Meotjin haru   2008   South Korea My Dear Enemy
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Director:Yoon-ki Lee
Studio:B.O.M. Film Productions Co.
Writer:Eun-yeong Park, Azuko Taira
IMDb Rating:6.9 (242 votes)
Genre:Drama, Romance
Duration:123 min
Location:South Korea: Seoul
Yoon-ki Lee  ...  (Director)
Eun-yeong Park, Azuko Taira  ...  (Writer)
Do-yeon Jeon  ...  Kim Hee-su
Jung-woo Ha  ...  Jo Byeong-woon
Il-hwa Choi  ...  Man at Cousin's house
Ju-bong Gi  ...  Man at Cousin's house
Hyo-ju Han  ...  Woman at bus stop (voice)
So-yeon Jang  ...  Eun-jeong
Si-nae Jo  ...  Professor
Hye-ok Kim  ...  Mrs Han
Joo-ryeong Kim  ...  So-yeon's mother
Jung-ki Kim  ...  Cousin
Young-min Kim  ...  Dae-hee - Hong-ju's husband
Seo-hie Ko  ...  Notebook Lady
Eun-ji Oh  ...  Se-mi
Dong-won Seo  ...  Man at Cousin's house
Eun-yong Yang  ...  Hee-su's colleague
Ji-eun Oh  ...  Se-mi
Hee-jeong Kim  ...  So-yeon
Hye-rim Park  ...  Female parking lot worker
Sang-ho Choi  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: This film belongs to Jung-woo Ha. He is engaging and funny playing one of those guys who can spin even the worst of interactions into something that makes him seem likable. Seen in isolation, his character's charms might seem to not add up but the film manages to paint a convincing portrait of a guy you just can't say no to.

Do-yeon Jeon, in heavy eye make-up, pretty much pouts her way through the film playing an old girlfriend of his who he owes money to. She tracks him down and demands he repay her by day's end. She knows him well enough to know that promises of repaying her later will never be kept. He's vulnerable and in the dog-house but he's still in charge of things as he sets out to borrow money from a series of other old girlfriends and lovers in order to repay her. She follows him around while he does it. It's an interesting scenario which produces many storied and funny moments.

With lesser actors this film probably wouldn't work. It's a Yoon-ki Lee film—which means it's low-key, slice of life, simple story stuff. Don't expect high drama or excitement. What you'll get are two fine performances and, in typical Lee fashion, two characters who reveal themselves to one another not through mutual interaction but by observing the subtle interactions they have with other people.


Summary: After her award-winning performance in Secret Sunshine, top actress Jeon Do-yeon will appear in the fourth film by well-respected director Lee Yoon-ki of This Charming Girl and Ad-Lib Night fame. Here she plays Hee-soo, an unemployed woman in her thirties who decides to visit her ex-boyfriend Byung-woon in order to get back the $1000 she lent him a year earlier. Byung-woon (played by current "it" actor Ha Jung-woo) doesn't have any money either, but he's confident he can sweet talk some of his women friends into lending it to him.

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