure a new ID. The target is Mon-ho's customer, a widow living alone in a countryside. Kyung-sun is about to travel with the widow. Mon-ho chased her to the train station, and caught her asking "Did you love me?" He let her go, saying "Don't get caught"
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When I saw this film, I hadn't any information on it. I guessed, it was about a guy looking for a missing or kidnapped fiancee.
It is quite speedy development and arouse curiosity, satisfying the convention of the genre. Considering director BYUN's feature films were melodrama, I could not imagine how she directed thriller movie. After watching it, I can say BYUN mixed the two genres very well: Melodrama and Thriller. Some critics say, Byun should not put melodrama element in it, which means the main female character should be evil or vicious to the end just like I saw the devil, 2010. It would make it more artistic. I don't agree this opinion. Even though Kyun-sun turned into a monster, she must have wanted a loved or happy life.