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A review of Son Heung-min’s Amazon Prime documentary

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Remember in Lockdown 1.0 when sports fans were glued to their TV / Laptop / Desktop / Phone / Tablet every Sunday watching Michael Jordan. The last dance documentary?

Well, you see, Son Heung-min took this personally (although for legal reasons I am required to inform you that he does not have take this personally, and in fact this documentary was in production a long time ago).

Yet the release of Sonational came at an opportune time for the Tottenham striker, with the cry of winning the Premier League Golden Boot, the PFA Player of the Year award, and most importantly, the Carabao Cup.

Here is the 90min review of Sonational.

The documentary focuses on Son Heung-min’s life, because what else did you think it was going to be about?

Regardless, the film cuts across different timelines and narratives in the South Korean’s life, starting first with the more everyday aspects of his life as a Premier League footballer. Although he is also still like a child, he has to be woken up by his father (Son Woong-jung, not Dad Heung-min) every day.

Its done a relatively good job of managing his fame, often asking for photographs and autographs while walking the streets of London (Hampstead in particular, for all stalkers).

We are then taken to his hometown of Chuncheon to take a look at Son’s football academy – Son Football Academy. Children on either side of the age of 15 train for eight hours a day, much of it just by doing goalies and never practice shooting to protect the muscles in their knees. Hey, apparently that worked for a guy and he’s starting now for Tottenham Hotspur, so there’s method in the madness.

The strict regimes instituted by her father are a regular theme throughout the documentary, emphasizing the importance of discipline and structure in Son’s life. He worked hard when the opportunity arose to move to Germany and play for Hamburg, as his parents couldn’t afford to send him there to study.

But even after doing it as a professional, he still had lessons to learn from his father. After performing poorly at the Asian Cup, Son gained 4 kg, much to his father’s disgrace and embarrassment. The two worked on an extreme workout regimen to lose most of the fat from her face – hopefully this regimen will be made public someday so that I can have Son’s cheeks and jawbone too.

Mauricio Pochettino, son of Heung-Min
Two beautiful boys | Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

After turning down the chance to join Southampton from Mauricio Pochettino in 2013, Son joined Bayer Leverkusen, before finally teaming up with the Argentine coach at Tottenham two years later, and that’s where his playing status rose from. another level.

Over the past few seasons, Son has emerged as one of the best players in the Premier League, but he admits he still feels prejudiced towards Asian athletes, he often feels empty and lonely after games.

But he always succeeds. Spurs’ run to the 2019 Champions League final – in which Son played an important role – is set in what is arguably their most successful calendar year to date (filming apparently ended before the goal winner of the Puskas Prize in December).

“I relieve my stress by playing football,” Son insisted. “I am a lucky person.

“Football is everything in my life.”

First of all, it was almost never going to be The Last Dance. For starters, Son Heung-min is way better than Michael Jordan, I think we can all agree.

But more relevantly, it’s quite difficult to build a full narrative around a story that’s still being written. As mentioned, it appears that filming on this project came to a halt shortly after Spurs were beaten by Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League final.

Son Heung-min, José Mourinho
A head coach and a handsome boy | Sebastian Frej / MB Media / Getty Images

The arrival of Jose Mourinho is an afterthought, but one that adds to the idea that Son is now on the hunt for silverware. That’s understandable, even if it’s rather boring considering his performance at the individual level since that final.

Winning the Puskas Prize isn’t a big deal, but it’s still a large one, much bigger than the London Football Awards which are covered in the documentary. A second successive Spurs Player of the Year award also seems very important.

As club-approved behind-the-scenes documentaries start to become more common, the once-private world of football is starting to have the curtains drawn. Sonational adds to that without being revolutionary, without providing us with industry specific information.

If you really are, really big fan of Son, then you will appreciate it. Otherwise, it’s just an amalgamation of personal stories and anecdotes about another elite athlete with a film crew following them.

Now is the time for everyone’s favorite section – the categories!

Nominees:

– His son literally has to be woken up by his father every day
– His son insists he drives a lot
– Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen seeing Son being assaulted in Hampstead, but choosing not to help distract
– Thierry Henry has to buy Son’s dinner for losing in a football challenge
– Son wearing a soccer jersey at his graduation as a big nerd

WINNER:

Son’s older brother, Son Heung-Yoon, was also a professional footballer, but retired due to injury and is now a coach at Son Football Academy. When pointed out that his younger brother played in a Champions League final, he bluntly replies: “Yeah, but he lost.”

Dan Reynolds
The biggest step of all | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

Nominees:

– The film crew and narrator repeatedly revealing where Son lives
– Son’s first professional goal against Chelsea (even though it was only a friendly match)
– His son beats Henry in a football challenge

WINNER:

You would think that for the Champions League final, Son would have something classy lined up for his militant father to come watch the game, right? Wrong – the poor guy had to cross traffic on the freeway to make the game on time.

Nominees:

90 mins Evening Standard podcaster and reporter Dan Kilpatrick
– Narrator, Spurs announcer of the day, Paul Coyte
– The young Arsenal fan with whom Son had an exchange certainly doesn’t look staged

WINNER:

Arise, Sir Son Woong-jung – life coach first, dad second, probably artist third.

Nominees:

– No more Dier and Vertonghen simply refusing to help Son
– Literally anything with Son’s mother
– Dan Kilpatrick with his achievement button, it’s a family show
– His son cries for three hours after breaking a bone in his foot (he says it actually happened)

WINNER:

– The reaction of the father of the son to the red card supported since this challenge on Andre Gomes, even though it wasn’t his fault

Nominees:

– Son Heung-min
– Son Heung-min
– Son Heung-min

WINNER:

Son Heung-min.

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