Starring: Im Soo Jung, Gong Yoo, Lee Chung Ah, Chun Ho Jin, etc.
Running Time: 112 minutes
Synopsis: Seo Ji Woo (Im Soo Jung) is a theatrical director who can’t forget her first love from India. Her father, worried that his daughter will never get married, forces her to try to find her first love so that she can move on. Unfortunately, the only thing she knows about him is his name: Kim Jong Wook.
Enter Han Gi Joon (Gong Yoo), CEO of “Find Your First Love Agency.” Determined to find his first client her first love, he takes her to see one Kim Jong Wook after another and, in the process, falls in love with her.
Musings: I saw this movie soon after my last trip to Korea. While I was roaming through the subway stations of Seoul, I kept seeing posters for this movie but couldn’t watch it when I was there because the movie was going to open after I left Korea to return home to the United States. Talk about bad timing.
I was quite intrigued by Gong Yoo at the time, especially after his splash with Coffee Prince (2007) and S Diary (2004). As this was his “first” project back from his mandatory military service, I was definitely on the lookout for this movie.
It took me several months after I returned to the U.S. to see this movie…and I’m not sure if my assessment of the movie at that time was accurate or not. More than anything else, I expected a bit too much from this movie, what with it being Gong Yoo’s first movie back after 2 years away from the entertainment industry. Plus the fact that I just didn’t enjoy his awkward character and Im Soo Jung’s abrasive character, this movie was enjoyable but one that I may not rewatch as readily as I would other movies.
So why the selection? It’s for you Gong Yoo and Im Soo Jung fans. 🙂 The movie, for the most part, is enjoyable. I just had high expectations that the movie didn’t fulfill, AND I’m usually not a big fan of awkward, goofy men. However, some of you may love this movie, hence the “Movie Monday” selection.
If you get a chance to watch it or have already seen it, let me know what you think. I’m hoping that new insight into this movie will alter my impressions of this movie. I so want to love it. Two things I definitely appreciated was the OST, which was solid, and the cinematography, which was simply stunning…especially some of the scenes in India. You can find the video on YouTube.
Below is the trailer for the movie:
And here’s a cute little OST video for those of you who absolutely adore Gong Yoo; in this clip, he sings one of the OST songs.