I want to highlight two sides of dialogue. First, father to son:
You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned. Look around you. Did you think these people made a plan to sleep in the sports hall with you? But here we are now, sleeeping together on the floor. So, there’s no need for a plan. You can’t go wrong with no plans. We don’t need to make a plan for anything. It doesn’t matter what will happen next. Even if the country gets destroyed or sold out, nobody cares. Got it?
Then at the very end of the movie, son to father:
Dad, today I made a plan — a fundamental plan. I’m going to earn money, a lot of it. University, a career, marriage, those are all fine, but first I’ll earn money. When I have money, I’ll buy the house. On the day we move in, Mom and I will be in the yard. Because the sunshine is so nice there. All you’ll need to do is walk up the stairs. Take care until then. So long.
Which is it? A plan? No plan? Check out the last scenes in Korean.
My take is the son’s plan is a complete fantasy and he will never reconnect with his father. In order to do so, he will have to make a ton of money in order to buy the house. In the movie, money creates problems, not solutions. So I don’t buy the fantasy. His plan will fail. Capitalism is a false dream.
That’s my take.