Miss Granny (Soo-sang-han geun-yeo) (2014)
December 2, 2021 3:26 PM - Subscribe

A 74-year-old widow realizes she is becoming a burden on her family. She mysteriously regains her physical appearance from the age of 20. (2014 Korean film version)

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From the writer/director Hwang Dong Hyuk (Squid Game), this was a box office hit comedy/drama in 2014 starring Na Moon Hee (Navillera, Dear My Friends, and many more), recently added to Netflix. A drama remake was announced in 2018 (Dramabeans link), but no recent news.
posted by oh yeah! (3 comments total)
I noticed this on Netflix (weirdly, the poster art on Netflix via my TV only displays the title in Korean, while on my phone/computer the English title of 'Miss Granny' shows up), and recognizing some of the actors, I had to give it a shot.

It's your basic 'old person turns young again, wacky shenanigans and heartwarming life lessons ensue' story. But I thought Shim Eun Kyung was great as young Granny -- she did a good impersonation of Na Moon Hee's old Granny, and sang beautifully.

I was a little confused at why everyone was blaming the daughter-in-law's heart troubles on old Granny, I think maybe something was lost in translation there. But, overall, a sweet movie. It would be nice if they moved forward with the drama re-make, if only because Na Moon Hee was going to get to play the part again, and I'm curious to see how they could expand the story out to standard drama lengths.
posted by oh yeah! at 3:43 PM on December 2, 2021 [1 favorite]

I was going to add this. Yes the actress who plays the young granny commits 100% and it's pretty great. But then, I like Anna Faris.

This movie is at least 30 minutes too long and of course incredibly corny, but it's very fun.

There's also a Pillipines remake, which has a significantly higher IMDB rating, (7.9 vs 7.2) but ratings can mean different things in different sub-audiences.

I was a little confused at why everyone was blaming the daughter-in-law's heart troubles on old Granny

Oh I mean because she is like the worst fucking mother in law. She's just constantly intruding and nagging and criticizing and overriding. On top of the stereotypical idea that the DIL is like the MIL's servant.
posted by fleacircus at 3:28 PM on December 3, 2021

Hwang Dong Hyuk! That explains the tiny mechanical jazz band in the director’s apartment, which will later be seen during the Red Light Green Light game.
posted by Mogur at 4:53 PM on December 6, 2021

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