Movie Monday – The Romantic President (2002)

Starring: Choi Ji Woo as Eun Joo, Ahn Sung Ki as President Han Min Wook, and Im Su Jeong as Han Yeong Hee,

Rating: PG

Running Time: 95 min

Twinkies: 4 stars

Synopsis: A gum-popping student wearing a very short uniform and a weird hair-do is looking for ‘zzang’, the school boss. She turns out to be the new teacher, Choi Eun-soo, who was trying to get a grasp of situation in the classroom. Eun-soo has been sacked from numerous schools due to her eccentricity and too-strong dedication to teaching. She finally meets her match in Yeong-hee, the troublemaker in her class. Unable to deal with Yeong-hee who lives to rebel, Eun-soo finally decides to call her parents.

“The Blue House, how may I help you?” What?!? The Blue House?!? Yes, Yeong-hee turns out to be a First Daughter, who is being raised by Han Min-wook, the popular president with his good looks and integrity. But Eun-soo is not deterred by the title. She summons the President to school, scolds him, and makes him copy down ‘Hwangjoga’ 100 times instead of his daughter. This is the beginning of the battle between Eun-soo and Min-wook, the president and also a parent.

Musings: Ahn Sung Ki is such a consummate actor. As the President, he lent credence to the role. Who else could play such a convincing President? I enjoyed this movie immensely as it had elements of comedy, romance, and family drama. Choi Jo Woo was also well cast. I think a lot of people would dismiss this movie because there is no idols, the lead is much older than his female love interest; however, the two together made it work.

These two definitely had chemistry and their romance was believable. The movie truly did remind me of Michael Douglas’s movie, The American President, which was very similar in some aspects. I think a lot of people have never heard of the movie because it is an early 2000s movie, but it well worth the watch.

Im Su Jeong as the President’s daughter, Yeong Hee, was definitely a character. She was so resentful of her father and his political career as her mother had died when she was at a young age and he never really made time for her. As he was a good father, he consulted Eun Soo in the hopes of improving their relationship. It was cute when he did his little lip-synced concert on the Blue House greens with the staff and security team. Shame Yeong Hee didn’t enjoy it. I got a kick out of her constantly making her flunky do all sorts of things. When he stole the car and ran it into a fire hydrant because she was hot, that was a bit too much but she love it!

A very nice romance for one of those days you feel in the mood for love. Well worth the watch with a great cast. Give it a try, I think you’ll like it.

I couldn’t find a trailer as this is such an older movie; however, a lot of website have the movie available, just ask me if you can’t find it.

Next month’s theme, for March, will be Criminals and Crime Busters! This is my favorite genre so there is no telling what I will review!

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5 thoughts on “Movie Monday – The Romantic President (2002)”

  1. Hmmm…I’m surprised that you rated this a 4. You’d think that I’d like a movie like this, but I found it a bit lackluster when I watched it a while back. Weird, huh?
    Another great review! Many thanks!

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