a short film by Kim Jho Kwang-soo
2010 | 22 mins | South Korea
›› LOVE, 100°C
coming-of-age with a sexual kick.
LOVE, 100°C by Kim Jho Kwang-soo From a country whose gay cinematic output is practically synonymous with tender stories of romance of the Boy Meets Boy kind, comes this coming-of-age drama with a sexual kick.

It tells the story of Min-soo; an introverted youth only too aware that his hearing impairment has resulted with his number one son status being at odds with the bullying ways of his younger brother. Only Min-soo has other things on his mind. Or to be more precise, his teenage crush on fellow classmate Ji-seok. Forced to conceal his feelings however, he lets off stream at the local bathhouse and time spent in the hands of a cute masseur more than willing to please. Yet as emotions reach boiling point, could it be that Min-soo is set to show the world just who the big brother really is?

Opening with a non-explicit masturbation sequence, only to move onto acts of oral sex, simulated style, this marks a sexually overt change of direction from the passionate charm of Kim Jho Kwang-soo’s earlier work Just Friends?, even if the theme is the same. Namely a rites of passage journey, one that here sees adolescent curiosity give way to pleasures of the adult kind.

True it’s somewhat of an odd mix. That of a school boy crush one minute, homophobic violence the next, let alone graphic images of hetero sex, mobile 'phone fashion. But it plays out beautifully in the hands of South Korea’s leading gay filmmaker, even if the vocal pipes of Northern Ireland’s unofficial national anthem make for a surprising, beautiful, if abridged closure.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - sexually explicit. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 
available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue - 'Boys on Film 6: Pacific Rim' release 28.03.2011
starring: Kim Do-jin / Min-soo, Yun Se-hyun / Kyeong-soo and
Kwak Jae-won as the masseur - scrubber.
Copyright 2011 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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