My Sassy Girl (2001)
She will turn his world upside down
Why is this film so great? At first glance, the story may really look typical, but the director was wise enough to turn banal subject into good drama. Surprise keeps popping up since every scene is handled creatively and every dialogue is built up brilliantly.
"My Sassy Girl" is based on an on-line serial written by Kim Ho-sik that detailed his relationship with his off-the-wall college girlfriend. This was eventually compiled into a best-selling book and caught the attention of director Kwak Jae-young, who wrote the script for the film. The story kicks off with college student Kyun-woo who had never been in love (Korean pop singer Cha Tae-hyun, in his feature film debut) crossing paths with a drunk but beautiful elusive girl (Jun Ji-hyun of "Il Mare") on a late-night subway. Just before she passes out, the girl looks at Kyun-woo and calls him 'honey'. The other passengers, assuming him to be the hapless girl's boyfriend, demand that Kyun-woo look after her. After carrying her on his back for what seems to be miles, Kyun-woo drops the girl off at a motel. But instead of leaving her and getting on his way, Kyun-woo finds himself intrigued by the nameless girl and vows to do whatever he can to heal her sorrow.
Unfortunately, he gets far more than he bargained as he becomes wrapped around the finger of this strange girl, whose dramatic mood swings are outmatched only by her penchant for sociopathic behavior. When they dine out and Kyung-woo orders anything but coffee, she barks her mantra "Do you wanna die?" and then promptly changes his order to coffee. When her feet begin aching from walking, she forces Kyung-woo to switch his comfortable running shoes for her high heels. And being a budding screenwriter, she demands that Kyung-woo read her wacky treatments, or else face an ass kicking. However, despite these crazy antics (not to mention landing in jail a few times), Kyun-woo finds himself hopelessly hooked on this 'sassy girl'. And though the girl seems to relish in humiliating and belittling those around her, it becomes clear that underneath the brash exterior is a wounded soul who holds a genuine affection for Kyun-woo.
Ji-hyun engages Kyun-woo in an unusual and eccentric courtship. And when the reason has been revealed in the end, that Jun Ji-hyun first boyfriend dies and Kyun-woo resembles his boyfriend a lot. That’s why she made him do those things. I cant help but cry in some instances of this film. In the end, it was discover that Kyun-woo is Ji-hyun's cousin.
Why I Chose This:
I really love this film because it will make you laugh from some time but will broke your heart into pieces in a second. Indeed after watching this movie Kyun-woo had become the man of my dreams. Yes, a man that will wear high heels just to make her girlfriend feel comfortable and a man who knows by heart everything his girlfriend wants. And a man who is willing to sacrifice for love.
The scene where in Jun Ji-hyun dates another man and then he invites Kyun-woo to come over and meet that man. When she went to the bathroom, Kyun-woo made a list of the things she wants and wants to do and handle it to her date. It is just touching that Kyun-woo remember that all.
Kyun-woo: Whether we're together or apart, you will always be the woman of my life.