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Sung-chil is a grumpy 70-year-old man who lives alone and works part-time at the local supermarket. Jang-soo, owner of the supermarket and president of the city's redevelopment project, has been trying in vain to get Sung-chil's signature (he's the last hold-out and the only reason for the project's delay), but Sung-chil stubbornly refuses any change to his lifestyle. Then he meets his new neighbor Geum-nim, a feisty yet friendly elderly lady who runs the flower shop next door. Despite his age, Sung-chil is inexperienced and clumsy at romance so the entire town cheers him on and helps him court her. But Geum-nim's daughter Min-jung disapproves of the relationship.
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It is my love for the Asian cinema that made me come across "Salut D'amour" (aka "Jang-su Sahng-hoe"). I had no idea what the movie was about, nor who starred in it. All that really mattered was that it was a South Korean movie, and South Korean cinema has some pretty impressive movies available.
"Salut D'amour" started out a little bit slow, but quickly became interesting and the characters in the movie were fast becoming likable and outstanding. And it was actually quite nice to see a South Korean romantic movie that stood out from all the romantic comedies that they make.
The story told in this movie is a story that quickly sinks in under your skin and sticks with you, because writers Sang-Hyeon Lee, Je-kyu Kang and Eun-jin Pang really came up with an outstanding, original and lovely story. And director Je-kyu Kang did an excellent job of bringing the story to life on the screen.
"Salut D'amour" has some good acting performances to pride its screen and further the storytelling along on the screen. Aging actor Geun-hyeong Park and actress Yeo-jeong Yoon really carried the movie so well and both had so much on screen charisma that it is very difficult not to take an instant liking to them both. And the chemistry they had together on the screen was just fantastic.
There is something for just about everyone to be seen in this movie; there is comedy, there is romance, there is drama, there is even a bit of action, but most importantly of all there is an amazingly beautiful story being told.
It you enjoy a good romantic drama, then it would a real shame to let "Salut D'amour" slip past you, regardless of if you enjoy South Korean cinema or not.
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