Based on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend. These were later transformed into a best-selling book and the movie ... See full summary »
Former acclaimed dancer Na Young-sae (Park Keon-Hyeong) attempts to make a comeback after his opponent, Hyun-soo (Yoon Chan), purposely injures him at a dance competition. At the suggestion... See full summary »
Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".
About a guy whose life didn't quite turn out how he wanted it to and wishes he could go back to high school and change it. He wakes up one day and is seventeen again and gets the chance to rewrite his life.
The only thing sixteen year-old Seo Bo-Eun's grandfather wants is to see her wed, even going as far as to fake a fatal illness to get his way. He arranges her marriage to twenty-something Park Sang-Min, the grandson of a family friend. Keeping their marriage a secret from all but a select few, the newlyweds try to live their separate lives as normally as possible, but it becomes far more complicated than they ever imagined... Written by
While My Sassy Girl still to this day sets extremely high standards in the Korean and non-Korean romantic comedy cesspool, more films go through the lab of sometimes unfair comparisons and unforgiving expectations. Oh, people still enjoy them, no doubt about that, but the "great original" portrait of My Sassy Girl hangs high as a true testament of perfect mix of comedy, romance and melodrama.
This film is no different from all the other romantic comedies from Korea, as it makes you yearn for the same feelings that you attained while and after viewing MSG. The story of course is completely different. Sang-min is a college student planning on prospering his carefree dating life and Bo-eun is his 16 year old childhood pal who has a crush on a boy from her school. Next is Bo-eun's grandfather trying his best to get them marry each other against their will. Keep the age difference in mind, which in no way should be viewed as a "gross" endeavor, but merely as a cultural difference. While this movie lacks supernatural enigmas and over the top action, it easily makes up for it with great chemistry between the two leads.
Geun-young Moon's performance was especially interesting to note here after her completely different outing in A Tale Of Two Sisters. Rae-won Kim is no rookie to playing such roles and he did a refreshingly good job here as well.
Another fine accomplishment in this film is delivered through its length, which stands at almost two hours. It lets the story gradually develop along with its characters, making all transitions and actions feel well paced and believable.
If before watching Korean romantic comedies you know each time what exactly you are getting yourself into, then don't hesitate to give this movie a try. Although predictable like the majority of light romantic comedies, it offers good laughs and a rare hand in the character development, making the viewing time effortless and vastly enjoyable without hackneyed emotions and unfit melodrama.
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