유-턴 (April, 2008) OCN Only 20 Minutes
Very Short Fantasy Melodrama, Grade: B
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA (Spoilers)
2008 Korean television mini-drama called U-Turn is
the shortest K-drama I've ever watched: it was only about
20 minutes long, broken up into four short 5 minute
episodes, but starred my top heartthrob, favorite Korean
actor So Jisub, after he had been officially discharged
out of his military service and was looking to get back
into show business with the proper show biz vehicles,
after becoming famous with his blockbuster performance in
the 2004 classic I'm
Sorry, I Love You. While in the
military he had become ill, so it took awhile for him to
get in shape for his first drama once he was released, and
it probably helped him that this drama was very short; he
could get his feet wet on acting again after four years
away from it.
U-Turn was more like a haunting vignette; it left
me wondering why they didn't expand this story, because it
was a clever concept, and certainly would have been more
memorable if the writers had been given more time to
develop the story more.
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(Spoilers): So Jisub's character is a music producer
(named Jisub!), and on a drive home in a thunderstorm he
hears a big BANG! noise that sounds like something
hit his car. He goes out to investigate and looks in his
trunk and there is a beautiful but disoriented girl inside
(actress Yeon Hee Lee from Gu
Family Book). He takes her to his home and he
and his two brothers who live with him (played by actors
Seung Ryong Ryu, who played the gay businessman in Personal
Taste, and Duk Hwan Ryu from Faith)
feed her and let her sleep. She seems to have lost her
He takes her to get medical
tests the next morning, and then to the police station in
an attempt to get her identified, but they have no record
of a missing person. He is told to let her rest at his
home to see if she recovers her memory.
Then he happens to overhear her
singing his favorite song. He is impressed, so he brings
her to his music studio and tells her to sing along to the
music; however, possibly nervous, she sings rather
hesitatingly over the programmed music, and seems to want
to talk to him instead, which makes him angry.
He drops her back at his house
and then he and his brothers go by themselves to their Mom's
grave to put flowers there, since it is the anniversary of
her death. While they are doing that the girl suddenly gains
her memory back as to who she is; she runs out of the house,
takes one of the cars in the driveway and races toward the
cemetery, but halfway there she stops in the middle of the
road, gets out of the car, and seems frozen in time, upset.
One surmises that something terrible had happened to her in
that spot on the road.
the girl is going through all this personal internal
agony, So Jisub's character puts flowers on the grave next
to his Mom's grave as well. His brothers ask him, "Why do
you do that every time? You don't know this person." He
replies, "I just feel sorry for the person in this grave.
No one tends to the tombstone, no one puts flowers on her
grave." As he is wiping off the grave he suddenly sees a
photograph of the dead person. It had been covered by
soot. It was the same girl who had appeared to him on that
rainy night, who is staying at his house! He reels from
shock. She must be a spirit.
The brothers head back home but
then So Jisub sees the girl in the middle of the street. He
makes a severe U-turn and goes back to her, exits his car
and runs over to her. She tells him that she got her memory
back. "I know who I am, and I know who you are." She thanks
him for tending to her grave and placing flowers there,
because no one else had ever come to visit her final resting
He is very moved by her gratitude, and she asks him sweetly,
"If it isn't too much trouble, could I sometimes come to
your house and play?" and he smiles and nods yes.
Last scene: her spirit is gone.
We see him wistfully listening to the recording that she had
left behind, the one that had made him so mad because she
didn't so much sing, but mainly talked to him over the
microphone instead. "You have a good heart, don't you?" she
says in the recording. He looks sad, because he knows he had
lost his temper with her too many times while she was with
him, yet she had seen through all that bluster to the caring
heart inside the man.
simple and sweet ghost story. I had never even heard of U-Turn
before and I've been a So Jisub fan for years now. It's
not even listed on the IMDb. I was so glad I found it
while surfing! If you are a So Jisub fan don't miss it!