Canola (2016) Analysis

Canola, a 2016 movie produced by Kim Jung- go and directed by Chang focuses on the life of a granny, a diver, and chronicles associated with her family which disappears and reappears with a twist of relationship and reunion.  The movie shares a family story faced with elements of love, anxiety, reunion, and love as it describes the various stages of family relations and the experience of the family granny who loses and the only existing family member and reunites after twelve years only to realize the reunion was as not realistic as perceived. The movie, however, embraces the family docket and strong emphasis on the strength of family ties and challenges associated with family relationships. 

The Canola movie features Gye-Choon who poses as the loving family granny and her granddaughter Hye-Ji who get separated and reunites after several years (Canola). The two play the primary roles in the movie as it reveals their life experiences after the reunion in revealing various family secrets which relatively seem critical for their understanding and perception of family love and unity. The movies start with the grant exhibiting strong love for her family but come to an end when she is separated from her granddaughter after she loses her son and daughter-in-law, Hye-Ji’s parents. Afterward, the two reunite and their joy is rekindled before the truth is revealed on Hye-Ji’s true identity.

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The movie strongly revolves around the family drift of love, affection, and identity. The scene where Gye-Choon’s joy is restored when she gets reunited with her granddaughter Hye-Ji twelve (12) years (Canola). Her affection and love for family are clearly depicted and particularly when she forgoes her land to buy a modern house with the aim to impress her ‘resurrected granddaughter’ who was perceiving her old house as not suitable to match urban lifestyle. A similar family strong bond is evident when she sells her assets in order to raise money to help facilitate Hye-Ji’s educational needs in the college. Gye-Choon’s love for family is as well clearly seen when she shows massive concern and sympathy when she gets to understand the truth on her son’s death with his wife. Collectively, the Granny shows deep-set love for the family, both at the times before and after the disappearance. The same scene is replicated at the last scene of the movie where her love for ‘Hye-Ji’ is not defected by the revealed true identity of Hye-Ji who is not the legitimate granddaughter she perceived to be from the time of the reunion. She manages to retain the love and care for the step-daughter irrespective of the now ‘newly’ revealed information on faked identity with the idea to claim monetary advantage from her. Collectively, her response to Hye-Ji shows the strong family pillar of union and love.

The last scene of the movie similarly shows strongly family love when she closely requests Hye-Ji, irrespective of her faked identity on the future by requesting her to “live well”. The scene and mainly when Gye-Choon calls ‘Hye-Ji by her name, showing the massive forgiveness and beauty in her soul. The scene as well elaborates on her ability to constantly see the good in other people. In the movie, she did not show disrespect or disappointment for learning the true identity of her step-granddaughter. On the contrary, the sacrificed her wealth and found joy in helping her actualize her life goals in the art school. The as well sought to encourage her to pursue happiness and extend love to other people. The same lesson from the movie was elaborated by Hye-Ji’s art teacher who constantly sought to assist her to reveal her talent irrespective of her notorious character (Canola). Making changes for goodness as well as seen when Hye-Ji changes her mind on her plans to steal from her granny. Her decision shows the beauty associated with positive changes made in life and associated impacts. The same is replicated at the end of the story when Hye-Ji becomes a well-known artist and courteously dedicated her initial work to her grandmother who transformed her street life to a humbled life. 

The movie additionally paints a picture of the life of local people as admirable loving and with absolute concern and care. The theme is evidently depicted by the granny and the natives in the island such as Hye-Ji’s new friends and teachers upon her return to the island. To the contrary, people from the city have been associated with mischievous, doubtful and immoral behaviors as shown by Himeji’s survival behaviors such as shoplifting and theft (Canola). The two different characters of people in society show the diversity of life and how urbanization influences people irrespective of having the same origin. I as well find the movie quite educative on matters of family unity and the morality of establishing the norm to the social good life for all. It also embraces on the teaching of second chances which plays an important role in enhancing both family and social ties.

Works CitedJung- go , Kim  -. YouTube, YouTube, 31 Mar. 2017,

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