Plot: Sang-woo, the leader of college rock band Volcano, dies and sets up a reunion for Gi-yeong and the other members of the group. Former bass player Seong-wook lives a hand-to-mouth existence working two jobs. Drummer Hyeok-su is a single father struggling to make a living as a car salesman. The jobless lead guitarist Gi-yeong dreams of taking over Volcano as the new frontman. When he suggests they reform the band while the old friends reminisce at the funeral, they all spurn the idea. But Gi-yeong persists and gets each to relent, setting the stage for a rock and roll reunion.
«The Happy Life manages to be both entertaining and uplifting without papering over any of the economic issues that ground the film in reality. Although the broad plot of the film remains fairly predictable, the meat of the story lies in the many smaller dramas and twists that take place along the way.»
«The Happy Life is a predictable but greatly satisfying ride, hitting all the notes Bravo My Life missed. The music is exciting (particularly if you know a little about the 80s college-festival scene), there's that healthy mix of 80s-style realism with a bit of ideology and movie magic thrown in the mix, oozing metric tons of the only smell that counts in cinema, that of people. ... Simple, well acted, with good music (the actors performed themselves); and, even if it tells you something you might know already, it does so with the kind of philosophy about life you can only appreciate.»
«“The Happy Life” is amazingly uplifting and life affirming, managing to be both emotional and highly entertaining, taking the viewer along with its aging heroes on their wild rocking ride.»
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