Your name is Rose is a 2019 South Korean comedy film directed by Jo Seok-hyun. It was released on January 16, 2019.
This movie is about the life of a woman Hong Jang-mi from the late 1970s to the present day. Jang-mi (Ha Yeon-soo) aspired to become a singer, and trained hard with Soon-Cheol (Choi Woo-Shik) to debut as a group. She encountered Myung-hwan (Lee Won-Keun), who fell in love with her at first sight. However, Myung-hwan was forced by his father to leave South Korea to pursue medicine in the US, unaware that Jang-mi was already pregnant with his child. Jang-mi was also forced to give up her chance to become a singer to give birth to her daughter, Hyun-ah. Instead, she chose to sing at pubs with Soon-cheol to earn money to raise her daughter, sometimes leaving her young daughter alone at home.
A typical story about the hardships a single mother faced in raising her child. What makes this story interesting is the historical background of Korean society from the 1970s to the present day when Jang-mi underwent the days with curfews, economical growth of South Korea in the 80s and 90s, and finally the IMF crisis in 1997 which led to the bankruptcy of many households. Jang-mi’s life had been bittersweet, although she was not able to achieve her dream as a singer, she derived a lot of joy from raising her daughter (although there would be days with conflicts), who also served as her emotional support and motivation to improve their lives.
Comparing to Jang-mi, Hyun-ah was lucky to have a well-to-do birth father who was able to support her to receive music education overseas, while Jang-mi had to struggle to make ends meet for the half of her life. I think I might enjoy the movie more if the plot was changed to Hyun-ah and Jang-mi supporting each other to grace through the period of IMF crisis, rather than Jang-mi’s version of noble idiocy leading to them being separated for a decade. Overall, I will only recommend watching this movie in your free time as the story is not that fantastic, with some slow-moving plot.