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35 out of 46 people found the following review useful:
Beautiful Film, 16 December 2004
Author: redrum_driew from New York
The wind hits your face, but you shrug off the chill and continue on
your way. Never once does the thought cross your mind that it might be
someone you loved who is now dead and gone.
Windstruck is definitely not a comedy. Romance, Drama yes. Funny at parts, undoubtedly. But NOT a comedy.
Ji-hyun Jun and Hyuk Jang are the perfect pair and full of chemistry (although some disagree with me). The movie is sad and tear-jerking at several different scenes. I won't pretend that I know the director's style, and instead comment on the movie itself unlike most of my colleagues here.
The humor was great, and Hyuk Jang is shockingly refreshing acting opposite Ji-hyun because he actually has a backbone and is funny by himself, not funny to laugh at because he is so pitiful as in "My Sassy Girl." Unfortunately the humor goes away about half way in, and the remainder is quite depressing, with only a glimmer of hope left at the end.
Overall, I think the movie deserves a 10 out of 10, but I don't think that I ever want to see it again. Until I really want to cry....
24 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
Laughed like a child, cried like a baby., 28 August 2004
Author: Roy Teng from Netherlands
I didn't expect very much from this movie based on all the comments I've
been reading but I really really liked this movie. Ji-hyun Jun reprises her
role as a 'Sassy Girl' and this time the guy from Volcano High (Hyuk Jang)
is the victim. The structure of the movie is the same as MSG: Goofball
comedy in the beginning and drama in the end mixed up with some fantasy
sequences. It works so why change the formula?!?
BUT!!!!!! I have one big problem with this movie and that's the ending. Why suggesting/hint that this is/could have been a prequel to MSG. That made no sense. The movie was too long anyways, so I suggest cutting that sequence out in the director's cut. The movie should have ended with the conversation with Myungwoo at the end. Kyungjin didn't have to find a new guy so soon. The message that 'life goes on' already was very clear.
19 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
Great Movie, 29 July 2005
Author: Shaun Lim from Singapore
This movie is simply excellent. The story may be the typical Korean
melodrama, but it's still a touching one nonetheless. A must watch for
fans of Korean movies.
For fans of My Sassy Girl, Windstruck is also a must watch as Jun Ji Hyun is great in it. While some may say that this movie does not live up to its hype as the sequel to My Sassy Girl, I am inclined to disagree. The plot is in its own right beautiful, and there is no reason why not to catch this movie just because it is a supposed "clone" of My Sassy Girl. There are numerous easter eggs and references to My Sassy Girl here, and while I concede that some do not serve any real purpose in furthering the plot, most of them are pretty interesting, and would be instantly noticed by fans of My Sassy Girl.
It is rather long though, and at times can appear to be rather drawn out. However, it still rates as one of the best Korean movies I've ever watched.
17 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
great movie, 16 July 2004
Author: treestump from la
i saw this movie in Chinese so its probably a little different because
translations r always a little different, but the movie is a great
romantic comedy. yes, it is a bit too long at times and some scenes r
obviously commercial, but its still a good film. the first hour mainly
focuses on comedy and the relationship between the 2 characters. the
second hour is mainly drama and how the main character deal with the
at first i didn't expect much from this film at all, it looked like any other korean romantic comedy for teens, but it turned out much better than i expected.
6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Fun Movie, 19 October 2006
Author: graceseeker23 (email@example.com) from United States
A very entertaining movie to say the least. I immensely enjoyed it. However, hearing all the negative reviews about this movie I went in watching it with low expectations and that is what saved this movie for me. If you are expecting another "my sassy girl" masterwork, then you'll be sorely disappointed. This movie definitely is not on the same level as MSG. However, it has its moments and the movie doesn't take itself seriously (except for a few overly melodramatic and sappy scenes). So everyone needs to stop comparing to MSG and accept it for what it is. It's a fun movie to watch and the lead actress is entertaining as ever.
10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
perfect., 20 February 2005
Author: velene from Singapore
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
i loved it so much! in my opinion this movie is way better than My
Sassy Girl, because this movie made me laugh, it made me cry, and the
acting was so sweet it tore my heart into pieces and left me in bliss.
Anyway, the movie is about this crazy and cute relationship between the guy (Jang Hyuk) and the girl (Joen Ji Hyung). they make a really cute couple. So anyway, they fall in love, and everything goes everything stays and then the guy passes away, and the girl has to deal with it. it may sound plain, but believe me, it is anything but plain.
i cried, and i laughed. no matter how beautiful it is, America please do not remake this film. it is a classic.
5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Promising film that falls flat in the second half, 30 July 2007
Author: AndyChrono from Arcadia, California
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This film is essentially two films spliced into one. The first half is
more or less like My Sassy Girl with the girl abusing the guy while the
two get involved romantically. I must say that although it's definitely
a repeat of that successful formula, I personally found it every bit as
funny and enjoyable as MSG. Watch especially for the part in the Police
Station with the "big-shot" dad.
