What would you do if you woke up one day with psychokinetic power? If you could control things just by thinking, Will you become a superhero and save the world? Or become a notorious villain? In “Psychokinesis,” Suk Hun, a man in his 40s or 50s, finds such a superpower and grabs a job as a magician. Soon, his life takes a turn, and he does become a superhero, not for the world, but for his daughter. Written and directed by Yeon Sang-Ho, “Psychokinesis” features Ryu Seung Ryong and Shim Eun Kyung in lead roles.
‘Psychokinesis’ Plot Summary
A high school student, Shin Ru Mi, lives with her mother, and they run a fried chicken restaurant together. Their restaurant is famous and has even been featured in the news. Her father had left them when Ru Mi was younger, and neither did they meet nor have any contact with each other afterward. Ru Mi hates her dad and has never tried to meet him. She is happy with her mom alone.
Shin Suk Hun, Ru Mi’s father, lives alone in a shabby one-room apartment and works as a security guard. He hasn’t given any attention to his estranged family and has been living happily ever since. A regular security guard’s life changes when a small meteor crashes on a mountain and its elements mix into the spring water. Suk Hun, who is hiking on the mountain, drinks that spring water and starts feeling uneasy. On the same night, he experiences a strong outburst of energy from his body. The next morning, he finds out that he can move things just by thinking about them.
While Suk Hun is overjoyed by his newly found ability, he receives a call from Ru Mi, to receive the news of her mom’s sudden demise. Ru Mi, her mother, and other shop owners from their market are fighting with gangsters who are forcing them to leave. The fight turns violent, and the gangsters kill Ru Mi’s mother accidentally. When Suk Hun goes to the funeral house, he is saddened by his daughter’s condition and wants to support her, but she refuses. The violent fight goes on even after the tragic death, and Suk Hun joins it for her daughter’s sake. With Suk Hun’s superpower at hand, will he be able to protect his daughter and get the shop owners their shops back?
Why did Suk Hun Leave His Family?
When Ru Mi was younger, her family’s financial status was good enough for them to get through life. But one mistake from her father changed all of it. Suk Hun had given a guarantee for a loan taken by his friend, and his friend ran away with the money and disappeared. So as to avoid issues for Ru Mi and her mother, Suk Hun divorced his wife to keep them safe. He did so to keep his family away from any financial trouble, and he faced the punishment of his mistake alone.
Ru Mi was too young to understand why her father acted that way. She only remembers that her father pretended not to see her when she stood at the door and watched him leave at the break of dawn. Now that Ru Mi is all by herself, Suk Hun wants to become her father for real and take care of her. He did not want her to protest against the gangsters and lose her life like her mother, but Ru Mi is stubborn, and she would not let her mother’s death go in vain. In the end, Suk Hun joins his daughter in the fight because all he wants is her safety.
‘Psychokinesis’ Ending Explained
Suk Hun joins the protest and fights the gangsters alone with his psychokinetic power. The gangsters were hired by the Taesan construction company, which was going to redevelop the market. With Suk Hun’s power, it was possible to defeat the protesters. In the meantime, the director of Tae-san company, Hong, had the power of money in her hands, and she made an entire plan to capture Suk Hun and, in the meantime, obliterate the protesters. However, she underestimated Suk Hun’s power while making her plan.
Director Hong digs up dirt on Suk Hun and traps him with criminal accusations. The police arrested Suk Hun and locked him up. Director Hong has bought off the police, and while Suk Hun was undergoing interrogation, both the gangsters and the police started attacking the defensive fort that Suk Hun had built with his power. Suk Hun accidentally gets a glimpse of the attack on TV and loses his cool. He breaks out of jail and flies to his daughter with his power. Most of the damage had already been done, and police had caught Ru Mi. Suk Hun fights with them alone and saves all the protesters. Suk Hun uses all of his might to save Ru Mi when she falls from the trolley in the sky.
After ensuring everyone’s safety, Suk Hun surrenders himself to the police. He knows that the police will be behind him and won’t leave the protesters alone either. He surrenders as a protester for doing public damage. This becomes a hot news topic at the national level and not only ends the protest but also the redevelopment project. The market was demolished anyway, and Ru Mi had started her restaurant again with the compensation money. After serving his sentence in jail, Suk Hun went back to Ru Mi, who accepted him happily and named her new restaurant after her father, “Superpower Chicken.”
“Psychokinesis” is packed with entertainment and is an intriguing casual watch. The action scenes are not intense, except for some during the final fight scene when Suk Hun tries to save Ru Mi. Suk Hun is a humorous character, and it shows through his body when he performs tricks with psychokinesis. It is a typical Asian action comedy, which will surely keep you entertained for 2 hours.
“Psychokinesis” is a 2018 Action Comedy film written and directed by Sang-ho Yeon.