Starring: Kwon Sang Woo (Dae Mul, Cinderella Man, etc.), Kim Ha Neul (You Are My Pet, Blind, etc.), Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince, etc.), Kim Ji Woo (1% of Something, etc.)
Twinkies: 5 out of 5 (Yes, it’s that good!)
Movie Link (part 1…the other 7 parts can be easily accessed from the site)
Synopsis: Kim Ji Hoon (Kwon Sang Woo) and Choi Su Wan (Kim Ha Neul) are two 21-year-olds, who are forced into a tutorial situation by their respective parents, Ji Hoon as the failing high school senior and Su Wan as the college student hired to tutor Ji Hoon.
In typical I-hate-school-you-can’t-make-me-study fashion, Ji Hoon does anything and everything to avoid his lessons…until he is duly motivated to his “gangster” father to get educated. Slowly, Ji Hoon starts to see the benefits of his hard work, especially as he becomes unexpectedly interested in his tutor.
From one hilarious moment to the next, the unlikely pair forge a lasting bond that is both sweet and comedic, and the conclusion itself is priceless! Su Wan’s transformation from timid tutor to a martinet is a worthy change to behold.
Musings: This one was of my first Korean movies, and I loved it. I found the chemistry between these two unforgettable, and although the two actors later reprised their collaboration in another movie years later (Almost Love), this original pairing of Hallu-stars Kwon Sang Woo and Kim Ha Neul remains one of my all-time favorites.
There are some classic scenes that are pretty difficult to forget (random objects thrown by mom, Su Won’s fantasies, Su Won’s college festival dance scene, Su Won kicking a gangster to save Ji Hoon, etc.), but what I most appreciated was the sweet development of these two characters as maturing young adults and as a couple.
And yes, I admit that Su Won’s job as a private tutor resonated with me. LOL. I would highly–highly–recommend this movie if you haven’t seen it. The picture above with the pun, “If you don’t know, try biting” for “If you don’t know, try asking,” is a clear indication of the cheeky comedy that’s in store for any viewer.
In short, I LOVED it and regret the fact that in a weak moment, I lent my only copy of the DVD to a student and never got it back. 🙁