Hearty Paws

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Director: Oh Dal-gyoon
Cast: You Seung-ho (The Way Home), Kim Hyang-gi and Dal-I the dog
RunTime: 100 mins
Genre: Drama (Korean)
Rating: PG

Girls, prepare your Kleenex. And guys, please your paws, er hands for a big hug to your girlfriend/wife/sister after Hearty Paws.

Here’s an observation of cinema leavers after this canine movie: Females rush out immediately right before the credits to the toilets to control their red noses and teary eyes. The male counterparts will be smiling or shaking their heads in disbelief behind.

The potent combination of Korean plus dog (a very cute one) is the cause of this tear flood. In this modern day Oliver Twist with the dog, Hearty the Labrador overcome all odds to protect his (should be a her actually) 11-year old owner Chan. Chan the orphan falls under a beggar underground group who cheats people of their sympathy money.

The dog saves the day, and the movie.

Little sister So-I is irritating with her cries of "You BIRDBRAIN" while Chan is a natural child actor, who reminds us of Singapore’s Shawn Lee (from I Not Stupid). However, it is Dai-I the dog who charms us with her sympathetic eyes and whine. She literally melts your heart. Sniff Sniff.

In classic Korean melodrama style, nothing is complete without constant crying, death and
stringed music to a crescendo. A dog expert would be able to see through the 'acting', and a normal dog doesn’t behave in ways Hearty does.

At least this movie would let owners treasure their pets a lot more. I just hope children don’t go to pet shops to ask for a Hearty back home.

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