Diary Of June Essay

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‘’Diary of June’’ also going by the name ‘’Bystanders’’, is a crime thriller-suspense Korean movie. Behind the chair of the director is Im Kyung-Soo who also co-writes the ‘’Diary of June’’ with Go Jung-Woon and Lee Man-Hee.

Chu Ja-young (Shin Eun-kyung) is a sassy, tempered, but fearless and determined detective who after the death of her sister looks after her high-schooler nephew Jun-ha (Lee Yo-seob). One day, while being off duty she is called to a crime scene with her rookie womanizer partner Kim Dong-wook (Eric Mun). The crime scene is an apparent suicide of a high-schooler who jumped from a building.

Two days before on June 13, another high-schooler from the same school and the same class was murdered on a rainy night on a pedestrian
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Scientific examination of the handwriting proves that the handwriting belongs to another classmate of the two victims named Jin-mo. To their surprise, Jin-mo has already died in a hit and run car accident the previous month and also was a victim of horrific bullying by his schoolmates. Furthermore, during this hectic investigation for apprehending the serial killer and stopping further killings, Chu Ja-young encounters an old best-friend of her, named Seo Yoon-hee (Kim Yoon-jin) who has returned to South Korea after a quite long time.

The synopsis of ‘’Diary of June’’ does not prefigure the embodied humor in the movie. The presence of humor elevates the value of this production and the antithesis between the humorous scenes and the heart-whelming scenes make the film stand out from the typical, heavy crime-thriller movies.

Beyond the humor, ‘’ Diary of June’’ has also quite a few underlying messages about the shortcomings of Korean society. The social critique that is most noticeable regards the tough educational system of South Korea and the pressure that students have by their parents, not only to be good students but to be the best student in their
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