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2005.04.08

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Adam

Filmbrain,

Of all the DANGEROUS LIASONS versions I've seen, I still prefer VALMONT, but UNTOLD SCANDAL is definitely a pleaser as well.

I appreciate how you point out how Kwak appears to have forgotten the parody within MY SASSY GIRL,(if that was indeed how it was intended in MSG, which, after you noted it, I think was intended), with this melodrama that takes itself too seriously. (Although there are moments of parody here as well such as the occassional comedy of missteps, but nowhere near the destruction of the genre we witnessed in MY SASSY GIRL.) One thing about Kwak though, . . . his films are way longer than they need to be. I'm all for an appropriately lengthy film like EUREKA, but this one, and MY SASSY GIRL, could have been much shorter. Personally, I desperately wanted to turn away from THE CLASSIC because it kept dragging. I was like, 'Enough already, JUST END!'' But I've committed my writing to KFilm, so I'm kinda forced to watch them now.

Adam

nkw88

It is hard to say that Kwak did the parody in 'My Sassy
Girl.' I remember that he intended to remind young
generation of Hwang Soon-Won's short novel,
'Sonagi (Cloudbuster) ' in an interview on some film
magazine.
That is, his My Sassy Gilr and The Classic are
his upgraded version of 'Sonagi', and despite his
sensibility, his intention is the same as Im Kwon-Taek.
To remind young generation of old days - either good
or terrible.

Kwak concentrates on his memory of idyllic, pastoral
past, while Im does on traumatic memory related to
Korean historical and social turmoil.

One thing that Kwak's greatnerss or conservativeness
is 'no kiss scene' and 'no sex scene' in these romantic
comedy and melodrama. Without those kind of images,
Kwak adroitly treated the story with beautiful scenery
and attractive characters and female actors.

nkw88

It is hard to say that Kwak did the parody in 'My Sassy
Girl.' I remember that he intended to remind young
generation of Hwang Soon-Won's short novel,
'Sonagi (Cloudbuster) ' in an interview on some film
magazine.
That is, his My Sassy Gilr and The Classic are
his upgraded version of 'Sonagi', and despite his
sensibility, his intention is the same as Im Kwon-Taek.
To remind young generation of old days - either good
or terrible.

Kwak concentrates on his memory of idyllic, pastoral
past, while Im does on traumatic memory related to
Korean historical and social turmoil.

One thing that Kwak's greatnerss or conservativeness
is 'no kiss scene' and 'no sex scene' in these romantic
comedy and melodrama. Without those kind of images,
Kwak adroitly treated the story with beautiful scenery
and attractive characters and female actors.

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