Sad movie, but pretty faces
It’s always a pleasure watching pretty faces on screen. I suppose that audiences at the very least found “Sad Movie” satisfactory in that regard: The film stars six Korean superstars.
They are Jeong Woo-seong, who has a distinct aura as a male actor; Lee Ki-woo, an emerging movie star who is famous for his sensitive characters in films like Hong Sang-soo’s “Tale of Cinema”; Lim Su-jeong and Sin Min-a, who each brim with girlishness, and Yeom Jeong-a and Son Tae-young, two icons of classic beauty.
Not only do they appear on screen but they also cry a lot, to make the most of what might be a classic melodrama of love and sadness.
Labeled the Korean version of “Love Actually,” “Sad Movie” portrays various stories of love.
It presents different kinds of love ― sad couples yearning for love but torn apart by poverty or others who are deeply in love, but are too shy to speak out.
They laugh, fight and cry and their stories of love and farewell are edited into one film like a music video.
The film’s DVD, however, doesn’t provide a supplement that’s particularly intriguing. The stories of each couple fall flat, although one of its chapters, “Eight scenes by Jeong Woo-seong and Im Su-jeong,” which focuses on particular scenes that triggered the actors, provides some cute anecdotes.
Directed by Kwon Jong-gwan
Starring Jeong Woo-seong, Lim Su-jeong
Running time: 108 minutes
by Jeong Su-jin