Inside Out / Kwon Min-jeong
Movie Inside Out
/Extracted from Disney
The film is about the adventure of “Joy” and “Sadness” in little Riley’s mind trying to return to the emotional control headquarter, which is the control center inside Riley’s mind. The rest of the feelings at the headquarters, where Joy and Sadeness are absent, try to replace Joy and Sadness.
The emotions that are mainly focused on “Inside Out” are Joy and Sadness. The different emotions in the film have one single color each, but Joy does not. Joy’s hair is blue and the body is yellow. This means that Joy and Sadness are inseparable because one can be joyful only if sadness exists. Ultimately, joy is just one element of happiness, and happiness can be tinged with other emotions, even including sadness. However, people usually seek only joy and hold back sadness. We usually value the feeling of joy in our lives and tend to dismiss anger, sadness, and timidity as bad and hide them. Of course, we all feel reluctant to live a life only full of sadness. The fact is, no one can conclude that a life full of joy will be happy. As the director says, joy and sadness are closely connected to one another and all emotions have their own motives. All of these emotions serve an important purpose by providing insight into our inner and outer environments in ways that can help us connect with others, avoid danger, or recover from loss.
Therefore, we must keep in mind that there is no emotion which is useless. If you feel like you have forgotten your feelings due to your busy life, the Dongguk Post recommends you to watch “Inside Out” and express your precious feelings freely. Also, it will help you figure out the way to meet the “real me” in yourself.
Sherlock / Kang Da-hyun
/Extracted from BBC
If you like the Sherlock Holmes series, you will also like this drama. The Dongguk Post recommends “Sherlock,” which is produced by BBC and aired a total of four seasons starting in 2010. It is a modern reinterpretation of the original work written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The basic settings such as the characters’ personalities, Sherlock’s residence on Baker street, and the confrontation with Moriarty are almost identical to the original work. However, there are some parts that have been adapted to the settings of the 21st century, such as utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS) and Smartphone, or riding taxi instead of wagon. Therefore, for those who have read the novel, it would be fun to find out the differences between the drama and the original work.
Another reason for recommending this drama is its excellent direction. Instead of explaining Sherlock’s quickness of wit and vast amount of reasoning with lengthy lines, the drama chose to mix the cross-edited images, typographies, and actor’s performance. Since Sherlock’s reasoning is important in the drama, this excellent direction helps a quick understanding of the incident and gives the impression of following Sherlock’s reasoning process. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes series or any other detective stories, the Dongguk Post highly recommends this drama. Watching Sherlock’s reasoning, his chemistry with Dr. Watson, and exciting incidents appearing in every episode will make you fall into this drama.
A Joke About Wanting to Live / Park Ji-won
Book A Joke About Wanting to Live
/Extracted from Woongjin Jisikhouse
To understand this book, it is important to know the background of the author Heo Ji-ung. He is a person who gained high reputation from the public by actively working as a critic, columnist, writer, and even broadcaster. However, in December 2018, he was diagnosed with “Hematologic malignancy,” a cancer that affects the blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. To focus on chemotherapy, he canceled many activities. Fortunately, in 2020, his health improved and “A joke about wanting to live” was published as a new returning work. This book, which is mainly about his life during break, drew interest from many people. Moreover, confusion of interpreting the meaning of the title “A joke about wanting to live” naturally aroused curiosity about the content.
The first half of the book tells about the time he was diagnosed with and treated for Hematologic malignancy. He portrays mental and physical pain vividly and directly, and at the same time describes honestly about the feelings he felt through enduring hard time. In the second half, the book focuses on the author’s interpretation of the film from a personal perspective. It conveys a hopeful message by combining the feelings through the time of pain covered with the movie.
The Dongguk Post recommends this book to people who are struggling psychologically, or who wants to seek advice about the mindset that gives positive effects in their lives. Although the content of the book is heavy, it is relatively easy to read and would give sincere advice through the author's own experience.
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