A true heartfelt comedy. We see a connection between a mentally ill father and his lovingly adorable daughter. A really close one. Although mentally unfit, the emotion and love of the father is undeniable. And then you have a smart and understanding daughter, who loves his father so much and doesn’t see her father differently. Behind that, there is a tragically engaging story — The kind-hearted father, as innocent as he is, accused of murder and rape. The movie is not flawless. If you really want to, you really can find some of the events and story illogical or impractical. For example how can he be allowed to be the guardian of this daughter in the 1st place? Surely he is not mature enough to raise a child but it seems neighbors, welfare or school must not be ignorant about it. I found similarity with the movies Life is Beautiful and Green Mile. Life is Beautiful was a story about a child like father and his son and was a comedy set on a very depressing world. In Green Mile the prisoner has a child like innocence and wins the trust of all the guards.
Then there is a chief in the prison who started to see his real intention and what he actually did. He tried his best to save him, but he couldn’t prevent his hanging from being processed. So, overall plot of those two movies are almost same. In the case of Green Mile, why the guy was falsely accused is based on the situation here in the US, while the mentally handicapped guy was accused so was based on the situation there in S.Korea. I don’t know if Korean producers of this movie actually intended or bought the scenario from Hollywood. But the plot is like that. Sometimes it’s very interesting to see how different directors and cultures draw the same topic differently. Usually I don’t think it is good idea to mix up very polarized genres.
The movie’s end is a great tearjerker and will force one to cry. It is a hard nut to crack to make the audience shed tears while watching a movie. But for that matter it is much difficult to make the audience cry and laugh simultaneously, but “Miracle in Cell No.7” is one of the highest-grossing Korean films and it can! It might start to become a trend or maybe it already has. It’s a good movie but nothing amazing to the point I am not shocked why it was such a big hit in Korea or anything like that. It just didn’t grab me emotionally all that much most of the way through. And some parts seemed just too far-fetched or a bit ridiculous. But I guess it had to go in that direction in order to make this story work. The bonding elements just seemed a bit rushed and forced at times and just didn’t have that well incorporated flow.
The whole bonding with the inmates has been done before but better and when it comes the relationship between the father and daughter. It reminded me of the film “I am Sam” which is a better bond between a mentally handicapped father and daughter movie. The relationship between the inmates and the mentally handicapped father and daughter relationship is done alright to build up for the end. And the main selling point is the near the end part, which actually got me despite the mediocre build up. Unfortunately, the movie suffers with repeatable storyline which would bored some people who has experienced many films. There are many coincidences and some scenes feels dramatized though. Overall, ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’ is still fine and acceptable. Lee Hwan-Kyung as director has succeeded combining between comedy and heartfelt drama in a right way. However the movie isn’t original and lacks creativity that make some people feel tired seeing it.