Starring: Kang Dong Won (The Taoist Wizard, 1% of Something, etc.), Kim Ha Neul (A Gentleman’s Dignity, On Air, etc.), Lee Young Eun (Full House, etc.)
Running Time: 115 minutes
Synopsis: The story centers around a woman (Kim Ha Neul), recently released from prison and on her way to attend her sister’s wedding. En route, she meets our leading man (Kang Dong Won), a shy and unassuming pharmacist who has recently suffered a romantic rejection.
In a series of hilarious misunderstandings, the two main characters learn to overcome their dislike of each other and learn to forge what looks to be a lasting relationship, despite the initial lies that brought them together.
Musings: You’ll notice that I saw a great many movies back in 2004, and I got to thinking why so many of my favorite movies were from that year. Answer? I was finishing up my M.A. in English Literature in the middle of Ohio and in dire need of some connection with my Korean heritage. Hence, I saw a great number of romantic comedies that year. LOL.
In any case, although the story is based on a series of lies, mainly fabricated by Kim Ha Neul’s character, the basic premise of the movie still focuses on human relationships and the importance of family and new beginnings for the main characters. Overall, I found the movie enjoyable–particularly the chili pepper eating contest–and well worth my two hours. I hope you think so, too! And yes, you should be able to find an English-subtitled version (actually, many versions) of the movie on YouTube. Happy Monday! 🙂