A father and his daughter are walking. The daughter beckons her father to walk faster, the father tells her to slow down. She might fall, he says.
“Woo Jihoon,” a voice calls out. The father looks up and his smile falls from his face. They stand face to face from a distance.
Thus starts ‘Irreversible’ (Korean Title: ‘That Name’). Shown at the Seoul Pride Festival 2017, this South Korean short film directed by Park Minji tackles nostalgia for an old flame that appears in one’s present life.
If you want to know more, keep on reading. Fair warning though, spoilers up ahead!
Moments after their surprise meeting, the other man, Taeil, sits at the dining table with Jihoon and the rest of his family. Sohee, the kid immediately takes a liking to Taeil, even showing off the cute pigtails that Uncle Taeil did for her.
Taeil apologizes for the unplanned reunion, it has been 10 years after all. Jihoon corrects him that it has only been 8, actually. His wife asks him if they are both alumni and Taeil confirms that they are. Taeil adds that they were actually from different programs but happened to befriend each other. His wife asks him how Jihoon was in college because he has been pretty secretive about his past. Jihoon counters that he was a normal guy at university. Furthermore, the past is in the past, he says. Taeil shuts him down and is quick to shower him with praise. He says Jihoon was actually smart and athletic. He was also popular with girls. Jihoon seems to disagree but he says yes, anyway.
Taeil seems to know him pretty intimately. Taeil says Jihoon has trouble waking up in the mornings that he had to wake him up. Jihoon’s wife picks up on it and asks if they lived together. They did, Taeil confirms. He adds that it was the best time ever. His wife asks if they were best friends and Sohee adds that her daddy is a best friend. Jihoon awkwardly smiles and says they are.
Taeil then asks who’s Sohee’s best friend. Sohee answers Seunghyun is her best friend and she will marry him. Ha! Kid, you’re thinking way ahead.