My Sassy Girl (2001)

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My Sassy Girl is the smash hit of 2001. It tells the story of a young man not knowing what to do with his life, and a girl young sassy girl who turns his world upside down. It is a South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Kwak Jae-yong. Starring Cha Tae-hyun as Gyun-woo and Jun Ji-hyun as The Girl. It is ostensibly based on a true story posted on the internet in a series of blog posts written by Kim Ho-sik, which was later, adapted into a novel.

PLOT:

(Part One)
The film tells the love story of a male engineering college student, Gyeon-woo, and “the Girl” (who is never named in the movie). Gyeon-woo just cannot seem to catch a romantic break. One day, at dinner, Gyeon-woo are interrupted by a call from his mother, telling him to visit his aunt and meet a potential date. At the train station on his way to his aunt’s, he observes a drunken girl, standing precariously close to the edge of the train platform as the train approaches; he pulls her to safety just in time. Inside the train, Gyeon-woo cannot help but stare at the girl who is his “type” but repulsed by her drunkenness. Finally, she throws up on a passenger and faints but not before she calls Gyeon-woo “honey”. The passenger aggressively chides Gyeon-woo and tells him to take care of his “girlfriend”. Gyeon-woo, completely flustered, carry her all the way to the nearest hotel. Thus begins his comically ill-fated relationship with the Girl. They meet each other again after Gyeon-woo gets locked up in jail over a misunderstanding, and over soju the Girl cries, admits to breaking up with her boyfriend the day before and gets thoroughly drunk, resulting in a second trip to the same hotel.

After this second overnight stay at the hotel, she begins to become a more active part of his life. She visits Gyeon-woo in school and pulls him out of class, telling the teacher that Gyeon-woo is the father of her soon-to-be-aborted baby. The Girl’s mood swings wildly from joyful to downright violent, but Gyeon-woo puts up with it and lets her abuse him for her amusement. Despite all the horrible things Gyeon-woo endure, he is determined to help cure the girl’s pain. He decides to surprise her on her birthday and takes her on a nighttime trip to an amusement park which ends up quite differently than how he planned: the pair encounters an AWOL soldier who holds them hostage and rants about his misery after being jilted. Gyeon-woo convinces him to release her, and she in turn convinces the soldier to free Gyeon-woo and go on with his life and pursue another love.

(Part Two)
The Girl and Gyeon-woo’s relationship takes a turn for the better and he sends her home and meets her father, who is a habitual drinker. Her parents do not take to Gyeon-woo and on leaving; he overhears an impassioned argument between the girl and her mother over her relationship with him. He does not hear from her for quite some time and his life without her begins.

One day however, the Girl calls him and tells him to bring her a rose during class to commemorate their 100th-day anniversary. He does this, leading to a touching and romantic scene where he arrives in disguise into a packed auditorium and watches her play the melody of Jason Behik’s arrangement on Pachelbel’s Canon in D on a piano onstage. The classmates applaud in approval at his romantic gesture. As the night unfolds he is confronted at her house by her parents again, with her father demanding the two to break up.

The Girl does not contact him again and Gyeon-woo naturally think they have broken up, until one day when she calls Gyeon-woo to meet her for dinner with a blind date. The Girl introduces Gyeon-woo to the date and, while she leaves for the washroom afterwards, Gyeon-woo candidly offers advice on how to ensure her happiness by asking her potential suitor to follow ten rules: preventing her from overdrinking and giving in to her at every circumstance, even if it means enduring the occasional “violence”. It is at this point that she realizes how well Gyeon-woo understand her. She abruptly leaves her date and searches for Gyeon-woo at the subway station.
Once reunited the two realize they are at a turning point in their relationship, but, for some unspeakable reason, the Girl decides it is time for them to part. As a gesture to their happy times the two write letters to each other and bury them in a “time capsule” under a particular tree on a mountain in the countryside. They agree to meet again at the tree after two years to read the letters together. After burying the “time capsule” they go their separate ways.

(Part three)
During the two-year span, Gyeon-woo work hard to improve himself, writing My Sassy Girl movie script after he details their love affair on the Internet. When the agreed upon date arrives, he travels to the mountain but the Girl does not show up. Eventually, he opens the time capsule and reads her letter and learns the root of her angst and behavior: Gyeon-woo remind her of her previous boyfriend who, rather than breaking up with her, actually died before she met Gyeon-woo. All through the time the Girl and Gyeon-woo were seeing each other she had been seeing her dead boyfriend’s mother, who wants to introduce her to a nice young man.

A year after Gyeon-woo visits the tree, the Girl finally arrives. Sitting under the tree is an old man. During their conversation the old man reveals the secret of the tree, that it is not the same tree; the original tree had been struck and killed by lightning a year before and a similar tree had been planted by a young man so that his someone special would not be sad. After the girl reads his letter, she tries to call Gyeon-woo repeatedly, but was unable to contact him.

At lunch with her deceased boyfriend’s mother after a year later, the mother introduces her nephew – who turns out to be Gyeon-woo, whom she has been trying to introduce to the Girl for years. The mother, who is Gyeon-woo’s aunt, tells the Girl to go out with him, hoping that he could make life easier for her. She tells Gyeon-woo that the Girl can give advice to him about his impending trip to England, to which he replies, “I don’t have to go anymore”.
(Credits to Wikipedia the plot story…)

The Verdict:
The movie is really amazing; it’s simply make both ends meet. Everything that happens in this movie has a reason and is somehow connected to everything that happens on the scenes that follow. I would really recommend this movie to lovers, hopeless romantics and the like. It really will capture the attention of every viewer who watches it. The story sets off in the future and then we come to learn of this miss “sassy girl” who takes over Gyun Woo’s life after they meet. The story had me laughing from the beginning. I wasn’t sure where the story would wind up turning until the end of it where it comes full circle and ends with a cute ending (: It’s definitely one of the best romantic comedies I’ve seen. So let’s you and your friends are ready to an unforgettable story you can ever watch and be love to each character and you will say I want more K-dramas and movies.

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