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Love So Divine (2004)

Shinbu sueob (original title)
Kyu-sik is a seminary student, who one day falls during a church service, dropping a precious, pope-blessed relic. As punishment, he and his comic relief friend Seon-dal are sent away to a ... See full summary »

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In-mu Heo
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Sang-Woo Kwon ... Kim 'Pedro' Gyu-shik
Ji-Won Ha ... Yang Bong-hie
In-kwon Kim ... Shin Seon-dal
In-mun Kim In-mun Kim ... Father Nam
Seon-hwa Kim Seon-hwa Kim ... Sister Kim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae-Hyun Cho ... (as Jae-hyeon Jo)
Hye-jin Jeon
Hee-soo Kim Hee-soo Kim
Hye-na Kim Hye-na Kim
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Kyu-sik is a seminary student, who one day falls during a church service, dropping a precious, pope-blessed relic. As punishment, he and his comic relief friend Seon-dal are sent away to a small church in rural Korea to work in a sort of 'priest limbo' until they get their act together. Upon his arrival, Kyu-sik ends up in an awkward position with a groggy Bong-hee, a pretty girl who just flew in from America to visit her uncle-the priest of the rural church. However, Bong-hee's true reason for coming is to see her beloved boyfriend, but things don't go terribly smoothly and she is stuck in the church without a way home. Of course, all while she and Kyu-sik are slowly testing each other's nerves. Hate soon amounts to affection and the film gradually moves from playfully mean situations to the cute fuzzy ones banking on Kwon Sang-woo's and Ha Ji-won's endearing chemistry. Written by umesh

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Lackluster Korean Romantic Comedy.
9 January 2013 | by cremeaSee all my reviews

SPOILERS!

Love So Devine is Korean film from back in 2004. Korean cinema was on a roll with a number of stellar romances and rom-coms around that time. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.

There's nothing drastically horrible about this film, but there's not much that stands out either. It's rather ordinary and occasionally dull, and it seems to be a little underwritten and haphazardly thrown together.

Your story has a young man soon entering priesthood who has second thoughts after meeting the spunky niece of the priest of the small town church he's sent to. It's a pretty straight forward opposites attract romance. The two seem a poor match for each other, which is the entire point I guess, but it results in few sparks between them and they really don't make for an endearing or believable couple. She's too wild for him, and he's too tame for her; you can't help but feel these 2 people just don't belong together, and will never be able to stay together over time.

This film seems as if it was more or less just put together to give Ha Ji-won a chance to prance around some while looking pretty. While she can certainly do that well, there's not much going on otherwise that's worthwhile. The story is pretty sluggish throughout, and rarely does it strike a chord of being cute or charming or romantic enough to really invest in.

Our two leads spend more time together as the story progresses, and they start to develop feelings for each along the way. Those feelings soon start to slowly blossom into love, and from there it's just a matter of seeing whether they'll be together or not. There's an inexcusable musical number that breaks out for some reason I can't fathom. I suppose this was included to add some element of whimsy to the whole affair (or maybe the director just has a fondness for movies from India), but it's just out of place overall. Then, when it appears the two leads won't be together, our young priest cries for about 20 minutes (Uggh!) until the story wraps up. That's really about all there is to it.

I guess you could watch this film if you're huge Ha Ji-won fan, but that's probably the only reason to check it out. It's not very entertaining otherwise, and there are many better Korean romantic films and rom-coms out there to choose from. Feel free to skip over this one.

Bottom Line: 6 out of 10 stars.


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South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

5 August 2004 (South Korea) See more »

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$251,561
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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