A golf champ-turned-securities trader gets a second chance at life and love in “Reversal of Fortune,” a slickly packaged romantic comedy that’s all in the performances. Good-looking piece of fluff by first-time helmer Park Yong-woon will work mainly with Asiaphile and Far East auds, though there’s Western remake potential in the time-warp plot.
Scorned by his wife (Ha Ji-weon), treated at work like a nobody and targeted by a mobster (Lee Mun-shik) for a lousy investment, klutzy but good-natured Kang Seung-wan (Kim Seung-woo) sees his life going down the drain. Then, one night, after crashing his car in a tunnel, he wakes up to find it’s 13 years earlier, he’s a famous young golf star again with a supposed mistress (Go Ho-gyeong), and he has another shot at life with his g.f. (also Ha) and at winning a championship. Only problem is he hasn’t played golf in more than a decade. Strongly but not frantically played by the whole cast, with likable lead perfs from Ha (much more spirited and glamorous than in “Phone”) and Kim, film maintains a snappy pace until an over-extended finale set back in the present.