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Film Review: My Sassy Girl (2001)
My Sassy Girl (2001). Directed by Kwak Jae-yong and based on a true story by Kim Ho-sik. Set in South Korea, the film starts with a tree on a hillside, and standing next to the tree is young man, Gyeon-woo (Cha Tae-hyun). We are told that Gyeon-woo and someone else buried a time capsule there two years ago, and they were supposed to meet again on this day, but she is not here. He says he will wait. The story is then told in flashback. Gyeon-woo is a lazy university student, and on his way home after a drunken evening with friends he saves an even drunker girl (Jun Ji-hyun) from falling in from of a subway train. My Sassy Girl is a romantic comedy of sorts, but with the emphasis on dysfunctional. This is small scale, as the story pretty much revolves around the quirky romance between Gyeon-woo and the girl. Tae-hyun and Ji-hyun are pretty good in the leading roles. The film is well directed. Recommended for those who can cope with the subtitles and like a quirky romance. 4/5 (Good)