Since the conception of "One Spring Night" as a project it has been compared to "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" as a possible spiritual successor project. After all, both dramas share the same lead actor, Jung Hae-in, and the same director, Ahn Pan-seok. Both dramas have similar themes of a happy present day compared to an ambivalent romantic future - "One Spring Night" is only really missing Son Ye-jin to top it all off.
Now that the drama has actually started, immediate differences between the two dramas are much more obviously apparent. The lead characters, instead of being adrift in life, are shown to have actual commitments and plans. Jung Hae-in's character, Ji-ho, has a son, and Han Ji-min's character is focused on marriage.
Some of the themes and performances between the two dramas are similar, as to be expected. More cast and crew are shared between the two productions than just the lead actor and director. But compared to "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food", "One Spring Night" appears to be focusing more on how romantic relationships are shaped by change, with stronger social commentary on what marriage is, why some people want it, and whether that's important.
Written by William Schwartz
"One Spring Night" is directed by Ahn Pan-seok, written by Kim Eun, and features Han Ji-min, Jung Hae-in, Kim Jun-han, Im Sung-eon, Joo Min-kyung, Song Seung-hwan. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/05/22~Now airing, Wed, Thu 22:00 on MBC.
"Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" is directed by Ahn Pan-seok, written by Kim Eun, and features Son Ye-jin, Jung Hae-in, Jang So-yeon, Jung Yoo-jin, Joo Min-kyung, Lee Joo-young. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2018/03/30~2018/05/19, Fri, Sat 22:45 on jTBC.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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