In Korean with English & Chinese Subtitles
Director: Kim Seong Jung
Starring: Choi Ji Woo, Jo Han-sun
RunTime: 1 hr 45 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Opening Day: 27 July 2006
a playboy who believes there's no true love and it's just
like a game, can't stand even a single relationship as it
continues long. However the fate takes him to a dazzling beauty.
Hye-won, who just escaped from the boring hospitaland she
leaves a strong impression on Min-su. Again, chased by a nurse,
as Hye-Won sneaks into the men's room at the hospital, their
2nd encounter is made. And Min-su gets totally captivated
by this bold lady, although Hye won tries to resist him worrying
that their love might expire soon due to her terminal disease.
From afar, a tree stood alone at a small hill, overlooking
a vast canvas of clear blue skies and sea beyond. Leaves are
rustling and the tree’s swaying in the wind. In the
next split second, the audience was introduced to Min-su (Jo
Han-sin), the lead character, a playboy. And from there, the
pace is set.
guy from being an initial non-believer in love and a heart-wrecker,
finally meeting his destiny match by falling in real love
with a girl for the ever first time, yet fate cruelly plays
out, not just either of but both; such a story may dauntingly
seem like one of the many sad love movie out there. But there
is always fresh way of thinking in story development and portrayal,
and in certain situations, they're downright innovative. All
thanks to the creative juices of the scriptwriter and the
director – “Now and Forever”.
it Korean drama series or big-screen movies, excellent cinematography
has always able to capture and deliver the extraordinary element
out from ordinary, subtle backdrops. This movie was no exceptional
first half of the “Now and Forever” was enjoyably
hilarious and fun-filled with Hye-won’s occasional tricks
of sneaking out of the hospital in disguises to avoid the
security guard, subsequent bickering between the two love-birds
etc. Besides the lead roles, Choi Ji Woo and Jo Han-sun being
a compatible dynamic duo, the supporting cast e.g. the doctor
and the matron are a good funny lot. Ji Woo and Han-sin had
demonstrated great chemistry.
when the audience is having such a great time having gales
of laughter, for a moment forgetting that it is not a comedy,
this is when one is unabashedly brought back to the harsh
reality. Sadness silently seeps in so quickly in the second
half of the movie that you felt the heart helplessly falling
into the endless pit.
Ji Woo, last seen on our local TV in “Stairways to Heaven”,
returns to Singapore with her latest work, this time on the
big screen. Undeniably such genre is her unbeatable forte
– it is not an understatement for her crown as its reigning
Queen. Nevertheless, we would also like to see her venturing
into different and perhaps more refreshing roles.
flow as audience watched both the lead characters begin to
lose the battle with the illness over the time and they are
maximizing their remaining precious time together. More surprises
and development begin to unfold.
again, the wind begins to blow and the director brings us
back to the first scene. Walking towards the same old tree
on the small hill, at a closer range, it was not just a tree
but two trees that have grown so closely that they just seem
like one whole big tree. Like an analogy of an endearing couple.
the ending is astonishing!
amazingly sad love story unrivalled with its surprises and
by Alicia Tee