Golden Slumber Korean (골든 슬럼버) Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Gang Dong-Won 강동원, Kim Eui-Sung 김의성, Kim Sung-Kyun 김성균, Kim Dae-Myeung 김대명, Han Hyo-Joo 한효주, Yoon Kye-Sang 윤계상, Noh Dong-seok 노동석 and crime/ thriller / Korean movie fans

Golden Slumber Korean

Golden Slumber Korean (골든 슬럼버) Movie Synopsis

A kindhearted and hardworking delivery man (GANG) is meeting up with an old friend when a car explodes nearby. In the blink of an eye, he becomes the prime suspect for the assassination of an presidential candidate, and as he is forced to run, he finds himself trapped in a wide-reaching political conspiracy.

Golden Slumber Korean (골든 슬럼버) Movie Viewer Rating: 4.25/5 ****

Golden Slumber Korean (골든 슬럼버) Movie Review:

Tiffany Yong: If you’re a fan of Korean films, you will definitely be familiar with the cast from this movie. With Yoon Kye-Sang from The Outlaws as Moo-Yeol, an old time high school friend of Gang Dong-won’s Gun Woo (Yes, he  appeared in the recent 1987: When The Day Comes and 2016’s Master) dying in an explosion, the male lead went on a run with the help from Kim Eui-Sung (Yes, the mean manager Yong-Suk turn zombie from Train to Busan). It was amazing and super exciting for me to be watching a film with so many great Korean actors!

Peps Goh: Initially upon watching the first 20 minutes of Golden Slumber, it really did feel very reminiscent of “Fabricated City“. (A random guy being framed for something he didn’t do)

But as the story grew into it’s second act, it became quickly an outstanding piece in and of itself. They had successfully made a plot this dramatic, feel strongly grounded in reality in both it’s plot and the execution.
GOLDEN SLUMBER_Gang Dong won stillAlso, my favourite part of this film, it’s characters. Every single one of the supporting casts are really memorable without any extreme quirks added onto them to make them stand out. Largely, I believe, to be attributed to the fact that every character’s choices and behaviours are so natural and rooted to them as a believable character.

I was amused how Dong-won carried the perpetually-sad face in 90% of the film (9.5% of the screen time belongs to the other actors), but I got to give him the benefit of doubt given the plight of the character. Golden Slumber Korean_Han Hyo-Joo Kim Dae-MyungTiffany Yong: We got really excited when we saw Han Hyo-joo as I’ve just re-watched The Beauty Inside and Peps really like her performance in Cold Eyes), but it was a pity we didn’t get to see much of her character establishment in the film at all. 

Peps Goh: And in the climatic moments, I was really afraid that they would’ve chosen the easy way out in terms of the writing and ex-machina-ed the characters out of a difficult situation. But thankfully, every plot turn and solutions to the challenges, were logical and grounded in the realm of the believable. That is tough writing, and that, is fun to watch.

Do You Know?

This is the first time Gang Dong-Won acted two roles on screen. He had to put on a different set of make up for the other role, and that had to be repeated several times.

Gang Dong-won Kim Sung-Kyun and Kim Dae-MyungGang Dong-won, Kim Sung-Kyun and Kim Dae-Myung who acted as high school best friends in the film are all born in the same year (1981) in real life.

Kim You-Jung Choi Woo-Sik Jung So-MinKim You-Jung, Choi Woo-Sik (Train to Busan), Jung So-Min make cameo appearance in movie “Golden Slumber.” Kim You-Jung plays Soo-A. She is an idol singer and she is saved by Gun-Woo (Gang Dong-Won) from a dangerous situation. Choi Woo-Sik plays Joo-Hoo. He is the younger brother of Gun-Woo, but they are not blood related. Jung So-Min plays Yoo-Mi, a friend of Gun-Woo, but she gets into a physical fight with Gun-Woo.

Golden_Slumber Japan 2010It is based on the 2007 Japanese novel of the same name written by Kōtarō Isaka. It was also made into a film in Japan under the same title, in 2010.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out Golden Slumber Korean (골든 슬럼버) Official Website!
Golden Slumber Korean (골든 슬럼버) is out in cinemas on 8 March 2018.

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*Disclosure: Invitation from Clover Films. No monetary compensation was received for the movie review.

10 thoughts on “Golden Slumber Korean (골든 슬럼버) Movie Review”

  1. I know a lot of people who love to watch Korean movies and drama.. I am going to share this to some of my friends!

  2. Preet@thevelvetlife

    This movie sounds so good, it has been a long time since I watched a Korean movie, your reviews are always helpful. I am really liking the cast of this movie, would love to see it.

  3. Your review is making me want to watch this movie! I’m a total newbie about Korean cinema, but a great cast, memorable characters, a good story what else could one ask from a movie?!

  4. I haven’t watched many Korean films, but the ones I have are always really great! After reading your review, I think it’s time that I start to watch them again!

  5. Sue Tanya Mchorgh

    Golden Slumber looks like it might be a good watch and something i would enjoy. I will give it a watch.

  6. missashleyallison

    I don’t watch Korean movies but your review makes me want to watch! As long as it has subtitles I’ll be able to follow along lol

  7. We don’t have enough access for films from outside of North America here in Canada and your review of this film just pointed more to the fact that I need to find ways to expand my horizons.

  8. Evelyn Lo Foreman

    This movie looks like an action filled adventure! Amazing how talented these actors are. Would love to check this out (with sub titles of course, as I don’t speak Korean. ☺️).

  9. This looks like an interesting film for anyone who loves crime thrillers, I usually have something on one of my screens to watch while working, but if it’s subtitled I have to pay full attention or I miss so much!

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