Unfortunately, however, the pace of the film slackens in its second half. De Niro can sing, can't he? Yet although I give Kim props for his obvious work ethic and efficiency, this same speed intrudes upon the narrative of his most recent effort, 3-Iron, lessening the impact this film could have otherwise had.
Mi-young first discovers him at a club and brings him home to meet the family, however he ends up serving as a catalyst for the unleashing all of the household's repressed emotions. Yet in his accomplished handling of small details and the film's quieter moments, Joo succeeds in making the father a real person instead of a stereotype. Nonetheless, A Family proved to hold something special for its audience, and became perhaps the only genuine word-of-mouth hit of 2004.