Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Korean Movie - Almost Love

In Korean with English & Chinese Subtitles
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Director: Lee Han
Starring: Kwong Sang Woo, Kim Ha-neul
RunTime: 1 hr 56 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Rating: PG

Opening Day: 8 June 2006


Ji-hwan yet a stunt who's dreaming to be an action star like Jackie Chan and Dalrae who is another actress wannabe have been friends for 11 years. But as Ji-hwan comes dating with a different girl, their relationship starts seesawing between a mere friendship and a love.

Movie Review:

Kwon Sang-woo and Kim Han-nuel team up again after 2003’s My Tutor Friend, which unassumingly went on to be one of South Korea’s most successful romantic comedies of recent times. It not only solidified that genre’s popularity with Korean audiences, it also made big stars out of its 2 leads. Reaching back into past collaborations can be a risky ordeal but the pair’s fantastic rapport made Almost Love one of the most highly anticipated new Korean movies of the year and made their onscreen affinity its primary focus for audiences. Fortunately, that is not a problem at all. In fact, it’s the film’s saving grace.

Kim shines as the first among equals with her effervescent portrayal of the kind and shy girl-next-door, Dal-rae who is an aspiring actress with a debilitating stage fright. She manages to stifle her radiant beauty, seen in her past films to complete her plain-Jane transformation.

Often underplaying the character, she’s the antithesis of Kwon’s over-the-top and animated performance of Ji-hwan, a deluded but charismatic stuntman who dreams of emulating Jackie Chan and writing a screenplay for the definitive action movie. They have been best friends for 12 years, with the requisite teasing and meaningless quarrels. As their relationship with their significant others grow, both Dal-rae and Ji-hwan find that their own relationship has begun to strain.