Director: Andrew Lau
Starring: Jeon Ji Hyun, Jung Woo-Sung, Lee
Released By: Shaw & InnoForm Media
Official website: www.daisy2006.co.kr
Opening Day: 27 April 2006
It is autumn in Amsterdam.
man with a cold soul who smells of gun powder and a man as
warm as the sunshine meet a very special woman…
woman is Hye-young (starring Jeon Ji-hyun), a young Korean
artist who paints portraits in the city square, while dreaming
of one day holding a solo exhibition of her works. She is
a stranger in this city, and Hye-young’s only source
of strength is the memory of her first love.
she meets a new man - well, almost meets him, she never really
sees his face but after giving him a drawing of a daisy, he
responds by having a pot of daisies delivered to her door
every day. Could this be the start of a new love for the lonely
t the same time, however, a second man enters Hye-young’s
life, a stranger who keeps coming to her, asking her to draw
man she has been drawing is Jung-woo (starring Lee Sung-jae),
an international agent based in Amsterdam, He first approached
Hye-young, while in the line of duty, but was immediately
mesmerized by her charms and beauty. She quickly assumed that
he was the one giving her daisies and begins to fall for him.
Jung-woo knows that he is not the one in Hye-young’s
heart, but he feels he must remain quiet about the truth or
lose her love forever.
Yi (starring Jung Woo-sung) is really the one giving her flowers,
the man Hye-young has been waiting for. He is forced to watch
painfully as Hye-young and Jung-woo nurtured their love, unable
to intervene - being an assassin, Yi is forbidden to have
emotions and weaknesses such as love. Yi knows the rules for
people with a terrible calling such as his, but he can’t
seem to forget this amazing love…
destiny brings all of their paths together, when Yi gets his
next assignment for assassination - and discovers it is Jung-woo.
A European destination rarely provides the backdrop for an
Asian film. Unless you count the many Bollywood movies that
have been filmed around the world, from New York to London
to Amsterdam to even Singapore. However, now comes, Daisy,
a joint Korean-Hong Kong production set fully against the
beautiful backdrop that is Amsterdam. At this stage, please
remove all thoughts about the farce, Deuce Bigalow: European
Affairs, a film about triads and undercover cops which took
the world by storm, is currently being remade by Hollywood
as The Departed. Starring A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio,
Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, it is clear the influence Infernal
Affairs has had on the world. It is no doubt then that Hong
Kong director, Andrew Lau, is the right man for Daisy.
Ji-Hyun (My Sassy Girl) plays Hye-Young, an artist who paints
portraits in the city square. Park-Yi played by Jung Woo-Sung
is a contract assassin enamoured by Hye-Young and leaves daisies
at her door, at the same time everyday. The love triangle
comes in when Jung-Woo played by Lee Sung-Jae, an Interpol
agent meets Hye-Young at the city square. He falls for her
and soon, she assumes that he is her secret admirer.
film picks up early-on when Park-Yi realizes that Hye-Young
had fallen for the wrong guy. He keeps a close watch on the
two, always pondering how he could convince Hye-Young that
he is the one. A heated shoot-out occurs in the city square
with the public, Park-Yi, Jung-Woo and gang members are involved
in crossfire. This sets the motion for the next half of the
film which is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.
fans will be disappointed that the shooting does not occur
throughout the whole film. But rest assured, when the action
sequences come your way, they are way intense and slightly
bloody. Like the assassin and the Interpol agent, the pacing
of the action sequences are slick and smooth. In Daisy, the
music used is so subtle and stirring that many will fail to
realize it. Like a game of football, it becomes the twelfth
player on your team, to give you that added boost. The various
pulls on the strings of the violin slowly tugs at the strings
of your heart just like a Korean soap opera would.
amidst the ashen demeanour of the story, the film itself is
a resplendent one. Just like the titular flower, the film
is driven by its subtlety and many quiet moments.
tragic tale of love and guns set in the atmospheric city of
by Mohamad Shaifulbahri