Korean meller specialist Hur Jin-ho (“April Snow,” “Christmas in August”) plows familiar turf in his forgettable “Happiness,” about two souls who find each other in a rural sanitarium and then, inevitably, have a falling-out. A kindly, multidimensional attitude toward the couple isn’t enough to offset pic’s emphatic and elementary messages (drinking will drive you to ruin, do unto others … ), which are well-meant but emotionally impoverished. Early October opening in Korean cities should pull in date crowds, though vid will really bring out the handkerchiefs.
High-living, hard-boozing Seoul club owner Young-su (Hwang Jung-min, “A Good Lawyer’s Wife”) discreetly turns over his biz to his partners and enters a remote health clinic to treat his cirrhosis of the liver. He regains his health, enhanced by falling in love with Eun-hee (Lim Soo-jung, in a notable shift from her previous turn in “A Tale of Two Sisters”), who suffers from severe lung disease. Once they’re living on their own, city boy Young-su chafes at the slow pace of life in the sticks and unfairly dumps Eun-hee, returns to Seoul and makes up for lost drinking time — much to his eventual regret.