Soulmate (2023) is a Chinese remake of the same title, the original film itself is made based on the adaptation of the popular web novel series also titled Soulmate by Li Jie alias Anni Baobei. The medium from the novel to the film was made in 2016, in which the two lead actresses Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sandra won the Best Actress award at the Golden Horse Awards the same year.
Meanwhile, the Korean version stars Kim Da Mi, known for her role in The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion. And the one who becomes Kim Da Mi’s rival is actress Jeon So Nee, who has made a name for herself through her role in Our Blooming Youth.
Synopsis of the movie Soulmate (2023)
Tells the story of a pair of teenagers, Mi So (Kim Da Mi) and Ha Eun (Jeon So Nee), who have been friends for a long time. The story also follows the dynamics of their friendship and their friendship will be tested as they begin to know the name of romance.
Both Mi So and Ha Eun fall in love with the same man, Jin Woo (Byeon Woo Seok). As adults, the two decided to live separately. This is a story of friendship where they eventually become ‘soul friends’.
Soulmate movie review
Soulmate itself also has a story with the theme of ‘coming of age’. Of course, this ‘come-of-age’ genre or theme has become the basis for the plots of many existing films, including those now classified as classics, such as The Breakfast Club (1985), Stand by Me (1986)) or serious films or what are commonly known as film festivals, including, among other things, Lady Bird (2017) or a film based on the Adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic literary novel, Little Woman. Also includes films that have now become pop culture, such as the Harry Potter adventure series.
In essence, this film focuses on the story of the characters’ personal journeys during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Soulmate also tells the story of each character’s growth journey, both about the story of Mi So and Ha Eun, who are woven into the story of their friendship.
Set in the beautiful Jeju Island
The two of them spent a lot of time together during their teenage years, complementing each other even though they knew they were very different. Ha Eun grew up and grew up in a harmonious family but on the one hand she had to submit to the will of others and was not free to make her own choices. On the other hand, Mi So only lives with her mother as a single mother, her personality tends to be carefree and laid-back.
Soulmate captures key moments in Mi So and Ha Eun’s lives from adolescence to adulthood with the setting of the beautiful Jeju island where they spent their teenage years and Seoul as the setting to continue the story. story. The story is interspersed with flashbacks, chapter by chapter. What initiates the flashback is the diary that Ha Eun wrote, the past is recalled bit by bit according to the diary filled with memories and emotions that Mi So read.
Capture the joy, sadness and longing of the word Soulmate
This film carefully captures the joy, sadness, nostalgia and longing of the word soul mate. Friendship, first love and life’s ups and downs that everyone must have experienced are subtly blended into the plot of the story. Their friendship changes when Ha Eun falls in love for the first time. With the arrival of Jin-Woo, they become three together, not two, and Ha Eun enjoys her youth with her best friend and the man she likes by her side.
Jin-Woo is also attracted to the free-spirited Mi So and Mi So realizes this, he decides to leave Jeju Island and go to Seoul. In the end, Mi So returns to Jeju at the most difficult and darkest time of her life in Seoul, which she cannot bear alone.
At the same time, Ha Eun is burdened by the expectations of her parents and boyfriend Jin Woo, and she herself is so confused that she doesn’t know who she is anymore. Later, the two shared their emotions, sadness and pain and reopened the meaning of their former friendship that had been buried and gradually they realized that they were each other’s true ‘best friends’.
Impressive acting by Kim Dami and Jeon So Nee
The acting of Kim Da Mi and Jeon So Nee is very impressive, it can be seen that the transformation of age is gracefully and naturally expressed by Kim Da Mi from a girl with a free and easy life to a woman determined to survive in Seoul. Kim Da Mi was able to give an impressive performance when expressing her despair as a woman who lost her love and future.
Likewise, Jeon So Nee’s character is someone who always lives a life unchanged in place and is unable to express her true feelings. Jeon So Nee wonderfully expressed her feelings of first love, jealousy, and longing for Mi So.
Conclusion of the movie Soulmate
Soulmate is a delicate depiction of two girls who have known each other since childhood and, after living apart as adults, meet again to express the importance of soulmates to each other.
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