Movie Monday: The Temptation of the Wolves (2004) – aka Romance of Their Own

Starring: Kang Dong Won (Jeon Woo Chi, 1% of Something, Duelist, M, Too Beautiful to Lie, etc.), Jo Han Sun (Now and Forever, etc.), Lee Chung Ah (Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Let’s Go to the Beach, My Tutor Friend 2, etc.)

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 113 minutes

Twinkies: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: This movie features a sweet love story among a group of high school adolescents. What starts out as a typical love triangle develops an interesting twist as a long-hidden secret is revealed, and the principal characters are forced to deal with not only that secret but another more present one that ultimately changes the lives of these three friends.    

Musings: Let me start by saying that this is a straight-up teen movie, but one that any adult could enjoy. I certainly did when I saw it back in 2004! 🙂 And if memories serves me well, I believe a number of Twinkles thought so, too, and already mentioned this movie in one of the comments way back when I first started “Movie Monday.”

What did I enjoy about this movie?

What didn’t I enjoy would be the better question to ask.

Granted, the movie may now seem a bit clichéd, but I thoroughly loved it. Besides the cute guys and the adorable moments between the guys and their leading girl, there are a number of great scenes in this movie…yes, even after all these years I still remember them. LOL. I especially loved the opening scene in which the two principal male leads face off in their school uniforms. Heh…As much as I dislike any sort of fighting, there’s something to be said for guys executing these awesome moves in their school uniforms no less. Definitely rates a muh-shi-suh (Korean for “Awesome!” or “Wow”) AND, it was apparently popular enough for South Korea to recently make a musical version of this movie.

In any case, I hope you get a chance to see this “classic.” I’ve embedded two video clips in case you want a small taste of the movie before committing to the entire 2 hours. The clips show more fighting than is actually in the movie, and you should be able to find the movie with English subtitles on YouTube. 🙂

I would love to hear what you think if you get to see it or if you’ve already seen it. Sorry for the late Monday post…just barely made it under the midnight deadline. Just one more day of grading, and I can start recapping with relative “freedom”! 🙂 Happy Monday…until tomorrow then!

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8 thoughts on “Movie Monday: The Temptation of the Wolves (2004) – aka Romance of Their Own”

  1. I watched the movie and I dreaded the ending…I read the internet novel after and it was much better. Did you read the book? I recommend it!

  2. Oh how I love this movie, let me count the ways

    1st It started my love affair with all things Kang Dong Won. I mean this man is amazing. He is one of the best actors I have ever had the pleasure to watch plus oh so good looking. I love how he makes every character his own. Ahhh nothing but praise for KDW

    2nd It made me a fan of Lee Chung Ah and she is so cute /adorable in this movie plus she was in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop which is one of my favorite kdramas ever

    3rd It totally got me addicted to rom com movies.

    Thanks again for yet another trip down memory lane Twinkie!!!

    Sarang

  3. I watched this last night on YouTube!

    It was ok; I enjoyed watching the clash of testosterone but – I think I may have mentioned this in another post – this was yet another movie where I couldn’t see why the 2 leads were fighting over the lady. How/ why/ when did they fall for her? I mean, apart from Tae-sung’s memories of her as his nuna, it looked as if she met Hae-won on the bus/ in the rain and that did it for him. Hmm.

    Also, the 2 male leads looked much older than Han-kyung. I did wonder why the plot required her to be the nuna? It would have worked just as well with her as the awkward younger girl, I thought.

    Side question, and no offence meant, but is there a fascination for characters who fall in love but are inappropriately related? ‘My Little Bride’ – childhood friends with an 8(?) year gap (hmm, actually, no problem there); ‘The Temptation of Wolves’ – half-siblings; ‘A Thousand Kisses’ – older divorcee with child who is also an in-law, with a mother who is both in-law and mother to other daughter (?? mind-boggling). I remember reading somewhere that, for Koreans, the pure blood line is highly valued, so any ‘inappropriately related’ people in love are immediately frowned on. Is that right?

    Argh, I just knew what Tae-sung was going to do at the end, but that didn’t stop me from crying when it happened. Sniff.

    1. Oh I just saw some deleted scenes which someone uploaded to YouTube! I think they should have been included in the movie; several of the scenes helped to explain some parts of the plot e.g. Why Hae-won agreed to have dinner with the sneaky girl (sorry, don’t remember her name). Strangely compelling movie – I had to watch bits of it again tonight!

  4. So finally i have the time to walk memory lane. Thanks Twinkie, i really enjoyed the show, and if you dont mind…by lay man word .. kekekeke..i mean in a simple English, can you explain what is exactly the meaning of the title? I find that my understanding of the phrase is waaay out.. i mean when i first read the title, i have a different understanding.

    I think Lee Chung Ah is very sweet. And there are certain mannerism of her that i find quite familiar.. as i have watched FBRS and another drama of hers… sorry, couldnt remember the title but she was acting in the food industry, and fall in love with the lead guy who happen to be her mother’s step son..

    Kang Dong Won? Hahaha, first time hearing his name and since KStyle loved him, i try to googled him. Now i am curious… so i might try to watch him later.. 🙂 Believe it or not, i have watched quite a number of k-drama but i cant really remember the name except a few..
    Looking forward to another Monday Movie.. hey…this is fun…

  5. I’ll have to watch this before the drama comes out. So it must be good. Its been on my playlist for months!

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