Thursday, August 14, 2008

Daddy Long Legs

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Young-Mi (Ha Ji-won) was brought up in a loving environment. Her parents taught her to meet the world with a smile on her face, and not be deterred by bumps in the road on her way through life. They also taught her that somewhere out in the world she would meet her one true love. But alas this felicity was not meant to last. Young-Mi's parents die, and leave her alone at a young age, and suddenly she's forced to grow up very quickly.

However Young-Mi is well prepared. She ventures into the world with an appetite for life, and many dreams and hopes for the future. She goes to school and studies hard, and one day a package arrives for her. A beautiful pair of shoes. There's no sender on the package, and when she attempts to track the origin of this gift the trail ends at a P.O. box. Later when she enrolls in college and attempts to pay her tuition she finds that it's just been paid. Someone out there is watching out for her. But who? And why?

After a while she gives up, trying to track down this mysterious benefactor, and instead she figures that the best way to thank him would be to work hard and better herself.

When she's completed her education, Young-Mi lands a job at a radio station, as a staff writer on a popular show. As luck would have it, there's an apartment available close to the station. It belongs to a co-worker currently on sick leave. Young-Mi moves into this new place, and she also gets a roommate, one of her colleagues. When her laptop computer breaks down she turns on the desktop belonging to the owner of the apartment. Then she notices that an e-mail has just arrived, and she reads it. The mail was sent by the woman who used to live here, addressed to herself. In the mail she explains that a serious virus is slowly destroying her mind, and she fears she'll soon lose all memory of who she is and what she's done. She reveals that she's spent most of her adult life longing for a guy, who doesn't even know she exists.

Through the e-mails Young-Mi begins to follow the story of this girl and this boy. Meanwhile she also begins to notice a guy who works in the station's library. And still, every now and then, a package arrives from her secret benefactor...

Ha Ji-won
Yeon Jeong-hoon
Park Eun-hye
Hyeon Bin
Kim Jeong-nan
Jeong Joon-ha
Oh Dae-gyoo
Geum Bo-ra
Baek Seung-hyeon
Kwak Min-seok
Seo Yeong-hwa
Jeong Mi-seong

Year Released: 2005
Director: Gong Jeong-Sik
Writer:Jean Webster (story)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Running Time: 98 minutes
Country: South Korea
Also known as: Kidari ajeossi
Language: Korean

I just finished watching this movie and just had to come here and share my opinion. Damn, it made me cry T_T The synopsis don't make it seem very interesting but it is! I was a bit familiar with the daddy long legs story so that's why I wanted to see this movie. I fell in love with it right away. It has special atmosphere, acting is good and music well picked. It keeps you on your toes all the time making you feel that something sad will happen for sure. Melancholic air just winds your way and sweeps you off your feet. I couldn't stop watching in the middle, I just had to see it till the every end. Delicate plot and very clear feelings that reached my heart kept me watching it, I felt like if I press pause and go to bathroom I'll loose that feeling.

I would recommend this movie for those who like romantic stories. Daddy Long Legs doesn't have anything new to offer. In fact it's very typical romantic Korean movie but it's touching. And when the secret of mysterious lady is revealed it's as if someone just pulled the mat from under your feet and made you fall. It just surprises you so much, it's something you never would have expected. I liked that turn of the story the most. Length of the movie feels just right. At least it won't bore you that is if you like slow paced movies.

Ha Ji-won as Cha Young-mi
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let's see... hmm. She is not my favorite. Not even near it. Her character was kind of dull in the movie or rather her acting. Overall sh delivered innocent girl and her feelings pretty well. But she just isn't very good with showing emotions. I have seen her only in WHIB before this and I totally hated her character and her in particular. Everything she does it's just annoying. All her techniques are worn out stuff anyone could do. Sorry for being harsh but I just can't seem to like her.

Yeon Jeong-hoon as Kim Ju-ho
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Yeah. I toatlly loved him in the movie. His character was a bit similar to character in Snow White drama. Actually not very similar but he had this same kinda atmosphere of a very nice guy around him. Very lovable character. Ju-ho was a bit mysterious but very kindhearted. Still more than anything just a very simple person. That makes me wonder if he is like that in real life too. Very kind and gentle.

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It's funny to see Shin-ee and Ha Ji-won together again after WHIB. I hated them both and I still do. I wonder if this woman can really act or was it her looks that gave her so many roles? Since I saw her in My boyfriend is Type B I never liked her style. Her character in the movie was exact copy from her character in WHIB and that was exact copy from My Boyfriend is Type B movie. I saw her in Sexy Teacher too but thanks God I don't remember that.

My favorite scene was when Cha Young-mi was carrying the bear and bumped into Ju-Ho
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It was just a perfect moment with just perfect music.

When they walked under the umbrella. Fancy... I immediately noticed how Ju-Ho's shoulder got wet because he was trying hold umbrella so Young-mi wouldn't get wet.. it was so sweet.
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I give this movie 4/5. It is one of those movies that capture your attention and heart. But after the moment is over you may never watch it again. Yet it will leave bittersweet memories behind. And you will never forget.