Starring: Moon Geun-Young (Cheongdamdong Alice, Marry Me Mary) as Ryoo Min, Kim Ju-Hyeok (God of War, Lovers in Prague) as Julien, Do Ji-Won (I Miss You, Smile Again) as Teacher Lee, Jin Goo (Athena, Swallow the Sun) as Tae Ho and Lee Ki-Young (Golden Time, Ghost) as Kwang-Soo
Running Time: 119 minutes
Twinkies: 3 1/2
Synopsis: Julien (Kim Ju-Hyeok) has lived off of the money he lures from his rich female customers. But now he faces a huge business debt from a hasty expansion that could get him killed unless he clears the debt in one month. To save himself, he devises a scheme to steal the fortune of a blind rich heiress by claiming to be her long-lost brother with the intentions of killing her.
Ryoo Min (Moon Geun-Young), the blind heiress, who is cold-hearted like Julien, slowly opens herself to him, and they both fall in love with each other. But Julien has to pay his creditor and what makes it worse for him is that the illness that took Ryoo Min’s eyesight has relapsed, threatening her life. So the movie viewers will want to see whether he will be able to follow through on his plan or will it backfire on him? This film is known for being the most expensive film made by a first-time director during this period and is based on the 2002 Japanese drama, “Love Isn’t Necessary, Summer” also known as “Forget Love”.
Musings: With the upcoming release of the drama, That Winter, The Wind Blows, I thought it was appropriate to review this movie in anticipation of the new drama. Not only was this movie beautifully filmed but also a slightly unique story. Generally, movies are boy meets girl; boy falls in love with girl and vice versa; however, the twist in this was the boy really wanted to steal from the girl and ultimately kill her; his main motivation.
At the time of the filming, Moon Geun Young was 18 years old while Kim Ju-Hyeok was 34 years old. What you don’t see is any difference in the acting skills. Moon Geun Young’s acting as a blind girl was amazing and extremely professional. You almost forget the age difference because of her acting ability. Kim Ju-Hyeok was totally convincing as Julien. At first, you despised him for what he is doing but as his character changes from a hardened playboy to a man willing to do anything to protect the girl from others, you learn to like, even love his character.
Because of the tremendous job that these actors did in the movie, we can only hope the drama is done as well. I’ll admit it! I am an UBER Moon Geun Young fan!! She was my first Korean actress that I loved and have watched everything she has made. As usual, her performance as well as Kim Ju-Hyeok’s will not disappoint.
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