Wednesday, September 5, 2012

He Was Cool….has popular actors who don't have chemistry


For years I've known the lead actors Song Seung-Heon and Jeong Da-Bin because of their popular shows- Endless Love 1: Autumn in My heart and Attic Cat. Apart from those, they were also involved in the big scandals- Song lied once to escape from his mandatory military duty, which he regretted and complied after. Jeong on the other hand, committed suicide. According to some report, it was because of the depression out of being jobless.

Review:


All the bad things about them vanished once you see the 2004 Korean film He Was Cool directed by Lee Hwan-Kyung and written by Gwiyeoni, Lee Hwan-Kyung, and Yeong-seok Kim. And though you know they’re unbelievable to be junior high students, you will just let them be because of their cute and sweet acting and love story. 

Song is the notorious bully guy- Ji Eun-Seong who has soft spot. On the other note, Jeong's character - Han Ye-Won is very lucky to be apple of his eye. Many girls can relate to Ye-Won since she's not intimidating and actually, there’s nothing special about her. I just don't know if in the story they are trying to present her as beautiful woman.  That is because even Seong’s handsome elder brother - Kim Han-Seong (played by Lee Ki-Woo) also likes her.

Personally, I believe in the exceptional commoner and that opposites attract, but being in a love triangle with two outstanding men, that's sort of unrealistic or over the board.

As I mentioned both Song and Jeong are good actors. They gave justice to their roles but I can't feel their chemistry. It as if Song likes her because he has something to get. While Jeong was pushed around so she goes after him. And the development of their love is too easy. It seems also that their past is not connected and Seong longing to find true love is not strong. It's similar to drama series that has great stories but with many cuts or you missed several episodes.

Lee being Kim Han Seong is cool. Actually he looks better than Song Seung-Heon. But he's character is weak just like his acting. It is not clear where he's coming from and what's he's real motivation,  Although he's a big challenge to Ji Eun-Seong and it's good that he's not the typical rival.

I commend the part when Song Seung-Heon and Han Ye-Won separated for one year and then she becomes closer with Kim Han-Seong. At least in some point i thought the writer might end the story without reconciling the two lead characters.

In fact, the romantic part and where the two stars exude chemistry is when Ji Eun-Seong comes back and fulfill her fairy tale imagination. The way is cheesy but very romantic.

In general it's ver light film that's targeting young girls. I enjoy it being young at heart.

Reflection



Ji Eun-Seong is bossy, cold and manipulative guy who everyone is scared of. However, when Han Ye-Won said to his face that he's just a man who doesn’t know what love is, he was left stunned because it is true.

I see a lot of persons like Ji Eun Seong. They are very strong outside but wrecked inside. I called it defense mechanism.  You know, they are the type that to be able to hide their fears and insecurities, they tend to terrorize others to stay away from them or know their secrets.

It’s a phase, so I think it’s normal. Everyone has own fears but making it as part of your identity that's not cool. You will just create wall not bridge, meaning you are not helping yourself.           

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