Writer-director Kim Tae-gyun, best known for the retro-futuristic martial artser "Volcano High," returns with a more conventional high school movie in "Romance of Their Own." Based on an Internet novel by the pseudonymous "Gwiyeoni" (authoress of "My Sassy Girl"), pic is aimed solidly at Korean teenage girls, with its comic-romantic yarn about a transfer student torn between two handsome brawlers. Film performed well this summer on local release, but, unlike "Volcano," has little to attract markets in the West, beyond Asiaphile events.
Writer-director Kim Tae-gyun, best known for the retro-futuristic martial artser “Volcano High,” returns with a more conventional high school movie in “Romance of Their Own.” Based on an Internet novel by the pseudonymous “Gwiyeoni” (authoress of “My Sassy Girl”), pic is aimed solidly at Korean teenage girls, with its comic-romantic yarn about a transfer student torn between two handsome brawlers. Film performed well this summer on local release, but, unlike “Volcano,” has little to attract markets in the West, beyond Asiaphile events.
Country bumpkin Han-gyeong (Lee Cheong-ah) moves to Seoul to be with her mother and stepfather, and meets both cocky rich kid Hae-weon (Jo Han-seon) and the breezier Tae-seong (Gang Dong-weon), a friend from her younger days. Han-gyeong is emotionally torn between the two, and Tae-seong is hiding a couple of key secrets. Three leads mesh well, and a host of supports keep the familiar plotting alive, while the climactic mass brawl recalls the rainy showdown in “Nowhere to Hide.” Original title roughly means “Temptation of Wolves” (hence the vulpine imagery and Little Red Riding Hood atmosphere in pic’s opening). Film was also briefly known as “True Romance.”
Romance of Their Own
A Showbox/Mediaplex release of a Sidus production. (International sales: Showbox, Seoul.) Produced by Cha Seung-jae, Romeo Noh. Directed, written by Kim Tae-gyun, from the novel by "Gwiyeoni" (Lee Yun-se).
Camera (color), Jin Yeong-hwan; editor, Go Im-pyo; music, Lee Hun-seok; art director, Kim Hyeon-ok; costumes, Kim Gyeong-mi. Reviewed at CGV 4, Bucheon, South Korea, July 23, 2004. (In Tokyo Film Festival -- Winds of Asia.) Original title: Neukdaeeui yuhok. Running time: 111 MIN.
With: Jo Han-seon, Gang Dong-weon, Lee Cheong-ah.
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