Why haven’t I watched this 4 years ago? This is such a cute movie that talks about romance and friendship. Jang Geun Suk impressed me again with his acting. If it wasn’t for his awesome skills, I wouldn’t be that much drawn to this movie.
I like the perfect distribution of scenes among the characters. The focus is just on the 3 main characters but you won’t forget the existence of those other with few exposures throughout the film. There are no parts that would make you feel like skipping to the next minute. The lyrics of the songs are also touching. Finally! No lukemia or whatsoever horrible endings! LOL ^^
It’s a light film—lightly romantic, lightly emotional; just right for a laid back evening.
Do you know what’s the most depressing thing about humans after death? It’s that they can never meet again. So I can’t die. Because I can’t think of you again. Because I can’t meet you again. - Eun Gyu
[filmography] Is good to live like this?, Love Rain (KBS2), You’re My Pet (2011), Mary Stayed All Night Out (KBS2, 2010), You Are Beautiful (SBS, 2009), The Case of Itaewon Homicide (2009), Beethoven Virus (MBC, 2008), Baby & Me (2008), Doremifasolatido (2008), Hong Gi Dong (KBS2, 2008), Long Wait of 24 Months (2008), Happy Life (2007), Huang Jin Yi(KBS2, 2006), One Missed Final Call (2006), Alien Same (2006), Lovers In Prague (2005), Nonstop4 (MBC, 2003), Owls Museum (KBS2, 2003), Daemong (SBS, 2002), Orange (SBS, 2002), Ten Lucks in My Life (EBS, 2002), Fairy Keommi ( KBS 2001), The Reign of Women (SBS, 2001), An Encounter (SBS, 1999), Hugs (SBS, 1998), Happiness For Sale (HBS, 1997)
Many people were disappointed with You’re My Pet (as YMP here after) or Love Rain.
This is possible but that is criticism of the complete work and it cannot be the criticism of Jang Keun Suk (as JKS here after) himself.
Except JKS, who else in Korea in their 20s can act as In Ho in YMP? In this movie, in order to make his master Ji En (played by Kim Ha Neul) happy, In Ho exhibits all his talent and cuteness. Just like be in a show off your charm competition.
The problem is not on JKS, it is the movie which apart from showing JKS, it didn’t do anything else. What about Love Rain? In order to show the kind of love in the 1970s, the TV drama really made it as if we’re back to the 1970s but that’s the problem. To act in a role which gives people goose bumps, JKS has done his acting job for the role thoroughly.
As personality, Jang Keun Suk has a big difference with most of Korean actors
Therefore, sometimes it is inadequate to just refer him as an ‘actor’. Usually, actors would act the role rather than themselves in front of the cameras, because that’s how they do acting. But JKS is different, he not only likes to show himself on acting in front of the cameras but also likes to show the real side of him. Switching between the two parts freely is JKS’s specialty.
He’s already an “old” actor with 15 years acting experience. Let’s review the dramas he played: Huang Jin Yi, Beethoven Virus, You’re Beautiful and movie Happy Life, The Case of Itaewon Homicide. He was not limited in certain kind of roles, there were no repeating roles he played and he did good job on playing those roles.
At the same time, in Korean society where modesty is virtue, he is the one and the only one person exists that who has the desire to show to the public of him freely that sometime being capricious and sometime being childish. He doesn’t pretend to be very manly, pretends to have a lot of thoughts. He just shows what he want and make it happen. Even though under criticisms and controversies he doesn’t mind. At this point, JKS is walking on a path which no other actor in the country has taken. He said ‘Most male actors in our country are machismo type. I don’t want to be restricted in this. If I open a new way, there must be someone who will follow me?’ This is where his star quality is. If in the near future, JKS plays a role like In Ho in YMP that no one else can play but him; if the completeness of the work is guaranteed; his star quality and influence will be explosive.
Credits: Movieweek Chinese Translation from Korean (original source): 花花 English Translation from Chinese: Wen Lee and Sarah Ye from ECI
He was Cool (2004) | Temptation of Wolves (2004) | DoReMiFaSoLaTiDo (2008)
If you’re looking for light-hearted high school movies, then I recommend these three movies. All are based on internet novels written by Guiyeoni who I also happened to idolize when I was 14/15. Heh. If you like fanfics (filled with emoticons and wide spaces), go ahead and read the novels first before watching these movies. I swear you’ll find yourself laughing so much. But I am not sure if I’d love her novels as much as I loved it before. I kind of have a different mindset now. Hahaha. I also haven’t watched these movies in years. A re-watch is a must.
The three movies have quite the same premise. All the lead guys are the jjang or the kingka or basically the most popular boy in school (or in the city!) and the girl is just ordinary and often called plain or daft. Ha. Why did I like these novels again?
He Was Cool had a bit of controversial casting since Song SeungHun and Jung DaBin (R.I.P. T_T) were way past high-school age when they shot the film. But it’s still fun to watch! Of the three movies, this one has the most humor because of the HyeWon’s, the lead girl, personality! Also, Song SeungHun is my first K-actor crush and Jung DaBin was my favorite actress. (Lemme cry in a corner for a while… ;_;)
Temptation of Wolves is honestly my least favorite Guiyeoni novel but I think it has the best movie adaptation. The focus on the novel is on HaeWon but the movie shifts the focus on TaeSung. (I prefer HaeWon!) I minded it at first but it somehow gave the movie more depth. Also, it has one of the best on-screen kisses ever. 33 seconds, yo. This movie launched the successful movie career of Kang DongWon who eventually moved on to more serious roles.
DoReMiFaSoLaTiDo is and will always be my favorite internet novel, and the movie made me really unhappy. Heh. Maybe I am too biased that’s why it didn’t meet my extremely high expectations. I think I should give it another try, though. After all, this is Jang GeunSuk’s first movie and he looks the best here. Heh.
I miss watching South Korean RomComs! I think I should go back to my roots and care more about fluff than substance. Heh. But reading what I just wrote, I feel like I cared more for the actors rather than the story. No surprise there.
Also, if To My Boyfriend (or The Outsiders!) ever gets a movie adaptation, I would die a happy fangirl. EunHyuuuuuung.
Okay. So that’s my fave part in the movie DOREMIFASOLATIDO (2006). Pinaka-common na comment: THE STORY IS GOING TOO FAST. Yes, I agree. Like they were trying to fit 10 different stories in one scene. Yet Still, everything went fine in the end. Nakakiyak lang. Very touching and makes you fall in love with the main characters Jang Geun Suk as Eun Gyu and Cha Ye Ryeon as Jung Won :) Dalawa kami ni ate nanood neto. iyak ako ng iyak eh. sinabihan niya ko : “BALIW!” hahaha! ay sorry ‘teh. madrama lang kapatid mo. XD Plano ko gumawa ng review, kaso parang nakakatamad. nade-drain brains ko. hahaha :P