Starring: Kim Sun Ah (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, Scent of a Woman, City Hall, She’s on Duty, etc.), Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince, She’s on Duty, Spy Girl, etc.), Kim Soo Ro (God of Study, Hi Dharma, Taeguki, etc.), Lee Hyun Woo (Wedding, Attic Cat, Dal Ja’s Spring, etc.)
Twinkies: 4 out of 5
Synopsis: One day, the protagonist Jini (Kim Sun Ah) gets coldly dumped by her current boyfriend with a note saying that he was only interested in a fling, nothing permanent as a real relationship, especially not one that would lead to marriage.
Devastated, she decides to examine her past relationships to discover if there was something about those relationships she should have known. In the process, her self-pity and devastation gives way to vengeance and spite as she works to avenge herself: past, present, and future.
Chronicling her first love with Kyu Hyun (Lee Hyun Woo) during high school, college love with Jeong Seok (Kim Soo Ro), and post-college love with the “younger” man Yoo In (Gong Yoo), the movie explores the love journey of one woman and how the woman’s memory of past relationships may not be as heart-wrenching as her memory records.
Musings: After watching My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, I went on a Kim Sun Ah viewing streak. Heh. I think I saw almost every Kim Sun Ah movie and drama I could get my hands on, including this short movie of about 100 minutes. 🙂
This is one of two movies I saw featuring Kim Sun Ah. (I already recommended the other movie, She’s on Duty.) And I enjoyed this movie for what it is: a simple exploration of a woman’s past romantic relationships and how they influenced her. Particularly poignant is the fact that this journey back through her three significant relationships helps her gain an insight into herself that she didn’t have before. At a moment in her life when things just don’t seem to be going as she hoped–no prospect of marriage in sight–she finds comfort and solace in knowing that she is not a failure. And the movie reminds its viewers that one person’s memory of a relationship is definitely not the entire picture; the three men each cherished her in their own way and time, a fact that she either forgets or never knew.
This movie is definitely more for the adult audience as it deals with a woman’s sexual journey, but the pearls of wisdom Jini’s character obtains is nicely balanced by the hilarity of Jini’s revenge schemes. Yes, this is a classic example of a romantic comedy, one I enjoyed and appreciated in its simple, clear narrative execution.