Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun
Cast: Chanthavit Dhanasevi, Nuengthida Sophon,
RunTime: 2 hrs 10 mins
Released By: Golden Village
Official Website: www.guanmuenho.com
Opening Day: 2 December 2010
love story about two strangers who know nothing about each
other and fall in love.
He is a football fanatic, videogame nerd, social butterfly,
comic lover, tired of love stories and a cynic of love while
she is Korean soap opera fan, beef lover, devout radio station
listener, avid book reader, and homebody.
Together, they are perfect strangers who will travel, eat,
share a room, and talk about anything and everything including
each others top secrets.
This reviewer had always dreamed of meeting his true love
while touring the streets of Paris. How romantic would that
be, to experience love at first sight while strolling in the
City of Love. Language barriers aside, this would be a dream
come true for any die hard romantic. But what if this idealistic
reviewer were to meet a fellow Singaporean who spouts the
ever familiar Singlish phrase “What are you doing here
ah?” – would things as romantic as he hoped things
is a similar situation in this Thai movie. Just when you thought
that the Thais have nothing new to offer except horror flicks,
Muay Thai action movies and kitschy comedies, here comes a
refreshing romantic comedy set in Korea. Yes, the very accessible
movie takes place in the country that has its boybands and
girlbands taking over the international pop industry by storm.
plot is simple: A guy and a girl visit the Land of Kimchi
separately, and eventually bond together after coincidental
encounters, sharing of rooms and confessions of heartbreaks.
Do they end up going back to Thailand together to share a
“happily ever after” together?
Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter, Alone) ditches his familiar
horror genre to helm this entertaining holiday romance which
will be a hit for all you couples out there – there
is a reason why the 127 minute movie made big bucks in its
home country and became the highest grossing movie of 2010.
hundred and twenty seven minutes? Yes, you read that correctly
– running at over two hours long, this movie goes on
quite a bit before you get to find out whether there will
be happy ending for the two protagonists. Call this reviewer
a unromantic Scrooge who has no one to share the lovey dovey
moments with if you will, but there are many unnecessary plot
developments which make this movie overlong.
aside, this Korea funded popcorn movie is still a joy to sit
through, largely thanks to its appealing cast. Headlining
the production are Chantawich Tanasewi and Nuengtida Sopon,
who are extremely pleasant as leads. Tanasewi exudes a boyish
charm which makes him instantly likeable, while Sopon has
a sophisticated personality which makes her girlishly charismatic.
The two of them are the kinds of friends you want to travel
with, and that makes this journey extra enjoyable.
romantic comedies go, you shouldn’t expect much in terms
of characterisation or plot developments. The filmmakers have
played the game by the book and managed to chart a predictable
itinerary around Korea. While it serves as a great date movie,
the production also serves as a visual guide around some of
Korea’s prettiest sights (that’s probably why
the Koreans have decided to fund this project as well).
particularly interesting though, is how the filmmakers have
managed to portray a picture of how the Korean pop culture
has taken over the world by storm – watch how a certain
Bae Yong Joon is spoofed in a restaurant scene. You’ll
chuckle at the rather genius move taken by the scriptwriter,
and hope that one day, it will be you experiencing an overseas
romance as picture perfect as this.
(It’s probably never to happen to anyone in real life,
but you would be duly entertained by this fluffy romantic
Review by John Li