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A lawyer named Yoo Ji-yeon (Kim Yun-jin), who has been winning cases at a 100% rate, is outstanding at her job, which has put her in the spotlight. But recently her performance has affected her young daughter, Eun-young. Ji-yeon is not a good mother because she’s so busy all the time and doesn’t spend enough time with Eun-young. Naturally, Ji-yeon feels guilty for leaving her alone so often but has to work. One day, Eun-young has a festival day at her school where parents are invited to do fun activities with their children. Eun-young wants Ji-yeon to win first place in the relay race and so Ji-yeon promises to win. During the race, Ji-yeon runs as hard as she can and she crossed first at the finish line, and after the race, she looks for Eun-young with boastful face but her daughter is gone. Eun-young has been kidnapped in the wink of an eye.
Later, many police are in Ji-yeon’s house waiting for the kidnapper to call. When he does finally ring, the kidnapper’s voice is upset and tells Ji-yeon to get rid of the police, saying that if she doesn’t she will never see her daughter again. Ji-yeon becomes frantic, thinking and trying to dismiss the police but her plan fails each time. A few days later, the kidnapper calls again and tells her it is her last chance, suggesting she tell the police that Eun-young is at her grandmother’s. This works and sends them packing. Ji-yeon stays alone at her house and waits for a phone call.
He finally calls and explains that his requirement is not money. He wants her take the case of a person in jail who been falsely accused. His name Jeong Cheul-Jin and he was sentenced to death in court and has filed an appeal but with no success. The kidnapper thinks the “killer” was framed and wants Ji-yeon to free him. But she has only four days left to do it. Cheul-Jin is scheduled for execution. Ji-Yeon starts digging through hell and high water for evidence on the case. This gets police interested and they follow her, thinking she is acting suspiciously. She notices she is being tailed and pleads with them to leave her alone because the kidnapper will kill her daughter. Soon after, she gets another call from the kidnapper. He tells her that her daughter ate a tuna sandwich for breakfast and suddenly is having difficulty breathing. She panics but there is nothing she can do. She only has two days left. She visits the mother of the victim in the murder case. Ji-yeon introduces herself to the mother as a writer and the killer’s third victim’s sister. Ji-yeon tells her she wants to write about the suffering of the victim’s families. Ji-yeon lies to her and tries to dig up information about the woman’s daughter. She asks about her daughter’s personal life and if she had a boyfriend. The mother claims that she heard the killer hired a new competent lawyer to try and change the verdict to not guilty in the appellate court, but she thinks he must receive a death sentence. Knowing that the woman is talking about her, Ji-yeon feels guilty so she avoids eye contact. When it’s over, Ji-yeon has some clues. The victim took drugs before she was murdered and learns her boyfriend was there the night she was killed. He also has a nose piercing. These are clues that might turn it around.
Directed Won Shin-yeon, who wanted to maximize the thriller genre, Seven Days had audiences going home and thinking about the story. Each piece and every scene perfectly fits with the circumstances, making for a tense experience. While promoting the film, a reporter asked lead actress, Kim Yun-jin, what was the most difficult part for her in making movie and she said it was the wide range of emotions she performed because she took on the role of a mother with a kidnapped daughter and at the same time she had to find way to win a murder case. She couldn’t just act sad all the time, she needed to show a character that realistically analyzed the situation. Her acting is so very convincing it kept me very focused on the story.
After watching the film, my first exclamation was how robust the film was. The story line has a lively description and the main actress was genuinely very emotional in the film and her acting was mesmerizing. This film presented a cool twist on a twist. This movie could have been predictable except for the stunning ending. The last scene changed the whole movie. Following Ji-yeon, I had experience about how easy people’s thoughts can be controlled by other people. While watching the movie, I never suspected another possibility, I was just following the main character. In other words, I was totally immersed in the story. That’s why the ending was so shocking and yet I would’ve done the same if it were me.