Starring: Cho Seung Woo (The Classic, Marathon, Chunhyang, etc.) and Kang Hye Jeong (Old Boy, Rules of Dating, Welcome to Dongmakgol, Miss Ripley, The Wedding Scheme, etc.)
Running Time: 117 minutes
Synopsis: Jo Kang (Cho Seung Woo) meets Ari (Kang Hye Jeong) for the first time as an elementary school student. Despite her outlandish tales of coming from outer space and such, he is strangely drawn to her and befriends her. Over the next two decades, he experiences intense joy and devastating loss as Ari goes in and out of his life without any explanation. It’s only when he meets her the last time that he finally understands just who Ari is and why she disappears whenever she does.
Musings: Yes! It’s still Monday! This 3-hour time difference between the West (California) and East Coast (Georgia) is a bit disorienting at times. Add to that the fact that I posted the Happy New Year post this afternoon, I feel as though it’s already Tuesday when it’s still Monday. Hmm…most of you probably don’t care about that, though. Let’s move on to musing about the movie, shall we? 😉
I saw this movie back in 2006 or 2007 when I had no other interesting movie to watch. I knew that Cho Seung Woo was a truly gifted actor, but I wasn’t really in the mood for a melodrama. I’m sure many of you have already figured that out about me, right? 😉 I tend to shy away from a lot of “D-rama.”
So when I saw this movie and its title, I happily started it, thinking that it was going to be one of those brainless love stories. Hmm…
I was so wrong. The movie has a number of funny moments, yes, but it explores other issues that makes this movie something that lingers with you even after you’ve seen it, especially for those of us who grew up in the 1980’s during one of the world’s worst health crises.
All in all, if you are not afraid to shed a few tears and are in the mood for a poignant story of childhood love continuing into adulthood, this may be just the movie for you. The acting is superb. Cho Seung Woo never fails to impress me with his powerful yet subtle acting, and Kang Hye Jeong is no lightweight in the acting category herself. Incidentally, this movie was rumored to have brought the now Epik High’s Tablo’s wife and her then boyfriend together. You’ll be able to see their onscreen chemistry with this movie.
So, if you’re interested in starting the year off with an odd, yet touching, love story, you can check out the movie here. Just make sure to click the “CC” icon for English subtitles and have a box of tissues if you are prone to crying. I didn’t need any, but then again, I rarely cry. *funny face*
I wish you all a happy Monday and a twinkilicious first week of 2013! Here’s one picture of the child actors…so adorable!