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Almost Love (청춘만화)

청춘만화 (Cheong-choon-man-hwa)

Directed by Lee Han (이한)

Screenplay by

Comedy Romantic comedy Melodrama Romance

116min | Release date in South Korea :

Synopsis

Ji-hwan and Dal-rae are old friends and they have grown up in the same neighborhood. Ji-hwan admires Hong Kong movie star "Jacky Chan" and wants to be a world action star. Dal-rae has a desire to be an actress. They always bear grudges against each other with their private weak parts, and they quarrel everyday, however they are great friends who care for each other.
One day, Dal-rae goes out with Young-hoon who is in the same Taekwondo group as Ji-hwan. Young-hoon is a student representative of the department as well as an all-round athlete. Ji-hwan is also dating a girl, Ji-min, a gorgeous glamour girl who has a well-shaped figure.
It seems that there would be no problem between the good friends Ji-hwan and Dal-rae, but somehow a strange atmosphere arises after they start seeing someone else. Everybody knows it is more than just a friendship, except Ji-hwan and Dal-rae.

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Distribution
Showbox (쇼박스)
Staff
 Sin Min-kyeong (신민경)
 Editor
 Lee Chang-ho (이장호)
 Directing department
 Kim Tae-hwan-I (김태환)
 Stunts
Technics
116 min 35mm Panoramic (1.85)
Web site
www.awoongdawoong.co...
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Budget
US$ 3m
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Release date in South Korea : 2006/03/23
South Korean Box Office
Source : www.cine21.com & www.kobis.or.kr
As of 2006.04.16 : 1,509,691 admissions (total)
As of 2006.04.09 : 1,425,350 admissions (total)
As of 2006.04.02 : 1,186,039 admissions (total)
As of 2006.03.26 : 646,319 admissions (total)

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Almost Perfect But Not Quite by Rogue

J
i Hwan and Dal Rae have been friends since childhood. And as is natural for two people who have been friends that long, there's an unexplained closeness and comfortableness between the two. It's the kind of intimacy and coziness that blind them to the truth - that the two of them are in love and must have been since childhood, a truth that is obvious to others except to the people that matter: Ji Hwan and Dal Rae. Their light bickering, which is but normal for friends, suddenly turn into nasty arguments when both decide to date other people. This conflict in their relationship make them evaluate why each is bothered by the other seeing someone else.

A tragedy strikes and Ji Hwan loses his leg. Distressed by this unfortunate accident, he disappears from home and cuts all communication with everyone he left behind, including Dal Rae. After a year of soul searching, so to speak, he comes home, bearing a screenplay he wrote. This screenplay falls into the hands of Dal Rae. Will this revelation of Ji Hwan's feelings now cost him their friendship?

This movie reunites Kwon Sang Woo and Kim Ha Neul, stars of my favorite movie, My Tutor Friend. Expectations are high, therefore, that this movie will equal, if not surpass, the former. I was a bit disappointed, though. It's a beautiful story in itself, and I find no fault in the actors, but overall, the movie came out rather short in delivering the goods. There was probably too much, or maybe too little, of everything that I don't quite know what to make of it.

The dynamic slapstick blended well with the trips down memory lane but it gave way much too early to the melodrama, which, in my honest opinion, need not have been there. Or maybe it should have been.

I really don't know what to say with this movie except that I feel it should be perfect, but there's a flaw somewhere, somehow.

7 kimchi dishes out of 10.

*also on www.yesasia.com

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KSW ,U R so cute... I love you smile and you ..all..
2008-06-12 22:58:25
2008-01-11 19:37:48
they are paired up again! haha. but the movie was great...
I just saw this movie & the chemistry between KSW & KHN once again was great! It's a good movie, I cried watching it esp. when he became disabled!
2008-01-11 18:30:13
2007-12-18 23:25:44
i cried in this movie.. make u realize the things that u take for granted.. i know ksw's hair hir is weird, but that is part of the story... great movie!
I just watched the movie and i love it. KSW is really a good actor.
2007-12-16 11:56:50
2007-12-16 07:44:53
OMG kwon sang woo's hair is WEIRDDD.
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