There aren’t too many comedies centered around suicide these days, and there’s a pretty good reason why that is. Suicide as a whole just isn’t that funny. Regardless of how touchy this subject may be, that hasn’t stopped director Jo Jin-Mo from crafting “The Suicide Forecast”, a strange little comedy/drama from South Korea that follows an insurance agent as he attempts to keep his clients from taking their own lives. That’s right, dear readers — the guy has to stop people from killing themselves in order to keep his job. The trailer embedded below is surprisingly goofy given the gravity of the storyline. And because I’m a sick and twisted individual who has a high tolerance for the cinematic slaying of certain sacred cows, I’m actually more than a little interested in seeing how this one plays out. And, yes, you are free to tell me how wrong I am.
Here’s a rundown of the plot:
A former professional baseball player, Byeong-wu, made a successful career transition into a high-flying insurance advisor, thanks to his keen business sense and quick wits. One day, he is summoned by police during an investigation, where the daughter of a former client who took his own life confronts him. She furiously accuses him of not doing anything to stop her father when he consulted him about insurance payouts in case of death by suicide. Byeong-wu storms out, saying there is nothing one could do to stop someone determined to end their life. However, Byeong-wu is subject to an internal investigation as the number of insurance claims on suicide starts rising among his clients. Byeong-wu runs through his client list and finds a suspicious group of people introduced to him by the same person and starts visiting them one by one.
“The Suicide Forecast”, which stars Ryoo Seung-Bum, Sung Dong-Il, Park Cheol-Min, and Jung Sun-Kyung, opens in South Korea on April 14th, 2011.
via Film Smash