Stills of "Seducing Mr Perfect"
Courtesy of Cathay-Keris Films
Comedy/Romance Director: Kim Sang-woo Starring: Daniel Henney, Uhm Jung Hwa RunTime: - Released By: Cathay-Keris Films Rating: PG
Opening Day: 22 Feb 2007
Min Jun is an outgoing career woman who tries to keep her
men by showering them with pocket money and motherly care,
but keeps being ditched because she is too nice. After losing
once again to someone younger, she becomes determined to learn
the game of love from "Mr. Perfect", her boss Robin.
Will she finally get her Mr. Perfect?.
What this exemplifying Korean rom-com has going for it above
all else is the vivacity shared between its two leads and
that it truly understands what it audiences expect from it,
which is really all you can ask for from this most ancient
of Korean film genres. And as it stands, its first time feature
writer-director (Kim Sang-woo) pairs up with Korean-American
heartthrob, Daniel Henney in his first feature role. Henney,
a model/actor is Korea’s newest matinee sensation following
his role on the hit serial, “My Lovely Samsoon”.
His role in “Seducing Mr Perfect” seems custom
built for him considering his background, education and overall
demeanour, something that could have been toned down in retrospect.
But however could he seemingly Mr Perfect, if he was identifiable
with any real life men?
plays Robin Heiden, the new American boss at a multinational
corporation who takes his assistant, Min-jun (Uhm Jung Hwa)
under his wings and teaches her ‘the rules of the game’
when he discovers that she gets dumped too often due to her
unassumingly trusting nature when it comes to men. Robin cheats,
he lies and he also takes his Machiavellian traits with him
to the workplace. With the backdrop of the ruthless business
world and chic office buildings in the Korean capital, this
film is has been modernised in every one of its exteriors
but holds its well-worn clichés close.
the inclusion of Henney, an avoidable risk that had to be
undertaken was his character’s almost exclusive use
of English in the dialogue. The film uses this to an obvious
advantage (aside from an appallingly handled scene of racism
in the beginning) however by highlighting the differences
in cultures between the West and the Koreans, and between
Robin and Min-jun. Her use of English needs brushing up on,
but she perseveres while Robin’s austere deportment
intimidates but excites her. There’s an undeniable chemistry
shared between the animated Min-jun and the often tacit, perceptive
Robin that progresses on through the film with the requisite
humour, good-natured tussle of emotions.
obvious inspiration in Mike Nichol’s “Working
Girl” is apparent, and is successful transposed to a
modern Korean workplace romantic comedy that works well within
its limits and treats its characters with the right amount
of growth and respect to an ending that redeems and relives
the best moments from of any film of its genre.
(Clever romance-comedy that works the clichés well)