Best known as an animation studio (the recent “Belleville Rendez-Vous”), Seoul and Paris-based outfit RG Prince Films makes an interesting but flawed second foray into feature production with “Plastic Tree.” Triangular light drama, centered on a young couple whose relationship is fractured by a hunky interloper, is a smoothly helmed item that starts well but doesn’t know what to do with its characters in the second half. Mild biz looks likely in Asian territories.
Weon-yeong (Jo Eun-suk), who works as a motorcycle delivery girl, and Su (Kim In-gweon), a barber, live a quiet existence in a seaside house near Busan. He’s impotent, but she seems happy to be sexually serviced by him in other ways. Enter macho drifter Byeong-ho (Kim Jeong-hyeon), Su’s childhood friend, who soon starts getting it on more conventionally with Weon-yeong and awakens a rebel in the compliant young woman. Three leads blend well, but script fails to dramatically develop the menace inherent in the basic plan, opting for some rather woolly psychology in the third act. Wintry location, with its hard, bright light, is nicely caught by Jo Dong-gwan’s lensing. Francis Lai’s score is bland.