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The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow review Fantasia 2014

MilkCowSatelliteGirlThe Satellite Girl and Milk Cow / 우리별 일호와 얼룩소 / Wooribyeol Ilhowa Eolrukso  (2013)
Director: Chang Hyung-yun
Screenplay: Chang Hyung-yun
Cast: Jung Yu-mi, Yoo Ah-in

This animated film from Korea does not look too different from Japanese animated films as far as overall style but that doesn’t make the film unoriginal. It features a cast of weird characters, a satellite turned school girl, an adult male turned milk cow and a magician turned toilet paper. This is a film where you have to just accept the seemingly nonsensical events and whatever scant yet flimsy explanations might be given if any is given at all. Sure, the world seems normal but strange things just happen. Better not to ask why. For example, we learn early on that the reason why the adult male, Kyung-chun, is a now a milk cow is because he had his heart broken. He’s also being chased by a seemingly ordinary man with a liver sucking plunger. Then there’s also that giant walking incinerator…

However, with all these strange events aside, the heart of the story is perhaps the strangest of all. Predictably, it is the developing relationship between Kyung-chun and the satellite, who takes the name Il-ho when it’s randomly transformed into a girl by “magic”. Nevermind that Kyung-chun is 27 years old and the Il-ho even though non-human looks like a school girl. The implications of such a coupling are unsettling and one perhaps doesn’t realize it because Kyung-chun in his human form looks like a teenager himself. In spite of all this I actually did sympathize with the characters and felt that their character plots provided genuine emotion. The toilet paper magician who claims to be Merlin actually doesn’t figure that much into the story but is good for some laughs.

Ignoring the opening sequence, the animation and backgrounds are well done. Another strength is the humour that results from these strange characters interacting with each other. There are some very funny and original moments that would have been only possible with such strange characters.  The theory on why Kyung-chun became a cow and not some other animal is hilariously astute. This film is worth seeing for its creativity and laughs even if the romance part is potentially questionable.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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