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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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    Movie poster for upcoming romantic comedy "First Love" [CJ Entertainment] Movie posters for an upcoming Korean romantic comedy tentatively titled "First Love" were unveiled today. The first poster reveals Korean actor Gong Yoo holding a name card to help find Im Soo-jeong her first love while the latter shows Im hugging a giant heart,...More
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    Korean actor Gong Yoo [N.O.A Entertainment] Korean actor Gong Yoo will promote hit Korean TV series "Coffee Prince" in Japan this weekend, according to his agency N.O.A Entertainment on Friday. N.O.A announced that Gong Yoo was invited by Fuji TV to attend an event titled "Coffee Prince 1.5th Shop IN United States of Odaiba" at Odaiba in Tokyo on August 22, where he will meet with about 2,000 fans to speak about filming the drama and participate in quizzes and games,...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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