유-턴 (April, 2008) OCN Only 20 Minutes
Very Short Fantasy Melodrama, Grade: B
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA
This 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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The Story (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
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.
While 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 place.
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.
Very 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!