I Can Speak (2017), When Japanese Became Unpatriotic

Japanese are well known for their integrity. But what if, there was an event in the past/history that can make their integrity damaged? Let's say 'comfort woman' in period of war as 'that' event. Well it's not about their armies ask for sex forcibly in the past, but it's about their government doesn't want to admit 'that' event. What a.. coward (?). 

I Can Speak (2017) is an interesting Korean movie about the struggle of former 'comfort woman' to fight for the truth and demand an apology from Japanese Government. I've watched this movie in 2017, and for me this movie is so.. 'tricky'. When the first time I saw the trailer, I thought this movie will be just a funny comedy just like Daddy You Daughter Me (2017), but in the end this movie is like.. Hello Ghost (2010) because first it will be funny and then for its transition to the end it will be pretty sad. 

I Can Speak (2017) Plot/ summaries

Nah Ok-Bun, an elderly woman who is more famous for her name, “Dokkaebi (Goblin) Granny”, filling out another citizen’s complaint at her district office. People in the district office try to avoid Ok-bun as much as possible because she always files dozens of complaints at once. When Ok-bun meets with Kim Min Jae, a young man who recently was appointed as the junior civil service officer, she causes a trouble between them. She is dissatisfied with Min Jae’s attitude of not caring about her complaints and only trying to do the jobs that are assigned to him.

Min Jae realizes that Ok-Bun wished to learn English to continue her friend Jeong-shim's dream of testifying in front of comfort women public hearing. Ok-bun and Jeong-shim were both the victims of the Japanese Military during World War II. Although Ok-Bun has prepared what to say for many times in the public hearing, she hardly could speak a word because she was overwhelmed by the unfamiliar and the heavy pressure that was on her. When people start to question Ok-bun’s behavior, Ok-bun hears a familiar voice and a phrase ‘How are you?’. She then earns courage and starts to testify the atrocities of the Japanese Military.

I Can Speak (2017) Review

"Jugun Ianfu.. Jugun Ianfu..!"

I remember when I was in high school, a friend of mine was making a little noise in History Lesson after read the "Jugun Ianfu" part and realized that the meaning of Jugun Yanfu is 'comfort woman'. Well, in the fact, in the practice of history, it's not funny at all. 

This movie basically is a comedy movie, with the main story about a coquettish granny who wants to learn english. And once 'the reason' why she really wanted to learn english come to light, then the comedy will change into a very emotional part. The story is good although it's walk a little flat in the middle of the movie, and soon after the story has penetrated into the emotional scene this movie became very interesting for me. The acting from the casts are very good and appropriate, so does the visualizationt thing. Lee Je Hoon plays the role well, and he's no longer broken hearted just like in the Architecture 101, hahaha.. I remember him from the Architecture 101. The minus point of the movie is.. the ending story is a bit 'excessive' for me. 

'Based on real event' must be the most selling part/thing from this movie. This movie has made me realize if Japanese aren't that 'patriotic'. I'm not talking about 'rape' in period of war, I'm talking about a confession of bad deeds. It's weird when Japanese with their intergrity, harakiri, etc, became very unpatriotic in modern era because they don't want to admit their misbehaviour in the past. Somehow it feels like an anomaly.

In conclusion, the comedy is good but not outstanding, the story is great with the transition of 'emotional part' and this movie is very interesting because this movie gave me insight about Japanese Unpatriotism in modern era. I would like to give 7.5/10 for this movie.