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Film / Harmony

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Harmony is a South Korean film made in 2010 that tells the story of how a woman's prison choir is formed and then is allowed to perform at a national contest. The story follows four cellmates each imprisoned under various circumstances focusing on Hong Jeong-hye.

Harmony contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Well, the film is downplaying the evil part. The climax of the film is that the Women's choir is a rare chance for them to visit their families. This reunion is threatened by the suggestion that one of the inmates casually stole some jewelry.
  • Happily Adopted: Implied with the child of the main protagonist.
  • The Old Convict: The conductor of the choir, who in flashbacks shows that she was relatively young when she committed her crime.
  • The Outside World: This is actually a consistent theme. Virtually all the inmates are cut off from the outside world, but Hong Jeong-hye get's the most ability to leave until her son is adopted, and then she remains in prison as much as other inmates. When the choir is able to go to the concert, they remark about how everything has changed around them.
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  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Throughout the film, the Warden embodies this trope. When the women are accused of stealing, and security cancels their performance and demands that they be strip searched (down to their undergarments), the Warden barges in and demands to know what the hell is going on.
  • Woman Scorned: One of the inmates is in prison because she killed her husband and his lover. It is later revealed that her husband's lover was also her best friend, and has been sentenced to death.

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