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Friday, June 02, 2006

My Sassy Girl (2001)--Cute, fun, sweet Korean romcom, spoiled only by a jarring melodramatic interlude involving a hostage situation and by the syrup ladled on at the end. It's part of the formula, admittedly, to pair a wacky, free-spirited female against an initially exasperated but finally smitten male, but talent can always breathe life into the old forms--you could call the major scale cliched, but composers still create beautiful melodies with it. Actress Ji-hyun Jun is suitably attractive and mercurial. The way she challenges her boyfriend to perform publically embarassing tasks as proof of his love reminded me a bit of Yann Samuell's Love Me If You Dare, and then I find out Samuell is slated to direct the Hollywood remake of Sassy Girl. Oh, there's also some nice satire of other movie genres. B+


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