Despite the fact that we all have our favorite Hollywood romance movies, they may get old after a while. Then that’s when South Korean cinemas come into the picture. South Korea, the media superpower in East Asia, is home to many romantic films as well as beautiful TV dramas. Among other notable qualities, South Korean films have always been known for their emotional spirit and compelling performances by their performers.
Moreover, the sheer volume of thrillers that the Korean film industry releases every year often crushes romance, so it would be a great time to resurrect the genre with ten shining examples from the 2000s.
“More than blue” (2009)
more than blue Kang Chul-Gyu (aka K) and Eun-Won (aka Cream) follows two orphans who meet in high school and form a fast bond. However he pushes her to marry a good and healthy man because K has terminal cancer, which saves him from Karim. As a result, Karim eventually develops feelings for another man, but only because she wants K to be happy and because she has been aware of his condition the whole time.
Apart from the new 2019 edition, more than blue It’s still a great original romance movie despite using the same idea of cancer and love. With the great use of the soundtrack and the emotions of the characters that may linger in viewers for days after it ends, more than blue It is one of the most important South Korean romantic films of the decade.
Features of the melodrama of 2003 Son Ye Jin From the hit TV drama of 2019, landing crash on you It was directed by Kwak Jae Young From my loverAnother movie on this list. classic It explores the parallel love stories of a mother and daughter, beginning with the time when the daughter, played by Ye-jin, discovers a collection of old letters detailing the events of her mother’s life.
The parallel narrative format contrasts with the beliefs and behaviors of the mother and daughter as they go through two distinct historical and social eras giving the film more depth. Although there are many cliches and anachronisms with an easily predictable plot, classic However, it deserves to be seen as a classic melodrama due to the great performances of the actors, beautiful romantic aspects as well as great storytelling.
“My Sassy Girl” (2001)
Actual narrative provided in a series of blog posts by Kim Ho Sikwho later turned them into a fantasy novel, served as the inspiration for South Korean Kwak Jae Young Kum in 2001. my lover. The plot centers around Kyun-woo (cha Tae Hyunand an unnamed girlJun Ji Hyun) falls in love and ends up breaking up; As a result, they write love notes to each other and bury them in a time capsule.
This 2001 love comedy, which has been compared to Titanic It helped start the Korean Wave, and was a huge success throughout East Asia. The film’s success is attributed to its straightforward and fun script, a cheesy but honest love story with important lessons about accepting love to defeat destinies. Several remakes of the film have since been released, including one from Hollywood in 2009.
“Two Faces of My Girlfriend” (2007)
Two faces of my girlfriend Gu-Chang followed (bong tae gyu), a 30-year-old virgin who has never had a girlfriend and is struggling financially. However, after meeting A-Ni (Jung Ryeowon), his entire world is turned upside down until he notices that the woman he sees is a little different. Turns out A-Ni appears to have split personality disorder.
Despite its year of release, the film beautifully and accurately depicts mental health difficulties. Furthermore, Jung Ryeo-Won is honing her acting skills by clearly distinguishing between her characters and increasing viewers’ interest in the movie. Finally, the amazing harmony between the main cast and the very talented supporting actors are also reasons to visit this gem.
Another romantic masterpiece by director Kwak Jae Young is called wind blowand shares a thread with my loverStrong female leadership. The film portrays Yeo Kyung-jin (Jun Ji-Hyun), a powerful and ambitious police officer who accidentally arrests Go Myung-woo (Jang Hyuk), a physics teacher while trying to catch a thief. The two eventually fall in love, but tragedy begins then.
wind blow It connects viewers’ emotions with sudden turns and emotional scenarios as well as its hilarious or romantic sides, stunning action scenes and gorgeous scenery. Moreover, similar to her previous role in my loverJeon Ji Hyun once again plays a woman with extreme dedication, respect, and talent that made the entire crew cry.
“My Girlfriend is an Agent” (2009)
My girlfriend is an agentwhich combines romance, comedy and action, has the same character Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The film centers on two ex-boyfriends working on a secret mission to infiltrate the Russian mob and stop them from using a biological weapon in Korea. The two must step behind each other’s backs to save the day while navigating a rocky romance.
My girlfriend is an agent It is an action movie that not only features angry scenes and car chases but also humorous and witty moments. In addition, with the quintessential romance of South Korean films, the spectator will experience a sense of suspense, relief, and satisfaction, especially in the scene where the leading couple trains to fight with the sword together.
“I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Good” (2006)
I’m a cyborg, but that’s fine It is a funny and wonderful romantic movie directed by park chan wookwho is famous for revenge trilogy. The movie is set in a mental hospital with Cha Young-goon (Lim Soo Young(Believes she’s a cyborg while Park Il-sun)rain) to the hospital due to kleptomania and antisocial behaviour. Despite the apparent difficulties of institutionalization, the two develop a unique love story.
I’m a cyborg, but that’s fine It is a great diversion for moviegoers looking for a change from the popular romance. The use of color in the film is a highlight that gives the overall feel of the picture a bright and welcoming feel. Moreover, the film also left a lasting impact thanks to its poignant messages about human connection and sincere empathy for mental health patients.
“An Unforgettable Moment” (2004)
An unforgettable moment Focuses on Kim Su-jin (Son Ye-jin), a wealthy woman who falls in love with Choi Chul-soo (Jung Woo Sung) because of his coarse personality. After they got married, Kim Soo Jin contracted early Alzheimer’s disease. Choi decides to be by her side the whole time while her condition deteriorates.
text An unforgettable moment Not original, and it reminds viewers of many other well-known Hollywood movies that also deal with similar themes. However, the film quickly captured the hearts of the audience thanks to the amazing cinematography, the natural chemistry between the actor, as well as the comprehensive and liberal soundtrack.
“The Untouchable on the Moon” (2009)
After a failed suicide attempt, Kim Seong-Geun (Jung Jae Young(Washing on a deserted island in the middle of a river where he was spotted by an introverted young woman)Jung RyeowonOne of his hobbies is taking pictures of the moon. Ultimately, the two established a deep connection through a unique exchange of messages in bottles, sand scribbles, and jajangmyeon (black bean paste noodles).
Screenplay by the director Lee Hye Joon He balances humor, despair, and absurdity with a surprisingly sad ending that’s entertaining through the film’s rich physical humor, fast-paced cinematography, and short fantasy sequences. in addition to, outcast on the moon Humor is used to criticize serious and troubling societal issues such as antisocial behavior, stigma associated with suicidal behavior, and psychosis.
Ile Marie It depicts a “love that transcends time” between a woman named Eun Jo (Jun Ji Hyun) and a man named Sung-Hyun (Lee Jong Jae). Despite never staying together, the two shared the same seaside home, Il Mare. After they start exchanging messages, they begin to fall in love with each other over time.
Unlike tumultuous romantic comedies like my loverAnd the Ile Marie Offers a peaceful, contemplative perspective on relationships. Moreover, the movie is famous for its stunning scenery and cinematography, which lends it a dreamy feel. Despite being a box office failure, Ile Marie gained enough fame to inspire a US remake, lake housechampionship Sandra Bullock And the Keanu Reeves in 2006.
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