My Sassy Girl (2001)

“The 10 Rules: 1. Don’t ask her to be feminine 2. Don’t let her drink over three glasses 3. Drink coffee instead of Coke/Juice 4. If she hits you, act like it hurts. If it hurts, act like it doesn’t 5. On your 100th day together, give her a rose during her class 6. Make sure you learn fencing and squash 7. Be prepared to go to prison sometimes 8. If she says she’ll kill you, don’t take it lightly 9. If her feet hurt, exchange shoes with her 10. She likes to write. Encourage her.”

My Sassy Girl

Cinema Service in association with MVP Venture Capital, Shin Cine Communications and IM Pictures present…

Directed and written by Kwak Jae-Yong (Watercolor Painting in a Rainy Day) with a background in physics he was still able to indoctrinate romance and comedy in his films and projects which I have tried watching for the last couple of years. His other beloved and notable works include “The Classic” and “Windstruck”.

There is a million to one chance of finding a drunk girl who wants to throw her life away and it is hard to believe for a boy who can still have an unexpected one sided (most of the time) and awkward on and off relationship. Moreover, the crazy part is he never gave up on her in spite of all the hardships! Basically what the word “sassy” means is being cheeky, bizarre and impertinent which are not the typical words you would like to describe for the love of your life. Seriously, we all have our different types when it comes to finding the girl of our dreams and be with for the rest of our lives but hey, what the heart wants the heart wants!

Korea’s star studded duo Cha Tae Hyun (The Girl and I) and Jun Ji-Hyun (Blood) leads the cast as the odd couple seeking to find meaning in their lives as they were entangled by fate and brought together by destiny! A remarkable heart-warming story that relates to every individual that have experienced life in all aspects and still be able to seek out the love that is truly patient, forgiving and enduring in each human being we encounter everyday!

1st HALF: “When Gyeon-woo met The Girl”

Yes, the comfort of going home well I guess it would be preferable if you were coming from a tiring day of work or from school but instead, you see a stranger at the precipice of throwing herself in a subway and as a dutiful citizen you save her from impending death. Unfortunately, as gratitude she will thank you by calling you “Honey” and little do you know she would change your life forever!

No pain no gain they say…

We start the story of Gyeon Woo, a hopeless romantic college student who did not have luck with the ladies until someone catches up with him literally! He carries the young lady back to a motel and without any warning whatsoever he’s being accused of perversion which sends him to jail!

To add insult to injury, joining the slugfest were the nagging but caring parents primarily with the mother who rebukes his son with anything she holds for that specific moment which becomes either a projectile or a pile driver! Another premise injected by the Director to add flair with the already troubled student!

As Gyeon-woo goes through his everyday routine he would have never guessed that life will be more complicated as The Girl takes every single opportunity to make him suffer without compromise! Good part is, even though they transit on the same place and area they could still miss each other and at least have a breathing room for the next round to commence.

2nd HALF: “Rainshower”

So love was finally in the air after countless dates, a “dodge a bullet” carnival birthday, playing a slapping game in a train, Racquet “face” Ball, sweet moments while walking and running in high heels and going back to jail! Nothing can compare the feeling of someone you love in your arms you simply just have to surrender!

The second half was focused on a better turn of events as both lovers find the time to enjoy each other’s company without any compromise except with the bullying and punishments which were a bit less brutal compared to her writing of stories which was forced fed to him that has out of this world and unconventional plots. But all good things must come to an end when Gyeon was finally introduced to her parents, they were not approved and though heartbroken they went on a journey to bury a time capsule which they will open after two years for she believes it was time to say goodbye…

OVERTIME: “The Ill Fated Lovers…”

Gyeon fell in love for this girl and never gave up on what they shared. As time passed, he eventually overcame his mediocrity in sports and practiced real hard while keeping himself busy, he wrote their love story and blogged it in the internet, he was offered by a publisher for it to become a book finally.

The script that was actually based on the protagonist’s life story was coming into fruition and seeing that he has never heard of her, he just made sure that he was able to give everything for her and make her happy. But you see, even if things were not meant to be then it would be easier to move on, it was just a matter of time to fully realize that when you let go of someone and if they come back…it was meant to be!

This is one of the most touching films I have watched outside the Hollywood, Indie Films and Blockbusters that came across the big screen. Full of endearing moments and you will not stop laughing with these lovers’ antics as they made their chemistry so naturally appealing for audiences to somewhat relate too, of course if they dig these types of films or if love has been part of their life then it can be easier to take the story into one’s system.

The music really sets the right mood by making it flow freely with the dialogue and scenarios especially with the comedic Cha Tae Hyun’s facial expressions and delivery of a battered boyfriend while Jun Ji-Hyun has always been a sight for sore eyes, a beauty plus exceptional talent that makes their on-screen love hate relationship seem validated.

Did I mention that this was based on a guy who fell in love with a girl? His name is Kim Ho-Sik while his wife (believe it!) is the one he courted for thirteen years though it was not definitely clear if this was really a true story of the two lovers. Finally, there is what we call the sweet surrender and after all the beat ups, slaps in the face, taunting, threats for his dear life The Girl and Gyeon-Woo comes back to this infinite circle…definitely love moves its mysterious ways!


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