Two Lights was short, but was sweet enough to tug at my heartstrings. The story was presented in a light manner, but the characters were so natural that, there was an air of heaviness circling my little screen.
It is an understatement to say that Han Ji Min, Park Hyung Sik, and the rest of the cast did great. They were not acting at all. They became the characters inside the story of Two Lights.
Not a second bit was wasted on mere motion. Instead, every bitrate carried a certain emotion, or sometimes a combination of two. For a story about people with impaired vision, their eyes spoke so much of words only the soul could read and understand.
Watching this short film made me feel In Soo’s adjustment to his gradual loss of sight. I felt his pain in wanting to do as he did pre-blindness. I felt his quiet strength in keeping on, not letting his ordeal get in the way of life. I felt how he almost slipped into despair, letting the physical darkness envelope his heart. I felt how Sooyoung’s bright heart became the hand that lead Insoo back to a brighter path.
It’s heart-warming that the movie gently reminded people without physical disabilities how to really help those with one. Without saying it outright, the director made us see the importance of giving a sense of independence to those whose lives suddenly took a turn because of an illness or impairment. It’s just a sickness, but the person can still do a whole lot on their own. It’s important we don’t take that away from them, too.
As expected, Han Ji Min and Park Hyung Sik had chemistry that made my heart flutter. I am glad that the story ended on a happy note, albeit openly. It feels as though a part two could hurt my heart, not that I’m not eager to see a follow-up story.
But for this short while, it’s perfect for feeling all warm and fuzzy, falling in love with Insoo and Sooyoung as they will their hearts to see beyond the blurry, gloomy, dark parts of life. It’s a refreshing spray of hope that even when you’re not looking, or even when you cannot look to see, love will find those it is meant to find. When it does, I hope we all be as confident and trusting as Insoo and Sooyoung.