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Almost Love (2006)

Cheongchun-manhwa (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 23 March 2006 (South Korea)
Ji-hwan is a taekwondo student with a part time job as a stunt man, who dreams of becoming Korea's answer to Jackie Chan. Dal-rae is a drama student and aspiring actress, but tends to fail ... See full summary »

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Han Lee

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Han Lee
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Credited cast:
Jong-ryol Choi Jong-ryol Choi
Mi-ne Jang Mi-ne Jang ... Ji-min
Gyu-su Jeong Gyu-su Jeong ... Ji-hwan's dad
Kang-hee Jung Kang-hee Jung
Gi-hwa Kang Gi-hwa Kang
Ha-neul Kim ... Jin Dal-rae (as HaNeul Kim)
Ye-Won Kim Ye-Won Kim ... (as Kim Ye Won)
Sang-Woo Kwon ... Lee Ji-hwan
Sang-woo Lee ... Moon Young-hoon
Ji-bin Park Ji-bin Park ... Lee Ji-hwan - teenager
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Ji-hwan is a taekwondo student with a part time job as a stunt man, who dreams of becoming Korea's answer to Jackie Chan. Dal-rae is a drama student and aspiring actress, but tends to fail auditions because of her timid personality. Written by Anonymous

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5 June 2006 | by XiayuSee all my reviews

This film starts out as a total slapstick and ends on a much more serious note. It seems the director was having a bet each way and trying to cater to everyone. It's a pity he didn't choose one or the other path to follow through, rather than trying to walk two paths simultaneously.

Simple story outline: two childhood friends, Ji-hwan (Kwon Sang-woo) and Dal-rae (Kim Ha-neul) have grown up side by side. They know everything there is to know about the other, good and bad. Ji-hwan, complete with early JC-imitative hairstyle, wants to become the next Jackie Chan. He practices relentlessly, and he comes across as a bit of a dim-witted lech. Dal-rae wants to be an actress, but she's painfully shy. They tease each other mercilessly about their respective flaws, but underneath it is an understanding built over thirteen years.

Enter The Boyfriend, played by Lee Sang-woo. He's handsome, athletic, charming, thoughtful etc. The problem is, Ji-hwan is jealous of him and can't admit it, and Dal-rae just can't relax with him. When she has a problem, or something on her mind, she goes first to Ji-hwan. They have a brief falling-out, and a reluctant reconciliation spearheaded by the Boyfriend and come to realise how they really feel blah blah blah. Though it's been done to death as a plot point, it's pretty well done here.

And this should have been the story. Instead, there is a melodrama tacked on in the shape of a critical injury for Ji-hwan, which means he will never realise his dream. It seems oddly out of place and it makes the running time way too long (116mins).

Also, I was left wondering: Is there EVER going to be an end to the fixation with childhood sweethearts who are Meant For Each Other? Just once, I would love to see the childhood friend ditched for the Boyfriend. Now that would be groundbreaking - at least for Korean cinema.

See it if you're curious, or you find someone in the cast rather dishy. Otherwise, see FORBIDDEN QUEST and get your money's worth.


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23 March 2006 (South Korea) See more »

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