Starring: Lee Chung Ah as Junko and Park Ki Woong as Jong Man
Rating: PG-13 for language and some situations
Running Time: 125 min
Twinkies: 3 1/2
Synopsis: Japanese-Korean girl Junko (Lee Chung Ah) travels to Seoul as an exchange student in hopes of seeing a Korean student whom she had fallen in love with while he was visiting Japan. When she arrives at her new university, she finds out that her love-to-be is in the army. The guesthouse she decides to stay at is full of rowdy assortment of young guys, including the owner’s annoying son and her Korean tutor, Jong Man (Park Ki Woong). Jong Man likes to spend more time teaching her inappropriate words than conjugation. The two initially spend all their time fussing and fighting, but Junko slowly discovers there’s more to Jong Man under his insensitive exterior.
Musings: I totally admit that the original reason that I watched this was because of Park Ki Woong. As I had just completed Bridal Mask and was still on the Park Ki Woong great acting high, I wanted to see more. No, I have not seen the first one, My Tutor Friend, I went right to this version and overall it was was funny. As I have previously stated, I don’t watch a lot of Korean comedies because I am clueless as to what is supposed to be funny but this might be classified more as cute than funny.
It starts off funny because Jong Man’s father rents out his room, with him living in it! What does he say, “Who else can I betray but my only son?” Their first meal was hysterical! Father makes Seafood Stew for the first time and Jong Man makes sure Junko does not want to eat again! I enjoyed the leads together and they did have good chemistry. The supporting cast was okay but Jong Man’s father (Lee Young Ha) was definitely entertaining. When she starts imagining the slangs coming to life, you realize just how hard it is for foreign speaking people to learn English!
Of course, with all comedies, it has to touch on the serious side. As Jong Man used to be a boxer, we see why he works so hard and rushes in the middle of the night to the hospital. But we also get to see a budding romance begin in S. Korea and end in Japan. Overall, it was entertaining and worth watching especially if you are a fan of either Park Ki Woong or Lee Chung Ah.
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