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Reversal of Fortune

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.

With:
With: Kim Seung-woo, Ha Ji-weon, Kang Sung-jin, Go Ho-gyeong, Lee Mun-shik, Park Gwang-jeong, Kim Sung-gyeom, Lee Han-wi, Jeon Su-gyeong, Im Chang-jeong.

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.

Reversal of Fortune

South Korea

Production: A Cinema Service release of an A1 Cinema/Well-Made Film production. (International sales: Cinema Service, Seoul.) Produced by Lee Chang-sae. Executive producers, Seo Sang-weon, Choi In-gyu. Directed by Park Yong-woon. Screenplay, Oh Hyeon-ri, Kim Mun-sung, Gweon So-yeon, Park.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Kim Dong-cheon; editor, Ham Seong-weon; music, Lee Seung-heui; art director, Jo Seong-weon; costume designer, Kim Min. Reviewed at Puchon Intl. Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea, July 13, 2003. Original title: Yeokjeone sanda. Running time: 104 MIN.

With: With: Kim Seung-woo, Ha Ji-weon, Kang Sung-jin, Go Ho-gyeong, Lee Mun-shik, Park Gwang-jeong, Kim Sung-gyeom, Lee Han-wi, Jeon Su-gyeong, Im Chang-jeong.

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