Return to Seoul

Return to Seoul ★★★½

a victory in representation for all the messy girls out there who party hard and sell missiles

The tight, confidently directed first half is a pleasant watch with its snappy editing that is more than happy to withhold information and speed over unnecessary transitions. But while the messily timeskippy latter portion has similar ambitions, it falls short. There is only so much you can do to make your exposition feel natural with so much temporal ground to cover – though Park Ji-min's performance remains compelling throughout, the writing loses its subtlety and there are less and less charming character moments as the film tries to keep itself together.

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