The second half of this film is where things fall flat. The first problem is that there's simply too many "buys" that the viewer is forced to try and believe such as:
-The car chase scene (actually not that unbelievable and JJH definitely looks hot in this one) -The suicide scene (huge stretch) -The hostage scene where the baddie empties the whole clip at her and misses completely (huge stretch) -Girl gets shot in what looks like the heart judging by the location of the blood stain and survives... (highly unlikely)
Maybe having just one of these things happen would be okay. Having all of the above occur just drives the film to a rather absurd level. The second problem is that the "goodbye" scene among others like the "wind blowing" scenes are drawn out too long and with rather clichéd dialogue. This combined with the absurdity of other scenes makes for a rather poor second half. Some may dislike the ending but I personally had no problem with it.
The two leads both do a fine job with the material that they were given. JJH is definitely one of the best young actresses in the world and I look forward to seeing more from her. I can say that if you are a fan of JJH, you should definitely check this out. If you liked MSG, you should also give this one a go. There are lots of references to MSG that a fan can look for. If you're used to Korean melodrama you could do a lot worse than this film. However newcomers to Korean films would probably want to watch MSG over this one. Your average viewer will probably find it somewhat enjoyable largely due to the first half.
9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
My Favourite Movie Ever, 5 July 2006
I won't repeat what others have said previously, the praises have been stated already and the criticisms are mostly from those who obviously just cannot appreciate something of this genre. The MSG comparisons are ridiculous and need to stop, and besides too many criticisms are from people who are simply disappointed that they wanted something like My Sassy Girl and didn't get it. Yes, there are some MSG references included for the amusement of fans, but this is no prequel. This film stands on its own, and does it beautifully. I don't understand those who say the two stars have no chemistry; I thought the chemistry was natural, not only totally believable but FEELable. Generally I'd say you would have to be a heartless, soulless, kitten-drowning troll not to enjoy this movie at all. But it's certainly worth the watch to find out.
9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
Struck by missing-ness, 13 January 2005
Author: Lester Mak (leekandham) from London, UK
Starring: Jeon Ji-hyun, Hyuk Jang Directed by: Kwak Jae-young
I don't normally do spoilers, but potentially some people may feel I've revealed too much in this review.
* WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS *
As Windstruck reunites director Kwak Jae-young with Jeon Ji-hyun from the extremely popular My Sassy Girl, there will always be a comparison for fans between the two. But whilst My Sassy Girl was outstanding and indeed led to the massive break for Jeon Ji-hyun, Windstruck pales in comparison with the former, and indeed, some may end up disappointed.
Windstruck tells of a novice cop, Kyungjin (Jeon), who mistakenly arrests a stranger, Myungwoo (Hyuk Jang), believing him to be a purse snatcher. Once the mistake is realised, they both start dating, with Myungwoo feeling he has to come to the rescue of his maverick girlfriend. Sadly, one time too many and it all goes wrong as Myungwoo is killed.
Windstruck isn't as well written as MSG. Whilst there is plenty of detail in the film, with great attention paid to sets, costumes, camera angels and so on, it lacks the overall substance to carry the story. Indeed, it's hard to work out what really is the theme of the movie. The characters aren't developed enough and I didn't find enough chemistry being built up in the story before Myungwoo's death.
Windstruck is effectively broken into two parts. The first two-thirds of the movie is much about their relationship blossoming, the last third is about how she copes with his death. In their blossoming relationship, you see sparks of the humour and cleverness that made MSG a success. The ending has the melodramatic tone that actually is somewhat clichéd. But the way it's been set up, neither part ever reaches what you'd think is a completeness, and you end up thinking, we could have had more.
And that's what really bugs me about this film. It is really two full length films, spliced and edited into one. It could be a very funny falling in love romcom, or it could be a very good drama about coping with death. But wrapping the two movie themes into one leaves you thinking it didn't have enough substance. Plus the whole thing could have been more cleverly edited.
Having seen all of Jeon Ji-Hyun's movies to date, I can say that she is a very talented actress. However, the shortening and splicing does mean that I don't feel her talent has been fully used. And much the same for Hyuk Jang.
Overall, there isn't enough magic for it to match MSG nor the brilliance of Jeon Ji-hyun's other films. But having said that, for most, it is still a pretty good film and it's still worth a watch. One for a windy day.
5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Windstruck better than My Sassy Girl, 8 October 2005
Author: jxl01a from United States
I've watched both movies and Windstruck is better!!! I liked My Sassy
Girl but Windstruck was the much better emotional roller-coaster. Their
love seemed much more real and intense. It's a story about great and
true love transcending death. And the fact that even through all the
heartache, being able to let go of the pain and to find the strength to
Others may not like it as much, but you don't give it a fair chance. Just because My Sassy Girl came first doesn't make it better! I highly recommend this movie whether you've seen My Sassy Girl or not! And Yes Its no My Sassy Girl, Its Windstruck! A great and different love story. So stop comparing the two.
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