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My Tutor Friend (동갑내기 과외하기)

동갑내기 과외하기 (Dong-gab-nae-gi Kwa-oi-ha-gi)

Directed by Kim Gyeong-Hyeong (김경형)

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Soo-wan and Ji-hoon are both 21 years old. But Soo-wan, a sophomore in college, is an unpolished country girl, while Ji-hoon is a major party animal and still a high school senior. Soo-wan's mother is a master of chopping up chickens for her fried chicken business. Ji-hoon is the eldest son of a very rich and ruthless father. These two have little in common, but, when they kneel face to face at the same desk, one is the teacher and the other is the student.


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  • Kwon Sang-woo likely to receive fine for car accident

    2010/06/28, Source,
    kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily] Actor kwon Sang-woo, who was belatedly known to have been indicted on charges of fleeing after colliding his car into several vehicles more than two weeks ago, is expected to receive a fine for the incident. "There is a high possibility the case will be closed with Kwon receiving just a fine", an official at Seoul's Gangnam Police Station told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Sunday, saying that the case was turned over to prosecutors as an incident in which Kwon did not take immediate action for the damage he inflicted,...More
  • [INTERVIEW] Kwon Sang-woo - Part 2

    2010/06/25, Source,
    kwon Sang-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 10: I understand that you communicated with director Lee Jae-han in many ways too. Kwon: I think it becomes difficult when the actor has to play a character which does not suit him and when he does not understand the movie. The reason I was able to have fun shooting this film although it was tough was because I suited me well. It seemed that the director judged that my idea of my character fit his idea of the character. 10: Were you not bored on set because it was all guys? Kwon: No. It was actually more fun because it was just guys. There were many characters and my senior actors were a lot of fun too -- I had a lot of fun. And the city we were shooting in was small so eating and having a drink was our source of pleasure. With Cha Seung-won, we would look over what has been shot, tell each other what's good and also talk about things other than the movie. It's disappointing that we don't get to see each other much after returning to Seoul,...More
  • Kwon Sang-woo indicted for hit-and-run accident 2 wks ago

    2010/06/25, Source,
    Korean actor kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily] The police have booked Korean actor kwon Sang-woo without physical detention for a hit-and-run accident that happened two weeks ago. According to Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Thursday, the actor had been driving on the wrong side of the road near Cheongdam-dong on June 12, around 2:55 a.m. and collided into a parked car when he was discovered by the police,...More
  • [INTERVIEW] Kwon Sang-woo - Part 1

    2010/06/25, Source,
    kwon Sang-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] kwon Sang-woo is back to wearing a school uniform. He who placed films "My Tutor Friend" and "Once Upon A Time In Highschool" atop the local box office with roles as a high school student, is back as a student soldier full of rebelliousness in "71-Into the Fire" about the Korean War. Now a father of a son, a school uniform might have not been the right character for him to play. But in "71-Into the Fire", based on the true story of 71 student soldiers who fought against one of the most elite troops of the North Korean army, Kwon's eyes and expressions are the very eyes and expressions of a student soldier full of vehemence. The wailing directed to the oppressive system of Korean high schools that his character Hyun-soo let out in "Once Upon A Time In Highschool", has taken on an intensity that goes between life and death to save his country and his colleagues. 10Asia sat down to speak with Kwon who says the sacrifices the student soldiers made was "noble and heartbreaking",...More
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 Produced by
 Lee Seo-yeol (이서열)
CJ Entertainment (CJ Entertainment)
 Ji Kil-woong (지길웅)
 Ko Im-pyo (고임표)
110 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Release date in South Korea : 2003/02/07

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won SangWoo plays JiHoon, a transfer student from America who loves to brawl but hates to study. At 21, he's still in high school and doesn't seem to be bothered by this. His dad hasn't given up on him, however, so he hires a tutor, SuWan (played by Kim HaNeul). JiHoon makes life miserable for his tutor so the latter would quit. He finds out that SuWan is not one to give up easily. The two battle head-on with neither wanting to be the first to raise the white flag. They tolerated each other's company until the student finds himself enjoying her company and the tutor finds herself thinking about him. Can SuWan go beyond the level of tutor and be the girlfriend of this guy, a 21-year old high school student?

I am making a list of my favorite Korean movies and My Tutor Friend flew right on top of that list. I would say this is Korean romantic comedy at its best.

The story between JiHoon and SuWan unfolds perfectly: there was no rush in letting the two fall in love in the middle of the movie, such move would be a downright killjoy; neither was too much time wasted in developing a romance between the two, such move would be a downright bore.

Your interest is captivated by the antics of the quirky characters but you never lose sight of the fact that this movie is a love story between the tutor and her student. I was skeptical with the gang bit in the story. I thought that it could be done away with, but, in retrospect, I thought it blended well with the movie. Besides, the fight scenes were quite good with a few awesome stunts, though I've seen better.

I have to commend the lead actors. Kwon SangWoo was close to superb in this movie. The sarcasm and devil-may-care attitude was magnificently delivered that when it was time to show the guy's sensitive side, I was blown away. Do I hear sighs in the background? Not to be outshone was Kim HaNeul who performed equally well. Her character required her to be sassy and demure all at once, a stint she pulled off splendidly.

10 kimchi dishes out of 10.

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this movie was just like the movie, *he was cool* and i loved at one and this one alot. XD
2009-03-03 14:15:37
2008-05-17 18:34:12
I Love this movie. It is awesome. I like the character of Choi Su-wan, This movie give me some excitement and inspire me in some other way. I like the story, really great. Hope to watch more movies like this. Keep them going ^_^
LoVe coMes UnExpEctEdLy with "UnExpECtED PErSon", : ) ( i rili like kwon Sang-woo)
2008-01-13 18:39:17
2007-12-23 02:50:37
Kwon Sang Woo Take Care!!! I love you!!!
I Love this movie!!!!i love kwong sang woo!!
2007-12-04 05:56:41
2007-10-12 23:38:45
The movie poster doesn't look so interesting and you'll get the wrong idea from this movie. This movie is funny but not too silly. Kwon Sang Woo is really cute and hot. Very typical Korean movie. High school students fighting and so on. I like i
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